TeKisha Rice, a senior majoring in Human Development and Family Studies, knows firsthand how incredibly transformational scholarships can be. “It’s not just about the money,” she said. “It is about the opportunities that an Auburn education opens up after graduation, and it is about realizing the value and importance of giving back, helping someone you may never meet or see again, and making a meaningful difference in someone’s life.”
For Rice, scholarships have contributed to her academic success by teaching her how to manage her time and study while supporting her personal and professional development. An Honors College scholarship recipient, Rice’s hard work and dedication have earned her a number of other scholarships. They have also allowed her to expand her involvement beyond just attending class. A 2015 President’s Award recipient, Rice participates in the Diversity in Honors organization, the Alabama Healthy Marriage and Relationship Education Initiative, and is active in an undergraduate research program.
“My scholarships, particularly in my final year, have allowed me to focus much more energy and time on my education and activities. Scholarships release the stress of feeling that I need to work more to cover the cost of books and other school-related experiences. Although I still have to work to support myself, my scholarships have freed me from the concern of additional costly student loans during my senior year.” Because of this scholarship support, Rice’s academic performance has resulted in her acceptance and full scholarship to the top graduate program in her discipline.