Friday, September 30, 2022

Fenton Kottkamp Memorial Scholarship Project Update

unnamedDear Ole Miss Family and Friends,

An Ignite Ole Miss campaign was launched two weeks ago for the Fenton Kottkamp Memorial Scholarship, and we are humbled by its success thus far. Great progress is being made in funding the scholarship and we appreciate all of your support. We are especially grateful for the leadership and generosity of John and Annette Schnatter of Papa John’s and Ole Miss alumni Archie and Olivia Manning, in establishing this scholarship endowment.

We in the Patterson School of Accountancy are heartbroken by the tragic loss of Fenton. His life had such a positive impact on the faculty and students in our School, as well as other members of the Ole Miss Family. Fenton was always friendly, cheerful, smiling and never in a bad mood. He had a great attitude and was instantly likeable because of his good nature. It was obvious that his parents, Jane and Steve Kottkamp, had raised him right. He was a fine young man and was exactly the type of student we want in our program and representing us as a graduate of our University. He was very proud to be part of the Patterson School of Accountancy, and he loved Ole Miss with all his heart. Were it not for the accident, Fenton would be aside his twin brother Rush right now pursuing the Master of Accountancy degree as well as with his younger brother Harrison, a freshman. All three Kottkamp sons should have been Ole Miss students together this fall.

Even though we miss Fenton being with us in physical form, I am at peace in the knowledge that he is with us spiritually. I am especially comforted knowing that Fenton’s spirit and character will continue to live on in Conner and Holman Hall and on our campus, through scholarships helping Ole Miss Accountancy and Business students.

Please take a moment today to make a gift to the Fenton Kottkamp Memorial Scholarship as a way of investing in current and future generations of Ole Miss students through the spirit and character of Fenton. I hope you will also become an ambassador of this campaign by sharing this page via e-mail and on social media. Please join me and the Patterson School Family in honoring one of our own. #LoveFenton

Thank you in advance for your support and generosity.

W. Mark Wilder
Dean and KPMG Chair
Patterson School of Accountancy

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