JEFFERSON CITY (WATE) – Knoxville lottery winner Roy Cockrum has donated $1 million to Carson-Newman University, according to a release from the school.
Cockrum made the gift in honor of his mother, Mildred Knight Cockrum, a 1945 graduated. The gift will go toward an already-endowed scholarship in her name, set up by Roy Cockrum’s late father Howard Cockrum around 15 years ago.
The university recognized Mildred Cockrum in 1996 with its Outstanding Community Service Award for her work as a hospice volunteer, 45-year devotion as a Sunday school teacher and commitment to teaching conversational English to American immigrants.
“My family has had a relationship with Carson-Newman since the ‘Mossy Creek’ days,” Roy Cockrum said. “My grandmother, mother, aunts, uncles and many cousins and friends hold degrees from Carson-Newman. With this gift I honor them all. I am most grateful to Carson-Newman, however, for introducing my parents to each other when they were students there. Without that meeting and the romance that followed I would, well, not be around to make any gifts.”
Cockrum won a $259.8 million Powerball jackpot earlier this year and has made several charitable donations.