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MC School of Business Announces Crenshaw Scholarship

January 24, 2008

Mississippi College's School of Business next fall will award its first Crenshaw Family Scholarship named in honor of Wayne and Betty Crenshaw of Flowood.

The MC scholarships are the result of an anonymous gift of $100,000.

"This fund will provide much needed access to a quality business education for deserving students for years to come," said Marcelo Eduardo, the MC business dean. "It is a great gesture when alumni and friends of the school provide scholarship opportunities for our students. Their support demonstrates the confidence they have in the mission of the School of Business."

Eduardo will select recipients of the endowed scholarships recently coming to the university. They must be undergraduate or graduate business students who have demonstrated financial need and receive little help from other sources. Two scholarships are expected to be awarded in the fall and total about $3,000 each.

MC's School of Business enrolls nearly 1,000 students. It is the largest school at the 4,600-student Christian university based in Clinton.

The Crenshaws have strong ties to MC. Their son, Randall Crenshaw, a Texas businessman, received a master's in business administration from MC. He also received his undergraduate degree in chemistry and mathematics from the Baptist-affiliated college.

Betty Crenshaw, a 1984 MC graduate with a degree in general studies, is the wife of a longtime pastor and has always been active in the life of the churches where he served. Today, she is a Sunday School teacher at Brandon Baptist Church. Her husband, the Rev. Wayne Crenshaw, is a retired Baptist minister who has spent five decades in the ministry.

Rev. Crenshaw is a former pastor at Liberty Baptist Church in Rankin County, Temple Baptist Church in Jackson and Crossroads Baptist Church In Pelahatchie. He's also pastored churches in Alabama, Texas, Louisiana and Pennsylvania over the years. The Crenshaws are Neshoba County natives.

The gift to MC in the couple's honor is truly a blessing, Betty Crenshaw said.

"MC has a high academic standards," Betty Crenshaw said. This will enable students to get an education, she said. At MC, her son, Randall, received a top-notch education, she said. The couple has two other grown children living in Mississippi and North Carolina.

Always with a keen interest in education, Betty Crenshaw is a retired member of the staff of the Mississippi Institutions of Higher Learning in Jackson.

"I'm real thankful somebody did this ...and for the students that need it," Betty Crenshaw said of the new business school scholarship created at MC. "God has been good."

PHOTO: Rev. and Mrs. Wayne Crenshaw

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