L. Nick Davis Endowed Scholarship in the College of Business
A conversation with L. Nick Davis.
Why did you choose to create a scholarship at Auburn University?
I believe in Auburn and I believe in Auburn students: while I studied at Auburn, I worked three jobs to support myself and pay my tuition, books, and fees. I want today’s students to be able to focus fully on academics, extracurricular activities, social activities, athletics, and frankly, just have fun. As I tell my nieces and nephews, “It is your job to make excellent grades and enjoy your college years.” You may not be able to realize it while you are here at Auburn, but this is the time of your life. Love and cherish every moment.
What would you want the recipients of this scholarship to know about the person for whom it is named?
This scholarship was established in my name: I am happy to be able to give back to this great institution that prepared me well and offered me the opportunity to be financially secure enough to pass it along to the next generations. It is a privilege and an honor to be able to do so.
Tell us about your Auburn story, favorite tradition, a “War Eagle!” moment, or what Auburn has meant to you.
My earliest memories are of coming to Auburn for game day weekends; this was before the completion of I-85 from Atlanta, where we lived. The five-hour trip here was full of long, winding roads, building the anticipation of the big game on Saturday. I remember going to the area outside of the locker rooms and seeing the coaches and the players. I still have all my programs from those early years, many with autographs of the Auburn greats: Shug Jordan, Pat Sullivan, and Terry Beasley, among many others. Auburn is an integral part of my life from my earliest memories, through my adolescence, my college years and the adult years. I believe in Auburn and love it.
What do you hope your recipients gain through this scholarship?
I hope this scholarship gives the gift of time: time to focus on being an Auburn student and enjoying all it has to offer.