The Texas A&M Foundation exists for the benefit of Texas A&M University. Our goals and objectives have always been to provide funding essential to the university’s pursuit of academic excellence. This mission would not be possible without the generous support of thousands of individuals, foundations, companies and others who contribute their resources.
To celebrate their impact, the Foundation has launched a new promotional series highlighting the impact donors have on four major areas: scholarships, faculty endeavors, college building projects and student programs.
Growing up in Lemont, Ill., Maggie Beecher '13 was a long way from Aggieland, but she always had Texas A&M in her heart. Her father, James, earned a bachelor’s degree in industrial distribution and an MBA from A&M, and he shared his passion for the university with Maggie.
Recognized as a National Merit Scholar, Beecher was awarded the Ernest H. “Bobo” '50 and Virginia C. Jaska President’s Endowed Scholarship (PES). Gretchen M. '84 and Matthew G. '82 Jaska funded the PES through the Texas A&M Foundation in honor of his parents. The offer meant Beecher would be eligible for in-state tuition rates, so the benefits of the scholarship put Texas A&M at the top of her list. Now Beecher claims the decision to come to Texas A&M was one of the best choices she has ever made.
Dr. William Sager can’t resist the secrets hidden in the depths of our vast oceans. Thanks to funds provided by Jane and R. Ken Williams '45, Sager and his graduate students have new freedom to ponder critical marine questions.
The Williams' created the endowed faculty chair in 2001 with a $500,000 donation to the Texas A&M Foundation, which invested the gift so it could fund research in ocean drilling science, education and technology well into the future. Sager, an A&M professor of oceanography, geology and geophysics, was named to the chair in 2003. “The Williams’ chair has allowed me to double the number of graduate students that I can support from two to five,” he said.
In September 2011, the College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences opened the long-awaited Diagnostic Imaging and Cancer Treatment Center (DICTC). Thanks to the support of donors such as Anne '88 and David '85 Andras the center provides the most advanced diagnostic imaging capabilities nationally. Large and small animal species can be accommodated in both of the units at the facility.
Texas A&M has built a powerful team of radiologists and clinicians over the last several years who are nationally recognized leaders in MR technology. In addition to providing the most advanced patient care in the country, the new center will further the collaborative research efforts with M.D. Anderson Cancer Center and other human cancer investigators involving animal and human cancer.
The Big Event is the largest one-day, student-run service project in the nation and provides Texas A&M University students with the opportunity to say “Thank You” to the community of Bryan/College Station for their support. In 2012, more than 17,500 students volunteered to complete nearly 1,650 jobs, performing tasks that included painting, yard work and cleaning.
Becky '86 and Joe '84 Nussbaum helped fund The Big Event during the 1980s and continue to support it today with their participation and gifts through the Texas A&M Foundation.