As total enrollment in COSAM continues to grow, additional scholarship support is necessary to attract and retain high quality students. Last fall, just 10% of our outstanding students received scholarship assistance. An endowed scholarship, awarded in perpetuity, can be created for as little as $417 per month for five years, while an annual scholarship can be established for $1,000 a year.
With 19 graduate degree offerings and nearly 400 graduate students, fellowships are essential to reward students for their outstanding achievements and recruit those with the highest potential. Endowed fellowships may be established with a gift of $100,000, while annual fellowships begin at $1,000.
Unrestricted gifts provide the flexibility to address unmet or unexpected needs and are crucial as state funding continues to decline. Donors that make gifts of $1,000 or more ($500 or more if a graduate of the last 15 years) are granted membership in the Dean’s Imagination Society, which provides exclusive benefits for its members.
Society of Women in Sciences and Mathematics
Established in 2006, the Society of Women in Sciences and Mathematics (SWSM) strives to increase awareness of opportunities available for women in the fields of science and math. Members give of their time, talents and resources to provide support to ensure the success of students – both of today and of tomorrow. Professional memberships are $100 annually, and benefactor level memberships begin at $1,000.
Society of Health Professionals
The Society of Health Professionals (SHP) is devoted to enriching the quality of Pre-Health education through scholarships, faculty enrichment and program enhancement. Members are invited to an annual reception and have opportunities to mentor tomorrow’s health professionals. Membership in SHP begins at $1,000.
Biodiversity Learning Center
The Biodiversity Learning Center (BLC) is comprised of a spectacular collection of mammals, birds, paleontological invertebrates and vertebrates, reptiles, amphibians, fish, and flowering plants. Plans for a new building are underway, and this new facility will enable the BLC to broaden its scope from primarily research to a resource for public use.
A hidden jewel on the Auburn campus, the Donald E. Davis Arboretum is an asset to the entire community, and focuses on conservation, education and research on ecosystem preservation and diversity. Current priorities include a new pavilion, pitcher plant bogs, and equipment to employ sustainable practices.
The Department of Outreach, an integral part of the college’s mission, has steadily grown since its inception in 2000. Private donations make it possible for COSAM to provide exciting, hands-on laboratory activities, enthusiastic science mentors, and a supportive environment for the K-12 community.
Summer Bridge Program
The Summer Bridge Program is an intensive four-week residential program for talented and highly motivated students from traditionally underrepresented populations. This program emphasizes academic preparedness, development of study and time management skills, establishment of academic and social support, and career awareness. Private donations ensure these participants have a life changing experience – at no cost to them.