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Mission Endowments

THE BYRD SISTERS FUND FOR STUDENT MISSIONS was established in 2005 by the Byrd family to honor five sisters with a passion for foreign missions and who are alumnae of Mississippi Woman’s College: Melissa Corinne Byrd ’22, Juanita Caroline Byrd Huang ’24, Annie Ward Byrd ’27, Mary Hasseltine Byrd Ball ’30, and Leona Valois Byrd ’40. Awards are granted to deserving students for the purpose of serving in missions during their study at William Carey University. Preference is given to students with an interest in serving in China.

THE INTERNATIONAL MISSIONS SCHOLARSHIP was established by an anonymous Southern Baptist missionary to support mission volunteer students.

THE KATHY WEBB RANDOLPH STUDENT MISSIONS ENDOWMENT was established in 2005 by the Hon. Mike and Kathy Randolph in her honor and in support of Christian missions. Awards are granted to deserving students for the purpose of serving in short-term missions during their study at William Carey University.

THE GILLESPIE MISSION FUND was established by Dr. Robert and Mrs. Margaret Gillespie to bring the Christian religion, Christian values, and Christian principles to the countries of the world. The fund is owned by The Foundation of the First Baptist Church of Hattiesburg and is administered through the Mississippi Baptist Foundation for the support of the student mission endeavors of William Carey University.

THE STEVE FORD MEMORIAL FLORIDA ACTEENS SCHOLARSHIP was established by Allison Chestnut of Hattiesburg to honor Patricia and Al Ford of Pensacola, Fla., who have been instrumental in the lives of Florida Acteens. Steve, their son, was killed in a construction accident. (Restricted Fund)

MISSIONS SCHOLARSHIP ENDOWMENTS

THE THELMA BURROW DALE ENDOWMENT FOR MISSIONS was established in 2009 to assist students preparing for service through missions.

THE MARJORIE ROWDEN KELLY SCHOLARSHIP was established by Dr. Earl Kelly, retired executive director of the Mississippi Baptist Convention Board, in memory of his wife Dr. Marjorie Rowden Kelly, former vice president for college relations, professor of religion and missions, and missionary to Israel, for students who have chosen a church-related vocation or a career in foreign missions.

THE LUCY WHEELER SCHOLARSHIP was established by Dr. E. Milton Wheeler, an alumnus and professor of history and geography, in honor of his mother. The fund also includes gifts from many friends and family as a memorial to Mrs. Wheeler’s long life of service and Christian character. The scholarship is designated for students with an interest in missions.