Two students at Auburn
are smiling and here's why.
walk-on football player Andrew Williams will be able to stay rent free for one
full year at Tiger Lodge, an apartment complex about 4 miles away from campus.
"I feel blessed. I
really do," said Williams.
Alison May will stay at
Tiger Lodge, too, free of charge for a year.
"I was shocked when
I first found out," said May.
This is all possible
because of what Tiger Lodge is doing. It's called 'Rent Free Fridays.' The
management of Tiger Lodge started the program this month and it works like
"Every time someone
signs a lease or even takes a tour they get a raffle ticket and every Friday we
draw two tickets and if their numbers match the raffle tickets they get to stay
here for free for a year," said Audra Crews, the leasing agent for Tiger
For Williams this is
big. He'll save $300.00 a month.
"That money will
help pay for books and other school supplies I need," said Williams.
Andrew Williams says
this could not have come at a better time. The reason is he is carrying $17,000
in student loans and he's not on a football scholarship.
Crews admitted there is
no question this is a marketing tool for Tiger Lodge but they also see it as a
chance to make a difference. Students are paying big bucks today for college
tuiton. Williams, for example, says he paid around $10,000 just for the spring
semester when you factor in college costs. Williams hopes to earn a full
football scholarship next spring. Right now Williams is a redshirt sophomore
with dreams of playing in the NFL.
"We know these are
tough economic times for a lot of students and this is our way of helping them
out a little," Crews said.
"There is no way I
could have stayed here if I had to pay," said May.
A lighter load, free rent. College is getting off to a winning start for Andrew Williams and Alison May.
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