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Houston, Texas, Foundation Establishes Kristen Bower Academic Scholarship at Southern Miss PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, July 02, 2009
Contact Amy Martin, 601.266.6853   

The Madison Charitable Foundation of Houston, Texas, has established the Kristen Bower Academic Scholarship Endowment at The University of Southern Mississippi.

Initiated with a pledge of $250,000 from Madison Foundation board member James “Joc” Carpenter, the endowment was established in memory of Kristen Bower, the daughter of former Southern Miss head football coach, Jeff Bower. Kristen was tragically killed in an automobile accident in 1997. A friend of Bower’s, Carpenter thought the endowment would be a fitting tribute to Kristen’s memory.

“We extend our deepest thanks and appreciation to the Madison Charitable Foundation for establishing this endowment in memory of our daughter Kristen,” said Bower. “We are most grateful to Wiley Hatcher and Joc Carpenter for making this endowment possible in order to benefit the future recipients who are in need of financial assistance to receive a great education at Southern Miss.”

The Madison Foundation is a private, charitable organization created by Carpenter’s longtime friend Wiley Hatcher of Houston, Texas.

“The Madison Foundation is a special organization,” said Carpenter. “Our mission is simple. We want to help those in need. We have contributed to several universities, organizations and special projects in Mississippi.”

“Honoring a loved one through a scholarship endowment memorializes and continues a legacy of giving,” said Dr. David Wolf, vice president for Advancement at Southern Miss. “We are touched by the Madison Foundation’s generosity and heartfelt gift forever linking Kristin Bower to students at Southern Miss.”

To make a gift to the Kristen Bower Academic Scholarship Endowment, contact the USM Foundation at 601.266.5602.

Kristen Bower

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