Giants QB Eli Manning & Wife Gives $1 Million To Ole Miss
New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning and his wife, Abby, have given $1 million to a needs-based academic scholarship program at their alma mater, the University of Mississippi.
“We recently talked with Chancellor (Dan) Jones about several ways that we could give back,” Manning said Saturday. “Abby and I were drawn to this program of helping people who might not be able to attend college otherwise. To us, it was a way of truly helping a lot of people.”
Ole Miss Opportunity was created this year, after the school approved a 6.5 percent tuition increase, to cover the gap between all of a student’s other scholarships and grants and the average cost of tuition, housing and a meal allowance.
“Academics was very important to me when I was here,” said Manning, who met his wife when they were both students at the Oxford, Miss., school. “I studied and worked hard trying to make good grades.
Manning was named to the Southeastern Conference Academic Honor Roll from 2000 to 2002, as well as the 2001 and 2002 Verizon District VI All-Academic first-team and the 2001 Verizon national All-Academic second-team.
Manning graduated in 2003 with a degree in marketing, was the No. 1 overall draft pick in the 2004 NFL Draft and led the Giants to win Super Bowl XLII in the 2008 season. Abby McGrew Manning, a native of Nashville, earned a degree in family and consumer sciences in 2005 and pursued a career in fashion.