Tribute Gifts


The University of Southern Mississippi Foundation welcomes and encourages gifts made to honor or memorialize a loved one, colleague or mentor. The person being honored or memorialized is referred to as the tributee. These contributions are commonly called tribute gifts and come in two forms: honorariums and memorials. Scholarships, faculty chairs and professorships, campus facilities and other gift options may be named after these special individuals. 

Tribute gifts may be made to an existing fund or may be designated to establish a new fund in the tributee’s name in the form of an endowment, annual scholarship or one-time scholarship. The creation of an endowment requires a minimum of $15,000. The minimum contribution required to create a named annual scholarship is $2,500. Either of these options may be pledged over five years. There is no minimum requirement for a one-time scholarship. 

These unique gifts not only provide essential support for the University but can also ensure the tributee’s legacy will endure at Southern Miss. 

Download a copy of the Tribute Gift Policy. 

If you have questions about making a gift in memory or in honor of someone, please contact the USM Foundation at 601.266.5210 or