Auburn University Scholarship Campaign passes $3 million mark

AUBURN – The Auburn Scholarship Campaign, an initiative to build funds supporting and attracting top students to the university campus, has surpassed the $3 million mark.

The campaign, which began in fall semester 2010, offers alumni and friends a unique opportunity to help provide considerably larger scholarships to recipients.

“This targeted scholarship campaign is a critical component of our efforts to recruit and retain the most outstanding students,” said Auburn Vice President for Development Jeff McNeill. “The funds generated from these new endowments enable the university to greatly enhance its scholarship offers, and thereby compete for the nation’s top students.”

Gifts will be paired with current Spirit of Auburn or academic scholarships which range from $2,500 to more than full tuition annually. As a result, students will receive a more attractive and competitive financial package.

As part of this campaign, Dr. Michelle W. Reed, a radiologist at East Alabama Medical Center in Opelika, Ala., recently established a scholarship endowment in the College of Sciences and Mathematics in memory of her parents.

“My education at Auburn prepared me well for medical school course work and helped me to move smoothly into my career in radiology,” Reed said. “My husband John and I share the goal of helping to educate our future health care professionals and basic scientists. I am very proud that Auburn is my university.”

McNeill said Auburn hopes to raise $15 million by the end of 2011.

“Auburn is committed to securing the resources that will benefit our students,” he said. “We are discovering that donors are excited about this campaign because it provides an efficient means by which they can create truly competitive scholarships for students.”

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