Founded in 2007, a unique organization known as Maroon Coats unites exceptional students to serve the Texas A&M Foundation and build a culture of philanthropy at Texas A&M.
Currently celebrating its 15th year as an organization, Maroon Coats has left a recognizable impact upon the university, its students and donors. Like all great ideas, it took an ambitious thought and the dedication of many key individuals to bring one of Aggieland’s most selfless student organizations to life.
A Movement for Gratitude
Just before leaving his position as Texas A&M’s interim president in 2008, former Texas A&M Foundation president Dr. Ed Davis ’67 noticed a great need: conveying the student experience to the university’s donors. After becoming highly involved with students, he realized that directly showing philanthropy’s impact on the student body could motivate others to invest in Texas A&M.
“All the money given to the university in some way trickles down to help students,” Davis said. “It was important to show our donors who they were investing in.”
Davis reached out to one of the students he had developed a relationship with—Conner Prochaska ’07, who served as student body president from 2007-2008. He pitched his idea of forming this group and asked for help in identifying student leaders. Prochaska gathered just over 15 students from the Corp of Cadets, Student Government Association, sororities and fraternities, men’s organizations, Memorial Student Center, Pre-Law Society and other organizations. At the group’s first gathering, Davis provided a steak dinner and presented his idea of creating a new organization that served as the liaison between the Foundation and students.