Terry and Christy Tucker Endowed Scholarship in Engineering
A conversation with Terry Tucker.
Why did you choose to create a scholarship at Auburn University?
I love Auburn. My experience and education at Auburn were catalysts to the benefits that I would receive later in life, and I wanted to ensure that other students have every opportunity to take part in becoming a member of the Auburn Family. Born and raised in Alabama, I want others to experience the nicest people, the greatest college experience, and hands-down the best academic institution in the state of Alabama.
What would you want the recipients of this scholarship to know about the person for whom it is named?
This scholarship is named for my family: wife Christy ’97, and children Kailee, Kendall, and Bennett. Upon graduation from Auburn, I have held various positions around the world with ExxonMobil and currently reside in The Woodlands, Tex. I am an avid follower of all AU sports, and now that Texas A&M is in the SEC, I drive over to watch every AU athletic team that competes in College Station.
Tell us about your Auburn story, favorite tradition, a “War Eagle!” moment, or what Auburn has meant to you.
Not one single story, but I love traveling to distant parts of the world and (not that surprisingly) noticing someone with an AU logo. A “War Eagle” and a smile are always exchanged, and usually some nice conversation that links back to a common experience. Also, attending the BCS Championship in 2010 and the Kick Six in 2013 were pretty cool Auburn moments. If I am never fortunate enough to top those two, I think I will be just fine.
What do you hope your recipients gain through this scholarship?
I want recipients to know they have a helping hand to support them when they need it the most, and letting them know that some Auburn people they have never met are rooting for them to fully recognize their potential.