Programs housed within Texas A&M’s colleges and units play an important role in the university’s land-grant mission and add to the exceptional academic experience every student seeks.

The Foundation’s leadership works closely with Texas A&M University administrators, such as the university president, deans and department heads, to identify priorities and needs within each of Texas A&M’s colleges and branch campuses. These become the focus of Foundation fundraising efforts.

Though there are hundreds of ways to support Aggie students, faculty and staff, below are some of the highest-priority initiatives from across the university where you can make an immediate difference. If you are interested in learning more about an initiative, please connect with the associated development officer for further details.

As you browse, consider how you can leave a lasting legacy at Texas A&M that changes lives, speaks to what you care about and sets a leading example for future generations.

College of Agriculture and Life Sciences

Support Agriculture as the Solution to Economic, Environmental and Human Health Challenges

Texas A&M AgriLife believes that agriculture can solve many of the challenges facing our nation’s diet-related chronic disease epidemic and the health of our economy and environment.

While historic efforts to design agriculture and food systems aimed at eliminating hunger and food insecurity have made tremendous strides, the food systems of tomorrow must do more—more in terms of health and vitality for humans, the planet and the economy, while ensuring producer prosperity.

The Texas A&M AgriLife Institute for Advancing Health Through Agriculture is the world’s first research institute to bring together precision nutrition and responsive agriculture research to improve public health and lower health care costs in a way that is economically and environmentally sustainable.

Support for faculty is the institute’s greatest need, but there are also opportunities to support graduate students, a research symposium and high-impact student internships.

To support the Texas A&M AgriLife Institute for Advancing Health Through Agriculture, contact Allyson Tjoelker ’02.
 

College of Architecture

Ensure Equal Opportunities for Aggies in the College of Architecture

To ensure greater opportunities for all its students, the College of Architecture is seeking support for various programs under its holistic Justice, Equality, Diversity and Inclusion initiative. These programs strive to dismantle societal barriers to student success and ensure equal access to critical resources.

Major giving opportunities include: supporting the recruitment and retainment of construction science students at the Texas A&M Higher Education Center in McAllen, Texas; supporting our newly established NOMAS (National Organization of Minority Architect Students) chapter at Texas A&M to empower Aggie students of color; partnering with CityLab High School in Dallas to foster a healthy pipeline for students into disciplines that support built environments; and helping the Texas Freedom Colonies Project in its mission to secure the history and heritage of historically Black counties across the state.

To support a program within the College of Architecture’s Justice, Equality, Diversity and Inclusion initiative, contact Erik Baker or Heather Sauber ’99.
 

Bush School of Government and Public Service

Prepare Tomorrow’s City and County Government Leaders

For Bush School students, faculty and staff, President George H.W. Bush’s belief that “public service is a noble calling,” is more than a wise saying—it is a way of life. The City and County Governance Program will further put his words in action and consolidate the Bush School’s position as the recognized leader in public service education by preparing students  for the complex leadership and managerial challenges facing small towns, cities and counties across Texas.

The City and County Governance Program will create a pipeline of talented and well prepared leaders to serve Texas communities. The program is specifically designed to prepare students for careers in municipal and county government and expose them to opportunities to assume professionally fulfilling responsibilities.

Students in the program will build skill sets beyond basic management functions and further understand how resource prioritization, strategy, governance and policy can have a direct and positive effect on citizens and communities across Texas.

There are multiple opportunities to support the City and County Governance Program ranging from $25,000 to $10 million. These include graduate student fellowships, high-impact learning experiences for students, endowed faculty positions, and a significant opportunity to fully fund and enhance its impact in perpetuity through a $10 million endowed naming gift.

To support the City and County Governance Program, contact Cara Collins ’08.
 

College of Education and Human Development

Empower Literacy in Texas Students

A foundational part of many careers, reading is critical to maintaining good health, becoming financially literate and being a well-informed citizen. It is also a fundamental skill that prepares students for academic success in other reading-intensive subjects such as science and social studies. Yet many K-12 teachers struggle to help students understand written text, especially those who come from low-income households, have a learning disability or speak a language other than English.

In spring 2021, the College of Education and Human Development launched a major literacy initiative. This initiative will deepen the work the college already undertakes with striving elementary readers and writers (students who have very limited reading and writing skills), current teachers, future teachers and communities.

Endowed gifts can support the new Clinic for Advanced Literacy Studies, which includes elementary reading clinics, the Aggie STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math) Literacy Camp, and community outreach.

To help the College of Education and Human Development build the readers of tomorrow, contact Jody Ford ’99. You can also give online to advance the college’s literacy initiative.

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Corps of Cadets

Foster Ethical Leadership Through the Hollingsworth Center

The Texas A&M University Corps of Cadets forms honorable, courageous, disciplined, selfless individuals with inspirational integrity. These cadets are trained and mentored into young men and women who will change today’s world and tomorrow’s generation. 

The Hollingsworth Center for Ethical Leadership guides commissioning and non-commissioning cadets through a curriculum devoted to scholastic excellence and leadership abilities with applications in future professional careers. Beyond the curriculum, the center provides resources to ensure endless opportunities for cadets such as internships, job placement, informational sessions and more.

While the Hollingsworth Center receives funding from an endowment established by Gen. Hollingsworth’s family, additional funds are needed as the Corps grows. Endowed gifts of $25,000 or more could fund corporate training opportunities and events, innovative classroom technologies, and invite more impactful speakers in industry, nonprofit and entrepreneurial sectors.

To help build ethical leaders in the Corps of Cadets through the Hollingsworth Center, contact Matt Jennings ’95.
 

College of Dentistry

Create a Flagship Special Needs Dentistry Clinic

Routine dental care is critical to maintaining personal health and wellness, but for special needs patients and their families, finding a dentist capable of providing specialized care can be difficult. While children with special needs often receive dental care through the Medicaid/CHIP program, finding dental care becomes much more challenging after they age out of the program at 12 or 13.

Very few dentists have the training or the equipment to treat adult special needs patients and many routine procedures, such as a cleaning, require sedation. Special needs patients frequently have behavioral problems as well, and most dentists and dental hygienists are not prepared to manage this population’s oral health care needs.

To better serve these patients, the College of Dentistry is planning a facility to specifically care for patients with mild to major intellectual disorders and other disabilities. Housed in the college’s new clinical facility in Dallas, the Special Needs Dentistry Clinic will expand access to care for an underserved population. 

The clinic will also enhance a newly designed special needs dental care curriculum, therefore increasing the number of dentists and dental hygienists trained to deal with the special needs population’s unique oral health needs.

To support construction of the Special Needs Dentistry Clinic, contact Melissa Ogden.
 

College of Engineering

Reward Exemplary Students with the Dean’s Scholars Award

In 2019, only 95 of 3,802 incoming freshman students received College of Engineering scholarships. More attractive scholarship packages are essential if the college is to recruit high-performing students moving forward.

The Dean’s Scholars Award program will provide much-needed competitive scholarships to high school seniors who have excelled academically and demonstrated outstanding leadership potential.

Dean’s Scholars are students who have exemplified excellence. These dynamic scholars will be prepared to embrace and advance transformative engineering initiatives today and into the future.

Dean’s Scholars will have exclusive opportunities to participate in annual meetings with the dean, lecture series, leadership development, and a mentorship program with select former students and senior engineering students. An endowed Dean’s Scholars Award can be created with a $100,000 gift, while a non-endowed reward can be created with a $16,000 gift or a four-year annual contribution of $4,000.

To establish a Dean’s Scholars Award, contact Jay Roberts ’05. You can also give online to the Dean’s Scholars Award fund in the college.

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College of Geosciences

Recruit Exceptional Geosciences Students

The College of Geosciences develops leaders prepared to address the most pressing geoscientific challenges of today and tomorrow—securing energy resources, disaster resiliency and preparedness, climate science, ocean science, environmental science and water security.

The Geosciences Dean’s Scholars Award enables the college to recruit genuinely exceptional students by offering a competitive scholarship package, awarding recipients $4,000 every year for four years.

The program is part of a comprehensive plan to elevate Texas A&M’s College of Geosciences to the world’s preeminent destination for geosciences education and research. These prestigious awards will help provide a critical foundation for the college’s ability to identify, competitively recruit and retain exceptional students and eliminate financial barriers to higher education.

An investment in geosciences leaders is an investment in a sustainable future. An endowed Geosciences Dean’s Scholar Award can be created through a single $100,000 gift, while a non-endowed reward can be created with a $16,000 gift or a four-year annual contribution of $4,000.

To create a Geosciences Dean’s Scholar Award, contact David Bacot ’90.
 

School of Law

Back the Next Generation of Cybersecurity Leaders

As cyberattacks become an increasingly significant threat to national and international security—with the power to cripple companies, communities and even nations—the Texas A&M University School of Law is preparing its students to be leaders in the cybersecurity industry.

The School of Law is helping students gain a legal and policy perspective on cybersecurity and an edge that distinguishes them from other professionals.Its career-relevant Master of Jurisprudence, with a fast-growing concentration in cybersecurity and management, is built for non-lawyers who do not seek to practice law, but who want to combine up-to-date legal and policy training with the real-world skills needed to shape the cybersecurity landscape of the 21st century.

To support the Texas A&M University School of Law’s Cybersecurity & Privacy Program students, contact Myke Holt.
 

College of Liberal Arts

Support First-Generation Trailblazers 

The College of Liberal Arts welcomes and celebrates first-generation students—pioneers who are the first in their families to earn an undergraduate degree. These students are breaking new ground in their families through their academic journeys. Almost 30% of all liberal arts majors are first-gen. 

The college is dedicated to creating networks that give first-gen students the chance to get the answers they need; providing opportunities for them to meet with and learn under first-gen college faculty, advisors, and alumni; and ensuring they know that the College of Liberal Arts is their partner in their current academic and lifelong pursuits.

Endowed gifts start at $25,000 for four-year first-generation scholarships, while a one-time scholarship option will help fund a student’s education for one year.

To support first-generation Aggies in the College of Liberal Arts, contact Andrew Millar ’14.
 

Mays Business School

Build the Mays Business Education Complex

On a worldwide basis, business schools compete to attract the best students, faculty and corporate partners. Facilities built on a belief that continuous innovation is foundational to superior educational experiences are critical to attracting these groups.

Mays Business School also recognizes the necessity of having future-oriented facilities to support educating students and conducting world-class research.

Because of this, Mays is committed to designing and building the Business Education Complex (BEC). An expansion of the school’s current facilities, the BEC will support Mays’ desire to engage current and former students, faculty and corporate partners in a series of lifelong learning experiences.

Plans for the BEC include a striking grand atrium, a café to encourage “spontaneous collaborations” among all parties, and ample work and study spaces to promote connectivity and creativity.

Currently, the schedule calls for completing the BEC in late 2024 or early 2025. To support the BEC project, Mays Business School seeks $37 million in private gifts. Texas A&M and Mays Business School are confident that financial resources invested in the BEC will yield substantial educational dividends to all Mays’ students and other groups interested in lifelong learning opportunities.

To support the Business Education Complex’s construction, contact Stephen Cisneros ’05. You can also give a gift to the complex online.

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College of Medicine

Build a Leading Military Medicine Program

Through its unique relationship with U.S. military academies and veteran populations, the College of Medicine is dedicated to improving the lives of military service members and their families.

The military medicine department is the cornerstone of the college’s focus on serving those who have served our country.

Within this area of emphasis, the college will focus on recruiting U.S. military veteran students, educating medical providers for armed forces service, partnering with military installations for training, and conducting military health research.

Former students and partners can help the program achieve its vision of being the premier military medicine leader in education, research and innovation by creating an endowed department chair, endowed professorship, or an instructional program endowment to develop and sustain an advanced curriculum.

To help the College of Medicine establish its military medicine department as a nationally preeminent program, contact David Boggan ’79.
 

College of Nursing

Establish a Doctoral Program for Aggie Nurses

Since its establishment in 2008, the College of Nursing has addressed Texas’ critical nursing shortage, especially in historically underserved and rural populations. In keeping with this mission, the college seeks to establish a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree, a clinically-focused doctoral program that will prepare graduates for the highest level of applied nursing practice. 

The DNP establishes a higher level of credibility for nurses with aspirations of translating evidence-based care into practice, improving systems of care, and measuring outcomes of groups of patients and communities.Graduates learn both clinical and leadership skills, which empowers them to lead interdisciplinary care teams, improve care systems, and become innovative practitioners adept at tackling complex problems and challenges.

The college plans to implement the program in 2022. Startup funds are needed from private benefactors, especially those passionate about providing for Texas’ health care needs

To help establish a Doctor of Nursing Practice program within the College of Nursing, contact Patty Rabel ’80.
 

College of Pharmacy

Bring Leading Pharmacy Faculty to Aggieland

The Texas A&M Irma Lerma Rangel College of Pharmacy was established in 2006 to address the shortage of pharmacists in the border region of South Texas.

Since then, the college has established an exceptional, fully accredited pharmacy program that prepares its diverse student body to be competent, caring, ethical Aggie pharmacists through a balanced program of education, research and service.

To ensure that the Rangel College of Pharmacy continues to retain and recruit the brightest and most committed faculty, the college is currently seeking support for endowed faculty chairs and professorships as well as endowed scholarships. Top-notch faculty members attract not only other superb professors but also superb students.

Because state funds cover only basic faculty requirements, private support is more critical than ever. A chair or professorship can help provide underserved communities with qualified Aggie pharmacists, trained by top-tier faculty and ready to help however they can.

To create a scholarship or department chair or professorship in the Rangel College of Pharmacy, contact Jennifer Satterfield ’05.
 

School of Public Health

Attract and Retain World-Class Public Health Faculty and Students

During the COVID-19 pandemic, School of Public Health faculty trained future public health professionals while demonstrating measured leadership in providing Texans—and the rest of the world—up-to-date guidance on keeping themselves and their families safe.

But beyond their pandemic response, Aggie public health faculty members have worked tirelessly to develop impactful interventions in local, state, national and global health populations. As the college strives to improve and protect community health and well-being, it will need to attract and retain the best of the best to maintain its high standards of education and service.

Today, the college is seeking department chairs and professorships in healthy aging, public health policy, occupational health and public health preparedness. There are additional opportunities to create scholarships that can help recruit the best and brightest public health students as well.

To create a department chair, professorship or student scholarship in the School of Public Health, contact Karen Slater ’88.
 

College of Science

Support Impactful Undergraduate Research

Beyond the traditional classroom experience, the College of Science encourages students to explore research firsthand as early as their sophomore year. More than half of its majors graduate with research experience, working side-by-side with world-class experts, postdoctoral researchers and graduate students each year.

Students who work in labs and with active researchers have a greater sense of ownership and succeed at much higher rates. Research experiences offer Aggies a clear window into what life as a graduate student is like, helping them make more informed, critical choices about their future.

There are many ways to support undergraduate student research opportunities as part of the College of Science’s Student Success Initiative. An endowed fund, for example, would create new resources and experiences for Aggie undergrads pursuing a research-focused career.

To support undergraduate research in the College of Science, contact Randy Lunsford.
 

Division of Student Affairs

Support Aggies’ Mental Health

In support of Texas A&M’s mission and the Division of Student Affairs, Counseling & Psychological Services (CAPS) exists to advance student development and academic success by providing personalized and evidence-based mental health care to all Aggies. CAPS services include individual and group counseling, crisis intervention, and career counseling among various online resources, trainings and workshops for the campus community.

CAPS is committed to enriching student growth and development through compassion, empowerment, advocacy, and empathy. With impactful programing like HelpLine—an after-hours mental health service available to all Aggies—CAPS strives to be a nationally recognized leader in college mental health through outstanding prevention, education and counseling services.

This department requires generous funding to reach its long-term goals. A contribution to the CAPS Excellence Fund, the Houston A&M Mothers’ Club HelpLine Endowment and other giving opportunities within CAPS can provide life-changing services to Aggies in need.

To support mental health resources for Aggie students, contact Sarah Hamilton ’22. You can also support CAPS with an online gift.

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Texas A&M University at Galveston

Save Endangered Kemp’s Ridley Sea Turtles

The Gulf of Mexico is home to five of the world’s seven species of sea turtles: Kemp’s ridley, green, loggerhead, hawksbill and leatherback sea turtles. All species are threatened or endangered. Every year, tens of thousands of young hatchlings emerge from their nests and set off toward their new life in the ocean. Unfortunately, only 10% live to see adulthood.

The Upper Texas Coast needs a new sea turtle rehabilitation facility, and Texas A&M University at Galveston is poised to help. The proposed solution will consist of two parts: the Sea Turtle Hospital & Educational Outreach Center, a facility that will provide shelter and medical help to injured turtles and educate the public about the challenges facing our marine environment; and the Gulf Center for Sea Turtle Research, a consortium that aims to restore sea turtle populations in Texas.

To support the Upper Texas Coast Sea Turtle Hospital & Educational Outreach Center or the Gulf Center for Sea Turtle Research, contact Rick Kline. You can also give online to support the center’s construction.

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Texas A&M University Libraries

Support Knowledge and Culture Through Collections

The University Libraries supports the 17 academic colleges and schools at Texas A&M by offering a rich collection of information resources. From thermodynamics to Babylonian clay tablets, the Libraries inspires researchers by acquiring collections that support all disciplines.

With more than six million volumes and electronic resources, the Texas A&M Libraries is an indispensable hub of discovery, learning and creativity. Our collections fuel groundbreaking research that has environmental, cultural and societal impact. The cost of these scholarly resources dramatically increases each year due to materials inflation, meaning our annual budget is stretched to the limit. Without extra support, some of these research items could be cut.

To support the general research collection, please contribute to the Evans Mutual Endowment Fund. To support our special collections, including rare books and manuscripts, please contribute to the Cushing Library Endowment.

To support general or special collections at the University Libraries, contact Adelle Hedleston ’88.
 

College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences

Provide a New Facility for Aggie Veterinarians

For nearly four decades in their current facilities, veterinarians in the College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences have provided the best care for small animals and educated thousands of future veterinarians. In that time, caseloads have grown, but the facility has not. In 1983, the college treated 7,000 cases. By 2019, that number had grown to 23,500. 

Every day, Aggie students, faculty and staff provide the best care and conduct research that benefits animals and humans alike, despite their increasingly outdated facilities. The college currently offers 19 services in 84,000 square feet (nearly half the footprint of its peer institutions). 

The college seeks to build a hospital that not only considers its beloved patients but also honors the college’s collaborative partnerships and paves the way for innovative veterinarians who will one day walk its halls. With the addition of a 21st century hospital facility to its campus, Texas A&M will be more enticing to the best and brightest faculty, staff and students in the veterinary field.

To support construction of the College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences’ Small Animal Hospital, contact Larry Walker ’97. You can also give a gift to support construction online.

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