CEO of Sanderson Farms, Inc. Joe Sanderson, Jr. and his wife Kathy donated $1 million to the Alcorn State University Foundation, Inc. Walter Washington Scholarship Endowment to aid students with their academic needs. The donation is the largest individual gift in Alcorn’s 145-year history.
The donation was inspired by the Sanderson’s connection to Alcorn’s longest tenured president, Dr. Walter Washington. The couple began with a more than $500,000 donation in late December with plans to fulfill the gift within the next five years.
“Dr. Washington worked for my grandfather and alongside my father when he was a teenager at my grandfather’s vegetable packing plant in Hazlehurst, Mississippi,” Sanderson said. “He did that for several years to save money so that he could attend college. My grandfather and Sanderson Farms supported Dr. Washington during his tenure at Utica Junior College and Alcorn. We continue to support the academic mission of Alcorn to this day.”