Dr. Buddy Larry Thorne Endowed Scholarship

A conversation with Beth Thorne Stukes.

Why did you choose to create a scholarship at Auburn University?
The Dr. Buddy Larry Thorne Endowed Scholarship was established to honor my father on his 80th birthday. He loves Auburn University and has strong feelings about the sacrifices parents make to offer their children a chance at a professional life.

What would you want the recipients of this scholarship to know about the person for whom it is named?
Love for Auburn runs through our family like blood. We want to help both the institution and her students in the future.

Tell us about your Auburn story, favorite tradition, a “War Eagle!” moment, or what Auburn has meant to you.
Other than our relationships to Christ, Auburn University is the orange and blue tie that binds our family. As I’ve explained to my students, we allow AU to set our reunion schedule. As we’ve matured, the love is much deeper than a sporting event: it’s the great opportunities Auburn offers to her students.

What do you hope your recipients gain through this scholarship?
Education is very expensive – maybe these small gifts will help with the burden.