Hensler Family Endowed Scholarship

A conversation with Terry Hensler
Why did you choose to create a scholarship at Auburn University?
My younger sister and I both graduated from the College of Business. We were among the first in our extended family (on both sides) to attend college. Neither of our parents was able to do that, and they wanted us to have a college education. We were on our own, though, in order to get that accomplished financially. Auburn assisted us with part-time jobs, as well as the opportunity to pursue our education. Our career and success today is a direct result of our time at Auburn. And we still maintain friendships established during that time.

What would you want recipients of this scholarship to know about you or the person(s) for whom it is named?
We established this scholarship in honor of our parents, who truly represent the words of the Auburn Creed. Although they did not attend college, they instilled in us a tremendous work ethic and the importance of family. We are both proud to have had our nephew as a recent graduate from Auburn to help continue the tradition. I did not have children, so for me this scholarship is about giving back and experiencing the joy of having someone else pursue their education and attain their goals. Any time I return to Auburn, whether it be in Jordan-Hare, or walking across campus, I can’t help but experience that feeling of coming home and “belonging.” Auburn fans and the Auburn spirit are like no place on earth. I have traveled the world over, but still get excited when I cross the state line and I’m headed to Auburn.

Tell us about your Auburn story, favorite tradition, a “War Eagle!” moment, or what Auburn has meant to you.
One of my War Eagle moments was being outside the Palace of Versailles in France and hearing someone say “War Eagle,” or being in Australia and hearing those words. Auburn people are everywhere and so you always know you are not far from family!
I drove over to Auburn as a 17-year-old (before the days of the internet!) and picked up a course catalog and all my applications. I visited one or two other colleges, but knew the minute I came to Auburn that it was the place for me. Years later I know I made the right decision. One of my fondest memories is working part-time in Samford as the campus phone operator and getting to answer: “Auburn University, may I connect you?” to people who were calling in from all over the US or the world.

What do you hope your recipients gain through receiving this scholarship?
I hope they gain the opportunity to come to Auburn and experience the true “family” feeling. It never goes away. Coming to Auburn is coming home each time. I also hope that it helps defray the costs of out-of-state tuition. I hope that the recipients will give back to Auburn as alumni and recognize the importance of supporting our alma mater, no matter how small the gift.