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Oseola McCarty

"I can't do everything, but I can do something to help somebody. And what I can do I will do. I wish I could do more."
– Oseola McCarty

Miss Oseola McCarty—the humble washerwoman who became The University of Southern Mississippi's most famous benefactor—passed away Sept. 26, 1999, after a bout with cancer. Southern Miss has appreciated hearing from persons around the nation who were inspired by the gift offered by Miss McCarty. Send your thoughts to our mailbox and we'll publish them here in the future. Here's some thoughts we've already received. This Web site includes the following news releases related to the gift McCarty, of Hattiesburg, Miss., made to Southern Miss in July 1995:

Oseola McCarty Donates $150,000
This is the original story released following her gift. view release

Stephanie Bullock Receives First McCarty Scholarship
Stephanie Bullock of Hattiesburg received the first scholarship. view release

Miss McCarty Goes to Washington
Not willing to travel by air at the beginning of the activities surrounding her gift, Miss McCarty's early travel was by Amtrak train. This story is about her first trip to visit with President Clinton. view release

Oseola McCarty's Gift Keeps Right on Giving
This was originally prepared as a lead story for a newsletter titled 'The Gift.' It is a one-year review of Miss McCarty's activities since the story first broke. view release

Children's Book on McCarty Draws Rave Reviews
Author Evelyn Coleman used her book, The Riches of Oseola McCarty, to help children learn about the value of hard work and a savings ethic. view release

Book Shares McCarty's 'Simple Wisdom'
From the beginning, people were impressed by Oseola McCarty's simple, unaffected wisdom. Now, they can glean more of it from her book. "Simple Wisdom for Rich Living," released in late October 1996, is a collection of McCarty's views and sayings on work, faith, saving, relationships and good living. view release

Southern Miss to Celebrate McCarty's Life
This advance story announced her death and plans for her funeral. view release

Author Recalls McCarty's `Ragged Bible'
Rick Bragg, who won a Pulitzer Prize for his New York Times features, including one on McCarty, had planned a visit with her at the time of her death. view release

McCarty's Life, Death Prompts E-mail Tributes
This brief release tells of how people from across the nation responded to The University of Southern Mississippi's invitation on the Internet to tell how Osceola McCarty offered them inspiration. view release

Number of McCarty Scholars Grows to Nine
Just days before her death, two more recipients of scholarships made possible by McCarty were announced, bringing the total of scholarships to nine. view release


February 4, 2009 3:54 PM

Oseola McCarty

Click here to watch "Miss Ola: The Mississippi Giver," a musical tribute to Oseola MacCarty written and performed by Austin Church.

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