Applicants who meet the following criteria will be considered for Maroon Coat℠ membership.
*If a Maroon Coat℠ accepts an internship during one of the semesters, membership can still be obtained and kept if the student makes arrangements with the executive council before the first meeting of the semester. Undergraduate and graduate applicants must be able to serve as a Maroon Coat until graduation.
We need students who are willing and able to serve the Texas A&M Foundation in many capacities. Although many of our events are exclusive and prestigious, many are also simple and ordinary. Humility is an important characteristic in our applicants. We are looking for those who enjoy giving back without being the center of attention. The most important quality is that you have benefited from Texas A&M and love to say thank you to those who give back.
The Texas A&M Foundation Maroon Coats℠ look for individuals who possess the following qualities:
Those with selfless motives, looking to serve the Foundation and A&M, not their own resume or professional network.
Best Suited for the Purpose
We want those who are going to succeed at what we do, building and furthering relationships with Texas A&M’s top donors while informing them of the current campus needs.
We look for those that live intentionally—those who have a unique passion and have pursued their passions with enthusiastic diligence. This will allow for members to have a story to tell donors.
While acknowledging the “well-intentioned” priority, we look for leaders on campus that can help raise awareness about the Foundation and the Maroon Coats℠ to current students.
Acknowledging all of the above as priorities, we will be sensitive to the needs of Foundation staff from all areas. Also, we will be sensitive to the gender/ethnic balance, while not sacrificing the quality of an individual.
The selections process has three stages: application, social and interview. As an applicant moves through each stage, the voting delegation makes decisions about the applicant’s ability to serve the Texas A&M Foundation as a Maroon Coat℠. Below is a breakdown of each stage in the process.
This portion of the selections process is to understand the applicant’s “Aggie story” and how he or she can serve the Texas A&M Foundation. Applications are to be completed and submitted online by the specified date and time. When applications are received, the Maroon Coats℠ president (who does not vote unless a tie needs to be broken) divides every application so the name and personal information are not accessible until the end of the stage.
Maroon Coats℠ vote individually after making sure the application information is understood by all voting members. There will be no open discussion between our members at this stage so that each application is reviewed objectively. Once all votes are collected, the Executive Council will determine the first cut based upon a natural break. The Maroon Coats℠ president will then send out a decision email with instructions to those who will continue in the process.
Continuing applicants are required to attend one social. This allows current Maroon Coats℠ to become familiar with applicants in a relaxed, social setting. It is also an opportunity for applicants to meet each other and ask current Maroon Coats℠ about their experiences. At the socials, it is important to be yourself. The organization is unique because of its diverse leaders with different personalities and different leadership experiences.
After the socials have been completed, there will be an organized discussion and then a second vote will be taken, determining the second cut. Again, an email will be sent with a time for applicants to pick up a decision letter at the Hagler Center.
The interview stage is our opportunity to have personal time to learn more about our remaining applicants. A panel will ask questions to help determine an applicant’s ability to interact with the university’s top donors, the desire to serve the Texas A&M Foundation and the Maroon Coats℠ and the fit within our overall culture.
Interviews should not last more than 25 minutes. Applicants will be asked to pick up their final decision letter at the Hagler Center.
Members in good standing with the group will retain their Maroon Coat℠ status until graduation.