A gift in honor or memory of a spouse, parent, sibling, relative or friend is a generous and thoughtful way to recognize a loved one while also supporting Aggieland.

Honorary and memorial gifts, which you can establish through various giving methods, can be tailored to fit the interests and values of your loved one, making it a true extension of that person’s life and accomplishments. Many individuals even use honorary or memorial gifts as a way to celebrate important life milestones, such as birthdays, graduations or anniversaries.

Discover four different ways you can create a living legacy in Aggieland for someone who has made an undeniable difference in your life:

Give an endowed gift.

When you create an endowed fund to benefit Texas A&M University, we invest your gift with a goal to preserve its principal while increasing charitable distributions each year. If you want to see your honorary or memorial gift have an effect during yours or your honoree’s lifetime, a current gift of cash or securities might be the best option.

Endowments begin at $25,000, and you can choose to give a lump sum or pledge a gift to be completed in five years. You can name your fund in memory or honor of your loved one and direct it to support your loved one’s passions, such as a certain field of study. Whatever you choose to support, your gift will create an everlasting and powerful legacy in your honoree’s name, given the long-term financial impact of endowments.

Create a planned gift.

Through a gift in your estate, you can choose to honor a loved one after your lifetime. There are many types of planned gifts that can be tailored to fit your unique needs and interests, and many also offer financial benefits during your lifetime. Planned gifts can also be named in memory or honor of your loved one and directed to support your loved one’s passions. Planned gifts are an essential pipeline of support for Texas A&M University, meaning that your loved one’s legacy will play a major role in the university’s future. 

Types of planned gifts

  • First-Generation Generosity

    Sylvia ’88 and Raul Fernandez ’59 memorialized Sylvia’s parents with a scholarship for first-generation students pursuing a teaching certification. “We could think of no greater way to honor the legacy of our beloved parents,” Sylvia said.

  • A Shared Love for Aggieland

    Dee Ann ’95 and Carl Baggett ’96 honored Carl’s father, W. Mike Baggett ’68, with a Business Honors endowed scholarship for students in Mays Business School. Carl is a former Aggie Yell Leader, decorated Vietnam veteran and successful attorney.

  • Silver Anniversary

    Not one year after her graduation, Taylor Butler ’19 gave her parents an anniversary gift they’ll never forget: an endowed scholarship for petroleum engineering students in their names. “It is such an honor to be the namesakes of her gift,” said her mother, Leasa ’86.

  • Heartbreak to Hope

    Together with her daughter Sally ’81, Lois Beach honored her late husband, William “Bill” Beach, and son, Michael Beach ’74, through endowed scholarships and a future estate gift.

Write a check.

The Texas A&M Foundation accepts check donations of any size in memory or honor of a loved one. Simply mail us your check made out to the “Texas A&M Foundation,” and include this form specifying the honoree’s name or memorial information and the address of the honoree or next of kin. We’ll notify them of the gift made in their honor.

Please note: If no contact information is provided, we cannot guarantee that your honoree or next of kin will be notified.

Give an online gift.

The Texas A&M Foundation also accepts online credit card donations made in memory or honor of someone. If you choose to make an online credit card donation, you can donate to the account of your choice—there are hundreds to choose from which may reflect your loved one’s passions—or select the “General Memorial.” Funds from the General Memorial account support student scholarships. You can make a one-time gift in someone’s honor or set up a recurring payment. Please include the honoree’s name and address or the address of the next of kin in the “This gift is in honor of someone special” section of the online giving form. We’ll notify them of the gift made in their honor.

Please note: If no contact information is provided, we cannot guarantee that your honoree or next of kin will be notified.

To discover what your honorary or memorial gift can support, explore the options below.