Sausage king Jimmy Dean donated $1 million Tuesday to Wayland Baptist University, the biggest gift ever donated by an individual to the small Texas school.

Dean, who dropped out of high school in Plainview in 1946 to work and help his mother, will help finance a scholarship in his late mother's memory.

"I've been so blessed, and it makes me proud to give back, especially to my hometown," Dean, 79, said.