On February 14, 2000, the OMWC began with a group of philanthropic minded women committed to nurturing the development of University of Mississippi students who would graduate with a desire to improve the quality of their communities by serving in positions of leadership. The mission has been to promote philanthropy in order to sponsor innovative programs that would attract and develop students through leadership, scholarship, and mentorship.
Over its 16 years history, 122 students, including 23 currently enrolled, have been afforded tuition, mentorship, leadership, and cultural experiences through the OMWC. Sixty-two of these students have completed their degrees. The OMWC scholar program boasts a graduation rate of 88 percent compared to the University’s 58.6 percent. In other words, the OMWC graduates nine out of every 10 students, whereas the university graduates one out of every two students.
The mission for the Ole Miss Women’s Council for Philanthropy is:
To increase participation in philanthropy as a way of enhancing continuing excellence at the University of Mississippi, and
To sponsor innovative programs that attract and develop students through leadership, scholarship, and mentorship, and
To encourage our scholars to become philanthropists for their communities and for the University of Mississippi while on their life’s journey as caring, ethical leaders.