A Powerful Aggie Network
Throughout the Lead by Example campaign, no single organization or entity has engaged more Aggies in support of Texas A&M than The Association of Former Students, touching almost every student on the Texas A&M campus through support of scholarships and academic programs, traditions and student activities, and recognition of former students, current students, faculty and staff. From 2012 through July 2020, more than 138,000 members of the Aggie Network made gifts to The Association totaling $125.4 million. These gifts have provided support for university-directed programs through the Annual Fund and also funded endowments providing perpetual Annual Fund support, as well as Endowed Aggie Ring Scholarships.
A Growing Annual Fund
The Annual Fund, the bedrock of The Association’s support to Texas A&M, has grown substantially during the campaign in both donors and dollars. In 2012, 43,341 donors contributed $7,683,533 million to the Annual Fund, while at the end of 2019, a record high 60,730 Aggies contributed $10,879,517 in gifts. Most remarkably, the average gift in 2019 was only $14 per month, showcasing the incredible power small gifts can make to Texas A&M. These gifts have provided scholarships, made emergency funds available to students facing unplanned financial hardship, helped the Aggie Band travel to away games, supported diversity initiatives and provided support to the Ross Volunteers, Fish Drill Team, Yell Leaders, Fish Camp, Muster Committee and many other student organizations.
A total of 398 Endowed Century Club gifts have been made during the campaign, increasing the total number of endowments by 59%, while 138 Endowed Aggie Ring Scholarships have also been established. These scholarships, combined with pass-through gifts, have provided Aggie Rings to 1,003 students who otherwise might not have been able to purchase a ring.