Jerard T. Smith Endowed Scholarship
A conversation with Jerard T. Smith.
Why did you choose to create a scholarship at Auburn University?
Some of the best years of my life were spent at Auburn. The education I received at Auburn set me on a path of success. I want to be a part of helping others experience the life-changing education that can be received at Auburn.
What would you want the recipients of this scholarship to know about the person for whom it is named?
After leaving Auburn in 1994, I have spent my career engaged in mechanical engineering. My degrees from Auburn have always been respected and have opened doors. I have enjoyed meeting other Auburn alumni all over the United States. Now that I have achieved a level of financial security, I am happy to help others along their educational journey.
Tell us about your Auburn story, favorite tradition, a “War Eagle!” moment, or what Auburn has meant to you.
I loved to hunt and while at Auburn and would get up in the morning, spend a couple hours in Tuskegee National Forest, and then get to class. I always enjoyed the mornings sitting in the woods and would often be thinking over some difficult engineering problem. My wife and I always enjoyed free movie night and Saturday football games.
What do you hope your recipients gain through this scholarship?
I hope recipients of this scholarship are able to focus on their experience at Auburn and not have to worry so much about the bills.