Kane and Hudson Kelly Endowed Scholarship

A conversation with Ken Kelly.

Why did you choose to create a scholarship at Auburn University?
This scholarship was established to help students who want to major in finance and go make their mark in the business world. I also wanted to establish this scholarship in a way that a deserving student would receive this scholarship for their entire four years of undergraduate studies. The biggest reason I chose to establish this scholarship was to help leave a legacy for my son and grandson to follow, thus the naming of the scholarship. I want them to remain a part of the University long after I am gone. Although my son graduated from a Texas university, he lives orange and blue. My grandson, who is five now, is a different story; his goal is be a marine biologist.

What would you want the recipients of this scholarship to know about the person for whom it is named?
I am honored to give back and help students achieve their degree and goal. I was raised in the country where hard work was expected from you in order to achieve and help your family. I believe in a strong work ethic and that the recipient of this scholarship deserves this honor, for they too have worked hard and have, by evidenced in their previous school work in high school, established a work ethic for themselves. My last words are from a movie from several years ago, Rudy. Coach Dan Devine said, “No one, I mean no one, comes into our house and pushes us around. Do your job, no excuses.” That has been my motto for years and that is the motto I believe each student who receives this scholarship has within themselves.

Tell us about your Auburn story, favorite tradition, a “War Eagle!” moment, or what Auburn has meant to you.
I have too many to name, from Pat Sullivan to Terry Beasley, Bo over the Top, Punt Bama Punt. However, I will state that the Saturday “Bummer” came to play on the Plains and to hear AD Housel say, “We are finally equal” was a great moment in Auburn history. But us Auburn people knew we were always better than those from up north. After all, everyone knows that the only sign of intelligence in Tuscaloosa is the one that says “Auburn 140 miles!”

What do you hope your recipients gain through this scholarship?
I hope recipients have the chance to give back to the College of Business at Auburn. Don’t forget how you have been helped to achieve your goals and dreams and reciprocate when the time is right to help those coming after each recipient of this scholarship. War Eagle, and I wish each recipient success today, tomorrow, and in the future.