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Luckyday Success Program


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.

The Essence of Survival

Every morning in Africa, a gazelle wakes up.
It knows it must run faster than the fastest lion, or it will be killed.
Every morning a lion wakes up.
It knows it must outrun the slowest gazelle, or it will starve to death.
It doesn't matter whether Luckyday Scholars are lions or gazelles.
When the sun comes up, you’d better be running.