COLLEGE STATION, Texas — Through a generous endowed gift from Susanne and Melbern Glasscock of Houston, the Texas A&M Foundation Board of Trustees this month announced the creation of a $2,500 annual cash award for outstanding Texas A&M students. The award will be known as the Texas A&M Foundation Trustees’ Outstanding Student Award.
|Outgoing Foundation Trustee Melbern Glasscock, and his
wife Susanne, gave $75,000 to establish the Texas A&M
Foundation Trustees' Outstanding Student Award.
Outgoing Foundation Trustee Mel Glasscock announced
the $75,000 gift
at an annual dinner in May during which the board honored his seven years of service. He encouraged current and former Foundation trustees to contribute to the endowment so that it will grow in value to provide additional student awards.
“It is my intention that this award will give these students a boost as they move into the next stages of their lives after graduation,” he said. “Susie and I believe strongly that investing in education and giving a young person a kick-start in life pays multiple dividends to society.”
The annual award will recognize graduating Texas
A&M seniors who
have served as leaders of student service organizations and who embody the university’s core values of excellence, integrity, leadership, loyalty, respect and selfless service. Award recipients will be judged primarily on their achievements while overcoming personal or family financial challenges, and will demonstrate financial need. Finally, they must have been recipients of a scholarship held by the Texas A&M Foundation.
The nomination process will take place each fall semester with the selection process occurring in early spring. Recipients will be notified before the Foundation Board of Trustees presents the award during its annual spring dinner.
Among the university’s most generous philanthropists, the Glasscocks support humanities research and scholarship, teaching, the Corps of Cadets, athletics and many other Texas A&M endeavors. A humanities research center, humanities book prize, and endowed faculty chairs and scholarships carry the Glasscock name. Mel Glasscock, a 1959 Texas A&M mechanical engineering graduate, is president and CEO of Texas Aromatics Inc. Susie Glasscock is a Trustee Emeritus of Rice University, her alma mater, where the School of Continuing Studies bears her name.
“In the past we have acknowledged the service of our outgoing trustees in many ways, but Susie and Mel insisted that they give something back as he moves off our board,” said Ed Davis, Foundation president. “This endowment is now a special part of the Glasscocks’ Texas A&M legacy, which is truly advancing great causes and changing lives.”
The Texas A&M Foundation is a private nonprofit organization that solicits and manages investments in academics and leadership programs to enhance Texas A&M’s capability to be among the best universities. To learn more about scholarships, fellowships, and other academic- and student program-focused giving to benefit Texas A&M University, contact the Foundation at (800) 392-3310 or (979) 845-8161.