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Prentis S. Howard/Tampa Bay Auburn Club Endowed Scholarship Fund

Prentis S. Howard/Tampa Bay Auburn Club Endowed Scholarship Fund

The PSH Scholarship Fund was established on March 17, 1986. The scholarship is designated for Hillsborough County, Fla. students on the basis of need and award for academic excellence. The Tampa Bay Auburn Club, incorporated on September 28, 1967, created the PSH Scholarship Fund to honor one of the club founders: Prentis S. Howard. Mr. Howard was an Auburn graduate in the School of Architecture in the 1950s. This scholarship serves as a strong link for students attending Auburn University from the Tampa, Fla. area and gives recognition to the University as an excellent place of higher learning. The PSH Fund provides an opportunity for the members of the club to support and contribute to the success of the fund as well as the University.

Prentis S. Howard was a leading architect and civic leader in the Tampa Bay area. He passed away at an early age in 1978. He was instrumental in the design of many structures in Florida and served as President of the Central Florida Chapter of American Institute of Architects. His civic duties and accomplishments were numerous: President of the Tampa Bay Auburn Club, President of the Tampa Lions Club, President of the Greater Tampa Lions Sight Foundation, Board of Directors for the Tampa Lighthouse For The Blind, Member of Tampa Chamber of Commerce, and other civic duties within the communities.

Tampa Bay Auburn Club hopes that students recipients gain an appreciation and significance of this award, realizing the Auburn Creed is the foundation for a successful life and spiritual growth.

Retired Education Faculty and Staff Endowed Scholarship

Retired Education Faculty and Staff Endowed Scholarship

A conversation with Terry C. Ley.

Why did you choose to create a scholarship at Auburn University?
All of us were members of the College of Education faculty or staff before we retired, some of us for 30 years or more. Our scholarship is a “thank you” gift to the college, for we found our positions both stimulating and rewarding. We found it a privilege to work together to prepare both undergraduate and graduate students to take their places in school classrooms.

What would you want the recipients of this scholarship to know about the person for whom it is named?
The 23 retired faculty and staff members who established this scholarship taught or were staff members in all departments in the College of Education.

Rick Pate Family Endowed Scholarship

Rick Pate Family Endowed Scholarship

A conversation with Rick Pate.

Why did you choose to create a scholarship at Auburn University?
I still had two boys in high school and at first I thought it was too soon for me to start thinking of helping others when I needed to get done with my own. I thought about it more, though, and realized I had bought PACTs for boys and had invested some money in an education trust when they were born and it had grown. I wanted a way to help kids from Lowndes County get to AU. Some years there are only a few.

What would you want the recipients of this scholarship to know about the person for whom it is named?
I’m not wealthy; I just used my AU degree to make my family a good living. You don’t have to be rich to give someone else a little help. I have been involved in many organizations and served in leadership in most of them. I believe we have responsibility to give back through our professional organizations, civic clubs, political leadership, and religious participation.

Tell us about your Auburn story, favorite tradition, a “War Eagle!” moment, or what Auburn has meant to you.
My father and mother graduated from AU, as well as my brother and two sisters and myself. A third sister attended but graduated elsewhere. I have had nine nieces, nephews and their spouses graduate from AU. Both of my sons are currently attending AU as well four nieces and nephews who are or have. AU is so embedded in our DNA that I don’t remember life without AU. I served as a Plainsman student host for several years at AU and I was able to participate in many wonderful activities with the university.

What do you hope your recipients gain through this scholarship?
I hope it encourages them to attend AU. It seems the best and brightest sometimes are swayed by scholarships and other items to attend a university that isn’t their first choice. I wouldn’t want someone who didn’t want to attend AU to do so because of the scholarship but hope that it will help that student that loves AU and wants to attend to be able to afford it a little more.

Rob and Dena Stowers Endowed Scholarship

Rob and Dena Stowers Endowed Scholarship

A conversation with Rob Stowers.

Why did you choose to create a scholarship at Auburn University?
I want to help deserving, first generation college students fulfill their dream of attending Auburn.

What would you want the recipients of this scholarship to know about the person for whom it is named?
Dena and I love Auburn and want to help bright, deserving students learn to love Auburn. I am a first generation college graduate and I understand how important earning a degree is for students and their future families’ well being.

Tell us about your Auburn story, favorite tradition, a “War Eagle!” moment, or what Auburn has meant to you.
Auburn has given me the education, skills, and confidence to become a successful business person. The values I had reinforced during my years at Auburn have helped guide me during the last 40 years as we try to help people that need a little boost to ensure their happiness and success.

What do you hope your recipients gain through this scholarship?
I hope that students see the value of giving so they may do the same when they are fiscally able.

Robert and Lela Lofton '72 Endowed Scholarship in the College of Veterinary Medicine

Robert and Lela Lofton '72 Endowed Scholarship in the College of Veterinary Medicine

A conversation with Robert and Lela Lofton.

Why did you choose to create a scholarship at Auburn University?
We felt our Auburn educations helped to open the door to many opportunities for us and we have been more than blessed in our careers, especially in the field of veterinary medicine. We are aware of the tremendous financial burden that many of the current students face, so we have a desire to help those who are working towards improving not only themselves but the profession as well.

What would you want the recipients of this scholarship to know about the person for whom it is named?
The profession of veterinary medicine has been a wonderful life experience for both of us. The work is rewarding as well as challenging, and it has opened many doors of friendships and other life experiences. We are grateful for the opportunities that have come our way.

Tell us about your Auburn story, favorite tradition, a “War Eagle!” moment, or what Auburn has meant to you.
Lela: My Auburn story started before I was born. Both my parents attended Auburn when it was API, and then both my sisters attended before me. I never considered another school. I loved the social life, the feeling of family, and of course, the athletics. Classes were important and provided me an education that led me to my first jobs in education.

Robert’s beginning was a little different. He knew he wanted to be a veterinarian and his options of school were Auburn, Texas A&M, and Oklahoma. Auburn was his first choice and fortunately it was his first acceptance of the three schools. His undergraduate degree is from LSU where he worked hard at scholastics and to pay for his education. At Auburn he was able to enjoy the whole experience of Auburn and became involved in student government as well as the classwork of veterinary school.

We met the senior year of both our educations and married after graduation. We spent 40-plus years in Louisiana working together in our private veterinary practice. Auburn was always important to us for friendships and continuing education and for finding veterinarian to work with us. Returning to Auburn was a natural decision.

What do you hope your recipients gain through this scholarship?
We hope they will gain financial assistance and a realization of the importance of being involved in professional organizations—the importance of giving back.

Robert Gatewood Memorial Scholarship

Robert Gatewood Memorial Scholarship

A conversation with Laura Kezar.

Why did you choose to create a scholarship at Auburn University?
When I attended Auburn I was lucky to be the recipient of several scholarships. These scholarships meant that I could focus on my studies instead of on finances. I created a scholarship at Auburn University to pay it forward to the next generation of Auburn chemical engineering students.

What would you want the recipients of this scholarship to know about the person for whom it is named?
The scholarship is named for my grandfather, Robert “Bob” McLeod Gatewood, a native of Americus, Ga. who graduated from Auburn University in 1949 with a BS in Civil Engineering. In addition to a career at the Alabama Highway Department (Chief of the Design Bureau), Bob was also very active in St. James United Methodist Church and an avid Auburn supporter. He passed away in 1984, but he instilled a love of Auburn University in his family that would continue to grow for future generations. Although my grandfather passed away before I was born and I never met him, I credit two of the best decisions I ever made—my decisions to attend Auburn and to major in engineering—to his legacy.

Tell us about your Auburn story, favorite tradition, a “War Eagle!” moment, or what Auburn has meant to you.
Auburn means family to me. I was lucky to grow up in the Auburn family, and some of the best memories from my childhood are of Auburn—petting the eagle before the football games (a tradition that unfortunately no longer exists), Tiger Walks, pictures with Aubie, and tailgating with my family before games. I have some amazing memories of football games from my years at Auburn; I was a student during the 2004 undefeated season, and we beat Bama every year that I was at Auburn. Most of all, I am thankful to Auburn for the lasting friendships I built with my chemical engineering classmates. These friendships helped me succeed not only when I was a student at Auburn, but they continue to help me years after graduation. The Auburn family is special, but the Auburn chemical engineering family is even more special.

What do you hope your recipients gain through this scholarship?
I want recipients to know that they are in the best major possible: you can do anything with a degree in chemical engineering, so stick with it no matter how hard it may seem at times! I hope the scholarship will help recipients enjoy their time at Auburn and focus on building lasting relationships with fellow chemical engineering students. You can make it through chemical engineering alone, but it is a lot harder and not near as fun!

Ronald and Anne Dykes Endowed Scholarship in the Samuel Ginn College of Engineering

Ronald and Anne Dykes Endowed Scholarship in the Samuel Ginn College of Engineering

A conversation with R.M. Dykes
Why did you choose to create a scholarship at Auburn University?
I wanted to assist students of modest means who could not otherwise attend Auburn and who were willing to provide the rest of their financial needs through their own work.

What would you want recipients of this scholarship to know about you or the person(s) for whom it is named?
I was one of those students described above. I have been to places in life that I couldn’t have imagined when I was 18.

Tell us about your Auburn story, favorite tradition, a “War Eagle!” moment, or what Auburn has meant to you.
The Auburn Creed is the most profound thought I have taken away from Auburn. It is Jeffersonian in strength.

What do you hope your recipients gain through receiving this scholarship?
I hope they get an opportunity to graduate from Auburn in engineering and leverage that experience as they will have learned from it.

Ronald Jeffrey Weaver Endowment for Scholarships

Ronald Jeffrey Weaver Endowment for Scholarships

A conversation with Andrew M. Weaver.

Why did you choose to create a scholarship at Auburn University?
I could think of no better way to honor my deceased son who was a graduate of Auburn with a degree in finance. I am thankful for the individuals who contributed to this scholarship and those who will contribute in the future.

What would you want the recipients of this scholarship to know about the person for whom it is named?
I am a retired Professor Emeritus in the College of Education. I was a professor and administrator at the departmental and college levels. My son loved Auburn and everything it stands for. He was especially interested in football and attended all home games. At the time of his death he was an auditor in the Alabama Department of Education.

Tell us about your Auburn story, favorite tradition, a “War Eagle!” moment, or what Auburn has meant to you.
While I am not an Auburn graduate, my wife Jackie and sons Andy and Ron were. All of the family were educators at different levels and positions. We became a part of the Auburn family. The main thing I loved about my work at Auburn was the students and colleagues. The students were and are the best students anywhere. One of my best “War Eagle” moments was being drafted by Ron to meet the returning football team at midnight after an away game during the Bo Jackson era.

What do you hope your recipients gain through this scholarship?
I am happy that our scholarship helps students meet the increasing cost of a degree. Maybe it will influence them to share with Auburn when they are able to do so.

Rooke Family Scholarship in Forestry

Rooke Family Scholarship in Forestry

A conversation with Ben M. Rooke, Jr.

Why did you choose to create a scholarship at Auburn University?
In 1963 I had been awarded a significant scholarship in forestry. I look at it as “giving back” what I was fortunate enough to receive. Scholarships in forestry were rare. This was from St. Regis Paper Co. It was for $800 for both the junior and senior years AND a summer job between those years. I did not take the summer job because of other commitments, but it was a very nice package in those days.

What would you want the recipients of this scholarship to know about the person for whom it is named?
Being raised in a good Christian home, over three years of service in the Navy, and the education I received at the Auburn School of Forestry were the three major positive influences on my life.

Tell us about your Auburn story, favorite tradition, a “War Eagle!” moment, or what Auburn has meant to you.
I met my wife, Diane, at Auburn on my first class day as a freshman. We were married two years later. Following us to Auburn were my brother, his wife, one of our sons, a daughter, and a nephew. Auburn is a special place to our family.

What do you hope your recipients gain through this scholarship?
I hope that scholarship recipients are able to complete a good education.

Roy Family Scholarships in the College of Sciences and Mathematics and the Samuel Ginn College of Engineering

Roy Family Scholarships in the College of Sciences and Mathematics and the Samuel Ginn College of Engineering

A conversation with Kenneth B. Roy Jr.

Why did you choose to create a scholarship at Auburn University?
I grew up in Auburn; my dad was on the faculty; my brother, sister and I graduated from Auburn; my three daughters attended Auburn; two of my grandchildren graduated from Auburn, so I have a long relationship with Auburn. Also I was financially able to fund the three scholarships, and I wanted to see the recipients.

What would you want the recipients of this scholarship to know about the person for whom it is named?
I would hope that the recipients would be able to fund a scholarship.

Tell us about your Auburn story, favorite tradition, a “War Eagle!” moment, or what Auburn has meant to you.
I was a member of the first NROTC class at Auburn.

What do you hope your recipients gain through this scholarship?
I hope the recipients will enjoy returning to Auburn for events as I have.

Russell and Adelaide Roberson Biosystems Engineering Scholarship

Russell and Adelaide Roberson Biosystems Engineering Scholarship

A conversation with Dr. Russell Roberson.

Why did you choose to create a scholarship at Auburn University?
I created this scholarship to honor my parents. My parents helped me with my education and always placed a value on education.

What would you want the recipients of this scholarship to know about the person for whom it is named?
Russell and Adelaide Roberson are my parents, and they both placed a high value on education. This scholarship honors the guidance and help they gave me when I was a student at Auburn. My father, Russell, was a Colonel in the USAF and was a Navigator/Electronic Warfare Officer on B-52s. When he retired from the USAF, he taught high school classes in agriculture. My mother, Adelaide, was an elementary school teacher.

Tell us about your Auburn story, favorite tradition, a “War Eagle!” moment, or what Auburn has meant to you.
Auburn is the home of some of my fondest and deepest memories. I was a member of FarmHouse fraternity, which grounded me in my values, in the importance of hard work and dedication, and to being a steward for others. One of my favorite memories of Auburn University was working with the Biosystems Engineering Department Racine Case tractor – “Old Nancy” – and being a member of the student club ASABE.

What do you hope your recipients gain through this scholarship?
I hope this scholarship inspires others to give back after they graduate from Auburn University. As the recipient has been helped, I would hope that they would help another when they are financially capable.

Ruth Fountain Heard Scholarship and Josephine Baxter Endowed Scholarship

Ruth Fountain Heard Scholarship and Josephine Baxter Endowed Scholarship

Why did you choose to create a scholarship at Auburn University?
Because I love Auburn, I wanted to provide scholarships as they had been provided for me in college, and wanted to honor important and influential people in my life.

What would you want the recipients of this scholarship to know about the person for whom it is named?
I was Professor of History Emeritus and these scholarships were named for the aunts who reared me and always encouraged me to the very best I could.

Tell us about your Auburn story, favorite tradition, a “War Eagle!” moment, or what Auburn has meant to you.
Auburn has been my home for 40 years, and I have taught many thousands of Auburn students. I have run into former students for that War Eagle moment in New York and many other places as well.

What do you hope your recipients gain through this scholarship?
I would hope to boost the opportunities for those students who choose to attend Auburn and major in history.

Shivers Walker Endowed Scholarship in Industrial and Systems Engineering

Shivers Walker Endowed Scholarship in Industrial and Systems Engineering

A conversation with Charles Herbert Shivers.

Why did you choose to create a scholarship at Auburn University?
My Auburn degree opened many doors for me and provided credibility for me during my career. I want to help others obtain an AU degree since I know how tough financial issues can be while in school.

What would you want the recipients of this scholarship to know about the person for whom it is named?
My wife, Alisa, and I are both AU graduates from 1975 and both still love AU. We both retired as engineers working for NASA, mostly on the Space Shuttle Program. Alisa’s AU degree is in education but she earned a mechanical engineering degree from UTC. The scholarship is named for my family name, Shivers, and her maiden name, Walker. Both families have other ties to AU and graduates of AU. We agreed that since we could provide this scholarship, we should.

Tell us about your Auburn story, favorite tradition, a “War Eagle!” moment, or what Auburn has meant to you.
Auburn has always been with me since I graduated. My AU engineering degree proved valuable in giving me a step up when being considered for jobs and when people gave me the professional consideration even before I proved myself. People expected good performance of me since I was an Auburn Engineer, and I expected to perform in that way.

What do you hope your recipients gain through this scholarship?
I know that systems engineers are badly needed in the business and scientific world, having been in that field quite a lot. I hope the scholarship makes it a little easier for someone else to complete their degree and become a great systems engineer after graduation, and continue the great AU engineering tradition of excellence.

Steve and Dianne Robinson Endowed Scholarship

Steve and Dianne Robinson Endowed Scholarship

A conversation with Steve Robinson.

Why did you choose to create a scholarship at Auburn University?
We want to offer deserving students, preferably minorities, an opportunity to pursue an undergraduate degree in business, especially in marketing. My Auburn education and experience have served me well, and the campus and culture are things we proudly encourage prospective students to explore.

What would you want the recipients of this scholarship to know about the person for whom it is named?
Dianne and I both received our undergraduate degrees at Auburn. Mine was in marketing. From there, I went to grad school at the Medill School of Journalism and Advertising at Northwestern. I had apprehension about whether I would be adequately prepared for grad school, but Auburn prepared me well. Auburn and Northwestern provided me the educational platform from which to launch my career.

Tell us about your Auburn story, favorite tradition, a “War Eagle!” moment, or what Auburn has meant to you.
I love all the traditions, the campus, and the culture that leadership, staff, and students create. Great people and culture produce great graduates.

As the retired CMO/EVP for Chick-fil-A, I look back on my time at Auburn with fond memories AND appreciation. I have never had one single regret about attending Auburn University! And best of all, I met my best friend and life partner, Dianne, there and married her four days after we both graduated. It has been an amazing and blessed ride ever since!

Stone Family Scholarships in the College of Sciences and Mathematics and the Samuel Ginn College of Engineering

Stone Family Scholarships in the College of Sciences and Mathematics and the Samuel Ginn College of Engineering

A conversation with Linda J. Stone and Jeffrey I. Stone.

Why did you choose to create a scholarship at Auburn University?
We received an excellent education at Auburn, and have been successful in our respective careers in large part because of that strong foundation. We believe it is important to give back to the university that has given so much to us, and that there is no better way than to help afford deserving students the same opportunities we enjoyed at Auburn.

What would you want the recipients of this scholarship to know about the person for whom it is named?
The Stone family is orange and blue through and through. Our parents, four siblings, and three children are all Auburn graduates. The five in our immediate family have received degrees from five different colleges – COSAM, Engineering, Business, Architecture, Design, and Construction, and Human Sciences. Jeff is a civil engineer and Executive Vice President at Brasfield & Gorrie, a construction firm based in Birmingham. Linda is a pediatrician at Over the Mountain Pediatrics, an affiliate of Children’s of Alabama.

Tell us about your Auburn story, favorite tradition, a “War Eagle!” moment, or what Auburn has meant to you.
We grew up Auburn fans, attending some football games and always listening on the radio with our families. Auburn fans were definitely a minority in 1960s Birmingham, but we were resolute in our support. Neither of us seriously considered attending another university. We graduated from high school together, and were actually in the same calculus class that first fall quarter. We studied hard, and had great professors who wanted us to succeed. We were active on campus as well, and met some of our best friends for life. Auburn became home to us, and we loved every minute of our time as students. We started dating as juniors, and were married a year after we graduated. We have continued to be active at Auburn, serving on our College Leadership Councils and with the AU Foundation Board. Whenever we drive into town on North College, we still feel we are coming home!

What do you hope your recipients gain through this scholarship?
We hope our scholarship recipients will find it a little easier to meet their academic goals with our support and that they will have the same positive experience at Auburn we enjoyed. We also hope that these students come to appreciate the importance of giving back to Auburn and will provide opportunities for other students in the future.

Terry and Christy Tucker Endowed Scholarship in Engineering

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.

Thomas and Ernestine Moody Scholarship

Thomas and Ernestine Moody Scholarship

A conversation with Mike Moody.

Why did you choose to create a scholarship at Auburn University?
This scholarship was created for love of Auburn and love of my parents.

What would you want the recipients of this scholarship to know about the person for whom it is named?
We love Auburn University and we hope that they truly benefit from their time on the Plains and that they grow to love Auburn as much as we do!

Tell us about your Auburn story, favorite tradition, a “War Eagle!” moment, or what Auburn has meant to you.
I have a trunk full of Auburn memories that I cherish, and they didn’t stop accumulating once I graduated. While I had the most fun as my time as a student, I have remained close to the university and come “home” as often as possible. I still have good friends living around the country that I keep in touch with. I met these folks over 30 years ago and every time we get together we re-live some of those beautiful moments that could only have happened at Auburn.

What do you hope your recipients gain through this scholarship?
I hope the recipients receive a solid education and positive life experiences that will forever shape their future. I hope their Auburn foundation will enable them to be highly successful in life, not just financially, but in the way they treat people and the contributions they are able to make to society.

Thomas W. and Patricia M. Tripp Endowed Scholarship

Thomas W. and Patricia M. Tripp Endowed Scholarship

A conversation with Tom Tripp.

Why did you choose to create a scholarship at Auburn University?
This scholarship is for the students, present and future. Auburn is simply the vehicle to use to pay it forward.

What would you want the recipients of this scholarship to know about the person for whom it is named?
We never know all the people who have done something to foster or ensure our success. Some people may have done something to help us and we never know it.

Tell us about your Auburn story, favorite tradition, a “War Eagle!” moment, or what Auburn has meant to you.
I worked three jobs at the same time in order to pay for college. Perhaps this may help someone to eliminate one of them.

Tim and Ginger Singleton Endowed Scholarship in the Harbert College of Business

Tim and Ginger Singleton Endowed Scholarship in the Harbert College of Business

A conversation with Ginger Singleton.

Why did you choose to create a scholarship at Auburn University?
We wanted to attempt to leave a legacy. We also wanted that legacy to benefit Auburn University because we love Auburn.

What would you want the recipients of this scholarship to know about the person for whom it is named?
We love Auburn and want Auburn University to be around for generations so that students, alumni, and fans can experience this beautiful place through the years. We also want to acknowledge our parents and family, who support us greatly!

Tell us about your Auburn story, favorite tradition, a “War Eagle!” moment, or what Auburn has meant to you.
I grew up on Long Island, New York. My father suggested that I look at schools in the South. He loved the South from going there on vacations. He was also a Director of Guidance at a large high school, so it would be a trip of interest for him as well. He took my sister and me to Duke, South Carolina, UGA, Auburn, Florida State, Florida and Miami in one week! I decided to go to Auburn after that trip, and made the life-changing decision that I cherish to this day. My sister followed, and my niece graduated two years ago. War Eagle!

What do you hope your recipients gain through this scholarship?
I hope this scholarship will help financially, and give its recipients the opportunity to experience everything that Auburn is about.

Trent Williams Scholarship

Trent Williams Scholarship

A conversation with Trent Williams.

Why did you choose to create a scholarship at Auburn University?
As a student, I benefited from a series of much-needed and greatly appreciated scholarships. I chose to create a scholarship to support recruitment of the highest quality students and to invest in the future of Auburn.

What would you want the recipients of this scholarship to know about the person for whom it is named?
I am a proud Auburn graduate. I look back and appreciate the education, the challenges, and range of opportunities I had at Auburn inside and outside the classroom. I began to give back to Auburn my first year working, in a small amount. I found giving to Auburn to be among the most rewarding and satisfying charitable opportunities.

Tell us about your Auburn story, favorite tradition, a “War Eagle!” moment, or what Auburn has meant to you.
My favorite Auburn tradition was tailgating on the lawn in front of Parker Hall. I had been to Auburn games starting as a child and that was my family’s “spot.” Over the course of my degree, tailgates grew increasingly more elaborate with each game. I eventually built a large trailer mounted BBQ pit with some friends and we were catering for around 250 people for each game in my senior year.

My favorite “War Eagle!” moment was in the Manu Rainforest in Peru! After trekking by bus, foot, and boat for seven days into the protected zone (it’s far and remote, trust me!) I finally arrived at base camp only to be immediately greeted by a warm “War Eagle!” I was pretty surprised to hear that first. The guide had attended a program with Auburn on an exchange program and spotted an AU logo on my backpack before I was off the boat. We had an immediate connection and we are still in touch over ten years after my visit.

What do you hope your recipients gain through this scholarship?
Primarily, I hope the scholarship is encouragement for continued academic excellence. Academic excellence provides a strong knowledge base but also teaches the discipline and attention to detail required to succeed. Over the long term, I hope recipients are also inspired to select and give to their favorite causes—which might just be Auburn!

Walker Herring Taylor Scholarship

Walker Herring Taylor Scholarship

A conversation with Lisa Herring Mende.

Why did you choose to create a scholarship at Auburn University?
My son, Walker, was a senior at Auburn University when he experienced a fatal kayaking accident on the Tallapoosa River. This scholarship, which was created by our family and Walker’s classmates, is a memorial in Walker’s honor.

What would you want the recipients of this scholarship to know about the person for whom it is named?
Walker’s favorite past-times were spending time in the great outdoors, hunting at our family hunting preserve, and rooting for the Auburn Tigers. It is only fitting we honor his memory with a scholarship from the School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences at Auburn.

Tell us about your Auburn story, favorite tradition, a “War Eagle!” moment, or what Auburn has meant to you.
Our family loves everything about Auburn. We love to gather during the Thanksgiving holidays to watch the Iron Bowl. Auburn means everything to us. A part of our family will forever be in Auburn.

What do you hope your recipients gain through this scholarship?
I hope that the recipient of Walker’s scholarship will appreciate the opportunity of being a student at one of the finest universities in the country. It is our hope that we can help provide a small amount of help with their education. In doing so, we feel that the memory of Walker lives on through their involvement.

Walter K. Vollberg Family Scholarship

Walter K. Vollberg Family Scholarship

A conversation with Walter K. Vollberg.

What would you want the recipients of this scholarship to know about the person for whom it is named?
I’m very happy they chose Auburn and hope their experience there is as rewarding as mine and both of my sons’. Regardless of final field of graduation, completing requirements for graduation is a major accomplishment. Keep focus on your goals.

Tell us about your Auburn story, favorite tradition, a “War Eagle!” moment, or what Auburn has meant to you.
Auburn was a very rewarding opportunity and many good times were experienced. Most memorable was being in the stands at “Punt Bama Punt.” Thirty minutes after the game ended no Auburn fan had left and cheering was an experience you could not imagine.

What do you hope your recipients gain through this scholarship?
I encourage them to keep their minds open to what they want to do after graduation. Changing field of study is not as important as graduating in a field of work that is fun. I hope their careers are as rewarding as mine was.

Whitford Family Scholarship

Whitford Family Scholarship

A conversation with Betty Lou Whitford.

Why did you choose to create a scholarship at Auburn University?
As the new dean of Auburn University’s College of Education in August 2010, I was inspired by both the donors and the recipients of scholarships at the college’s annual scholarship ceremony. So many individuals in both groups expressed joy and appreciation at giving and receiving. I decided to honor my parents, Louis and Mary Whitford, who were steadfast in their financial and moral support for their two daughters and their granddaughter in their educational pursuits. The endowed Whitford Family Scholarship is one way to pass along the support they gave me.

What would you want the recipients of this scholarship to know about the person for whom it is named?
My parents, Louis and Mary Whitford, were teenagers and young adults during America’s Great Depression in the 1930s. Born to families of modest means, they were not able to complete college. They would consider it an honor to be part of providing financial support to other young people as they pursue higher education.

Tell us about your Auburn story, favorite tradition, a “War Eagle!” moment, or what Auburn has meant to you.
I came to Auburn in 2010 as Dean of the College of Education with little understanding of how real the “Auburn Family” is for so many. While I have encountered many current students, alumni, and friends of Auburn who have deep roots and intense loyalty to Auburn, it is also a place and a community that welcomes outsiders, like those of us who are first generation members of the Auburn Family. War Eagle!

What do you hope your recipients gain through this scholarship?
Each recipient of the scholarship has expressed gratitude for the support and I enjoy hearing from and meeting each recipient. I hope in time the recipients of this scholarship also have the opportunity and means to help others in a similar way. There is perhaps even more joy in giving than in receiving.

William Robert Killingsworth, Sr., and Frances Smith Killingsworth Endowed English Scholarship

William Robert Killingsworth, Sr., and Frances Smith Killingsworth Endowed English Scholarship

A conversation with Kay Killingsworth Bains.

Why did you choose to create a scholarship at Auburn University?
My parents, both now deceased, grew up in Alabama during the Depression. Both were able to attend college in Birmingham for only one semester before having to start work to help support their respective families. From the time I was born, their message was “WHEN you graduate college,” not “IF you graduate college.” They worked very hard at blue collar jobs to save enough money for me to go to college without incurring any student debt. I chose to create a scholarship at Auburn in honor of my parents and in appreciation of the excellent education I received at Auburn.

What would you want the recipients of this scholarship to know about the person for whom it is named?
My parents expected and demanded excellence. They were kind and caring parents, but they also made it very clear that a half-hearted approach to anything was not acceptable. Striving for a “B” was not sufficient. I was expected to strive for excellence. After I graduated from Auburn, I went to law school, where I finished first in my class of 260. After practicing law in Birmingham for 35 years, I retired in 2015. I credit my professional success to my parents’ expectations and their confidence in my abilities.

Tell us about your Auburn story, favorite tradition, a “War Eagle!” moment, or what Auburn has meant to you.
Attending classes my first semester of law school, I marveled at the pre-law and economics and business majors who spoke so willingly (and at length) in class. The subject matter and the method of teaching were so different from what I had experienced as an English major at Auburn. My shoulders would slump, and I would think to myself, “No one will ever quote Keats or Wordsworth in this class.” In law school, there were no interim exams during a semester. At the end of the semester, a final was given that was comprehensive of everything taught during that semester. I took those first semester exams in absolute terror, knowing that my more verbose classmates would excel. As it turned out, however, those pre-law, economics, and business majors were accustomed to multiple choice or short answer exams. As an English major, I was versed in writing long, detailed and thorough analytical answers to exam questions. For me, composing an opening and closing paragraph, outlining quickly in my mind the arguments and explanations I would offer, and then writing in a concise and persuasive manner was routine. Although I left each exam literally shaking, having no confidence that English papers and exams were the perfect “pre-law” curriculum, my grades proved that my years of studying English literature prepared me well for “thinking and writing like a lawyer.”

What do you hope your recipients gain through this scholarship?
I hope that the funds received from this scholarship will alleviate some of the stress of paying for college. I also hope that the scholarship will encourage students to study English literature, which provides a balanced and analytical education that is an excellent base for any number of professions and careers.