Dana Kimberly Woods Endowed Scholarship
A conversation with David Woods.
Why did you choose to create a scholarship at Auburn University?
We wanted to help future COSAM students with their financial needs.
What would you want the recipients of this scholarship to know about the person for whom it is named?
Dana Woods was in the honors program at COSAM and received an incredible education because she was motivated to work hard, went to class, listened to the lectures, attended tutoring sessions, and met with study groups. We hope that her efforts motivate future COSAM students to do the same.
Tell us about your Auburn story, favorite tradition, a “War Eagle!” moment, or what Auburn has meant to you.
After graduation, Dana moved to Michigan to attend med school. She stayed in touch with some of her Auburn COSAM faculty and staff including Dr. Wit, who was one of her mentors. Two years after her graduation from college, Dr. Wit and his wife visited Dana in Michigan. She missed Auburn and Dr. Wit’s visit was very encouraging to her. It meant a lot that a professor would go out of his way to visit her. Close relationships with professors seem to be rare in higher education and COSAM seems to excel in this area.
What do you hope your recipients gain through this scholarship?
I hope this scholarship provides them with motivation and encouragement.