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Entergy Mississippi Commits Support to UM Law School

In the business world, Entergy Mississippi’s generous support of the University of Mississippi School of Law is called a win-win.

One of the highlights of the relationship between Mississippi Entergy and the University of Mississippi law school is the Business Law Fellowship, which allows the company opportunities to help develop future leaders and gives Ole Miss students insight into the business world during six-week internships. Photo by Thomas Graning/Ole Miss Digital Imaging Services

Entergy Mississippi has provided $125,000 to establish and contribute to scholarship endowments honoring U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran and Robert Grenfell. Additionally, the corporation is supporting a new partnership with the school’s nationally ranked Business Law Institute.

As a result, new educational opportunities will be created for students. In turn, law students will gain the skills they need to become the next generation of leaders at corporations such as Entergy.

Haley Fisackerly, president and CEO of Entergy Mississippi, says it’s particularly appropriate that $100,000 of these Entergy funds are going to support the Thad Cochran Tribute Scholarship at the School of Law.

“During his 45 years of service to the state of Mississippi, Sen. Cochran was a champion for safe, reliable, affordable energy and supported innumerable policies that have helped Mississippi businesses grow and hire more Mississippians,” Fisackerly said.

“Throughout his lifetime, he represented the best of Mississippi’s values, setting a great example of what it means to be a public servant and leader. This is a way for Entergy to show our appreciation for all that Sen. Cochran has done for our state, nation, company, employees and industry.”

The Cochran endowment provides law scholarships, an international law fellowship, a military promise program, preservation of Cochran’s collection in the University Libraries’ Modern Political Archives and resources to the law dean’s strategic initiatives.

“The generous contributions from Entergy to honor Sen. Cochran will change the lives of so many students who wish to pursue legal careers and help current and future generations understand American history,” Dean Susan Duncan said.

Entergy is supporting an additional opportunity for law students with its $25,000 gift to establish the Robert C. Grenfell Scholarship in Law Endowment, which was created to honor one of the corporation’s longtime employees.

“Bob Grenfell had an outstanding 31-year career with Entergy and was vice president of regulatory affairs for 17 of those years,” Fisackerly said. “He received his law degree from Ole Miss and has a deep affinity for the university.

“When he retired, we thought there was no better way to honor him and his legacy than with a scholarship endowment in his name.”

A native of Jackson, Grenfell enrolled in Ole Miss law school after earning a bachelor’s degree in history from Rhodes College in Memphis. He practiced law for 10 years and worked part-time as the city prosecutor in Jackson before joining Entergy.

“It was an honor to work for Entergy, especially with its focus on community service. The company has such a commitment to the communities it serves and the state of Mississippi,” said Grenfell, who retired as Entergy’s vice president of regulatory affairs in February 2019.

“Ole Miss law gave me the people skills, communication skills, confidence and foundation that prepared me for the corporate world and the ability to be well-rounded to fit in any career I pursued.”

To support the Cochran Endowment or the Robert C. Grenfell Scholarship Endowment, individuals and organizations can mail a check, with the endowment’s name in the memo line, to the University of Mississippi Foundation, 406 University Ave., Oxford, MS 38655; or visit https://umfoundation.com/SenatorCochran.

For more information, contact Suzette Matthews, senior director of development for the School of Law, at 662-915-1122 or suzette@olemiss.edu; or visit https://give.olemiss.edu/.

By Mary Stanton Knight

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