Auld-White Endowed Scholarship
The Auld-White Endowed Scholarship was established in 2006 through matching funds from the Lilly Endowment by John and Nancy (White) Auld and John and Beth (Hodgen) Auld, Kathleen Auld Wagner and Patricia Auld Zachidny to celebrate the legacy of the Auld and White families at Franklin College. Nancy (White) Auld, Class of 1953, entered Franklin College with a long line of Franklin College relatives. Her father, William White, was a member of the Class of 1919; her mother, Florence (Merrill) White, was a member of the Class of 1920, and her aunt, Mildred (Merrill) Farmer, was a member of the Class of 1914; her uncle, Wayne Merrill, and her aunt, Verne (White) Vandivier, were both members of the Class of 1918. Although not a Franklin College alumnus, her grandfather, Howland Cyrus Merrill, taught Greek and Latin at Franklin College before joining the faculty at another American Baptist college in California, the University of Redlands. While a student, Nancy met John Auld, Class of 1950. Together, they shared an inspiring commitment to Franklin College. Of their three children, John, Patricia and Kathleen, two would follow their paths at Franklin College - John graduating in 1976 and Tricia graduating in 1978. Both John and John Jr. served on the Board of Trustees and Alumni Council. Each member of the Auld family has been instrumental in planning class reunions and class giving campaigns. Because of their strong connections to Franklin College, it was only fitting that they would help provide for the education of future generations of students.
The first preference for awarding this scholarship shall be to assist deserving students who are children, grandchildren or siblings of Franklin College alumni.