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We routinely post exciting Auburn news, stories, and events as they pertain to scholarships, scholarship recipients, and enrollment.

  • Auburn University posts record enrollment, highest freshman ACT scores
  • Auburn University graduate to study at Oxford University with Phi Kappa Phi Fellowship and Clarendon Fund Scholarship
  • A record four Auburn University students named Fulbright Scholars for 2015
  • Auburn University senior receives Udall Scholarship for Excellence in National Environmental Policy
  • Two Auburn University juniors named Goldwater Scholars
  • Auburn University senior receives national Daniel J. Edelman PRSSA award
  • Two Auburn University students named Truman Scholarship finalists
  • Auburn University ranked top public university in the state
  • Auburn graduate Ashton Richardson named Marshall Scholar, one of 40 in United States
  • Auburn University senior and recent graduate named Rhodes Scholarship finalists

Auburn University posts record enrollment, highest freshman ACT scores

September 8, 2015

By: Charles Martin

Auburn University has achieved its highest enrollment and top freshman ACT scores in history this fall, according to numbers released today by Auburn's Office of Institutional Research.

An enrollment of 27,287 is 1,375 more students than in fall 2014. The new freshman class accounts for 4,902 students, 310 more than last fall.

"Auburn University's outstanding academic programs, faculty and student body continue to attract record numbers of prospective students to our campus," said Cindy Singley, director of University Recruitment. "Combined with the spirit of the Auburn Family and the Auburn community, they want to be a part of it, too."

The new freshman class boasts an average ACT score of 27.3 and an average high school GPA of 3.83. Fifty-nine percent of the new class is from Alabama, while 41 percent is from out-of-state.

At the undergraduate level, enrollment is 21,786, an increase of 1,157 students from last year. Enrollment in post-baccalaureate programs, which includes professional students in the Harrison School of Pharmacy and College of Veterinary Medicine, as well as graduate students in other programs, is 5,501, which is 218 more students than last year.

There are 1,250 new undergraduate transfer students, a decrease of 20 students from last fall, and 1,656 new graduate students in all fields, up 49 students.

Official enrollment numbers are calculated after the 15th class day of every fall semester and reported by Auburn's Office of Institutional Research.

Auburn University graduate to study at Oxford University with Phi Kappa Phi Fellowship and Clarendon Fund Scholarship

August 6, 2015

By: Wade Berry

Auburn University graduate Alyssa White has been awarded both a Phi Kappa Phi National Fellowship and a Clarendon Fund Scholarship which she will apply to graduate studies beginning this fall at Oxford University in England. The receipt of both will provide full funding of her graduate studies in archaeological science for the next four years – from a Master of Science degree, or MSc, through a doctorate.

White, a native of Auburn, Alabama, graduated in spring of 2014 from the Honors College and the College of Liberal Arts with a double major in anthropology and Spanish and a minor in East Asian studies. Her research advisor is Kristrina Shuler, associate professor of anthropology in the Department of Sociology, Anthropology and Social Work. White lives in Oxford with her husband, Patrick Donnan, who is currently a Marshall Scholar.

"I am very grateful for all of the support that I received from my professors at Auburn" said White. "I am thankful to my letter writers, Dr. Schuler, Dr. Lorriane Wolf, Dr. Paul Harris and especially the late Dr. John Cottier. "I look forward to the challenging years ahead at Oxford where I will grow and expand as a person and a researcher."

In the summer of 2013, White participated in the Harvard Summer School program in Kyoto, Japan, where she took advanced courses in Japanese language, religion and history. Funding for Alyssa's study abroad experience came from the support of the Doug and Lisa Kilton Fellowship established in the Honors College in the spring of 2012.

While at Auburn, White served as associate editor of the Auburn University Journal of Undergraduate Studies and as an assistant director of the campus biological anthropology lab. She was a two-time recipient of the university's competitive Undergraduate Research Fellowship, was selected for the Phi Kappa Phi Most Outstanding Freshman Award and Phi Kappa Phi Most Outstanding Second Year Award and was one of only a few third-year students elected to Phi Beta Kappa in the spring of 2013. She was a Japanese tutor at the campus language lab, presented her peer-reviewed research to state, regional and national conferences and authored two peer-reviewed publications. As a junior in March of 2013, she received the Women's Studies Undergraduate Student Achievement Award.

White received one of the 51 Fellowships of $5,000 each that the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi awards each year to members entering their first year of graduate or professional study. Each active Phi Kappa Phi chapter may select one candidate from among its local applicants to compete for the Society-wide awards. This is the third consecutive year that an Auburn University graduate has been awarded a Phi Kappa Phi Fellowship.

In addition to receiving the Phi Kappa Phi National Fellowship, White has been named a Clarendon Scholar – one of only 140 scholars selected world-wide this year. Funded through a contribution from Oxford University Press, the Clarendon Scholarship supports outstanding graduate students from outside of the United Kingdom. For Clarendon Scholars, all tuition and fees are waived and living expenses are covered. For more information on the Clarendon Scholarship, click here.

A record four Auburn University students named Fulbright Scholars for 2015

June 18, 2015

By: Wade Berry

Four Auburn University Honors College students who graduated this spring have been awarded Fulbright Scholarships. Tyler Look, Matthew Goforth, Matthew Pollock and Steven Vickers will continue their studies in Berlin, Munich, the village of Trittau in Germany, and Latvia, respectively.

In the past six years, 14 Auburn University students have been named Fulbright recipients; this year's four students is a school record.

Houston native Look graduated from the colleges of Business and Liberal Arts with a double major in aviation management and German-international trade and a minor in Spanish. He was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to examine public transportation systems at the Technical University of Berlin. In 2014, Look participated in the Auburn University exchange semester in Germany where he earned the Goethe Institute German Language certification. While at Auburn, Look was a four-year member of the Marching Band.

"The focus of my research is to analyze the economic, political, social and environmental factors that specifically influence citizens to choose various modes of transportation within a densely populated city," Look said. "I am looking forward to spending the next academic year abroad and to the adventures that lie ahead."

Huntsville native Goforth graduated from the colleges of Sciences and Mathematics and Liberal Arts with a major in physics and a minor in German. He has conducted research on fusion energy plasmas under the direction of David Maurer in the Department of Physics for the past year and a half. He was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to continue his research on complex plasma experiments at the Technical University of Munich where he will join the Complex Plasma Research Group at the German Aerospace on the university's campus. Goforth is the son of a retired U.S. Army officer and was born in Ansbach, Germany.

"My work at the German Aerospace Center will include the planning of complex plasma experiments as well as providing a detailed analysis of space data using specially adjusted image analysis techniques," Goforth said. "I am eager to join leading German scientists and researchers in support of the International Space Station. My Fulbright year promises to be a life-changing experience and I am grateful for this opportunity."

Port Orange, Florida, native Pollock graduated from the College of Liberal Arts with a double major in English literature and Spanish and minors in linguistics and German. He was awarded a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship to teach high school students in the northern German village of Trittau. Pollack served as a tutor with the Miller Writing Center for the past two years and last summer attended the Goethe Institute in Berlin summer language program.

"My work as a tutor in the Miller Writing Center has prepared me well for the rigors of teaching English in Germany," Pollock said. "Of course, teaching is a two-way street and I look forward to improving my German language skills and cultural competence while abroad."

Mobile native Vickers graduated from the College of Liberal Arts with a major in history. He was awarded a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship to teach English to high school and middle school students in Riga, the capital of Latvia. Before coming to Auburn, Vickers served on the City of Mobile Police Department for six years. For the past two years he has served as a tutor with the Athletics Department.

"My experience as a police officer in Mobile forced me to see the world from many different perspectives," Vickers said. "In Latvia, I will be immersed in a culture completely different from my own which will challenge me in way I could only imagine. I am looking forward to the challenge."

"We are excited for Tyler, Matthew, Steven and Matthew," said Melissa Baumann, Auburn assistant provost and director of the Honors College. "The Fulbright award is an acknowledgment of their hard work and their potential for future accomplishments in their disciplines. They are all outstanding representatives of Auburn University and we send them off with sincere wishes for great success."

"The Fulbright offers our students a life altering experience" said Paula Bobrowski, associate dean in the College of Liberal Arts and chair of the campus-wide Fulbright screening committee. "This international experience will forever change their views of the world and help them to realize how they can make an impact on the world."

The Fulbright Program is the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government and is designed to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries. Recipients are selected on the basis of academic or professional achievement, as well as demonstrated leadership potential.

"I thoroughly enjoyed working with our scholars throughout the application process and their selection brings great credit upon Auburn University," said Paul Harris, associate director of the Honors College. "I am especially grateful to their faculty mentors Tom Nadar, associate professor of German; James Truman, assistant director of University Writing; David Maurer, associate professor of physics; and Alan Meyer, assistant professor of history, who all provided support and encouragement and wrote glowing letters of support on their behalf."

Auburn University senior receives Udall Scholarship for Excellence in National Environmental Policy

May 5, 2015

By: Wade Berry

Arthur “Joe” Jenkins, a senior from Madison, Alabama, with majors in zoology and mechanical engineering, has been awarded a 2015 Morris K. and Stewart L. Udall Scholarship for Excellence in National Environmental Policy – one of 48 Udall Scholarships awarded nationwide and the only recipient from the State of Alabama.

Udall Scholars are selected on the basis of commitment to careers in the environment, leadership potential and academic achievement. Jenkins has devoted his personal and professional life to becoming a leader in combating environmental crises in Alabama. For the past two years, he has conducted year-round funded research for the Alabama Natural Heritage Program at Auburn University and the U.S. Forest Service on two of Alabama's endemic and endangered species, the flattened musk turtle (Sternotherus depressus) and the black warrior waterdog (Necturus alabamenis) in the Bankhead National Forest.

Jenkins' research, under the direction of James Godwin at the Alabama Natural Heritage Program and Craig Guyer in the College of Sciences and Mathematics' Department of Biological Sciences, is the most extensive study to date on the flattened musk turtle, and his results will play a key role in updating conservation plans for the two species.

According to Janice Barrett, outreach coordinator of Wild South, “Joe is completely and whole-heartedly engaged in environmental protection. He has shown maturity, unwavering leadership, dedication, intelligence and skill in all the ways he has engaged with Wild South and it's always a pleasure to work with him. This world is becoming a better place because of Joseph's commitment to conservation and the sharing of his knowledge and passion.”

“It is an absolute honor to be recognized for my work with such a distinguished award,” Jenkins said. “Everyone in Dr. Guyer's lab has been incredibly welcoming and an invaluable resource over the past three years, and I am immensely thankful to James Godwin for providing me with the opportunity to work with these amazing creatures. I am also grateful to Dr. Paul Harris in the Honors College for encouraging me to apply for this award and for supporting me throughout the arduous application process.”

Two Auburn University juniors named Goldwater Scholars

April 27, 2015

By: Wade Berry

AUBURN UNIVERSITY – Auburn University juniors Christy Pickering and Connor Dobson have been chosen as 2015 Barry M. Goldwater Scholars, an honor bestowed on approximately 300 students nationwide each year. The scholarship is widely considered the most prestigious award in the United States for undergraduates in science, technology, engineering and mathematics disciplines.

Pickering, a Huntsville, Alabama, native, and Dobson, from Jacksonville, Florida, are in the Samuel Ginn College of Engineering and also in the Honors College. They are fellows in the undergraduate research program and conduct research with Robert “Rusty” Arnold, an associate professor in the Department of Drug Discovery and Development within the Harrison School of Pharmacy.

Pickering's research investigates a novel method to encapsulate gold nanoparticles within the aqueous core of liposomes and improve tumor targeting. These novel multifunctional gold-lipidic drug carriers may lead to an increase in efficacy and reduce toxicity of chemotherapeutic drugs used to fight cancer.

Dobson's research examines the synthesis of multifunctional gold nanoclusters that can be used in combination with stealth nanoparticles to improve cancer detection and drug delivery. Dobson recently took first place for his poster presentation in the Food, Pharmaceuticals and Biotechnology section at the American Institute for Chemical Engineers annual meeting in Atlanta.

“With the hundreds of undergraduates conducting research across Auburn's campus, we are so pleased and honored that Connor and Christy have achieved recognition as Goldwater Scholars and offer our congratulations to them both along with Dr. Arnold, their faculty mentor,” said Melissa Baumann, Auburn University assistant provost for undergraduate studies and director of the Honors College.

“Christy and Connor are two exceptional students that have excelled academically and developed research projects that combine their passion for chemical engineering and biomedical research” Arnold said. “They show genuine enthusiasm and interest in addressing a critical limitation associated with the effective delivery of chemotherapeutic agents. It has been a privilege to have Christy and Connor contributing to our research efforts. I look forward to hearing about all their successes in their future endeavors.”

“I am humbled to have been selected, and it really reflects the wealth of opportunities and incredible group of faculty here at Auburn who have provided mentoring and guidance in my undergraduate studies,” Dobson said.

“I am incredibly honored to have been recognized by such a prestigious award" Pickering said. “Conducting undergraduate research has opened up my passion for pharmaceutical research and continues to challenge me. By working with Dr. Arnold, my skills and knowledge have grown tremendously, and I am excited about the opportunities available. I am thankful for my professors and the Honors College for supporting me throughout the lengthy application process.”

In addition to Pickering and Dobson's selection, Natasha Narayan, an Honors College sophomore from Auburn majoring in biochemistry in the College of Sciences and Mathematics, received an honorable mention during the 2015 Goldwater selection process, one of only 50 students nationwide given this distinction. Under the guidance of Bradley Merner, an assistant professor in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, Narayan's research is focused on the development of short, streamlined, synthetic approaches to creating tricyclic nucleic acids.

The Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship Program was established to provide scholarships to outstanding students who intend to pursue careers in mathematics, the natural sciences and engineering. Each scholarship covers eligible expenses up to a maximum of $7,500 annually for undergraduate tuition, fees, books and housing. In awarding scholarships, the foundation of trustees considers the nominee's field of study and career objectives along with the extent to which that individual has the commitment and potential to make a significant contribution to the field of science or engineering.

“It was a pleasure assisting all four of our Goldwater applicants,” said Paul Harris, associate director of the Honors College. “They represent the very best of what my office looks for in prestigious scholarship applicants: an intellectually curious nature, a sincere desire to learn for learning's sake and a 'can-do, will-do' attitude. They make our Auburn Family proud.”

Auburn University senior receives national Daniel J. Edelman PRSSA award

March 13, 2015

By: Sarah Phillips

AUBURN UNIVERSITY – Auburn University College of Liberal Arts senior Rachel Pipan has been named a winner of the 2015 Daniel J. Edelman Public Relations Student Society of America Award by Edelman Public Relations. As one of only two national winners, she will receive $1,500 and a three-month paid internship at one of Edelman's U.S. offices to help advance her public relations skills.

"I am beyond honored to one of the two winners of the Daniel J. Edelman PRSSA award for the outstanding public relations student," said Pipan, a senior majoring in public relations and minoring in business. "Daniel Edelman was a true pioneer in the field of public relations, and his firm has an impeccable reputation for ethics, research and excellent execution of public relations campaigns. I am looking forward to interning for Edelman and following in his footsteps."

The award, named after the founder of Edelman, has been presented annually since 1990 to active PRSSA students and honors those who have demonstrated exceptional leadership ability, a commitment to a public relations career and esteemed contributions to PRSSA. Edelman is the world's largest public relations firm home to more than 5,000 employees in 65 cities, as well as affiliates in more than 35 cities.

Pipan, an Honors College student who manages on-campus communications for the university's Office of Undergraduate Research, has set a career goal to be the communications director for an international nonprofit organization.

"Having the opportunity to work in Edelman's outstanding office will provide me with an invaluable educational experience," said Pipan. "Edelman's office in Washington, D.C., includes working on government and public policy campaigns, and since my passion lies in female political representation, I would ideally have an opportunity to sharpen my skills while working for causes and clients I love."

In 2014, Pipan was the winner of the John D. Graham PRSSA scholarship and was the second place winner of the Betsy Plank PRSSA scholarship. She credits her achievements in the public relations field to her education in the School of Communication and Journalism.

"Auburn's public relations program pushed me to be an ethical, curious and determined public relations student," said Pipan. "All in all, my classes have intersected beautifully to both help me gain my past internships and to help me win this award."

After graduation, Pipan, a native of Colorado Springs, Colorado, plans to attend American University to pursue a master's degree in strategic communication.

Two Auburn University students named Truman Scholarship finalists

February 25, 2015

By: Wade Berry

AUBURN UNIVERSITY – Two Auburn University undergraduates have been named finalists for the Harry S. Truman Scholarship, one of the nation's top academic awards.

Sara Rains of Brentwood, Tennessee, and Jessica Adams of Smiths Station, Alabama, are competing to be named among only 59 recipients nationwide. The winners will be announced in mid-April.

"We are so very pleased for these two Honors College students as they put their academic talents to work for the public good, epitomizing the land grant mission of Auburn University, and we wish them every success as they compete to be named 2015 Truman Scholars," said Melissa Bauman, director of the Honors College.

Rains, a member of the Honors College, is a junior double-majoring in nutrition and horticulture in the colleges of Human Sciences and Agriculture, respectively, with a minor in hunger studies. She is an Auburn University Global Challenge Fellow, a member of the Committee of 19, co-founder of the Auburn University ONE Campaign, a non-profit organization that fights extreme poverty and preventable disease, an Undergraduate Research Fellow and student ambassador to Presidents United to Solve Hunger, or PUSH.

She plans to seek a position after graduation as a policy officer with the One Acre Fund in rural East Africa, a social enterprise that invests in farmers through training and market facilitation.

Adams, also a member of the Honors College, is a junior majoring in microbial, cellular and molecular biology in the College of Sciences and Mathematics with a minor in hunger studies. She is an IMPACT project coordinator, an intern with the Hunger Solutions Institute in the College of Human Sciences which is responsible for carrying out demographic research and program development, an Auburn University Global Challenge Fellow and co-founder of the campus chapter of Bama Covered, a health care educational network in Alabama, and director of the Smiths Station Bama Covered office.

After graduation, she will pursue graduate work in epidemiology and eventually a position with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Epidemic Intelligence Service.

The Harry S. Truman Scholarship, created in 1975 by an act of Congress, is awarded to select college juniors on the basis of four criteria: service on campus and in the community, commitment to a career in public service, communication ability and aptitude to be a "change agent," and academic talent that would ensure acceptance to a first-rate graduate school.

Scholars receive up to $30,000 toward their post-graduate education. In addition, they participate in leadership development programs and have opportunities for internships and employment with the federal government.

"Sara and Jessica embody what the Truman Scholarship seeks to recognize," said Paul Harris, associate director of the Honors College. "Their leadership and numerous service activities are matched by their stellar performance in the classroom. It has been a privilege working with them and their faculty members throughout the scholarship application process."

The National Prestigious Scholarship office at Auburn University, located in the Honors College, works closely with students to identify and help them pursue prestigious scholarship national and international awards through information sessions and one-on-one support during the application process. For more information, click here.

Auburn University ranked top public university in the state

February 17, 2015

By: Sarah Phillips

AUBURN UNIVERSITY – Auburn University has been ranked the top public university in Alabama and number 52 overall by The Business Journals. The report identified 484 national public universities and colleges with an objective of recognizing those schools that offer the best educational experiences to their students.

"The rankings by The Business Journals affirm Auburn's commitment to our land-grant mission and reflect our institution's strategic goal of offering a quality education that encompasses impressive faculty, relevant programs and effective student services," said Timothy Boosinger, provost and vice president for academic affairs.

The rankings, which were compiled by The Business Journals' parent company American City Business Journals, were awarded to schools with highly selective admissions processes, strong retention and graduation rates, prestigious reputations, affordable tuitions and housing costs, diverse faculties and student bodies, and economically robust communities.

Auburn received four out of five stars in the selectivity, advancement and prestige categories, as well as posting an 89 percent retention rate.

Each public university and college chosen met four criteria: more than half of the degrees they granted during the most recent academic year were at the bachelor's degree level or higher, they have been classified by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching as baccalaureate, master's or research institutions, they submitted the full range of 2013 data to the National Center for Education Statistics' Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS), and they are not U.S. military academies.

For more information about Auburn's rankings, click here.

Auburn graduate Ashton Richardson named Marshall Scholar, one of 40 in United States

November 13, 2014

By: Paul Harris

AUBURN UNIVERSITY – Auburn University graduate Ashton Richardson has been named a recipient of the prestigious Marshall Scholarship, becoming one of only 40 students in the United States selected for the honor, which enables them to attend their choice of university in the United Kingdom.

"Ashton Richardson is an exemplar of the student athlete who through dedication to his academic studies and his hard work on the field has brought much credit to himself, his family, and Auburn University. We couldn't be happier for Ashton and we know that the world is a better place because this young man is a Marshall Scholar," said Melissa Baumann, Auburn University assistant provost and director of the Honors College.

New Orleans native Richardson is a December 2012 summa cum laude graduate in the College of Agriculture with a major in animal sciences (pre-veterinary medicine). His many achievements include the W. James Samford Foundation President's Award; the 2013 Fellowship of Christian Athletes Bobby Bowden Award; the Cliff Hare Award which is awarded to Auburn's top male scholar athlete; the Auburn University Male Scholar Athlete for academic year 2012-2013; and Auburn's nominee for the S.E.C. H. Boyd McWhorter Award in spring 2013. A four-year letterman and linebacker for the Auburn Tigers, Ashton conducted undergraduate research under the direction of Reid Hanson, professor of veterinary medicine examining articular cartilage thickness in cadaveric equine limbs.

Currently, Ashton is in his second year at the Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine where he serves as the president of the One Health Association which explores the connections between human, animal and environmental health. He is also a member of the Texas Veterinary Medicine Foundation Board of Trustees.

"I am looking forward to pursuing graduate studies in international development at The University of Sheffield as a Marshall Scholar," Richardson said. "This program allows for a more in-depth, interdisciplinary understanding of environmental, economic and social development, all of which are essential to sustainable agricultural systems."

"I am extremely grateful to all my professors, coaches, mentors and the Honors College staff who have supported me unconditionally throughout my time at Auburn and who challenged me to take intellectual risks."

Richardson recently returned from a summer service and research experience in Nicaragua where, as a member of One Health, he joined a six member team of veterinary, medical and public health students investigating the health disparities of humans and animals. In addition to his work abroad, Richardson has also conducted a hunger study with the Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank and served as a mentor to youth at the Lee County (Alabama) Youth Development Center.

"Ashton was the kind of student a teacher will always remember," said Dale Coleman, associate professor in the Department of Animal Sciences. "You remember his character and his commitment to everything he did. You remember his personal devotion to learning simply for the sake of learning. Much like we talk about the Auburn Family being 'all in' when we support athletics, Ashton was always 'all in' in the classroom."

"Ashton simply bowls you over with his warmth, intelligence, kindness and humility," said Paul Harris, associate director for national prestigious scholarships in the Honors College. "He is the sort of young man that any set of parents would be totally proud, wondering how they could have possibly produced and raised such a remarkably kind and noble individual."

The Marshall Scholarship program was established in 1953 by an act of British Parliament in honor of U.S. Secretary of State George C. Marshall as an expression of Britain's gratitude for economic assistance received through the Marshall Plan after World War II. The program is overseen by the Marshall Aid Commemoration Commission. Approximately 900 students are endorsed annually for the scholarship by their respective universities, for which 40 scholarships are awarded nationwide.

Auburn University senior and recent graduate named Rhodes Scholarship finalists

October 30, 2014

By: Wade Berry

AUBURN UNIVERSITY – Auburn University senior Tofey Leon and 2014 graduate Azeem Ahmed have been selected as finalists for the prestigious Rhodes Scholarship. If awarded, they will be among 32 U.S. students to receive the honor for an opportunity to study at the University of Oxford in the United Kingdom.

Both Leon and Ahmed will interview in Birmingham in late November. Leon and Ahmed’s selection marks the fifth consecutive year that Auburn University students have been named as finalists.

“These two Auburn students have excelled throughout their academic careers,” said Melissa Bauman, Auburn University assistant provost and director of the Honors College. “Through their commitment to their academic studies, their dedication to their athletic and leadership activities, and hard work, they epitomize the Auburn Creed. Their success would not have been possible without the support and guidance of the many Auburn faculty and staff who have taught and mentored these students to help them reach this honor. We are thrilled about the possibility of adding the Rhodes Scholar distinction to their list of accomplishments.”

Leon, of Mobile is a senior majoring in biomedical sciences in the College of Sciences and Mathematics and is a former member of the Auburn Swimming and Diving Team where he served as team captain during the 2013-2104 season. Leon is the recipient of the Cliff Hare Award, the 2014 SEC Men’s Swimming and Diving Male Scholar Athlete of the Year, and earlier this spring he was awarded the NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship. A recipient of Auburn’s Cellular and Molecular Biosciences Undergraduate Summer Research Fellowship, his faculty mentor is Associate Professor Michael Squillacote in the Department of Chemistry. If selected Leon plans to pursue a research master’s of science in primary health care.

Ahmed of Auburn is an August 2014 Honors College graduate with a major in finance in the Raymond J. Harbert College of Business and a minor in sustainability. A 2014 Clinton Global Hunger Leadership Fellow and 2013 Truman Scholar, Ahmed is the recipient of the President’s Medal in the Harbert College of Business for academic year 2013-2014. While at Auburn, Ahmed served as vice president of Campus Kitchens and president of the Committee of 19. His faculty mentor is Harriet Giles, director of external relations in the College of Human Sciences and managing director of the Auburn University Hunger Solutions Institute. If selected Ahmed plans to read for a double master’s of science in medical anthropology and global health sciences.

“Tofey and Azeem represent the very best of Auburn University students," said Paul Harris, associate director for National Prestigious Scholarships. “It is a joy to work with such kind, conscientious and civically minded young men.”

The Rhodes Scholarship, one of the oldest in the world, is awarded to students with proven intellectual and academic achievement, integrity of character, qualities of leadership and proven respect for their fellow humankind. Founded in 1904, the scholarship is one of the oldest international fellowships and is administered by the Rhodes Trust, a British charity established to honor the will and bequest of Cecil J. Rhodes.

Auburn University has had four Rhodes Scholars beginning with Hugh Long in 1949, Ed Gentle in 1978, Susan Karamanian in 1981 and Jordan Anderson in 2009.