Pearl River receives $10,000 endowment gift by American Legion Auxiliary, Steel Magnolias

Pearl River Community College Development Foundation recently received a generous $10,000 endowment gift by The American Legion Auxiliary, Department of Mississippi, Steel Magnolias. 

The American Legion Auxiliary is the largest patriotic women’s organization in the world. With more than 800,000 members across the United States and beyond, they provide volunteer service in communities around the state and across the nation enriching the lives of veterans.

The Steel Magnolias organization is comprised of past presidents from the American Legion Auxiliary. When the group began looking for a place for their raised funds, one member had a personal connection with the institution.

“My granddaughter went to school here, graduated from the nursing program and is an RN at Memorial Hospital in Gulfport,” Past State President Phyllis Moran said. “We were very pleased with the education she got here so when it came down to deciding where we wanted to put our money, Pearl River was one of our choices.” 

The endowment of a scholarship means that the donor provides a permanent principle amount to be devoted to fund scholarships and the foundation uses the earnings from the investment toward the scholarship support. This helps ensure that the principle endowment and any funds the donor chooses to add to that gift will be retained and carry on for years to come.

The scholarship endowment will support a student who has entered the PRCC Nursing Program and is either the child or grandchild of a veteran. The student could also be a veteran. 

The Associate Degree Nursing (ADN) program at PRCC is designed to prepare graduates for a challenging and satisfying career as a registered nurse. The ADN program begins each fall and spring semester on the Poplarville campus. Once accepted into the ADN program, the traditional option is four semesters in length or the LPN to ADN option is one part-time semester with the remaining two semesters of the traditional program of study. The curriculum includes a balance of nursing and general educational courses. Students have the opportunity to apply nursing theory and skills in the simulation/skills lab and in a variety of healthcare agencies. Clinical settings may include hospitals located within the six counties the college serves as well as clinics, long-term care facilities, physician offices, rehabilitation centers, and K-12 schools. 

The application period for the program is July 1 to Oct. 1 for spring entrance and Dec. 1 to March 1 for fall entrance. 

Those interested in the ADN program can visit to learn more. 

Since the Pearl River Community College Development Foundation was established in 1987, the growth and development of its scholarship program has been a highlight of the foundation’s mission. The endowment of financial gifts for scholarship support is very important to the college’s continued enrollment growth and how the foundation can support PRCC students. 

“On behalf of our College Foundation Board, the college administration and Board of Trustees, and the thousands of students at Pearl River Community College, I want to express our sincere gratitude for this investment in our scholarship program by the Mississippi American Legion Auxiliary,” Executive Director of Development Foundation/Alumni Association Ernest Lovell said. “When organizations or families or individuals invest in the endowment of scholarships it means they want something that will be around for many years to come and will assist with the needs of our students. 

“It also acknowledges the trust that they have in our management and governance of the funds as we help make a student’s life-long ambitions become a reality.” 

Those interested in supporting a student through a scholarship endowment can call  Ernie Lovell 601-403-1191 or email

Photo LtR: Past ALA State President and Alternate National Executive Woman Mary Smith Ried, Past ALA State President Phyllis Moran and Executive Director of Development Foundation/Alumni Services Ernest Lovell 

Pearl River Community College offers equal education and employment opportunities.  The College does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, national origin, veteran status, or disability.  For inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies or to request accommodations, special assistance, or alternate format publication please contact Tonia M. Seal, Director of Admissions and Records/ ADA/Civil Rights Coordinator at P.O. Box 5559, Poplarville, MS 39470 or 601-403-1060 or Maghan James, Assistant Vice President of Student Services/Title IX Coordinator at P.O. Box 5805, Poplarville, MS 39470 or 601-403-1132.

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