Samford Announces Scholarship in Memory of Student Avery White

Published on February 3, 2017 by Philip Poole  
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A scholarship has been established at Samford University in memory of student Avery Joseph White, who died Jan. 30. 

The scholarship will honor the memory of White by providing financial support for a current Brock School of Business student. White was a senior in the business school, where his father, Darin, is a professor. White, 21, was pursuing a triple major in finance, accounting and computer science, planning ultimately to pursue a doctorate in finance. 

Contributions to the scholarship can be made online or via mail to University Advancement, Samford University, 800 Lakeshore Drive, Birmingham, AL 35229. 

“Avery was a successful student who worked hard and took advantage of many opportunities to maximize his business school experience,” said Brock School of Business Dean Howard Finch. “It is most appropriate that we honor his memory by providing support for other students to benefit from a Brock School of Business Samford education.” 

A memorial service celebrating White’s life was held Feb. 4, at Church of the Highlands Riverchase Campus in the Birmingham suburb of Pelham. A campus prayer service was held Jan. 31.

White is survived by his parents, Darin and Laura White; his brothers, Daniel, Corey and John; his sisters, Bethany, Hannah and Abigail; his paternal grandparents, Russell and Linda White; and his maternal grandparents, Warren and Katherine Weed, and Howard and Shannon Houser. 


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