Mississippi Project

Mississippi Project 2017-08-11T17:11:00+00:00

Eleven years ago, Louise Artibello, a secretary at Holland & Hart, was listening to NPR when she heard a story that moved her to action. The story was about “LaLee’s Kin,” a documentary film by Susan Froemke, Deborah Dickson and Albert Maysles, shot in West Tallahatchie, Mississippi, that profiled Laura Lee Wallace, who was raising her grandchildren and great-grandchildren in the West Tallahatchie School District, the poorest school district in the nation at the time. Artibello spread the word to the attorneys and staff of Holland & Hart and its foundation, who were moved to act. After an initial in-person donation of books, school supplies, clothes and other items, the firm committed to a ten-year scholarship program to recognize each year one exceptional student, one exceptional teacher and one exceptional teacher’s assistant. After 10 years, the Board of Directors voted to extend the program.

2016 recipients: Justin Miller, who was awarded the Promise Scholarship, Meloney Beasley, who received the Outstanding Teacher of the Year Award, and Beulah Washington, who received the Outstanding Assistant Teacher of the Year Award.

2015 recipients: Courtney Lee, who was awarded the Promise Scholarship, Linda Johnson, who received the Outstanding Teacher of the Year Award, and Sheila Outlaw, who received the Outstanding Assistant Teacher of the Year Award.