Oseola McCarty
Oseola McCarty (1908-1999), As a young girl growing up in Mississippi, she dreamed of becoming a nurse because she wanted to help people. McCarty, however, had to drop out of school in the sixth grade to take care of her family. So, instead of becoming a nurse, she washed people's clothes all of her life. She lived a frugal life, saved what she could from the little money she made, and late in her life, donated $ 250,000 to the University of Southern Mississippi to provide scholarships for deserving students. Matching contributions from others that heard about McCarty's donation have increased the scholarship fund to $340,000. McCarty represents the millionaire next door phenomenon and a tradition within African-American philanthropy, people who (later in life) unassumingly donate their substantial life savings to charities.
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Oseola McCarty Scholarship
The Gift
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Oseola McCarty Scholarship
For more information regarding Miss McCarty, contact:

The University of Southern Mississippi
Department of Marketing and Public Relations
Box 5016 Hattiesburg, Mississippi 39406-5016
Phone: (601) 266-4491        
Fax: (601) 266-5347

If you are interested in contributing to the Oseola McCarty Scholarship Fund you may do so by sending your donation to:

Oseola McCarty Scholarship
Southern Miss Foundation
Box 10026
Hattiesburg, MS 39406
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An Inspiration
"Since I first read of The Gift, I have been inspired by her humility and uncomplicated view of the way things should be.  I hope her onward journey is full of love and light."
Susan Sharp Sneads Ferry, NC