By The Associated Press
MERIDIAN — Work to raise funds for the commissioning of a new Navy ship were so successful last year, there was money left over for a scholarship.
That brought Navy officials, representatives of the Navy League, and of the University of Mississippi together in Merdian on Friday for the presentation of an endowment check for $40,000.
Curt Goldacker, a retired Navy captain and Southern Region president of the Navy League, said the scholarship is a result of fundraising for the commissioning of the U.S.S. Mississippi last year. The Meridian Star reports ( that the effort exceeded the $300,000 goal, so $40,000 was set aside to endow the scholarship at Ole Miss.