2016Initiatives

The Texas A&M Foundation matches your interests to funding priorities, no matter what your passion. Below are a few of our major fundraising initiatives for the coming year.

Aggie Veteran Scholarships

Empower Aggie veterans.

With hundreds of new veterans expected to enroll at Texas A&M annually and an increasing number of enrolled spouses, the Division of Student Affairs hopes to endow at least 150 scholarships during the next three years to ease the financial needs of Aggies who have valiantly served. Although veterans receive GI Bill benefits, many are unable to complete their degrees within the 36-month limitation, increasing the need for supplemental funds. Scholarships can also ease the oftentimes-challenging transition from military to civilian life.

You may choose to fund one of three types of veteran scholarships, ranging in value from $25,000 to $100,000. All gifts are payable over a five-year period, and because your gift is endowed, it will support Aggie veterans forever with annual stipends.

To learn how you can support Aggie heroes, visit our website or contact Torii Kapavik ’11, director of development for student affairs. You can also watch how Ray Dilworth ’18 (left) is already being impacted by a scholarship.

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The Gardens at Texas A&M University

Build Texas A&M’s future backyard.

The Gardens at Texas A&M University is a planned, multiphase transformation of a 40-acre area of West Campus into a public teaching garden that will expand the university’s research and outreach. It will include a variety of outdoor venues for activities and learning as well as all types of flora and fauna. This medley of spaces will truly be a place for Aggies to learn, study, entertain and relax.

While Phase 1—named the Leach Teaching Gardens after lead donors Amy ’84 and Tim Leach ’82—is underway, additional private support is needed for future demonstration gardens, an open-air pavilion, a feed-the-world themed courtyard and areas where children can dig into hands-on gardening activities.

Join us in creating a living classroom for educational, inspirational and recreational experiences. Visit gardens.tamu.edu for more information or contact Jon Rigelsky ’02, director of development for the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.

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Global Engineering Experiences

Send engineering students abroad.

Through its Halliburton Global Access Program, the College of Engineering has set an ambitious goal of providing 2,000 engineering students with global experiences each year, which would more than double its current level of student participation in international study. These types of experiences—whether for research, work or class credit—expose students to the world at a formative age and provide them with the skills necessary to create versatile and confident pupils and employees.

The largest impediment to student participation is transportation costs. You can help engineers go abroad by making a one-time $2,000 cash gift to sponsor a student’s airline ticket, or you may choose to endow a larger gift to support more students annually. Contributions of any size to the Global Access Program Travel Fund will also help send students abroad.

To learn more, visit the Global Access Program webpage or contact Jay Roberts ’05, senior director of development for the College of Engineering.

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A New Complex for Aggies by the Sea

Advance maritime education.

Texas A&M University has committed to growing its Galveston campus by adding a new three-phased Academic Complex designed to support the increase of marine and maritime student enrollment. This state-of-the-art, hybrid facility will be fully equipped to bring adventure and discovery into the classroom by utilizing the best technology, laboratories, engaging soft learning spaces and modern lecture halls. As a home to innovative chemistry, systems labs and classrooms designed around small collaborative learning groups, students can tackle complex global issues such as food security and conservation of natural environments.

Through various naming opportunities, such as the second floor Seibel Learning Center, former students, corporations, families, classes and friends may include their names or memorialize a loved one as a permanent part of the Academic Complex by funding a lobby, laboratory, classroom space, student gathering area, office suite or rooftop terrace.

To explore giving opportunities, visit the Academic Complex webpage or contact Rick Kline, senior director of development for Texas A&M University at Galveston.

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