This summer the West Georgia Auburn Club achieved its campaign goal of $1 million for a scholarship endowment
Students from West Georgia who meet the academic criteria, regardless of class year, are eligible for the scholarship upon being enrolled at Auburn. To date, the West Georgia Auburn Club has awarded 18 Scholarships to area students from seven different high schools.
The million-dollar, self-sustaining endowment will provide scholarship opportunities indefinitely and its size means the club can increase the annual scholarship awards to an even more meaningful value and time frame.
“The Charles D. Hudson Memorial Scholarship was crucial in laying the foundation for my college success,” said Auburn alumnus and LaGrange High School graduate Ben Key. “Thanks to the generous donations, that scholarship was the sole reason I was able to attend Auburn University as an out-of-state student.”
Students are awarded scholarships through the Charles D. Hudson Memorial Scholarship Award, created in 2007 to honor the local Auburn graduate and supporter through scholarships for out-of-state students from Troup, Harris and Meriwether counties to attend Auburn.
“As I was finishing high school, I knew that I wanted to follow in my parents’ and brother’s footsteps and be a part of the Auburn Family; how we were going to make that happen was not very clear,” said Emily Pauley, a 2016 Hudson scholarship recipient and current student-cheerleader at Auburn. “I love Auburn and have had a wonderful experience making my own Auburn memories.