An endowed scholarship has been established in the name of Chris Hainsey, a student member of the Million Dollar Band, who, after a long battle with cancer, passed away in the fall of 2005. Hainsey’s parents, Brenda and Mike Hainsey of Columbus, Mississippi and his aunt and uncle Carol and Dennis Hainsey made a gift of $20,000 to establish the scholarship.
Hainsey, who majored in secondary education with an emphasis in music in the College of Education, was from Columbus, Mississippi. He was a member of the Million Dollar Band from 2003 to 2005. Fellow students and teachers have attested that even when enduring the adversity of cancer, Chris persisted in dutifully doing his best and never once asked for special consideration. The Chris Hainsey Memorial Scholarship honors his outstanding work ethic as well as his commitment to the Million Dollar Band by providing a scholarship and the annual “Chris Hainsey Ultimate Team Player” award to a Million Dollar Band member who best represents the contributions Chris made to the band.