The Texas A&M Foundation’s video team seeks to produce inspiring, unique videos that illustrate the impact of philanthropy on Texas A&M University’s campus. Discover some of our latest videos below or subscribe to our YouTube channel to see more powerful stories.

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Giving Academy

The Giving Academy is a video series designed to demystify the philanthropic process at Texas A&M University. Whether you’re a first-time donor, longtime partner or are simply curious about philanthropy’s role in sustaining Aggieland, these courses will help you learn how you can make a difference in just minutes at a time.

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The Spirit of 41

President George H.W. Bush’s principles of service, collegiality and nonpartisanship have guided the Bush School to rank among the nation’s top tier of public and international affairs graduate institutions. Discover how his philosophy that “public service is a noble calling” has shaped all aspects of the school’s curriculum, research and student experience in its first 25 years.

Read more about the Bush School's strengths and future.

A Custom Fit

More than 130 years since its founding, Holick’s Manufacturing Company stands as a testament to the immeasurable legacy left by Aggie boot craftsman Joseph Holick. Discover what goes into making the iconic Corps of Cadets senior boots.

Read more about the history of Holick's here.

Lives of Service: Sterling C. Evans Medal

The Texas A&M Foundation Board of Trustees established the Sterling C. Evans Medal in 1998. Named after the renowned former university regent and philanthropist Sterling C. Evans ’21, the Evans Medal seeks to promote, encourage and recognize phenomenal service. Evans Medal recipients are inimitable professional and philanthropic leaders, pushing Texas A&M ever further to the forefront of higher education. They are examples for their university and respective communities, setting the standard for individual character and performance.

View past recipients. 

Soldiers on the Sidelines

The Texas A&M University Veterans Coaching Program helps members of the armed forces transition from military service to careers in coaching and teaching. As part of the Coaching Academy in the College of Education and Human Development, the program strives to foster coaches who can train athletes in the fundamentals of their sport while teaching interpersonal skills to create trust amongst their team, emotional skills that promote mental health and core values that develop leaders of character. The program also offers personalized mentoring and resources for degree planning, job placement and vocational certificates.

Learn more about this program.

The Spirit of ’02

For decades, The Spirit of ’02 has fired to celebrate every Aggie score at Kyle Field. Found abandoned near Easterwood Airport by members of Company C-1 in November 1974. PMC cadets first fired the ’02 at a 1982 march-in and later at a 1984 football game. However, it would not become a permanent gameday staple until 1988. Since then, the ’02 has reliably fired after every Aggie score and on special occasions, approximately 150 times annually.

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To Change One Life

Walk by Victor Castillo’s office and you’re likely to find a gaggle of Texas A&M University freshmen hanging out there.

Castillo ’13 is an academic advisor for the College of Science’s Regents’ Scholars and Science Leadership Scholars programs. But to first-generation Aggies from low-income families, he’s also a mentor with whom they can identify, a guide to academic success and a lifeline for the daily challenges that threaten to thwart their college aspirations. We recently gave him the surprise of his lifetime to show just what a difference he’s made.

Empower students through a scholarship.

Music Brings Us Together in Spirit

The John D. White ’70 – Robert L. Walker ’58 Music Activities Center looks almost as good as the Fightin' Texas Aggie Band sounds.

Built to accommodate the more than 1,300 student musicians who participate in Texas A&M’s bands, choirs and orchestras, the center was funded with more than $20 million in donor support. As a physical testament to the value of music, the Music Activities Center stands as a powerful symbol of both the university’s musical heritage and its promising future.

Preserve Aggie student activities and traditions.

Taking a Stand

Dr. Mark Benden ’90 ’92 ’06 has been in the comfort business for a long time. He was even on the ground floor of the ergonomic chair movement.

But about a decade ago, Benden, now head of the Department of Environmental and Occupational Health, had a moment of enlightenment: By making a sedentary lifestyle more comfortable, he was contributing to behaviors that lead to obesity and its plethora of negative health effects. Benden realized he didn’t need to encourage people to sit: He needed to encourage them to stand.

Advance Texas A&M faculty and research.

The Trailblazer

Luis Gonzalez Ramirez ’19 knew he wanted to be an engineer, but he didn’t know how. After becoming the first in his family to graduate high school, he discovered an opportunity that would take him to his dream school: the Texas A&M Engineering Academies.

As the first engineering transition program of its kind in the U.S., the academies are helping more students like Luis realize their full potential.

Foster excellence in college programs.


Their Happy Place

When asked what inspired Kay and Charles “Charlie” Pence ’51 to give back to Texas A&M University, they answered without a hint of hesitation: “Because it’s the best university around.”

After their lifetimes, a gift of Hill Country property from the couple will support Texas A&M areas that reflect Kay’s love for animals and Charlie’s appreciation for the Corps.

Learn more about planned giving.