Notes in the Life and Career of Gerrie Collins


Thanksgiving Scholarship Funding Update

As of 11/22/23, we’ve raised $22,250, leaving only $2,750 to go to reach the full endowment minimum. I mailed written thank you notes to all donors earlier this week, but let me take advantage of Thanksgiving weekend to reiterate how very grateful I am for the tremendous generosity that has put us within 11% of our goal within a few short months.

The MSU Foundation recently revamped their giving page and have added the Gerrie Collins Endowed Piano Scholarship to the roster of selectable funds, making it easier than ever for those who’ve been meaning to donate to do so. Simply follow this link and input some combination of keywords in the search bar (e.g., gerrie, collins, piano), then select the appropriate fund from the results list. Alternatively, you can download the pdf form here and mail in a good, old-fashioned check.

I’m hopeful that–as more of Gerrie’s former students, friends, and colleagues find their way to this site in the coming weeks–we can make another significant advance toward full funding. And then there’s always Santa.:-)

Thanks again for your support!

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Want to Honor Dr. Collins?

To support the Gerrie Collins Endowed Piano Scholarship, visit the Mississippi State University Foundation giving page, and use the search box to quickly locate the fund. Alternatively, you can simply print and fill out the pdf form, specifying the fund name on the appropriate lines, and mail it to the Foundation with a check, which will avoid imposition of credit card fees on the fund.

Though we reached the minimum threshold for endowed status on March 4, 2024 (the first anniversary of Gerrie’s death), we welcome additional contributions in order to maximize the size and/or number of scholarships the fund can ultimately support. With education costs continually rising, the amount of assistance many students require–now and into the future–can’t be overestimated.

Thank you so much for your help!