For Apollos Abercrombie, the benefits of his PLUS scholarship extend far beyond financial assistance for college. “I sincerely believe that if it were not for the PLUS program and this scholarship, I would not have been able to turn my dreams into reality. Without the math tutors, required study hours, or invaluable advice given to me, I am 100 percent sure I would not have had the grades necessary for the Dean’s List or would have even passed those math classes.”
The Provost Leadership Undergraduate Scholarship, or PLUS, program focuses on the recruitment and retention of talented first-generation college students and also benefits those with financial need or from diverse backgrounds – students like Abercrombie, a junior from Maplesville, Ala., majoring in marketing. In addition to his numerous academic honors, Abercrombie serves as an ambassador for the Harbert College of Business through its Executive Society and works as a marketing intern for Auburn’s Athletics Department.
Abercrombie credits the PLUS scholarship with introducing him to some of his closest friends and helping him cultivate new ways of thinking. He said he is thankful for all that Auburn and the PLUS program have helped him accomplish. “The amazing thing about Auburn and more specifically the PLUS program is that I have met some amazing, altruistic people who have gone out of their way to help, which truly speaks to the culture here at Auburn. Not only is that supportive family atmosphere here, but you also get a feeling that the American Dream is still alive and well in the sense that if you work hard, you will have a legitimate chance of succeeding.”