Legacy League not only helped me get to Samford but also continues to shape my college experience on a daily basis in a very personal way. —Legacy League scholarship recipient
The Legacy League is a philanthropic organization with 800 members including university friends, alumni, parents and employees. Members, ranging in age from 22 to 101, are united in their commitment to provide life-changing scholarships to students with significant financial need and challenging circumstances. The Legacy League offers meaningful volunteer opportunities, inspirational programs and a friendly, caring community to all who become involved.
The Legacy League seeks to create a vibrant, engaged, committed community dedicated to making a difference in the lives of students through scholarships.
The Legacy League works collaboratively with its members and the larger community to raise life-changing scholarships for deserving students with significant financial need by creating:
- awareness of what we do
- opportunities for involvement
- enthusiasm through inspirational programming
- compassion for giving to others
In October 2011, the officers of the Samford University Auxiliary unveiled a new name: Legacy League, an Auxiliary of Samford University. The name was adopted in recognition of the long and distinguished history of support of the university by women--a legacy that lives on in the material improvements to the campus, but more importantly through the lives of students who receive scholarships.
The roots of the Legacy League can be traced to 1902, when the Howard College Co-operative Association was created to "cooperate with the board of trustees and president of the college in raising funds for the endowment and better equipment of the university." Successful projects carried out by missionary societies of several denominations created the momentum for the organization of the Howard College Auxiliary, which was formally founded by 16 women in 1925. The Auxiliary supported Howard College, and later Samford University, by providing landscaping and furnishings and meeting other needs as they arose.
In 1988, the Legacy League (then the Samford Auxiliary) established an endowment program to provide life-changing scholarships for deserving students. Providing need-based scholarships is now the primary mission of the Legacy League.