Dwight Bassett Endowed Scholarship
A conversation with Dwight Bassett.
Why did you choose to create a scholarship at Auburn University?
This scholarship is a small repayment for a great debt I owe to Auburn. The price of education is so high; I want to help an Auburn student get through and do great things, and hopefully they will remember Auburn and do the same for a student. Auburn is a special place.
What would you want the recipients of this scholarship to know about the person for whom it is named?
Auburn is the foundation to my career. A lot came after Auburn, but I was ready. I carry Auburn with me everywhere I go.
Tell us about your Auburn story, favorite tradition, a “War Eagle!” moment, or what Auburn has meant to you.
There have been many. The most recent is proof that you never quit learning. I have had many learning experiences at Auburn. Good and bad, in class and out of class. During halftime of the Mississippi State game, near the concessions on the west side I saw an older gentlemen drop a bucket of popcorn on an Auburn guy. The Auburn guy had popcorn all over. Instead of being mad, the Auburn guy gets in line buys the older gentlemen a bucket of popcorn and takes it to him. What a great lesson for me and everybody else that saw it. The Auburn guy had the courage to be kind. War Eagle.
What do you hope your recipients gain through this scholarship?
I hope they understand and appreciate the opportunity they have. Do something great with the Auburn education. I also want them to give back to Auburn.