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Amanda Burns

Amanda Burns

When Amanda Burns graduated from high school, she wanted to follow in her family’s footsteps by attending The University of Alabama. “The legacy and tradition drew me here,” she said. Amanda’s mother, father and stepmother are all Alabama alumni, and Dusten Bybee, her stepbrother, graduated from the University in May 2015.

Amanda knew where she wanted to attend college, but she did not know how she would pay for it. “I was not expecting to get a lot of scholarship money because I didn’t have a very high ACT score. So when I received the email saying I had received the Pitt Family Scholarship, I couldn’t help but cry. I was so excited.”

That first scholarship covered her freshman year and since then Amanda has received the Dr. S.S. Shores, Jr. Endowed Scholarship which is renewable for four years. The Shores scholarship was established in memory of Dr. S.S. Shores, Jr. (class of 1913) through a testamentary gift from his daughter and son-in-law.

Amanda is a UA junior studying social work with a Spanish minor. The two months she spent in Guatemala in the summer of 2014 confirmed her career choice. “I fell in love with the people there, and I saw such a need for helping children born Amanda Burns into unfortunate situations. I want to be involved in the foster care system. I want to be a part of the solution.”

Amanda serves as community service chair for the UA branch of the National Society for Leadership and Success. She also holds a student job on campus with the National Alumni Association in the summer and in the Office of Undergraduate Admissions during the fall and spring.

With her part-time jobs and her scholarships, Amanda doesn’t worry as much about money. “Both of those scholarships made college expenses much more manageable. It was a huge relief, a weight off my shoulders.”

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