Through the Auburn Alumni Association Endowment and the Auburn Club Scholarship Program, the association in 2015-16 awarded more than 250 scholarships for use by students in the following academic year. Among the special projects undergone to increase scholarship funds were the Million Dollar Match, which provided matching funds of $1 million to life members, establishing 80 new endowed scholarships; the Alumni Walk paver program, which raised $424,000 for scholarships as of 2015-16; and Circle of Excellence, a giving recognition program that raised $590,000 for scholarships for children of association life members.
STUDENT ALUMNI ASSOCIATION
The largest student group on campus, the student chapter of the Auburn Alumni Association has an average of 2,100 members. Led by a 25-student board, SAA provides students with the opportunity to interact with other students as well as Auburn University alumni and friends. SAA also works to raise funds for student scholarships. Last year, four scholarships were awarded to rising senior SAA members.
CLASS OF 2016 SEND-OFF
The Auburn Alumni Association hosted the Class of 2016 Send-Off in April 2016 at the Auburn Alumni Center. More than 330 graduating students attended the event. Special guests included the AU Rhythm Dance Troupe, Aubie, the Southeastern Raptor Center, Auburn Club representatives and several other campus partners. The event also added to our commemorative medallion program for graduating seniors. This program sold 428 medallions in 2015-16, raising $10,537 for scholarships.
GET IT TOGETHER
In May, December and August, the Auburn Alumni Association sponsored and staffed an area at commencement to help AU seniors get ready to don those caps and gowns. In 2015-16, we provided new graduates with more than 6,000 bobby pins, more than 1,000 safety pins, more than 25 pounds of breath mints, hundreds of Band-Aids, numerous strips of double-stick tape…and a steamer