The University of Mississippi has announced a $25 million gift from alumnus Gerald "Doc" Hollingsworth in support of its athletics programs.
The largest gift ever to Ole Miss Athletics includes $10 million for the Ole Miss Athletics Foundation's Forward Together campaign and will help underwrite expansion of Vaught-Hemingway Stadium, whose playing field already bears Hollingsworth's name, while the rest, in the form of a charitable remainder trust, will establish the Gerald M. Hollingsworth, M.D., Athletic Scholarship Endowment.
Hollingsworth, a first-generation college graduate who received a bachelor's degree in chemical engineering in 1953 and attended two years of medical school at the university before completing his medical degree at Harvard University, said he is most proud that his gift will be used to provide scholarships for student-athletes. "I hope it will motivate and stimulate other people to donate to the university," he said, "because I think it's a great school and the money will be put to good use to provide scholarship aid to students who would not be able to attend the university otherwise, as well as provide for needs they might have. I'm just hoping that young people will have the great experience and the great benefit I derived from going to Ole Miss."