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The Phil Neel Memorial Endowed Scholarship was established in 2013.  Although football players and coaches have changed throughout the years, Charles Phillip "Phil" Neel created something that is uniquely Auburn and something that all Auburn Fans over multiple generations can relate to forever.  In Auburn circles, Phil is the man who created Aubie.  Aubie is the Tiger Mascot that has delighted fans for years at Auburn Events.  Mr. Neel first drew the character when working as an artist at the Birmingham Post-Herald in the 1950s.  Mr. Neel worked as a Sports Artist at the Birmingham Post-Herald for 33 years and at the Birmingham News for one year, but he also did freelance work for schools all over the Southeast.  Neel's contributions to the local Greater Birmingham Auburn Club were evident as he annually provided the creative backdrops for the group at the Senior Watch Banquet.  He had all of the player's names individually superimposed and many times surrounding Aubie.  All of his work for the Club was donated because of his love for Auburn and the special bond he had with the GBAC.  Thanks to Phil, Aubie has become the most recognized and beloved mascot in college sports.  Phil Neel's death in 2012 will be always remembered through this scholarship in his name.

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