Endowed Gifts

Endowments are essential for the future growth and advancement of Auburn University Research.
The Auburn University Foundation invests endowed gifts so that a portion of the earnings is used to support a program or initiative as designated by the donor. The remainder of the endowed fund's income is reinvested with the principal each year allowing the permanent investment to keep pace with inflation and yield a steady stream of income for professorships, scholarships, fellowships, and other purposes.

An endowment may be established over five years and may be named to honor or memorialize a person or entity of the donor's choosing. The Auburn University Board of Trustees has established minimum endowment levels to ensure adequate and lasting support for needs. Endowments created at these levels may be named by donors and designated to support a variety of needs.

A growing and vital endowment base will ensure that Auburn University Research has the ability to achieve greatness. In fact, significant endowments form the foundation for success of most of the nation's top tier research institutions.

Endowed Centers and Institutes

Our centers and institutes lead the way with cutting-edge technologies that will power tomorrow's economy.

A donor may create a named endowment to provide a perpetual source of funds to significantly expand or enhance the operations of a specific center or institute.

Endowed Professorships

A named faculty chair or professorship may be endowed at one of the following minimum levels:

Named Endowed Presidential Chairs $5,000,000
Named Endowed Eminent Scholar Chairs $2,000,000
Named Endowed Faculty Chairs $1,000,000
Named Endowed Professorships $300,000

Endowed Scholarships, Fellowships and Assistantships

Named scholarships or fellowships may be endowed at one of the following minimum levels:
  • Named Endowed Graduate Fellowship
  • Named Endowed Graduate Assistantship
  • Named Presidential Scholarship
  • Named Endowed Tuition Scholarship
  • Named Partial Scholarships

Endowed Unrestricted

Private support that allows the Vice President for Research to direct gifts to areas of greatest need is critical to ensuring excellence in academic and student programs. A donor may create a named, unrestricted endowment that will provide a perpetual source of funds to meet urgent needs as they arise and to allow the Vice President for Research to take advantage of emerging research opportunities.

Mary Shirley '00
Director of Development
2150 Mike Hubbard Boulevard
Auburn, AL 36832
(334) 844-6438

Last Updated: 1/13/2014