Feb. 7, 2010 - NEWS FROM MISSISSIPPI'S FIRST ALUMNAE ASSOCIATION

MUW alums establish memorial scholarship

The board of directors of Mississippi's First Alumnae Association, the original and historic organization of graduates and former students of Mississippi University for Women, voted Saturday to establish the Memorial Scholarship.

The board was inspired to create the scholarship in honor and memory of four freshman students at the school who died in a fire at the Days Inn in Hoover, Ala.: Jamelia Brown, 18, of Grenada; Jaslynn McGee, 19, of Corinth; Alondan Turner, 18, and Catherine Muse, 18, both of Cordova, Ala.

"These young women will never get to be part of the Long Blue Line of W alums, but they were certainly part of our W family," said MFAeA president Anghaarad Teague-Dees. "We, as a board, decided to create this scholarship as a lasting tribute to them."

While honoring the four fire victims, the scholarship will accept memorial contributions in honor of anyone a donor chooses. A page on the association's Web site will honor the four young students and also list other individuals in whose memories contributions are made.

Contributions may be made through Mississippi's First Alumnae Association, in care of:

Deborah Hodges, treasurer
800 Hillcrest Road, No. 1
Mobile, AL 36695