College of agriculture
Senior, Poultry Science
My goal was to go to Auburn, get a degree in poultry science, and become a plant manager in food manufacturing. My family was supportive, but they let me know I needed to pay for my degree myself. After a lot of work researching and writing essays for applications, I received enough scholarships to make funding my education possible.
Those scholarships, which were made possible by many donors, ended up changing the direction of my career goal. I didn’t have the burden of working extra jobs on top of my coursework, which enabled me to get involved with college activities, such as the Agriculture Council. The more involved I became, the more my worldview changed. I saw problems on a global scale that I can help address, such as how to feed the world’s growing population. Now, my career goal is to go into international development for food production, where I can help influence policy decisions for a better world.
Leann Rowe '78, Liberal Arts
Auburn was where I learned to learn. It’s where I learned to communicate with others, and it’s where I met my wife, Leann. We’ve been fortunate in our lives — we’ve made more good decisions than bad ones, and we believe Auburn is a great learning institution for every person who wants an education. We want to enable all students who have a desire and ability to succeed, regardless of need or merit.
I was what you would call an “average student.” Yet average students are the people who are the entrepreneurs and gamblers of tomorrow. They are the ones who are going to make this country better and build future jobs. These students are this country’s future, and we need to provide them with every chance to succeed. That’s why we believe it is so important for entrepreneurs to give back.