Because higher education is constantly evolving, the School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences is committed to enabling resources that allow the school to stay at the forefront of forestry, wildlife and natural resources education. While all gifts help enable the School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences to rise to new levels of excellence, the following are our current funding priorities.
Solon and Martha Dixon Foundation Learning Center
In April 2011, the Auburn University Board of Trustees adopted a resolution to approve the Solon and Martha Dixon Foundation Learning Center. This new 6,500 square foot facility consists of the Gjerstad-Johnson Longleaf Auditorium, a 40 seat classroom, executive conference room and veranda. Its state-of-the-art audiovisual and internet capabilities will support 21st century approaches to education and outreach. This $1.65 million project is being funded 100 percent by private support. Currently, 85 percent of this project has been funded. We invite you to consider an investment in the future of forestry and wildlife education and outreach. Your leadership and commitment toward the construction of the Solon and Martha Dixon Foundation Learning Center will shape the educational preparation of forestry and wildlife professionals for years to come. There are several levels of support available. All support will be recognized through specific named spaces and a Wall of Honor in the building’s foyer.
Existing funding options include the following:
Wall of Honor
Diamond Level: $50,000
Platinum Level: $25,000
Gold Level: $10,000
Silver Level: $5,000
Bronze Level: $500
All funding opportunities are payable over five years and are tax deductible. For naming opportunities, please contact Heather Crozier at 334-844-2791.
Graduate Support and Fellowships
Increasing the number of graduate degrees awarded is one of the SFWS’s top priorities. Enhancing opportunities to recognize and support graduate students study is important. In addition to furthering their own knowledge, graduate students play crucial roles in the school from supporting undergraduate instruction to advancing research and outreach initiatives. Graduate student support can be provided in two ways:
- Graduate Fellowships (Endowed or Annual): Graduate Fellowships are the equivalent to undergraduate scholarships and are awarded to graduate students based on academic merit. Named Endowed Fellowships begin at $100,000, payable over 5 years.
Partial Tuition Fellowships begin at $25,000 payable over five years
Annual Fellowships begin at $1,000 payable each year by February 28.
- Graduate Assistantships: Graduate assistantships give a student the opportunity to work within their department by participating in teaching, research or extension. An annual assistantship supports a graduate student for one academic term (nine or 12 months). The range of giving is $6,000 to $12,000 per year.
The School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences ability to offer scholarships is a key in enabling many bright students across the nation to attend the college who may otherwise be unable to. We believe in rewarding hard work and thanks to our donors, more than $140,000 is rewarded in scholarships annually. Scholarships can be created through two avenues:
- Annual scholarships: Given on an annual basis.
- Endowed scholarships: Endowed Scholarships leave a legacy by creating awardable funds from the annual investment return. While there is a minimum giving criteria, endowment pledges can be paid over a period of five years.
In many ways, unrestricted gifts are our most important resource for success. The gifts are unique in that they allow the SFWS to have the necessary means to meet unforeseen needs as they arise. They also allow the school to capitalize on evolving opportunities. Through annual unrestricted gifts, SFWS administrators have the ability to direct funds to our needs that may be insufficiently funded through state appropriations. These are the donations that allow SFWS to secure a huge amount of success. Unrestricted gifts of any amount are vital to the school’s outstanding achievement.