- Associated Press - Saturday, May 14, 2016

OXFORD, Miss. (AP) - University of Mississippi officials say a McComb-based charitable fund has agreed to continue supporting an international studies program at the university.

The Joseph C. Bancroft Charitable & Educational Fund has agreed to provide another $5 million to the Croft Institute for International Studies over the next five years. The fund agreed to support the program in 1997, and Ole Miss said Wednesday that it has given $44 million so far.

The Croft Institute accepts 70 students each year by application to major in international studies. The program requires students to learn a foreign language and study abroad for at least one semester in a country where that language is spoken.

Joseph Bancroft was the founder of Croft Metals. Its successor company, Croft LLC, makes windows and doors in McComb.

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