Mentoring Tomorrow’s Leaders

We stand on the shoulders of the people who’ve helped us in life, those who guided, nurtured and motivated us – our mentors. We consider ourselves fortunate to have had people like this along our paths.

And if we have the opportunity to help fill that role for someone else, the cycle of rewarding experiences continues. The Ole Miss Women’s Council for Philanthropy (OMWC) offers to a select group of University of Mississippi students intentional encounters that provide exceptional support to scholars who will go on to become tomorrow’s leaders.

Scholarship. Leadership. Mentorship.

The OMWC scholarship program is open to both men and women studying on the Oxford campus. In addition to financial assistance, Women’s Council scholarships include leadership and mentorship components. It’s these three pillars – scholarship, leadership and mentorship – that make our program remarkable. We believe in fostering personal connections and offering leadership training, career development and cultural experiences to help students grow.   

Who Are Women’s Council Scholars?

The Women’s Council offers so much more than financial support; this program provides a support system which is deeply invested in the person I am and the person I want to become. The OMWC gives me a place to feel heard, valued and appreciated, along with making available opportunities that I would not be able to find anywhere else.”

Ally Avant, Water Valley, Mississippi

Our students receive scholarships of $40,000 for four years of undergraduate study funded by annual income from scholarship endowments. They show ethical and caring behavior through a deep desire to help others. OMWC scholars participate in a series of leadership symposiums and utilize their abilities from leadership training in campus-wide organizations.

Why Give?

One-hundred percent of your gift, or membership contribution, goes directly to support programs designed for our OMWC scholars, including monthly leadership dinners, lunch and learns, an annual leadership conference, scholar trips and enrichment activities. Our innovative program is preparing students for meaningful lives and rewarding careers.

What Does My Gift Support?

The entirety of your gift goes directly to programming for OMWC scholarship recipients. Our scholars meet weekly with Women’s Council staff mentors as well as life and career mentors from the broader Ole Miss community. Scholars also learn and grow by participating in cultural and travel adventures.  

Help Us Thrive. Join the Rose Society.

Support the Women’s Council by joining the Rose Society. You can join with an annual gift of at least $1,000, which is payable outright or monthly. Not able to commit at the Rose Society level, but still want to participate? Ask about giving at the Rose Bud level with an annual membership contribution of $500 (open only to donors under 30 years old).

Your membership may be made in your name or to honor a special person in your life. Rose Society members are invited to Women’s Council programs, including a signature annual event held specifically to thank donors.

Today, you can join the Rose Society and support OMWC Scholars. Contact Suzanne Helveston, development associate, at 662.915.2956 and omwc@olemiss.edu for more information.

Becoming an Ole Miss Women’s Council Scholar has truly changed my life. Not only is this program providing me the opportunity to finish my undergraduate degree debt free, but it is also giving me a safe haven composed of mentors and donors who truly care about my well-being in college.”

Leah Potate, Meridian, Mississippi

This incredible opportunity to be an Ole Miss Women’s Council Scholar is having an immense impact on my life. The friendships and memories will enrich my life forever.”

Max Hancock, Myrtle, Mississippi

The Women’s Council truly feels like a family away from home. Having this group of people around me really helped build my confidence and made me feel more comfortable at Ole Miss. Thanks to the support and the newfound self-assurance, the transition from high school to college was seamless.”

Matt Isonhood, Liberty, Mississippi