In keeping with its generous history of contributions to The University of Southern Mississippi, the Luckyday Foundation has made a $4 million gift commitment to be used for construction of new student housing.
Designated as Luckyday Citizenship Hall, the new building will be included as part of the residence hall complex that will complement Century Park North, which opened in the fall of 2010 on the north side of the University’s Hattiesburg campus. Plans, pending Mississippi IHL Board of Trustees approval, call for demolition of Vann Hall, Scott Hall and the east wing of Bond Hall to make room for the new housing. Construction specifics and a timeline for the completion of Luckyday Citizenship Hall have not been established.
“The Luckyday Foundation believes that a state-of-the-art residence hall for its Luckyday scholars will promote the continued success of the Luckyday Citizenship program at Southern Miss,” said Holmes Adams, Chairman of the Board of Managers for the Luckyday Foundation. “The new residence hall will help build the collegiate community to which the Citizenship program aspires. The foundation's contribution is a symbol of the foundation's confidence in USM and the Luckyday Citizenship scholars. The foundation is proud to be a part of the revitalization of the center of the USM campus.”
Since 2001, the Luckyday Foundation Citizenship Scholars Program has provided scholarships to incoming freshmen at Southern Miss. In the current 2011-12 academic year, the program provides 100 entering freshmen with $4,000-per-year scholarships that can be renewed up to four years, provided the recipients continue to fulfill requirements. The newest commitment means the Luckyday Foundation has made approximately $20 million in gifts and commitments to Southern Miss over the past decade.
“This stunning commitment from the Luckyday Foundation will boost our much-needed student housing project over the top,” said University President Dr. Martha Saunders. “The continuing investment of the University’s most generous contributors in our Citizenship Scholars initiative has created a student success program that has been nationally lauded, brings distinction to Southern Miss, and most importantly has benefited our students profoundly.”
Luckday Program Director Dr. Larry Sparkman points out that the program is a selective four-year student engagement and development initiative where students from Mississippi are challenged to grow as servant leaders and excel as students while serving the community needs around them. He says the foundation’s latest gift represents an ongoing commitment to student achievement.
“It is truly humbling to be associated with the Luckyday Foundation who has given us such wonderful donations through the years to use in the facilitation and promotion of student development,” said Sparkman. “This gift will lead to a physical representation of the Luckyday Foundation’s commitment to Southern Miss and the growth of our students.”
The Luckyday Foundation was established by longtime Jackson, Mississippi, businessman Frank Day, who wanted to support deserving high school students in Mississippi in their quest to earn a college diploma and avail themselves of the university experience such as Southern Miss offers.
“We are incredibly grateful to the Luckyday Foundation and the late Frank Day for their ongoing support of students at Southern Miss,” said Vice President for Student Affairs Dr. Joe Paul. “This gift will allow us to move forward on a much-needed residential complex and accommodate our Luckyday Scholars in a manner they deserve.”
To learn more about the Luckyday Foundation Citizenship Scholars Program at Southern Miss, call 601.266.5981 or visit usm.edu/luckyday.