Though Mrs. Charlotte Rose Causey graduated with a Music degree from Belhaven College over fifty years ago (1953), her legacy will be passed down to future generations of Belhaven vocal musicians. Because of her deep love for Belhaven College and inspired by her current fight against cancer, her son Mr. Billy Causey has chosen to honor his mother, Mrs. Charlotte Rose Causey, with the gift he feels will show his love and appreciation the most: an endowed scholarship in her name.
The Charlotte Rose Causey Music Scholarship will be awarded annually to a student majoring in Vocal Music who, in the judgment of an awarding committee designated by Belhaven College, represents the character and moral grounding of the Causey family.
When Mr. Causey began thinking of a significant way to honor his mother, forming a Belhaven scholarship in her name was almost an immediate conclusion. Mrs. Charlotte Rose Causey, who hails from Winona, Miss., is a true “Belhaven girl” in every sense of the word.
As a member of the class of 1953, she was in the last class before the school became co-educational. She reminisces about the college and says, “The spirit of the campus, from faculty to classmates, was always supportive and helpful. My time [at Belhaven] meant so much.” As the wife of Dr. Bill Causey, longtime pastor of Parkway Baptist Church in Clinton and former Executive Director of the Mississippi Baptist Convention Board, Mrs. Causey credits Belhaven with preparing her to be a pastor’s wife, with its unique role and responsibilities.
As a Belhaven student, Mrs. Causey was involved in numerous activities and received many honors, including class treasurer, secretary, vice-president, and president. She was also named a Belhaven Beauty and received the “Love of the Beautiful” award.
Belhaven College is honored to continue passing down Mrs. Charlotte Causey’s passion for music, faithful Christian example, and love for her alma mater to the next generation of Belhaven students. Her son’s action is a testimony to her life, as Proverbs 31:10, 28 states, “A wife of noble character who can find? She is worth far more than rubies…Her children arise and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praises her.”