-- Lance Bass of the pop group NSYNC recently presented more than
$30,000 to his aunt and uncle, Don and Helen Pulliam of Laurel to
establish an endowment through The University of Southern Mississippi
Foundation in honor of their daughter, Amber.
The Amber Pulliam
Special Education Endowment will be awarded to a student majoring
in special education. Preference will be given to a student in the
Pine Belt area who has 3.0 grade point average or better and whose
desire is to work with children with special needs.
has Down syndrome. Her first years of life were spent in child development
classes at Southern Miss. She now attends Northeast Jones High School.
Both Don and
Helen are Southern Miss alums. Don received his bachelor's in business
administration in 1981 and was a member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity.
Helen also received her bachelor's in 1981 from Southern Miss and
her master's from William Carey College in 1984. She was a member
of the Chi Omega sorority. Amber's older sister, Holli, attends
Jones County Junior College on a basketball scholarship. Her younger
brother, Ty, is in the eighth grade at West Jones Middle School.
All are avid Southern Miss fans.
discussed this for some time and Lance wanted to go ahead and do
this for Amber," said Don, who owns AutoPlus Insurance in Laurel
and Waynesboro. "Amber won't have the opportunity to attend
the university, so this is her opportunity to make her mark at Southern
associate director of development for planned giving, said, "Working
with both Don and Helen was a rewarding experience. Their devotion
to their daughter, Amber, is really inspiring. We all owe special
thanks and gratitude to Lance Bass for his love and commitment to
provide funds for this endowment, through which scholarships will
be awarded for years to come."