"We have an obligation to honor the legacy of the men and women who have made Auburn great," Jacobs says. "I can think of no better way for us to give back to our former student-athletes than by opening doors of opportunity for their children, especially those who have excelled academically and shown leadership potential.
" This program also demonstrates our commitment to fulfilling Auburn's mission of creating a diverse and academically superior student body," Jacobs adds.
Virgil Starks, senior associate athletic director at Auburn's Office of Student Athlete Support Services, says, "We plan to make some awards this spring for eligible students for the fall of 2007. We are part of the greater campus community, and this shows we are committed to the academic mission of the board of trustees and the president."
Auburn University President Dr. Ed Richardson has praise for the program. "Recruiting top-quality students to Auburn is among the top priorities for the Board of Trustees and for me," he says "I applaud Jay and the athletic department for making a commitment that will provide opportunities for many bright and deserving children of former Auburn student-athletes."
AU officials say that up to $50,000 will be awarded in the first year of the program and note that it will supplement another scholarship program sponsored by the Auburn Football Lettermen's Club that benefits the children of former AU football players.
To receive a legacy scholarship, students must have a 3.3 high school grade point average with a 25 ACT score or an 1160 SAT and also rank in the top 15 percent of their graduating class.
To receive a loyalty scholarship, a student must have financial need and must have displayed leadership skills along with having a 3.0 grade point average and a rank in the top 25 percent of his or her high school class.
Other factors that will be considered in awarding scholarships include geographic diversity, civic awards, personal essays, interviews and letters of recommendation. Currently enrolled AU students who are children of former student-athletes with an unadjusted 3.0 grade point average may also apply for the scholarships after one year in residence at Auburn University. The application process will be announced in January and candidates can contact the Office of Student-Athlete Support Services at (334) 844-9874.