Auburn Veterans Scholarship Foundation makes gift to Auburn University to provide veteran scholarships

AUBURN – The Auburn Veterans Scholarship Foundation has pledged $60,000 to the Auburn University Foundation to provide endowed scholarships to veterans and their families.

Auburn Veterans Scholarships honor those who have served in any branch of the United States Armed Forces and are intended to provide a helping hand to those veterans who meet the university’s enrollment requirements. The scholarships benefit uniformed U.S. military service members on active duty, inactive reserves or those honorably discharged from the U.S. Armed Forces. Scholarships can also be awarded to immediate family members of these service men and women and provide $2,000 a year to recipients.

Student veterans are becoming more visible on many campuses across the nation, including Auburn University, and colleges and universities are preparing for an expected increase in veteran enrollment due to the new Post-9/11 GI Bill that took effect in August. Universities are increasing support for and outreach to veterans, by streamlining admission and registration processes, expanding their counseling center capacity, creating veterans’ offices and establishing mentoring programs.

“Auburn University is committed to assisting veterans with their educational goals so that they may continue to serve their country as civilians,” said Jeff McNeill, vice president of development.

The Auburn Veterans Scholarship Foundation was established in 2008 to show the Auburn community’s appreciation for the sacrifices made by service men and women and their families. The committee works with the City of Auburn to honor veterans through events like the annual Mayor’s Memorial Day Breakfast, a Memorial Wreath Laying Ceremony and the Annual Veterans Day Ceremony.

“We want to honor those who have served our country by assisting them with the costs of attending college,” said Dick Phelan of the Auburn Veterans Scholarship Foundation. “We want to provide these veterans with support and encouragement to keep pursuing their goals and to continue making important contributions to our society.”

For information on giving to the Auburn University Foundation’s Veterans Scholarships, contact Hank Galbreath at 844-1431 or galbrdh@auburn.edu.

Contact: Hank Galbreath (334) 844-1431 (galbrdh@auburn.edu), or
Mike Clardy, (334) 844-9999 (clardch@auburn.edu)