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Warhawk Weekly 2-20: Honoring scholarship recipients; CRCV Summer Seminar

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Honoring AUM’s scholarship students and donors

Since 2018, Auburn University at Montgomery has more than doubled the annual scholarship allocation for students – improving from $7.1 million six years ago to $14.3 million in 2023.

Last week, AUM’s Office of Advancement honored student scholarship recipients, as well as the alumni, AUM employees and friends who have contributed to their success, during the university’s annual Donor & Scholar Recognition Luncheon.

Apply for a CRCV Summer Seminar fellowship

AUM students and employees have an opportunity to earn scholarships and stipends as part of the Civil Rights & Civic Virtue Society (CRCV) Summer Seminar June 24-28.

The weeklong workshop, supported by a John Templeton Foundation grant, connects to themes within the framework of “From Civil Rights to Civic Virtue: Forming Character Through Community.”

Student participants will receive $500 for their participation, which will be paid as a scholarship on their student account in Fall 2024. Faculty and staff participants will receive a stipend for their participation. The CRCV will select up to 30 student participants and will fund up to seven faculty and three staff members, respectively.

Students and employees should submit online applications by March 1.

The summer seminar will include visits to important historic sites and museums associated with the civil rights movement in Montgomery and Birmingham, structured reflection about these visits, and facilitated conversations on readings about the civil rights movement and the civic virtues of civil rights participants.

Check out the Summer Seminar schedule & speakers.

‘CNN Hero’ highlights conference focusing on ‘Stories for Change’

A “CNN Hero” known for entrepreneurship and humanitarian work will highlight this weekend’s Association for Experiential Education’s 2024 Southeast and Mid-South Joint Regional Conference hosted by AUM’s Experiential Education & Engagement Center (EEEC).

Derreck Kayongo, the former CEO of the National Center for Civil and Human Rights and founder of the Global Soap Project, and Max Award winner for best innovative entrepreneur, will serve as the keynote speaker for the event, which begins Friday, Feb. 23, and ends Sunday, Feb. 25.

The conference, which brings together thought leaders, scholars and practitioners from the experiential education community, will focus on “Stories for Change.”

In 2011, Kayongo was recognized as a CNN Hero for his work on the Global Soap Project, a humanitarian aid organization that collects discarded and unused soap from thousands of hotels worldwide, reprocesses it, then distributes it to in-need populations around the world.

AUM students and employees will have the opportunity to attend sessions at no cost.

Register for the conference.

Reflecting on the Brown v. Board of Education decision

On Tuesday, Feb. 27, the Department of Political Science and Public Administration will host a screening of the documentary “The Harvest: Integrating Mississippi’s Schools,” followed by a conversation with Alabama Rep. Phillip Ensler and former Montgomery Public Schools Chief Academic Officer Monte Lineberger about public education, racial integration in Alabama and the 70th anniversary of the Brown v. Board of Education decision. The breakfast event will begin at 8 a.m. in Taylor Center 221.

Register for the breakfast here online.

Get the full schedule in the AUM events calendar.

Take the Wellness Center survey

The AUM Wellness Center wants to ensure that its members are satisfied with facilities, programming and other offerings.

Members are invited to take a brief survey to offer feedback and recommendations on how the Wellness Center can better serve students, employees and community members during their visits.

Complete the survey online.

Continuing Merit Scholarship applications now open

If you are a currently enrolled AUM student who is in good academic standing, you may qualify for a Continuing Merit Scholarship. The application window is open until March 1.

Scholarships are open to students who meet the following criteria:

  • Undergraduate Students must have completed a minimum of 12 hours of undergraduate coursework with a minimum cumulative institutional GPA of a 2.5 or higher.
  • Graduate Students must have completed a minimum of 6 hours of graduate coursework with a minimum cumulative institutional GPA of a 3.0 or higher.

Submit your application online before the March 1 deadline.

Submitting an application will help you receive consideration for a variety of general scholarships, need-based scholarships and scholarship endowments offered by the university.

Each of these scholarships varies in amount as well as in requirements outlined by the donors who support them. To be considered, a student must have an updated Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) on record.

Some of AUM’s colleges, schools and departments may require separate scholarship applications. Be sure to check with your academic advisor to explore all department scholarship opportunities.

Continuing Merit Scholarships are competitive and limited in number. Scholarships will be awarded to the most qualified candidates who apply by the deadline.  Applicants will be notified of their scholarship decision during the summer semester.

Remembering the Selma Bridge crossing

Join AUM’s Southern Poverty Law Center chapter in observing the 59th anniversary of the Bloody Sunday Selma Bridge Crossing.

In addition to visiting a historic civil rights site on Saturday, March 3, students will have an opportunity to interact with elected officials, as well as state and national representatives of the Southern Poverty Law Center, NAACP, American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and League of Women Voters.

A free lunch will be provided. Buses will leave AUM’s Taylor Center at 10 a.m. and return at 6:30 p.m. on March 3.

Register for the trip online.

Catch your favorite AUM teams at home this week

AUM’s baseball, softball, tennis and basketball teams will each host opponents at home this week.

The baseball team (6-5), fresh off a series win at Valdosta State, will welcome Alabama-Huntsville for a game on Wednesday (3 p.m.), before Mississippi College visits this weekend for a three-game series. The softball team (8-4) will host seventh-ranked Mississippi College for a three-game series that opens with a 1 p.m. Saturday doubleheader.

The men’s and women’s tennis teams will welcome Tuskegee and Spring Hill to campus on Friday at 10 a.m., before traveling to North Georgia on Saturday.

The women’s basketball team (17-8, 15-6 Gulf South Conference), which has won 10 of its last 11 games, will host West Florida Thursday for a 5:30 p.m. tip-off before facing Valdosta State at home on Saturday at 2 p.m. for Senior Day. The Warhawks have clinched a berth in the conference tournament.

The AUM men will face West Florida Thursday at 7:30 p.m. before playing their final home game Saturday at 4 p.m. against Valdosta State.

Follow the Warhawks in the AUM Athletics Newsroom.

Earn a Graduate Study Merit Scholarship

If you’re a current graduate student who has completed at least nine course hours and possess a GPA of 3.4 or better, you may be eligible to receive the 2024-2025 Graduate Study Merit Scholarship offered by the AUM Alumni Association.

To apply for the scholarship, submit the following documents to [email protected] (include “Scholarship Committee, AUM Alumni Association” in the subject line) by March 15:

  • Your graduate GPA
  • Two letters of support, preferably from AUM faculty or staff (on AUM official letterhead), emphasizing leadership attributes
  • A 250-word essay outlining the applicant’s educational and career objectives, academic honors/civic activities, and how the award will benefit them.

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