AUBURN – The Auburn Alumni Association and its affiliate Auburn clubs nationwide awarded more than $500,000 in scholarships to 226 students this past year. The association raised more than $750,000 for scholarships. Of this, Auburn clubs raised more than $400,000 for scholarships at the close of the fiscal year Sept. 30.
“One of the Auburn Alumni Association’s chief priorities is to help ensure that the cost of an Auburn education doesn’t present an insurmountable barrier to those who would otherwise enroll,” said Debbie Shaw, Auburn’s vice president for alumni affairs and executive director of the association. “The association is much more than a spirit organization – it’s part of our mission to provide scholarship dollars to those in need.”
The association raises money for its endowment through various means, including by renting football game day parking spaces, promoting membership in its Circle of Excellence Society, selling Toomer’s Corner bricks and sponsoring programs that encourage giving to Auburn. Auburn’s Student Alumni Association board encourages philanthropy among the student body as well, and this year raised money to award three scholarships of its own. For more information, see www.aualum.org/scholarships.
The Auburn Alumni Association is a nonprofit organization designed to support the allegiance between Auburn University and its graduates and friends. The group is composed of more than 45,000 dues-paying members. There are more than 200,000 Auburn alumni throughout the world. For more information, see www.aualum.org.
(Contributed by Betsy Robertson.)