jamas scholarship winner mary eveleen brown
University of Mississippi sophomore Mary Eveleen Brown (center) is presented with the 2017 JAMAS Entrepreneurial Spirit of Mississippi Scholarship by (from left) Ken Cyree, dean of the School of Business Administration; Madison Turnage, daughter of JAMAS CEO Ben Turnage; Karen Turnage, Ben Turnage’s wife; and Don Duckworth, senior advisor with JAMAS Capital Management. Photo by Thomas Graning/Ole Miss Communications.

JAMAS Capital Management, a leading private investment firm, is delighted to announce that Mary Eveleen Brown is the winner of the 2017 JAMAS Entrepreneurial Spirit of Mississippi Scholarship. Brown is currently a sophomore at the University of Mississippi, majoring in Integrated Marketing Communications with a minor in Business Administration.

Originally from Brentwood, TN, Brown is involved in the Ole Miss community, serving on the Student Activities Association Executive Council, the Associated Student Body Marketing & Engagement Board, the Student Alumni Council, and on the sponsorship committee for Ole Miss RebelTHON for Children’s Miracle Network.

Mary Eveleen got an early start in entrepreneurship at 12, when she made and sold purses to raise funds for a charity that provides plastic surgery to burn victims. In high school, Brown started an online business making and selling headbands to raise funds to attend camp. Most recently, Mary Eveleen immersed herself in a start-up jewelry business, which was “transformative in my understanding of the business environment of today,” Brown said.

“I discovered that the most crucial question in today’s business environments is ‘Why do we do things this way?’ It encourages people to look at their business from a different point of view.”

“Mary Eveleen has demonstrated the motivation to create and succeed in new businesses while also serving her community,” said Ben O. Turnage, founder and CEO of JAMAS Capital Management. “We at JAMAS are proud to contribute to the success of this impressive young woman, who has a bright future as a pioneering business leader.”

Ken Cyree, dean of the University of Mississippi School of Business Administration said, “We are very proud of Mary Eveleen’s accomplishments so early in her college experience and are confident she will continue to build on this success at Ole Miss and well beyond graduation.

“We are also thrilled that JAMAS Capital Management is funding this important scholarship that supports our Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship and our Entrepreneurship major.”

The $2,500 JAMAS Entrepreneurial Spirit of Mississippi Scholarship helps Ole Miss students pursue their education as well as their goals to create successful businesses after graduation. For more information, visit the JAMAS website.