AU’s Department of Building Science receives endowment from Bailey-Harris Construction Company

 L to R: John Murphy,   Building Science Department Head ; Kelley Pennington,   Vice President, Bailey-Harris; Dan Bennett, Dean, College of Architecture, Design and Construction

AUBURN – Auburn University’s Department of Building Science, in the College of Architecture, Design and Construction, has received a tuition endowment of $150,000 from Bailey-Harris Construction Company to establish a presidential scholarship.

Bailey-Harris had already provided an initial contribution toward creating the presidential scholarship endowment. The endowment brings the CADC fundraising total to nearly $23 million in its “It Begins at Auburn” Campaign, which had a goal of $20 million.

“We are tremendously appreciative to Bailey-Harris for their most recent and very generous gift to our Department of Building Science scholarship program,” CADC Dean Dan Bennett said. “We are particularly pleased that they have decided to make an endowment gift, as that decision ensures that the scholarship will serve deserving students for generations to come.”

The scholarship will be awarded to a junior or senior in the Department of Building Science with a minimum 3.0 grade point average. The scholarship may also be retained for a senior planning to earn a graduate degree from Auburn.

Based in Auburn, Bailey-Harris Construction Company was formed in 1979 by Auburn graduates Jack Bailey and Allen Harris. Since its inception, the company has maintained strong ties to Auburn University through professional services and philanthropic endeavors, including contributing to the M. Miller Gorrie Center for Building Science and the Bob Aderholdt Endowed Professorship.

“Many of us at Bailey-Harris have been fortunate to experience firsthand the life-changing milestone of an Auburn Building Science degree,” said Kelly Pennington, vice president of Bailey-Harris Construction. “Both as individuals and as a company we are tremendously thankful for the opportunities that this first-class education has provided us and we are proud to be able to assist in bringing this experience to others.”

The “It Begins at Auburn” Campaign encompasses all colleges and schools as well as the AU libraries and museums, athletics and Auburn University Montgomery. Endowments for student scholarships, faculty, programs and unrestricted dollars make up 58 percent of the campaign’s goal. In addition to endowments, the campaign will focus on facilities and equipment, campus beautification, research and current operations.

The CADC offers degree programs in architecture, interior architecture, landscape architecture, community planning, building science, industrial design, graphic design and design-build. The components of the CADC are annually regarded and ranked nationally among the best in their respective disciplines for the quality of education and quality of students.

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