This past week I had the good fortune of making a mindfulness and stress management presentation to 75 incoming Ole Miss freshmen. These students are our incoming Luckyday Scholars for this academic year and were participating in their orientation retreat out at Camp Lake Stephens. I am grateful to my colleague, Patrick Perry, for inviting me each year to be part of their orientation.
The Luckyday Success Program at The University of Mississippi is about scholarships, but it’s so much more than that. As a Luckyday Scholar, you will get the support you need to be successful in college.
The Luckyday Success Program is a scholarship that assists students during the critical transition from high school to college. This program helps you develop study and life skills, including time management, communication, critical thinking, leadership and problem solving. Building a strong foundation during the first year is the key to a successful college career.
Frank Rogers Day and the Luckyday Foundation
Frank R. Day, former chairman of the board and chief executive officer of Trustmark National Bank, had a heart for young people and a desire to help them succeed. Until his death in 1999, Day provided scholarships anonymously through the Luckyday Foundation for eight Bailey Magnet School students. His goal was to provide deserving high school students who otherwise had little chance for a college education with the opportunity to continue their education at a major university such as The University of Mississippi. Day, a native of Aberdeen, was an alumnus of The University of Mississippi and the Graduate School of Banking at Louisiana State University.
In addition to serving as chairman of the board and CEO of Trustmark National Bank, Day committed himself to helping young Mississippians achieve their educational goals. In 1978, he established the Luckyday Foundation to do just that. Although Day died in 1999, his vision lives on through his foundation, which continues to support deserving Mississippi students. “The Essence of Survival” was Day’s favorite metaphor for life.