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Two Auburn University Honors College students are the first recipients of the Crooked Oaks Legacy Foundation Scholarship.
Regan Moss, a neuroscience major with a certificate in health equity sciences, and Lauren Lavender, a double major in biomedical sciences and neuroscience, received the scholarship at a recent ceremony.
The Crooked Oaks Legacy Foundation was established in 2020 to honor the legacy of former head football coach Pat Dye, who died that year. The foundation is named after Dye’s beloved farm, Crooked Oaks. Dye coached the Tigers from 1981 to 1992.
The foundation was established with a mission to support Crooked Oaks Farm and provide educational opportunities through the preservation of wildlife and habitat; the public use and enjoyment of the land and gardens; for the retirement and rescue of eligible animals; and the study of nature.
The scholarship is designed to provide deserving Auburn students with the opportunity to study in a related field and gain the experience necessary to further the mission of the foundation and influence the world in their field of study.
Tiffany Sippial, Director of Honors College, said, “I was honored to be present for the dinner held at Coach Dye’s beloved farmhouse, where we officially recognized these two outstanding students for their achievements. Sitting alongside Coach Dye’s daughter, Wanda, and several Crooked Oaks Legacy Foundation board members who have dedicated themselves to honoring the coach’s dreams, was a truly special moment for us. all together. I know he would be so proud of Regan and Lauren. To be the first students to receive this award is truly special.
Moss will attend Columbia University this fall to pursue a master’s degree in public health. She hopes to continue her research related to the intersections of maternal and child health and trauma.
“I am grateful for the support of the Auburn community to pursue my passion for improving health care,” Moss said.
Lavender plans to enter the field of pain-related neurology after graduation and wants to be part of the generation that bridges the gaps between patient needs and the resources available to treat them.
“I appreciate the Crooked Oaks Legacy Foundation’s decision to invest in me and my future. The investment will definitely not be wasted,” Lavender said.
Rick Davidson, Chairman of the Board of the Crooked Oaks Legacy Foundation, congratulated the recipients and their potential future impact on the lives of others.
“The foundation board is thrilled to honor these two distinguished Auburn students who, like Coach Dye, will impact and improve the lives of many, while bringing honor to Auburn University,” said Davidson.
More information about Crooked Oaks Farm and the foundation is available on the website.