FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 10, 2007
Contact: Anika Mitchell Perkins
Rices establish scholarship to benefit music majors
COLUMBUS, Miss. – David and Martha Bailey Rice’s
hope to keep classical music alive has been put into
motion by establishing the Martha Margaret Bailey
Rice Music Scholarship Fund at Mississippi
University for Women to be awarded in the fall 2007.
The scholarship will benefit a junior or senior
music major, according to the Rices, who “hope more
students will graduate in classical music. It’s
In 1997, the Rices established a charitable
remainder trust, a plan that would provide income
for life. In 2006, David Rice made the decision to
give up the income and terminate the trust early. “I
wanted Martha to see students benefit from the gift
during our lifetime.”
“I knew what I wanted to do,” he said. “I didn’t
Immediately after, David Rice terminated their
charitable remainder trust and the proceeds from the
trust were used to establish the Martha Margaret
Bailey Rice Music Scholarship Fund to honor his
wife, a retired music educator.
The Rices are excited about being able to assist
“This is something that you can do that keeps on
lasting,” he said.
Martha Rice, class of 1948, had a double major in
music. She said, “It (MSCW) taught me everything I
knew.” Her mother, Keety Herring, also attended MUW.
She went on to teach in Charleston and shared her
talents, including choral music, voice, organ and
“I enjoyed high school choral music and the little
children,” Martha Rice said. “You never learn it all
and you never get bored. It’s a great thing.”
She also shared her musical gifts while in Saudi
Arabia almost three years as part of David Rice’s
service to the Corps of Engineers.
He graduated from Mississippi State University and
earned a degree in industrial engineering. David
Rice also worked a little over 31 years as a
civilian employee for the Department of Defense.
The Rices have been married almost 57 years and
reside in Tanner, Ala. They have one son, David Rice
III, a dentist who lives and practices in Laurel and
two daughters, Beth Rice, an education administrator
who lives and works in Sacramento, Calif., and Amy
Rice Henry a chemical engineer who resides in
Mobile, Ala. The Rices have five grandchildren.