MSU fundraiser ‘StatePride’ nets $118.3M in private gifts

STARKVILLE — Mississippi State University has officially concluded the university’s four-year initiative known as “StatePride” with more than $118.3 million in private gifts.

“StatePride: An Initiative for Student and Faculty Support” officially began in 2009 with a $100-million goal.

“StatePride” was launched with the investiture of Mark Keenum as MSU’s 19th president and over its course became a unified fundraising effort between the MSU Foundation and MSU Athletics. A portion of the annual revenue from MSU athletics matched certain gifts through the initiative.

Final totals for “StatePride” translated into over $83 million raised in student scholarships, shattering the $70 million originally sought. Also, faculty support eclipsed the $30 million expected, reaching over $35 million.

Specifically “StatePride” made possible 336 annual scholarships and 241 endowed scholarships (11,882 total students received funding from scholarships and MSU Promise Awards) and 22 endowed positions (six endowed chairs and 16 professorships).

In all, 7,781 MSU alumni and friends contributed toward the effort. Of that number, 1,779 were first-time contributors to the land-grant institution.

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