Posted by William Nunnelley on 2007-07-31

Samford University trustee Richard D. Horsley of Birmingham has provided a scholarship fund to assist students in the Samford School of Business.

Known as the Richard D. Horsley Beta Gamma Sigma Scholarship, the fund will provide scholarships to two business students who are members of Beta Gamma Sigma each year. Recipients will be chosen on the basis of academic achievement and demonstrated leadership.

Beta Gamma Sigma is the honor society serving business programs accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) International. Membership in the society is the highest recognition a business student can receive in accredited business schools.

The scholarship is included on the Samford University Scholarship Society Wall of Honor in Ralph W. Beeson University Center, which requires funding of at least $100,000.

Horsley also provided funding for the recently-dedicated monument of the Beta Gamma Sigma key located in the lobby of Dwight M. Beeson School of Business Building.

Horsley attended undergraduate school at Samford before completing his degree at the University of Alabama. He served for many years as an executive with Regions Financial Corporation and was vice chairman of the board and chief operating officer before his recent retirement.

About Samford University – Samford University is a premier nationally ranked private university deeply rooted in its Christian mission. Founded in 1841, Samford is the 87th oldest institution of higher education in the United States. U.S. News & World Report ranks Samford 4th among regional universities in the South. Samford enrolls 5,619 students from 44 states, the District of Columbia and 29 other countries in its 10 academic units: arts, arts and sciences, business, divinity, education, health professions, law, nursing, pharmacy, and public health. Samford also fields 17 NCAA Division I teams that compete in the tradition-rich Southern Conference.