Sam E. and Burnice C. Wittel Foundation to provide AU scholarships

AUBURN – The Samuel and Burnice Wittel Endowment for Scholarships was established this year at Auburn University by Calvin Wells, president of the Wittel Foundation. The endowment was funded at $130, 000.

Wells, of Jackson, Miss., created the endowed scholarship in honor of the late Samuel Wittel and his wife, Burnice, also of Jackson, to recognize the charities and causes important to the Wittels.

The Sam E. and Burnice C. Wittel Foundation will provide two-year tuition scholarships to AU with preference going to students from Jackson.

Sam Wittel graduated from AU with a bachelor’s degree in accountancy in 1933 and Burnice was a graduate of Millsaps University. Wells’s daughter entered AU in the fall of 2006.

“If the Wittels were alive today, they would appreciate that Auburn does not measure success by the amount of money someone earns, but provides an environment that measures success by the quality of the individual,” said Wells. “With a daughter at Auburn, I have seen firsthand the support she has received, and I am pleased to assist with the endowment of the scholarship to encourage potential students for Auburn University.”

“Endowed scholarships invigorate and sustain our university’s legacy of educational excellence,” said Bob McGinnis, vice president for development, in describing the long-term support provided by endowed gifts. “By encouraging the potential of our students, Auburn University continues the traditions of the past while ensuring our future as an exemplary educational institution.”

AU is currently undergoing its largest fundraising campaign ever. The “It Begins at Auburn” Campaign is a $500 million comprehensive campaign that will raise funds for all colleges and schools on campus as well as the AU libraries and museums, athletics and Auburn University at Montgomery. The campaign’s focus includes student scholarships, faculty and program endowments; facility, equipment and campus beautification; and research and current operations.

(Contributed by Katharyn M. Privett.)

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