FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Nov. 18, 2005
Contact: Anika Mitchell Perkins
MUW Honors College named for alumna Ina E. Gordy
COLUMBUS, Miss. – The Board of Trustees of
Mississippi’s Institutions of Higher Learning
unanimously approved the naming of Mississippi
University for Women’s Honors College for alumna Ina
E. Gordy, who recently donated the largest single
gift the university has received.
MUW President Claudia A. Limbert said, “We are very
proud of our Honors College program and its
students. Ms. Gordy’s gift will allow us to do even
more than before. She has truly transformed this
program and the lives of all who will benefit from
Gordy’s gift will produce more than $2 million in
support of scholarships for top students who are a
part of the Honors College, which provides an
opportunity for academically advanced and motivated
students to participate in a learning experience
that is intensive and innovative.
Currently there are 100 students in the program.
Students enrolled in the Honors College have an
average ACT score of 27.
Criteria for the Ina E. Gordy Endowed Scholarship
include an ACT score of 25 or higher, a letter of
recommendation from a high school or community
college counselor, an impressive list of community
involvement and an impressive list of high school or
community college involvement.
Limbert said, “Her gift is directed at the heart of
the quality of our academic programs.”
MUW also recognized Gordy’s generosity by presenting
her with its Medal of Excellence, the university’s
highest non-degree honor.
A 1929 graduate of MUW, Gordy resides in the Jackson