A large donation was made to Mississippi State University Meridian Campus by the Sonny Montgomery Foundation.
The foundation donated $10,000 Friday, part of a $50,000 commitment it has made to advance academic programs at MSU Meridian.
The school also unveiled a bronze bust of former congressman Sonny Montgomery at the ceremony.
It will be placed in the lobby.
The bust was created by sculptor, Dr. Kim Sessums, of Brookhaven. She has created similar busts of Dr. Billy Graham and Eudora Welty, among others.