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Gift helps Pine belt medical school

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HATTIESBURG, MS. (WDAM) - The future students of William Carey University's College of Osteopathic Medicine received a generous gift from a Pine Belt family.

It is an endowed teaching chair and scholarship for the medical school, which is currently under construction.

Joel McKenzie of Foxworth named William Carey's College of Osteopathic Medicine in his trust and in doing so established one of the largest gifts by an individual in the University's history.

McKenzie and his mother, Lois McKenzie, both endowed the professorship and scholarship with assets of over a million dollars. Scott Hummel is the University's Vice President for Institutional Advancement and Church Relations.

"So this is really going to leave a legacy for the McKenzie's. And it's going to allow medical students from this area to be able to study. We know that tuition in medical school is always going to be significant and this is going to defray that," said Hummel.

Construction on the medical school is expected to be finished by May of 2010, and it'll welcome 100 students next fall.

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