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Liberal Arts Student Wins Samford Memorial Scholarship For First Time In School History

Kate Stewart is the first College of Liberal Arts student to win the W. James Samford, Jr. ’72 Memorial Scholarship at Auburn University. Kate is the second woman to win this prestigious award. 

The $10,000 scholarship is given to a junior at Auburn University who encompasses the true meaning of what it is to live through the creed and be an Auburn man or woman. It is a difficult selection process that takes into consideration the student's academic success, leadership and philanthropic role on and off campus.

Kate explained, "It is a funny story actually. I had just woken up when I received the phone call telling me I had gotten the scholarship, and I just could not believe it. I was absolutely amazed I had actually received such a competitive and rewarding scholarship. I called my mom, Danyell Stewart, at work and we both started crying." 

"I then called my boyfriend, Daniel Woodruff, and he reassured me he had no doubt in me and that he was so proud. I can’t fully describe in words how I felt when I won. It is still so surreal." 

Kate is a public relations major, double minoring in general business, philanthropy and nonprofit studies.

This year, Kate became the Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) and Public Relations Council of Alabama (PRCA) Chapter President. She is also the student director for Auburn University's College of Liberal Arts Day and a special events committee member of Pi Beta Phi Sorority. Off campus, Kate is a fundraising and events intern for the Lee County Humane Society and a gymnastics coach at the Auburn Gymnastics Academy.

Kate admitted, “I am not very confident in myself when it comes to applying for scholarships. I am still very shocked it truly happened. I am so proud of it and plan on continuing to work hard.”

This was not the first academic scholarship Kate had applied for and won. When she was a senior in high school, Kate received the J. L. Bedsole Scholarship, that is only awarded to 12 recipients in five counties. Stewart receives a $6,000 scholarship every year to pay for her tuition.

When asked how this award will benefit her future, Kate explained, “It will help me pay for college and my needs I have while creating my dream. After I graduate in May 2018, I hope to work at a large PR firm or agency."

Kate is eager to give advice to Auburn students interested in applying for the Samford Memorial Scholarship next year. "The application is due in the beginning of January. So definitely go to AUSOM and complete it ahead of time."

Kate says she is honored to receive such a rewarding scholarship and encourages all juniors to apply.

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