Limestone County alumni give back to AU

AUBURN – Auburn University alumni of Limestone County have created scholarships to benefit AU students from the Limestone County area beginning in the fall of 2007.

Alumni Gary and Sherri Gross, Jerry and Marilyn Batts and Mark and Mindy Jackson made donations for these scholarships. They have contributed to the current “It Begins at Auburn” Campaign through both giving and committee support.

“I love Auburn University because Auburn has contributed so much to my individual and professional development,” said Gary Gross, a‘66 alumnus. “I count it as a privilege and honor to have served on our area committee for the “It Begins at Auburn” Campaign. I hope our gift will enable some young person to attend Auburn University and, in return, that individual will be stimulated to reach great personal goals that will contribute to the further development of our society.”

“Scholarships 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. “By creating scholarships, Auburn alumni continue the traditions that make Auburn University so beloved by students now and after graduation.

McGinnis said that scholarships for north Alabama area students will encourage and help to sustain state growth in both education and future economic progress.

The “It 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 campaign’s goal. In addition to endowments, the campaign also will focus on facilities and equipment; campus beautification; research; and current operations. The campaign has raised more than $479 million, or 96 percent of the goal.

(Contributed by Katharyn Privett.)

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