Auburn University announces full funding of Lauren Ashley Burk Memorial Scholarship

The Lauren Ashley Burk Memorial Scholarship has now been fully funded. The scholarship was established to honor the memory of the Auburn freshman who was killed after being abducted from a campus parking lot on March 4, 2008.

“Auburn University will always remember Lauren as part of our family, ” Auburn University President Jay Gogue said. “We hope the Lauren Ashley Burk Scholarship, in that it will benefit others in Lauren’s name, will honor her memory and how she touched our lives. Also in honor of Lauren, we want to remind our students annually of the major tenets of staying safe and the importance of being vigilant wherever they go.”

The Lauren Ashley Burk Memorial Scholarship will be awarded to an incoming freshman who has achieved a 24 ACT or comparable SAT score and a 3.0 high school grade point average and has declared a major in the Art Program within the College of Liberal Arts or the Graphic Design Program within the College of Architecture, Design & Construction. Preference will be given to residents of Cobb County, Georgia who demonstrate financial need.

A graduate of Walton High School in Marietta, Ga., was selected as the first recipient of the Lauren Burk Memorial Scholarship Endowment. Lauren was a 2007 graduate of Walton High School.

Donations to the Lauren Ashley Burk Memorial Scholarship fund can be made either online by going to and specifying the Lauren Burk Scholarship Fund or by sending a check payable to the Auburn University Foundation to The Lauren Burk Memorial Scholarship Fund, 317 South College Street, Auburn, AL 36849.

To mark the third anniversary of Lauren’s death, Delta Gamma sorority, of which Lauren was a member, will hold a private remembrance ceremony.