Memorial Trees


Alumni and friends may invest in the beauty of Mississippi State University by making a gift to the Campus Beautification Endowment. Gifts for the much-needed endowment enhance the general appearance of our historic 136-year-old campus. Donors may honor or remember a family member, a classmate or even a mentor with a contribution. 

Memorial trees can be named with a minimum $5,750 gift to the Campus Beautification Endowment, which includes the cost of the project. Gifts for memorial trees cover the cost of the tree, a plaque and care during the tree's first year of growth. The gift also provides for replanting and replacement of the tree over time. 

The Office of Annual Giving within the MSU Foundation accepts gifts for memorial trees, and the university's campus landscape department will assist the donor with tree selection and location. Dedication ceremonies are held upon request. Other items, such as a bench, may be added for an additional project cost if these items can be integrated into the overall landscape. 

An 8” x 10” plaque will display the name of the honoree and the donor name, along with the common name and scientific name for the tree. Trees planted with best results at Mississippi State include Bald Cypress, Magnolia, varieties of Ginkgo, Red Maple, and varieties of oak trees such as Nuttall Oak, Water Oak and Willow Oak. 

MSU offers other naming opportunities through support of the Campus Beautification Endowment, such as outdoor plantings and structures. For assistance with contributing to the Campus Beautification Endowment, please contact Jana Berkery at 662.325.5977 or email

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