Long time student affairs Dean Emanuel Barnes gives back by establishing Endowed Scholarship Fund

One of Alcorn State University most revered alumni is extending his giving with the formation of a scholarship fund.

Dean Emanuel Barnes, retired vice president for Student Affairs, established the Dean Barnes Endowed Scholarship Fund upon his retirement from the university at the end of the fall 2018 semester. In order to qualify for the scholarship, a student must be classified as a sophomore or higher and maintain a 2.75 GPA. The scholarship is open to students in all academic programs at Alcorn.

In his many years of service to Alcorn, Barnes wanted to further his legacy at the university by acting on a dream that he’s had for a while. He hopes that offering the scholarship to students will motivate them to financially support Alcorn once they start their careers.

“It is something I’ve thought about for a long time and was blessed enough to be able to act on it,” said Barnes. “I hope the scholarship inspires the students to give back to the university in the future.”

Barnes believes that Alcorn alumni should be more active in donating to the university. He said that the added funds would significantly aid in Alcorn’s progress.

“I believe that alumni should give back. In the university’s fund raising efforts, the financial support of the alumni is always brought to the forefront. I believe that if we give more, we can put the university in a better position to be successful.”