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MSU fundraiser offering income to faculty

STARKVILLE — As StatePride continues to gain momentum, the four-year fundraising initiative is providing income for faculty awards and student scholarships at Mississippi State University.

Mississippi State will award $1 million to 400 members of its faculty base in one-time $2,500 financial awards. The awards recognize outstanding performance in keeping with the university’s tri-fold mission of teaching, research and service. Funds immediately available from StatePride also are providing $1 million in student scholarships for the current fall semester.

MSU president Mark E. Keenum said, “Mississippi State’s record enrollment of over 19,600 students means we must continue to gain ground in these crucial areas and retain our distinguished faculty by recognition of their accomplishments and support of their teaching and research endeavors in a time without competitive state salaries.”

StatePride, launched with Keenum’s campus investiture ceremonies in 2009, has raised over $42 million toward its $100-million goal. MSU is in the second year of the four-year effort as it secures private gifts for need-based scholarships for deserving students and academic scholarships to compete for the best and brightest students. StatePride also creates opportunities for top performing faculty to increase their scholarly activities.

The university anticipates faculty award selection for exceptional performance again in 2011.

The StatePride Faculty Award Program will distribute financial awards over the university’s eight academic colleges. Faculty members of MSU-Meridian were eligible to apply through their home college on the Starkville campus. The awards were apportioned on the basis of a college’s number of faculty and that unit’s ability to raise contributions to secure matching funds from MSU athletics. In addition to the 400 college-based awards, the MSU Library selected six StatePride recipients.

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