The J. L. Bedsole Foundation has given $25,000 to establish the T. Massey Bedsole Sr. Endowed Scholarship for the Million Dollar Band, which is part of the College of Arts and Sciences University Bands Program in the School of Music. The scholarship will help fund the tuition and costs of a student band member. In addition to the J. L. Bedsole Foundation’s gift, many friends and family of T. Massey Bedsole also contributed to establish the fund in his honor.
T. Massey Bedsole was The University of Alabama’s oldest trustee emeritus before his death on January 1, 2011; he spent nearly a decade on the UA Board of Trustees. Beloved in the UA community and known for his enthusiasm for the Crimson Tide, he earned his undergraduate and law degrees (1939, 1941) from the University. He served in World War II as a naval aviator and was a retired partner in the Hand Arendall law firm of Mobile.
The J. L. Bedsole Foundation, established in 1949, is named for Joseph Linyer Bedsole, a well-known Mobile businessman who was the director of the First National Bank of Mobile for more than 50 years. The foundation’s mission is to provide post secondary educational opportunities for worthy youth in Alabama and to support civic, cultural, artistic, and economic development opportunities in the state.