Auburn alumnus pledges support to National Prestigious Scholarships program

AUBURN UNIVERSITY – The Auburn University Honors College was recently gifted $25,000 for the National Prestigious Scholars program. The gift was made by Doug and Lisa Kilton of New Orleans and will be used to enhance the identification and development of exceptional Auburn students for elite scholarships. Mr. Kilton is a 1982 graduate of Auburn who studied at McGill University on a Fulbright Scholarship.

The National Prestigious Scholars program is overseen by Paul Harris, who joined the Honors College in 2008 as associate director. The Kilton gift will support Harris’ efforts in preparing Auburn students for prestigious awards.

The idea for the scholars program came in 2007 when Auburn recognized a need to provide mentoring to Auburn’s brightest students to compete for nationally competitive scholarships.

Since 2008, Auburn University students have met with great success in the following nationally prestigious scholarship categories: one Rhodes Scholar and three Rhodes Scholar finalists; one Gates-Cambridge Scholar; two Goldwater Scholars and four honorable mentions; four National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellows and one honorable mention; five Fulbright Scholars; one Udall Scholar; three Truman Scholarship finalists; and two Rotary Scholars.

In addition, four Auburn students have been named to the USA Today Academic All USA team; one has received a Phi Kappa Phi National Fellowship; and three have been awarded Gilman Scholarships. Finally, three Auburn students have been selected as NCAA Walter Byers finalists and two were awarded NCAA postgraduate scholarships.

“The potential impact of the Kilton gift is that it will allow me to continue to support our scholarship applicants in the form of travel to the interviews, the provision of scholarship support to those applicants who may need assistance in completing research or community service, and in support of the mock interview preparation,” Harris said.

Contact: Paul Harris, The Honors College, (334) 844-8731 (, or
Mike Clardy, Office of Communications and Marketing, (334) 844-9999 (