The Osprey Foundation establishes scholarship in CLA

Anne Rivers Siddons

The Osprey Foundation established by Auburn University alumna and best-selling author Anne Rivers Siddons, recently pledged $100,000 to establish a scholarship endowment for undergraduate students in the College of Liberal Arts at Auburn University.

Siddons and her husband, Heyward, designated the gift to benefit students who come to Auburn from out-of-state (primarily from Georgia, South Carolina, or Maine) as well as those students who are first-generation college attendees, or have financial need.

“I am delighted to support the College of Liberal Arts at Auburn with a gift from The Osprey Foundation that will fund a student scholarship program,” said Anne Rivers Siddons.

Siddons graduated from Auburn in 1958 with a degree in illustration and a minor in English and aspirations to be an illustrator and layout designer. Instead, she has enjoyed an illustrious career as a writer and has published 21 novels, all of which are set in the South. As a student at Auburn during the civil rights period, she published a column in The Auburn Plainsman that favored integration and was later fired from her position with the student newspaper. Her debut novel, Heartbreak Hotel, recounted the events of her firing and gives detailed insight into Auburn during this time. Heartbreak Hotel was chosen as the CLA Reads book this fall and Siddons was recognized for her life-long commitment to equality in October when she was awarded the inaugural Women’s Leadership Institute Lifetime Achievement Award.  The award was given during a tribute held at the Auburn University Hotel and Dixon Conference Center this past October.

“We are extremely grateful that The Osprey Foundation made this generous gift to support outstanding students in the College of Liberal Arts. The endowment provides prospective students the chance to obtain the kind of quality education for which Auburn University is known,” said Joe Aistrup, dean of the College of Liberal Arts.

Charitable gifts like those made by The Osprey Foundation in support of student scholarships are received by the Auburn University Foundation on the university’s behalf. The Auburn University Foundation assures that donations are kept separate from public funds, are invested in a prudent manner and are applied only as directed by the donor. To make a tax-deductible, charitable donation to Auburn, visit


Last Updated: December 19, 2016