Paul B. Fraser Memorial Scholarship in Architecture
A conversation with Polly G. Fraser and Paul S. Scharff.
Why did you choose to create a scholarship at Auburn University?
Paul Fraser, a sophomore in the School of Architecture at Auburn, died in January 1990 of meningitis. We, his mother and stepfather, wanted students with good grades and financial need to be able to get the education that Paul would have benefited from had he survived.
We are proud that we have been able to help so many students. They represent many positives that Paul Fraser stood for in his 20 years.
What would you want the recipients of this scholarship to know about the person for whom it is named?
Paul loved his almost two years at Auburn. He made good friends in the School of Architecture, his fraternity, and the wonderful people in the architecture department. He has been gone for 25 years but never forgotten by family and friends. This scholarship means he will always be remembered. The scholarship was established in 1991 by his mother Polly Fraser, his stepfather Paul Scharff, and his great-aunt Adria Spielberger to help students reach their dreams.
Tell us about your Auburn story, favorite tradition, a “War Eagle!” moment, or what Auburn has meant to you.
Auburn fulfilled Paul Fraser’s expectation of college and of the School of Architecture—he was happy with the entire experience. In the early days of the scholarship we were privileged to be involved with the selection of the recipients and in some cases establish relationships that continue still.
What do you hope your recipients gain through this scholarship?
Hopefully this scholarship will provide the ability to have an easier time getting the quality education in architecture that Auburn offers, and to make contributions to the world around them. Some recipients have gone on to other careers, but always using their years in architecture school as a leg up.