Over $120,000 Raised at University of Mobile Scholarship Banquet, Coach Dabo Swinney Shares ‘Fundamentals for Excellence’

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MOBILE, Ala. – University of Mobile raised over $120,000 for student scholarships at the sold-out 13th annual University of Mobile Scholarship Banquet with keynote speaker Coach Dabo Swinney.

Swinney shared his “fundamentals for excellence,” along with insights into the game of football, life lessons, and a call to support the mission of University of Mobile. The university’s Voices of Mobile and RamCorps ensembles entertained the audience of more than 700 on Feb. 27 at the Arthur Outlaw Convention Center in downtown Mobile. The University of Mobile Scholarship Banquet with title sponsor Seymour is the largest fundraising event each year for the Christian university.

University of Mobile President Timothy L. Smith thanked supporters for their partnership and prayers.

“As we think about the many students who will receive scholarships made possible through the annual scholarship banquet, we are thankful for a community that supports and partners with us to provide higher education for a higher purpose,” Smith said.

One of the top head football coaches in the nation, Clemson University head coach William Christopher “Dabo” Swinney is a former Alabama wide receiver and an outspoken Christian.

Referring frequently to Scripture, Swinney spoke of the joy the game of football gives and how it brings diverse people together. He talked about dreaming big, taking risks, setting goals, seeking wisdom from others, and the importance of education.

As the first person in his family to graduate from college, “My education changed my entire family’s life,” Swinney said. “Football is a vocation. Education is a career.”

And, he added, unlike a job that can end or a home that can be destroyed by fire, “They cannot take my education away.”

“Education matters. It’s the key to our future,” he said.

“It’s so important we’re here tonight, to help provide an education for somebody,” he said. “There’s some Dabos out there that are going to get his or her education and go and do amazing things in their life. You may never meet some of these students, but to know that you’ve had an impact in some young person getting their education – it’s a powerful thing.”

Banquet title sponsor Seymour is a student development company that provides Mobile area students with hands-on experience in a professional environment, producing content that features live and local coverage of sporting events, community news, educational developments, and much more. For more about Seymour, visit www.watchseymour.com.

The UM Scholarship Banquet brings speakers of national prominence to the Mobile area while raising scholarships for UM students. Previous UM Scholarship Banquet speakers were New York Times best-selling author and leadership expert John Maxwell, Fox News Channel’s chief political anchor Bret Baier, neurosurgeon and presidential candidate Ben Carson, President George W. Bush, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, Heisman Trophy winner Tim Tebow, Col. Oliver North, presidential candidate and Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, presidential candidate and Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives Newt Gingrich, Georgia Gov. and U.S. Sen. Zell Miller, and New York Times best-selling author Andy Andrews.


About University of Mobile:
University of Mobile is a Christ-centered liberal arts and sciences institution with a vision of higher education for a higher purpose, founded to honor God by equipping students for their future professions through rigorous academic preparation and spiritual transformation. Core values are: Christ-Centered, Academically-Focused, Student-Devoted and Distinctively-Driven. The university offers on-campus and online bachelor’s and master’s degree programs in over 40 areas of study. Founded in 1961, University of Mobile is affiliated with the Alabama Baptist State Convention and is located 10 miles north of Mobile, Alabama on a campus of over 880 acres. For more information about University of Mobile, visit the website at www.umobile.edu or call Enrollment Services at 1.800.WIN.RAMS or 251.442.2222.

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Kathy Dean

Kathy Dean

Kathy Dean is assistant vice president for university communications and has helped tell the University of Mobile story since 1993. She is an award-winning public relations professional and former journalist. Her husband and daughter are UM graduates. She loves playing in the yard – planting flowers, picking blueberries, pulling weeds and petting her two mini-schnauzers.

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