Al and Dudley Cook Endowed Scholarship in the Raymond J. Harbert College of Business and College of Human Sciences

Al and Dudley Cook Endowed Scholarship in the Raymond J. Harbert College of Business and College of Human Sciences

A conversation with Al Cook.

Why did you choose to create a scholarship at Auburn University?
Dudley and I wanted to give back to Auburn and assist in helping students reach their goals.

What would you want the recipients of this scholarship to know about the person for whom it is named?
We are retired and very dedicated Auburn fans of everything Auburn. My entire career involved the creation of jobs and my greatest satisfaction was to in some small way help someone achieve a better way of life for themselves and their family.

Tell us about your Auburn story, favorite tradition, a “War Eagle!” moment, or what Auburn has meant to you.
Dudley and I met on a blind while we were students in 1971. Auburn is the reason we got together and have remained together for 45 years. My favorite tradition is seeing the eagle fly before events…I get chill bumps every time I see its flight.

What do you hope your recipients gain through this scholarship?
I hope this scholarship provides assistance in attaining their goals.

Anita Ingram Endowed Scholarships

Anita Ingram Endowed Scholarships

A conversation with Michael Ingram.

Why did you choose to create a scholarship at Auburn University?
My education at Auburn, particularly in engineering, science and mathematics, has been fundamental to my successful career. I am compelled to return back something, and to help those younger that will follow.

What would you want the recipients of this scholarship to know about the person for whom it is named?
I named the scholarship after my mother, because, as I’m sure it is for many recipients, she was the central inspiration in my life. Because she didn’t have the benefits of education, she had a greater appreciation of its value.

Tell us about your Auburn story, favorite tradition, a “War Eagle!” moment, or what Auburn has meant to you.
I grew up in an University of Alabama home, in an University of Alabama county. I was awarded a University of Alabama scholarship. But, when I attended Engineer’s Day and experienced Auburn—the people, the facilities—I knew where I belonged.

What do you hope your recipients gain through this scholarship?
I hope recipients gain a little less stress because of the financial relief.

Anna Crump Cuevas Endowed Scholarship in Nursing

Anna Crump Cuevas Endowed Scholarship in Nursing

A conversation with James S. Crump.

Why did you choose to create a scholarship at Auburn University?
This scholarship was established as a memorial for my daughter.

What would you want the recipients of this scholarship to know about the person for whom it is named?
Anna was a graduate of the School of Nursing, but her promising career was cut short because of cancer.

Tell us about your Auburn story, favorite tradition, a “War Eagle!” moment, or what Auburn has meant to you.
Auburn has provided educational opportunity for all my children.

What do you hope your recipients gain through this scholarship?
I want to give students an opportunity to practice a noble profession.

Aston Family Scholarship

Aston Family Scholarship

A conversation with Mark Aston.

Why did you choose to create a scholarship at Auburn University?
I love Auburn and was fortunate enough to receive an athletic scholarship to go to Auburn. I was taught to always do what you can to give back, and my wife and I both understand the importance of supporting public education.

What would you want the recipients of this scholarship to know about the person for whom it is named?
I love Auburn. I encourage students to take advantage of all of the opportunities provided and I am a firm believer that there are no limits to what you can do if you put your mind to it and put the work behind it that will take to accomplish your goals.

Tell us about your Auburn story, favorite tradition, a “War Eagle!” moment, or what Auburn has meant to you.
I did not know it at the time, however, the time I spent at Auburn helped make me the man that I am today. Being a part of the Auburn Family and a member of the football team taught me the importance of honesty, integrity, values, responsibility, commitment, and accountability to others.

What do you hope your recipients gain through this scholarship?
I hope these recipients gain a great college experience with minimal financial burden and the true meaning of what it means to GIVE to others, your time, your resources, funding, etc. I hope they get what it means when people use the term “Auburn Family.”

Barbara Drummond Thorne Endowed Scholarship

Barbara Drummond Thorne Endowed Scholarship

A conversation with Beth Thorne Stukes.

Why did you choose to create a scholarship at Auburn University?
The Barbara Drummond Thorne Endowed Scholarship was established at my mother’s request to support Walker County, Ala. students. Her wish was support the institution she loved and that prepared her.

What would you want the recipients of this scholarship to know about the person for whom it is named?
Love for Auburn runs through our family like blood. We want to help both the institution and her students in the future.

Tell us about your Auburn story, favorite tradition, a “War Eagle!” moment, or what Auburn has meant to you.
Other than our relationships to Christ, Auburn University is the orange and blue tie that binds our family. As I’ve explained to my students, we allow AU to set our reunion schedule. As we’ve matured the love is much deeper than a sporting even: it’s the great opportunities Auburn offers to her students.

What do you hope your recipients gain through this scholarship?
Education is very expensive – maybe these small gifts will help with the burden.

Barrett Family Endowed Scholarship

Barrett Family Endowed Scholarship

A conversation with Christie Barrett Harrison.

Why did you choose to create a scholarship at Auburn University?
Auburn holds a special place my heart. There is no place in the world like Auburn University.

What would you want the recipients of this scholarship to know about the person for whom it is named?
This scholarship has been established by the Barrett Family, including my brother, Will Barrett (BSBA – 2011), myself (BSBA – 2009; MAcc – 2010), and my parents, Mark and Nancy Barrett. Our family shares a love for all things Auburn.

What do you hope your recipients gain through this scholarship?
I hope the recipient of this scholarship is encouraged and empowered to keep working hard, stretching themselves, and helping others around them.

Barth-Hirth Chemical Engineering Scholarship

Barth-Hirth Chemical Engineering Scholarship

A conversation with Joe and Gail Barth.

Why did you choose to create a scholarship at Auburn University?
We chose to establish an endowment at Auburn University to show our appreciation for all that Auburn has meant to us, and to also specifically recognize Dr. Leo Hirth. Dr. Hirth taught chemical engineering at Auburn for many years. All of the ChE faculty were extremely good educators, but Dr. Hirth was special.

What would you want the recipients of this scholarship to know about the person for whom it is named?
Dr. Leo Hirth and his wife, Marge, were very involved in student mentoring at Auburn. Dr. Hirth was a great teacher, and more so, a superb mentor. Dr. Hirth advised the AIChE Student Chapter and always had an open office door to talk to students.

Tell us about your Auburn story, favorite tradition, a “War Eagle!” moment, or what Auburn has meant to you.
Auburn gave me the foundation for a rewarding life time of opportunities. I believe that learning the fundamentals of hard work, team effort, and mentoring are three special Auburn attributes I value the most.

All over the world you can meet Auburn Tigers or people who have been impacted by Auburn. I have been to 90 countries and it’s a welcome greeting to hear a “War Eagle” when a passer-by sees an Auburn shirt. It’s great to be an Auburn Tiger.

What do you hope your recipients gain through this scholarship?
I hope this scholarship will help recipients appreciate the opportunity that Auburn provides for a solid chemical engineering education.

Batson Family Endowed Scholarship for the Auburn University Marching Band

Batson Family Endowed Scholarship for the Auburn University Marching Band

A conversation with Brian and Jan Batson.

Why did you choose to create a scholarship at Auburn University?
We created this scholarship to continue our lifelong support for Auburn. As a music major and member of the Auburn University Marching Band, our son was the recipient of several scholarships that were very helpful to our family. We wanted to do the same for other students. We had for several years discussed our desire to someday create a scholarship. We wanted to do more of a legacy donation rather than only sending a check every year. When the opportunity came along, we knew that we wanted to act on it.

What would you want the recipients of this scholarship to know about the person for whom it is named?
Though neither of us majored in music at Auburn, we both were active in student music ensembles at Auburn. Brian was a member of the Auburn University Singers. Jan was in the Marching and Concert Bands and the Concert Choir. It was through our involvement in the Auburn Music Department that we met in 1974 and married in 1977. Music continues to be an important part of our lives as we participate in music in our church and community. We sing in choirs and ensembles, sing duets together, and ring handbells. Jan also directs the children’s choir program at Buford Presbyterian Church. We have a son, Mike, who graduated from Auburn in 2009 with a Bachelor of Music Education and from the University of Kentucky in 2011 with a Master of Music in Trumpet Performance.

Tell us about your Auburn story, favorite tradition, a “War Eagle!” moment, or what Auburn has meant to you.
We love to travel and when we do we always try to wear Auburn shirts or hats to identify our loyalty. We are often greeted with a “War Eagle” almost every day. One of our best remembrances was on a trip to England. We were in the gift shop of Westminster Abbey and as we browsed we heard a “War Eagle.” It happened to be one of the owners of Toomer’s Drug Store. Then on the way home, one of our pilots was an Auburn graduate so we got a “War Eagle” as we de-planed. Also we attend the National Championship game in Arizona in 2010, which was the highlight of a long history of supporting Auburn football.

What do you hope your recipients gain through this scholarship?
We hope that the person that receives this scholarship will find this as a token of support from other Auburn people and someday may be able to do the same for others.

B.B. and Mildred Darnell Scholarship

B.B. and Mildred Darnell Scholarship

A conversation with Jeannie Darnell and Mike Darnell.

Why did you choose to create a scholarship at Auburn University?
The scholarship is the perfect way to honor our parents, B.B. and Mildred Darnell. Auburn University meant a lot to them and had a big influence on their lives. One of their proudest accomplishments was the fact that all four of their children and several of their grandchildren graduated from Auburn University. This is a way to help others in their journey to graduate from Auburn University.

What would you want recipients of this scholarship to know about you or the person(s) for whom it is named?
Jeannie and Mike Darnell are brother and sister.

Jeannie graduated from Auburn in 1969 with a degree in Math. She worked for Southern Bell (later AT&T) in Atlanta for 37 years. While with the Southern Bell she was in the Information Systems Department and later in the Finance Department.

Mike graduated from Auburn in 1979 with a degree in Agricultural Economics. After working for the American Angus Association and Georgia Cattlemen’s Association, he changed career paths and became a principal in a small machining business that grew to become one of the largest industrial service companies in south central Kentucky.

Upon the death of their parents, Jeannie and Mike wanted to do something special to honor them. Funding a scholarship at Auburn just seemed natural. B.B. and Mildred Darnell were both born and raised within 30 miles of Auburn University. Auburn was woven into the fabric of their lives at an early age and remained important to them until their death.

B.B. Darnell was born in 1921 on a small farm in Lee County near Notasulga, Ala. After his graduation from Macon County High School in 1938, he entered Alabama Polytechnic Institute. He graduated from API in 1942 with a degree in Agricultural Education and a commission as a second lieutenant through Auburn’s ROTC program. With World War II underway, he entered the Army immediately. B.B. spent two years in North Africa and Italy, returning home to Alabama as a highly decorated combat veteran, eager to marry the woman he loved and begin his career in agriculture.

The woman he loved was Mildred Moore. She was born in 1920 in Lanett, Ala., but grew up on a small farm on Wire Road near Auburn. After her graduation from Lee County High School in 1938, she went to work for the telephone company in Opelika. She lived and worked in Opelika until B.B. returned home from World War II.

When B.B. came home from overseas in November of 1945, he and Mildred were married—a partnership that lasted over 65 years.

As they began their lives together in 1945, B.B. worked for the Alabama Vocational Agriculture Department and farmed in Lee County until he was called back into service for the Korean Conflict. He was discharged from the army in 1952 with the rank of Major.
With a growing family, B.B. went to work with Allied Mills as a district salesman for livestock feeds in Alabama and Georgia. After more than thirty years with the company, he retired in 1985 as Southeast Regional Sales Manager.

In 1963, B.B. and Mildred moved their four children to the Lee County farm where B.B. had been born. Together, they began a herd of registered Angus cattle that became well-known throughout the Southeast. They were active in cattle organizations, and enjoyed mentoring and encouraging younger people in the business.

B.B. and Mildred were partners in everything they did. While he traveled in his job with Allied Mills, she stayed home and took care of the family and the farm.

B.B. Darnell passed away in 2011 and Mildred passed in 2013. Their life stories can’t be told without Auburn University.

B.B. and Mildred Darnell were people of faith. Their life together was based on integrity and hard work. They loved each other, their family and friends, life on their farm, and Auburn University.

Tell us about your Auburn story, favorite tradition, a “War Eagle!” moment, or what Auburn has meant to you.
Lots of the memories about Auburn center on the football games. One game that comes to mind is the great 17-16 Auburn/Alabama game in Birmingham. Since the family lived right outside of Auburn, Mom and Dad always had many people stop by the house for lunch prior to home football games. It seemed like every weekend during football season the house was full with many of the “Auburn family.”

Of course we have both have had lots of “War Eagle Moments” in our travels over the years. Every time it happens, it just reminds us just how special Auburn is.

What do you hope your recipients gain through receiving this scholarship?
We hope that this scholarship helps to ease the burden of paying for their education at Auburn University. Hopefully, these recipients will go out into the world, be successful, and make the world better in some way. Through their success, we hope they will be able to give back in the future.

Bette Chancey Keeter Memorial Scholarship

Bette Chancey Keeter Memorial Scholarship

A conversation with Brian C. Keeter.

Why did you choose to create a scholarship at Auburn University?
My brother Lane and I decided it was a fitting way to honor and remember our mom. She loved Auburn and enjoyed encouraging young people.

What would you want the recipients of this scholarship to know about the person for whom it is named?
She was kind, compassionate and generous. She put others first.

What do you hope your recipients gain through this scholarship?
I hope this scholarship offers students the opportunity to excel.

Betty Jean Duke Lee and Malcolm E. Sexton Scholarship

Betty Jean Duke Lee and Malcolm E. Sexton Scholarship

A conversation with Creighton Conrad “Jack” Lee.

Why did you choose to create a scholarship at Auburn University?
The scholarship serves to recognize Jean and help Auburn and future students.

What would you want the recipients of this scholarship to know about the person for whom it is named?
Our family loved each other and Auburn and still do and want to actively help.

Tell us about your Auburn story, favorite tradition, a “War Eagle!” moment, or what Auburn has meant to you.
Jack and Jean fell in love December 1941. Both attending Woodlawn High School in Birmingham. They married March 1948 in Woodlawn Baptist Church.

Jack also fell in love with Auburn in the summer of 1945 while visiting on a weekend from Navy service. He graduated Auburn in August 1947 in Aeronautical (Aerospace) Engineering. Jean’s degree came from Howard College (now Samford) in the summer of 1949 in Home Economics after attending the University of Alabama.

Jack’s work included National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics in Hampton, Va., US Army Guided Missile Development, Thiokol Chemical Corp. and establishing Lee Builders, Inc. in Huntsville, Ala.

Jean’s work was raising, teaching, and loving six kids; all continue to live in Huntsville, Ala. Two graduated from Auburn, one from UAH, one from UNA, and two from practical construction and management practices. The four boys are still employed in Lee Builders. All are dedicated Auburn.

Jean died in 1995. This scholarship was established very soon thereafter in her memory — and is believed to be the first Auburn Aerospace Engineering Scholarship.

Bob and Kathy Weathers Scholarship

Bob and Kathy Weathers Scholarship

A conversation with Robert J. “Bob” Weathers.

Why did you choose to create a scholarship at Auburn University?
We have love for Auburn and want to provide opportunity for others to attend and succeed at our great university.

What would you want the recipients of this scholarship to know about the person for whom it is named?
I suppose I am the epitome of the part of the Auburn Creed that talks about believing in hard work, although for me it isn’t work. I love what I do and always have. There is nothing like having your own business and the challenges involved. I was well prepared for the business world and the world of work on graduation from Auburn.

Tell us about your Auburn story, favorite tradition, a “War Eagle!” moment, or what Auburn has meant to you.
My favorite tradition: the eagle flying before the games.

What do you hope your recipients gain through this scholarship?
I hope our scholarship recipients gain work ethic and inspiration, lifelong friendships and great memories.

Bob and Lydia Brackin Endowed Scholorship

Bob and Lydia Brackin Endowed Scholorship

A conversation with Joe Brackin.

Why did you choose to create a scholarship at Auburn University?
We were looking for a lasting way to honor my parents, who both passed away in 2011. Every aspect of Auburn University was always an important part of their lives.

What would you want the recipients of this scholarship to know about the person for whom it is named?
My parents believed that a good education was very important. They worked very hard to give me the opportunity to attend Auburn. The education they made possible for me has resulted a very fulfilling career in engineering. In addition to a great career, my time at Auburn resulted in lasting friendships that I continue to enjoy and cherish. My parents would be extremely proud to know that they continue providing more opportunities for Auburn engineering students every year.

Tell us about your Auburn story, favorite tradition, a “War Eagle!” moment, or what Auburn has meant to you.
My civil engineering degree led to a rewarding career in the aerospace and defense industry. I was privileged to work with so many talented engineers from every walk of life and contribute to amazing projects of all types. It also allowed me to travel and experience every part of our great nation. None of this would have been possible without the education I received at Auburn.

What do you hope your recipients gain through this scholarship?
I hope this scholarship helps provide the means for deserving students to attend the Auburn University College of Engineering. I also hope the Bob and Lydia Brackin Scholarship helps the recipient understand and appreciate the meaning of Auburn Family.

Brian D. Little Memorial Scholarship

Brian D. Little Memorial Scholarship

A conversation with Hunter Finch.

Why did you choose to create a scholarship at Auburn University?
Brian Little passed away in 2005 and we wanted the impact he had on our lives to be shared with others who were not fortunate enough to know him. He loved Auburn, and we believe offering a scholarship in his memory will honor his life and provide a benefit to future Auburn students.

What would you want the recipients of this scholarship to know about the person for whom it is named?
Brian was a stellar engineering student who graduated from Auburn in 1995. He grew up in Fort Walton, and was part of a state football championship his senior year. He was also a leader on the golf team. At Auburn he was a member of Sigma Phi Epsilon Fraternity, where he formed relationships that will impact his brothers for the rest of their lives. After graduating he was deeply involved in serving his community by organizing and running golf tournaments that benefited a number of local charities. Brian lost his battle with cancer in 2005.

He was a dear friend to many and his memory continues to bring many old friends and family together in a golf tournament that raises money for his scholarship. Because he lived, many lives were changed for the better, and by honoring his memory, many lives will be impacted for many years to come.

Brian was the only child to Danny and Kathy Little. When a parent loses a child, one of the most comforting things you can know is that, while your child may be gone from this world, they are not forgotten. Danny and Kathy continue to be connected to so many of Brian’s friends and are reminded of how special he was to so many. He may be gone, but his memory continues to live.

What do you hope your recipients gain through this scholarship?
We hope this scholarship brings appreciation for the relationships its recipients form in college and the impact they make on those around them. It is not the length of your life, but the quality of life you live while you are on earth that is important. We hope this scholarship provides needed financial assistance in educating future engineers, and shares the story of Brian’s life with those who were not fortunate enough to know him.

Brock Family Endowed Scholarship

Brock Family Endowed Scholarship

A conversation with Thomas P. Brock.

Why did you choose to create a scholarship at Auburn University?
My two daughters and I graduated from Auburn and we wanted to give something back to the school so others could have the same opportunity we had.

Tell us about your Auburn story, favorite tradition, a “War Eagle!” moment, or what Auburn has meant to you.
Our family still has a place in Auburn that we refer to as our “Auburn Beach House.” We, as a family, all met there for weekends and attended football, basketball, and baseball games. It gives us an opportunity to visit, see the grandchildren grow, and catch up on all family events. It is so much fun for us all.

What do you hope your recipients gain through this scholarship?
I hope students gain an excellent education in Building Science as did I and one of my daughters.

Campus Club First Ladies

Campus Club First Ladies' Endowed Scholarships

The Campus Club First Ladies’ Endowed Scholarship program was created in 2005 with the goal of honoring each of the First Ladies of Auburn University. These scholarships follow the Caroline Draughon Endowed Scholarship, which was established in 1996 on the 50th anniversary of Campus Club to honor “Miss Caroline,” the eleventh First Lady of Auburn University and the founder of Campus Club.

Carol E. Hutcheson and James W. Hutcheson Scholarship

Carol E. Hutcheson and James W. Hutcheson Scholarship

A conversation with Jim Hutcheson.

Why did you choose to create a scholarship at Auburn University?
My wife and I wanted to give to the institutions and organizations that helped shape us into the people we are today. We have been blessed and have an obligation to support efforts to build future citizens.

What would you want the recipients of this scholarship to know about the person for whom it is named?
I am a person who cares about people and finds great joy in altruistic activities.

Tell us about your Auburn story, favorite tradition, a “War Eagle!” moment, or what Auburn has meant to you.
I thought I wanted to be a CPA as I was good in math. I took an economics course from probably the weakest instructor in the department and decided accounting had too many economics-type courses. Walking back across campus from my final exam I passed a building with Education on the top…decided to be a math teacher…how’s that for career guidance! It turned out to be a wonderful choice for me. I moved into system administration after a few degrees and got to teach in a graduate degree program after retirement from the local school system. The path across campus that brought me past the Education building was the turning point of my career.

What do you hope your recipients gain through this scholarship?
The actual cash rewards are not so much, but I hope you will remember to take the opportunity to help others outside of your profession as an educator as well.

Charles R. Horton, DVM Endowed Scholarship

Charles R. Horton, DVM Endowed Scholarship

A conversation with Charles R. Horton, Jr., MD.

Why did you choose to create a scholarship at Auburn University?
I believe that one of the best ways to improve our society is to ensure that we provide a quality education emphasizing science and the scientific method. A strong science background is especially important for those who plan to enter the medical sciences.
I received a scholarship provided by an Auburn alumnus when I attended Auburn, and I hope the recipients of this scholarship will consider funding a scholarship of their own after they have reaped the financial benefits of their Auburn education. My wife, Melea, is also an Auburn graduate and we are proud to fund this scholarship.

What would you want the recipients of this scholarship to know about the person for whom it is named?
This scholarship was created in honor of my father, Charles R. Horton, DVM, who attended Auburn and practiced veterinary medicine for many years in Huntsville, Ala. He continues to be an Auburn supporter and has served on the alumni board.

What do you hope your recipients gain through this scholarship?
I hope that recipients of this scholarship will gain the knowledge necessary to use science and the scientific method not only in their medical careers, but as a method to make informed decisions in their daily lives.

Cheryl Casey Scholarship

Cheryl Casey Scholarship

A conversation with Cheryl Casey.

Why did you choose to create a scholarship at Auburn University?
Auburn is one of the best experiences I’ve ever known. I have no children, so this scholarship was my way of sharing and helping others have the same wonderful Auburn experience.

What would you want the recipients of this scholarship to know about the person for whom it is named?
Auburn runs in my family, from my father, aunt, uncle and now my step-daughter. My parents have been attending Auburn football games since my father graduated in 1958. When I came to Auburn as a freshman, he used to walk the campus with me, pointing out where he once lived and had classes. Some of those buildings are no longer there, replaced by newer buildings, but the memories are always there to share. Our family still sits together on fall Saturdays watching our Tigers.

Tell us about your Auburn story, favorite tradition, a “War Eagle!” moment, or what Auburn has meant to you.
My favorite thing about Auburn is the sense of belonging, sense of family, and the Auburn spirit that goes with me where ever I go.

What do you hope your recipients gain through this scholarship?
I hope this scholarship helps ease some of the financial burden that many students have upon graduation. I hope it helps the recipient take advantage of all the activities, clubs, sports, and experiences Auburn has to offer.

Chin F. Lin Endowed Scholarship

Chin F. Lin Endowed Scholarship

A conversation with Jeannie Lin Chopra
Why did you choose to create a scholarship at Auburn University?
Auburn University is my father’s alma mater. My husband and I established a scholarship in the College of Engineering in honor of my father for his 80th birthday.

What would you want recipients of this scholarship to know about you or the person(s) for whom it is named?
My father, Chin Fa Lin, was born in a small rural town in Taiwan in 1932, the fourth son in a family of five children. His parents were farmers. From an early age, all of the children worked on the family farm, helping their parents to make a living. It was a hard life and the only life that my father knew.

Attending school soon opened my father’s eyes to a different world of possibilities where he discovered a love for learning. My father’s brothers all became farmers, but my father chose a different path that eventually took him away from the farming life.
In the 1940s, the onset of World War II brought many changes to the residents of Taiwan. Several of my father’s classmates, and also his older brothers, were only able to complete up to a middle school level education. They had to leave school to help support their families.

My father considers himself to be one of the luckier students during the war time. He studied very hard and excelled in his academic subjects. After completing elementary school, my father was one of two students selected from his school who were given the opportunity to attend a technical middle school (without having to take the required entrance exam). From there my father continued on to attend a technical high school, where he focused on his strong interests in maths and sciences.
During high school, my father worked part-time for the Taiwan Power Company to help support his family. This company sponsored my father with a scholarship to attend National Cheng Kung University in Taiwan, where he pursued a degree in Mechanical Engineering. After receiving his undergraduate degree, my father returned back to Taiwan Power Company and worked for several years as an engineer. My father also met my mother, got married, and started a family.

However, my father stilled yearned for something more. He wanted to pursue further graduate studies and dreamed of opportunities that were available in the U.S. In 1966, at 34 years old, my father came to the U.S. and began his graduate engineering program at Auburn, completing his master’s degree in 1968. Although my father was also accepted by other graduate engineering programs in the U.S., he chose to attend Auburn. He had heard about the growing reputation of Auburn’s engineering program while he was living in Taiwan in the 1960’s. After being accepted by the programs, my father made a trip to the U.S. and visited the schools to make his decision. He felt at home being on the Auburn campus. Auburn had also provided my father a scholarship which helped make his graduate education possible.

Tell us about your Auburn story, favorite tradition, a “War Eagle!” moment, or what Auburn has meant to you.
I like to think that Auburn University was where my father got his start in America, and was able to make a better life for himself and his family. The graduate engineering degree he earned from Auburn opened doors to better job opportunities, and enabled my father to pursue a long and successful career working in the energy industry. My father contributed to many interesting projects – from analyzing nuclear reactor power plants components in Tennessee – to designing pressure vessel components for oil refineries in California and Texas. He retired after spending several decades working as an engineer.

What do you hope your recipients gain through receiving this scholarship?
I hope this scholarship will help students get a start on pursuing their education and interest in the field of Mechanical Engineering. I also hope students will have the opportunity to use their knowledge and understanding gained from their Auburn education to contribute to engineering projects that will have a positive impact in the world.

Daisy Bond Alabama Chapter-ASID Endowed Scholarship

Daisy Bond Alabama Chapter-ASID Endowed Scholarship

A conversation with Susan Bell Pendleton, former President of ASID-AL.

Why did you choose to create a scholarship at Auburn University?
When I was President of the Alabama Chapter of ASID I felt the need to honor the desires of Daisy Bond, who willed money to ASID-AL to be used for students. I thought that an endowed scholarship was the best way to create a lasting memorial to Daisy Bond.

What would you want the recipients of this scholarship to know about the person for whom it is named?
I am the former President of ASID-AL and a 1976 graduate of the Interior Design program at Auburn. I have loved working in this field in Tennessee, Alabama, and Kentucky for almost 40 years. My daughter is a 2010 graduate in ID also. This scholarship is named for Daisy Bond and was created from money that she willed to ASID-AL to be used for students. A scholarship was also endowed in her name at the University of Alabama.

Tell us about your Auburn story, favorite tradition, a “War Eagle!” moment, or what Auburn has meant to you.
My father graduated from Auburn in 1951 after he served in WWII. I graduated from Auburn (1976) along with my three sisters (1982-1988) and one brother-in-law. In 2010 and 2012 my two daughters graduated from Auburn. Some people go to college but our family goes to Auburn! I truly love the “Auburn Family” and enjoyed serving on the board of the Auburn Parents’ Association from 2007-2012 and working with parents at Camp War Eagle and other times throughout the year.

What do you hope your recipients gain through this scholarship?
I hope that the recipient of this scholarship realizes the importance of professional associations such as ASID and that he/she will seek out and join ASID both as a student and as a professional.

Dana Kimberly Woods Endowed Scholarship

Dana Kimberly Woods Endowed Scholarship

A conversation with David Woods.

Why did you choose to create a scholarship at Auburn University?
We wanted to help future COSAM students with their financial needs.

What would you want the recipients of this scholarship to know about the person for whom it is named?
Dana Woods was in the honors program at COSAM and received an incredible education because she was motivated to work hard, went to class, listened to the lectures, attended tutoring sessions, and met with study groups. We hope that her efforts motivate future COSAM students to do the same.

Tell us about your Auburn story, favorite tradition, a “War Eagle!” moment, or what Auburn has meant to you.
After graduation, Dana moved to Michigan to attend med school. She stayed in touch with some of her Auburn COSAM faculty and staff including Dr. Wit, who was one of her mentors. Two years after her graduation from college, Dr. Wit and his wife visited Dana in Michigan. She missed Auburn and Dr. Wit’s visit was very encouraging to her. It meant a lot that a professor would go out of his way to visit her. Close relationships with professors seem to be rare in higher education and COSAM seems to excel in this area.

What do you hope your recipients gain through this scholarship?
I hope this scholarship provides them with motivation and encouragement.

Dan H. and Dorothy O. Ledbetter Scholarship

Dan H. and Dorothy O. Ledbetter Scholarship

A conversation with Diane L. Barlow.

Why did you choose to create a scholarship at Auburn University?
There are two reasons why I chose to create a scholarship at Auburn: 1. I highly value the education that I received at Auburn; it continues to serve me well. 2. My career in higher education gives me first-hand knowledge of the importance of financial aid to students, not only to help pay the bills, but as tangible evidence of confidence in the recipient’s abilities as a student and potential as a teacher and mentor in the future.

What would you want the recipients of this scholarship to know about the person for whom it is named?
Neither of my parents, who finished high school at the end of the Great Depression, were able to attend college, but they were determined that their children would have that opportunity. My father became an ardent supporter of the Auburn football team and enjoyed visiting us on Saturdays in the fall so that he could attend a home game. As a loyal fan, he followed the team long after my husband and I graduated and moved away from Alabama. The scholarship is the perfect way to honor my parents’ commitment to higher education for their daughters and their love for Auburn.

Tell us about your Auburn story, favorite tradition, a “War Eagle!” moment, or what Auburn has meant to you.
I entered Auburn as a transfer student at the beginning of my sophomore year and just after my husband and I married. He was beginning his third year at Auburn in the College of Engineering. The two oldest of our three children were born in the hospital in Opelika: the first while we were undergraduates and the second while my husband was a grad student. Our experiences at Auburn were vastly different from most students because we were a couple with children. However, there were other students in the same situation, and we made many friends. The community was family-friendly, and so many people in Auburn helped us achieve our goals while raising two young children.

What do you hope your recipients gain through this scholarship?
I know that the recipients will receive a high-quality education. I hope that they develop both confidence in their abilities as a teachers-to-be and an appreciation of the fact that they will have to continue to learn and grow after they graduate.

Danny G. Snow Endowed Scholarships for Engineering

Danny G. Snow Endowed Scholarships for Engineering

A conversation with Danny Snow.

Why did you choose to create a scholarship at Auburn University?
My family didn’t have money to pay for my college, but with their help and encouragement I was able to work and pay for college through the co-op program. I feel extremely fortunate that Auburn University and NASA had established such a program that afforded me a college education. With all the positives there was still the problem of one quarter in school and one quarter out. Each time I returned I had lost class contact with close friends; they would have just completed the classes I was now starting. This and the in and out made me feel more like a commuter than a full-time student. I missed that part of campus life and the total Auburn Experience. By providing these scholarships, I hope to help some other deserving students experience and enjoy the full benefit of an Auburn University Engineering degree. Maybe they will see the value and do the same.

What would you want the recipients of this scholarship to know about the person for whom it is named?
My Auburn Engineering degree opened doors and gave me the opportunity to do what I have done and helped me to become the person that I am. Most importantly it taught me how to learn. We are what we make of ourselves, and we must learn before we can act and teach.

Tell us about your Auburn story, favorite tradition, a “War Eagle!” moment, or what Auburn has meant to you.
My grandchildren are well-versed in Auburn spirit and are well adorned in the Orange and Blue when they come for a visit and I am always greeted with healthy “War Eagle.” Their enthusiasm for one of my favorites means a life well lived.

What do you hope your recipients gain through this scholarship?
The purpose was to give the opportunity of a college education to some deserving young people. I am forever grateful for the help I received and realize how important a small amount of financial aid or word of encouragement can make the difference in staying in school or not. By providing this endowment I hope to be that spark of encouragement to deserving students so that they may enjoy the benefits of an Auburn Engineering degree just as I have. And hopefully all or some will see the benefit and will pay it forward for the next generation.

David N. and Kathy Dorough Endowed Scholarship

David N. and Kathy Dorough Endowed Scholarship

A conversation with David N. Dorough.

Why did you choose to create a scholarship at Auburn University?
I went through Auburn on a scholarship, graduating in 1971. Without that scholarship, attending Auburn would not have been possible. I cannot express in a few words how much my Auburn education has meant to me over these last 40-plus years. Our goal is to help other students obtain the lifelong benefits of an Auburn education.

Deborah Lee Shaw Alumni Scholar Endowed Scholarship

Deborah Lee Shaw Alumni Scholar Endowed Scholarship

A conversation with Deborah Lee Shaw.

Why did you choose to create a scholarship at Auburn University?
I feel blessed I am able to help students in their quest for a college education at my alma mater, Auburn University. I was fortunate to be a scholarship recipient myself when in college, and know first-hand how much it helped me and my family. It is now my turn to give back.

What would you want the recipients of this scholarship to know about the person for whom it is named?
I am proud to have two degrees from Auburn, and to have worked for our great university for 32 years before retiring in 2015. I spent 20 of those years working directly with students in Student Affairs, and have always been a huge supporter of student success. The last 12 years I worked in the Alumni Affairs division, as vice-president. Through this work, I became an even stronger advocate for Auburn. I want everyone who desires to do so to experience and have the opportunity to learn at a top research institution like Auburn.

Tell us about your Auburn story, favorite tradition, a “War Eagle!” moment, or what Auburn has meant to you.
My entire professional career has been devoted to Auburn. My first job was as a Hall Director in Teague Hall (called “Dorm 4” at the time), while I was obtaining my master?۪s degree. My first full-time job was as an Admissions Counselor/Recruiter in the AU Admissions Office. Then I transferred to Student Affairs, and the next several years I held many roles—I oversaw all 300+ student organizations, advised the SGA Cabinet and SGA Senate, advised the Panhellenic Council and later all Greek organizations, advised the Glomerata, directed the new Student Success Center, was the first director of Camp War Eagle, created a new department “The Freshman Year Experience,” and advised the Aubie mascot program for 20 years. In 2003, I was appointed the assistant VP for alumni affairs, and a year later became the VP. In the early 90s, I served as the national VP for my sorority, Phi Mu. It was a great ride, and every single experience I had seemed to lead to a War Eagle moment. Perhaps the best part of all is seeing former students become Auburn alumni, become successful in their careers, have families and send their students to Auburn to college.

What do you hope your recipients gain through this scholarship?
I just hope that financial difficulties do not keep a student from earning a degree from Auburn, or cause undue stress. I hope that one day the recipient will be able to “pay it forward” and give back to AU, helping students in need.

Deery Family Endowed Scholarship

Deery Family Endowed Scholarship

A conversation with Jeff and Jennifer Deery.

Why did you choose to create a scholarship at Auburn University?
We wanted to give back to the school that has given so much to us! We met at Auburn and were both graduates of the College of Liberal Arts.

What would you want the recipients of this scholarship to know about the person for whom it is named?
To quote our favorite creed …. we believe in Auburn and LOVE it!

Tell us about your Auburn story, favorite tradition, a “War Eagle!” moment, or what Auburn has meant to you.
We love hearing the band play the Fight Song when traveling to watch our Auburn Tigers play!

What do you hope your recipients gain through this scholarship?
We hope that this scholarship will give recipients the opportunity to focus their energy on their academics without having to worry about the financial aspect.

Diaco and Angela Aviki Endowed Scholarship

Diaco and Angela Aviki Endowed Scholarship

A conversation with Diaco Aviki.

Why did you choose to create a scholarship at Auburn University?
I received a scholarship and it was a tremendous blessing in my life. I feel it allowed me to commit the time needed to excel and ultimately open doors that have led to my professional success. I also wanted to honor my mother. She raised three kids essentially on one income and sacrificed a lot for us. She has a PhD and her desires for us to excel in our educational endeavors was so important to her.

What would you want the recipients of this scholarship to know about the person for whom it is named?
I want the recipient to know that my family are committed followers of Christ, and pray that they one day have a similar unwavering faith in Him. Through that faith and comfort, they can do all things.

Tell us about your Auburn story, favorite tradition, a “War Eagle!” moment, or what Auburn has meant to you.
Auburn is my hometown and I have so many great memories there. It continues to be home for me despite not having any family living there.

What do you hope your recipients gain through this scholarship?
I hope this scholarship provides the same opportunities mine did. I hope it enables them to succeed. I hope they in turn feel the obligation to pay it forward.

Dr. Buddy Larry Thorne Endowed Scholarship

Dr. Buddy Larry Thorne Endowed Scholarship

A conversation with Beth Thorne Stukes.

Why did you choose to create a scholarship at Auburn University?
The Dr. Buddy Larry Thorne Endowed Scholarship was established to honor my father on his 80th birthday. He loves Auburn University and has strong feelings about the sacrifices parents make to offer their children a chance at a professional life.

What would you want the recipients of this scholarship to know about the person for whom it is named?
Love for Auburn runs through our family like blood. We want to help both the institution and her students in the future.

Tell us about your Auburn story, favorite tradition, a “War Eagle!” moment, or what Auburn has meant to you.
Other than our relationships to Christ, Auburn University is the orange and blue tie that binds our family. As I’ve explained to my students, we allow AU to set our reunion schedule. As we’ve matured the love is much deeper than a sporting even: it’s the great opportunities Auburn offers to her students.

What do you hope your recipients gain through this scholarship?
Education is very expensive – maybe these small gifts will help with the burden.

Dr. Dell Barker Walker

Dr. Dell Barker Walker '85 Endowed Scholarship

A conversation with Dell Barker Walker.

Why did you choose to create a scholarship at Auburn University?
I love Auburn! Those words are so very simple yet packed with memories and emotions. I thoroughly enjoyed the years I spent in Auburn as a student and have been blessed with a career that hinged from the degree I received. I believe that these annual scholarships provide a connection with the future of pharmacy and I hope the gift, which the student has earned, eases the cost burden in some small way.

What would you want the recipients of this scholarship to know about the person for whom it is named?
I am a pharmacist who has continually tried to improve the care and outcomes of the patients I serve. Early in my career, I did this through outpatient prescription services, various therapeutic clinics, and inpatient teaching and counseling. Following additional education and receiving my PharmD, I entered the word of pharmaceutical medicine and have touched the lives of thousands through the medications we discover and provide around the world.

Tell us about your Auburn story, favorite tradition, a “War Eagle!” moment, or what Auburn has meant to you.
There are so many stories to share but my mind races through picture memories of football weekends as a War Eagle Girl. I loved the excitement each event held and marveled at the incredibly interesting and successful Auburn men and women I met. Giving campus tours to potential students was filled with joy and enthusiasm as young people made their choice to join the Auburn family.

What do you hope your recipients gain through this scholarship?
I hope they gain a sense of belief and confidence in themselves, knowing that someone else far older believes in them.