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.

Samford is a leading Christian university offering undergraduate programs grounded in the liberal arts with an array of nationally recognized graduate and professional schools. Founded in 1841, Samford is the 87th-oldest institution of higher learning in the United States. Samford enrolls 5,791 students from 49 states, Puerto Rico and 16 countries in its 10 academic schools: arts, arts and sciences, business, divinity, education, health professions, law, nursing, pharmacy and public health. Samford fields 17 athletic teams that compete in the tradition-rich Southern Conference and ranks 6th nationally for its Graduation Success Rate among all NCAA Division I schools.