McCarty Legacy


In 1995, Oseola McCarty forever changed The University of Southern Mississippi with the announcement of a planned gift of $150,000 to the institution. As a washerwoman who lived frugally, this gift represented the majority of her life savings. By generously including the USM Foundation in her estate plans, McCarty established an endowment to help educate students from southern Mississippi with preference given to African American students. Although McCarty passed away in 1999, her legacy as a selfless benefactor lives on at Southern Miss through her generous deeds and spirit. 

The USM Foundation honors McCarty through the McCarty Legacy, a society that recognizes the foresight of those who are helping to secure the future of Southern Miss through planned giving. The hallmark of this special group is the commitment of each of these supporters to a strong, financially sound University in its second century of providing exceptional educational opportunities to its students. Through their generosity, McCarty Legacy members make a permanent mark on students at Southern Miss, just as Oseola McCarty did. 

Membership in the McCarty Legacy is extended to people who have included the University in their estate plans as a beneficiary of a will, life insurance policy or retirement plan, or by establishing a charitable gift annuity or remainder trust.

For more information on the McCarty Legacy, please contact Torie Fowler at 601.266.6292 or

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