Kristen Jackson, (334) 844-3224 (firstname.lastname@example.org),
Mike Clardy (334) 844-9999 (email@example.com)
ALABAMA ALUMNI CREATE AU SCHOLARSHIPS
AUBURN - Auburn University alumni
of Madison, Morgan and Limestone Counties have created scholarships totaling over
$500,000 to benefit AU students from the Huntsville area beginning this fall.
Donors from Madison County are Julian and Dorothy Davidson, David and
Donna Lehman, Jesse and Carole May, Tim and Paula Steigerwald and Steve Wilson
and his sister Wendy Wilson. Morgan County residents contributing to this effort
include Randy and Nancy Campbell, Tim and Shannon Douthit, Dr. Lloyd and Sandy
Nix and Frank and Virginia Stewart. Limestone County donors include Gary and Sherri
Gross, Jerry and Marilyn Batts and Mark and Mindy Jackson. All of the donors have
been active in contributing to the current fundraising campaign, It Begins
at Auburn, in both giving and committee support.
Wendy Wilson graduated
from AU in 1988 in accounting and said that Auburn was critical to her success.
My accounting degree from Auburn enabled me to get what I considered a premier
job out of school and laid the groundwork for a successful career in business,
Wilson described her strong ties to Auburn. Just before she
graduated from AU in 1988, she met John Gilino, an engineering student. Gilano
joined Wilson in Huntsville and remained a dear companion to her until his untimely
death in 2002. While participating in the Auburn campaign, Wilson created a scholarship
to honor her mother and a memorial scholarship to honor Gilano.
hope Johns memorial scholarship allows a student from Madison County that
may have a financial need to have the opportunity to experience Auburn and all
that is has to offer both academically and socially, said Wilson.
are a central factor in encouraging university growth, as well as a lasting way
to support regional students as they enter Auburn, said Bob McGinnis, vice
president for development. The generosity of Auburns dedicated alumni
continues to help our university thrive. Scholarships are one important way for
the Auburn family to support that endeavor by building the best educational foundation
possible for our future scholars and leaders.
McGinnis said that
scholarships for north Alabama area students will encourage and help to sustain
state growth in both education and future economic progress.
Begins at Auburn Campaign encompasses all colleges and schools as well as
the AU libraries and museums, athletics and Auburn University Montgomery. Endowments
for student scholarships, faculty, programs and unrestricted dollars make up 58
percent of the campaigns goal. In addition to endowments, the campaign will
also focus on facilities and equipment; campus beautification; research; and current
operations. The campaign has raised more than $480 million, or 96 percent of the
(Contributed by Katharyn Privett.)
University is a top-50 ranked public university that has provided instruction,
research and outreach to benefit the state and nation for more than 150 years.
A more than $4 billion economic impact on the state - including more than $2.4
billion in providing jobs and people resources - demonstrates AUs commitment
to this mission. AU has more than 214,000 alumni, and provides 130 degree options
to nearly 23,500 graduate and undergraduate students