The Panola College Foundation recently received a gift of $50,000 from Mrs. Frances Ross that will be used to purchase new instruments for the Panola College Band. When asked about the gift Professor Mike McGowan, Director of Instrumental Music, stated, "This wonderful gift from Mrs. Ross will go a long way toward the replacement of our band instruments, many of which are more than three decades old. On behalf of the music department, our students and myself, I would like to express our sincere gratitude for this donation."

“Over the years Mrs. Ross has been very generous to the College,” said Dr. Van Patterson, Vice President of Institutional Advancement. “Her gifts have made it possible for the College to purchase a stage which improved the overall professionalism of our graduation ceremonies. Another donation was used recently to purchase new tables and chairs to outfit a science lab, and this newest gift will allow us to replace many aging instruments. I am grateful for Mrs. Ross and her generosity to Panola College. I have no doubt that her legacy will be one of improving the lives of thousands of Panola College students.”