Explore messages of thanks from Texas A&M students and faculty below.
Aaron DePaolo '18
Aaron DePaolo ’18
A mechanical engineering graduate and member of the Corps of Cadets, Aaron De Paolo ’18 was the first recipient of a President’s Endowed Scholarship funded by Andy Duffie ’78. Uniquely, the scholarship was created through the proceeds of sales of Century Tree seedlings. Today, he is an aeronautical engineer at LM Aeronautics in Fort Worth, Texas, working sustainment on the F-35.
Adey Awah '20
Adey Awah ’20
From studying biochemistry and serving as a Fish Camp counselor to discovering a new strain of bacteriophage—a bacteria-eating virus—while conducting undergraduate research, Adey Awah ’20 has enjoyed a very successful career at Texas A&M thanks to a generous scholarship from the Terry Foundation.
Alex Lacey '17
Alex Lacey ’17
As a toxicology Ph.D. student, Alex Lacey ’17 was supported by the College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences’ Lechner Scholarship. Today, she works for Shell Oil Co. as a toxicologist in the Risk Science Team based in its Houston Office.
Archana Murthy '22
Archana Murthy ’22
As a child, Archana Murthy ’22 knew she wanted to pursue a career in medical service. Today, she is pursuing her degree as a biology major thanks to a Brown Scholarship and the Mr. & Mrs. H. J. McKenzie ’27 President’s Endowed Scholarship with aspirations to become a doctor.
Christopher Bybee '17
Christopher Bybee ’17
Christopher Bybee ’17 was involved in numerous startup ventures and developed his entrepreneurial strengths at Texas A&M through the McFerrin Center for Entrepreneurship, which received a multimillion-dollar boost from the late Arthur “Artie” McFerrin Jr. ’65 and his wife, Dorothy, during the campaign.
Courtland Keith '18
Courtland Keith ’18
Courtland Keith ’18 was one of three students supported by a scholarship established through a planned gift by the late Joan Griffiths, the widow of internationally respected Texas A&M scholar Dr. John Griffiths, an expert on climate change who passed away in 2003.
Diana Aviles '19
Diana Aviles ’19
Diana Aviles ’19 grew up witnessing the challenges faced by her parents and neighbors, who had limited access to education before emigrating from Mexico and Latin America. She couldn’t be more thankful for her Aggie education and the Richard “Dick” Allen ’38 Endowed Opportunity Award that helped make it possible.
Eliza Price '19
Eliza Price ’19
Thanks to the President’s Endowed Scholarship she received, Eliza Price ’19 spent her time at Texas A&M focusing on her studies and student activities. Her next step is to earn a Ph.D. in chemical engineering from The Massachusetts Institute of Technology so that she can teach and cultivate the next generation of chemical engineers.
Forrest Martin '16
Forrest Martin ’16
Forrest Martin ’16 was supported by one of the 13 scholarships created by the late Ruby and Earle A. Shields Jr. ’41, which allowed him to study finance while at Texas A&M. Today, he is a senior financial analyst at Trinity Industries, one of the largest rail car manufacturers in North America.
Courtney Welch '01
Courtney Welch ’01
Courtney Welch ’01 grew up watching her father care for members of their rural community in Yoakum, Texas. Thanks to the Margot and Alonzo Byington ’58 Scholarship and her Doctor of Medicine from Texas A&M, she is following in his footsteps and plans to help underserved communities in need of qualified doctors. She is enrolled in the Texas A&M Family Medicine Residency Program in Bryan, Texas, and hopes to return to Yoakum to work with her father.
Frances Hodapp '18
Frances Hodapp ’18
Frances Hodapp ’18 was inspired to become a nurse after witnessing the caring treatment provided to her late sister Theresa during her battle with cancer. Thanks to support from the Erle and Alice Nye Endowed Scholarship, Hodapp received her nursing degree at Texas A&M and recently enrolled at The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, where she is pursuing a Master of Physician Assistant Studies.
Dr. Frederick Chester '83
Dr. Frederick Chester ’83
As a professor and holder of the David Bullock Harris Chair in Geology, Dr. Frederick Chester ’83 has spent his career studying the Earth’s ever-shifting tectonic plates and their impact on society. Since completing his master’s and Ph.D. at Texas A&M University, he has worked alongside students and other scientists to make groundbreaking discoveries concerning the Earth’s crust and has particularly expertise in the science of earthquakes.
Dr. Gerard Coté
Dr. Gerard Coté
Dr. Gerard Coté, holder of one of the two James J. Cain ’51 Professorships in Biomedical Engineering, is developing a variety of health care technologies for underserved populations who have diabetes and cardiovascular disease.
Grace Long '21
Grace Long ’21
When applying for colleges, Grace Long ’21 sought universities with strong engineering programs. Texas A&M’s top-ranked nuclear engineering, Corps of Cadets and ROTC programs were appealing, but the allure of the competitive, merit-based Brown Scholarship she received made Aggieland her top choice.
Grogan Matthews '19
Grogan Matthews ’19
As the first Aggie in his family, Grogan Matthews ’19 was swayed to attend Texas A&M and pursue a degree in industrial engineering thanks to a scholarship funded by the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo.
Henry Hernandez '21
Henry Hernandez ’21
Henry Hernandez ’21 launched a nonprofit called Project Sheltering Jesus when he was just 17 years old to help those who are homeless in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex. Now, as a finance major at Mays Business School and a recipient of the Jim ’81 and Christina ’82 Endowed Regents’ Scholars Award, he recently enjoyed an internship as a corporate banking analyst for Regions Bank and hopes to launch his own nonprofit centered around financial services after graduation.
Ian Moss '18
Ian Moss ’18
Ian Moss ’18, a construction science graduate, held an exciting and accomplished career while at Texas A&M. From being the Nancy L. (Evans) Matz ’73 and Jack W. Matz ’71 Sul Ross Scholarship recipient to serving as a Yell Leader and as Reveille’s handler, his Aggie experience was a memorable one.
Elizabeth Duncan '22
Elizabeth Duncan ’22
Elizabeth Duncan ’22 came to Texas A&M University with big dreams. Inspired by a mission trip she participated in during high school, her vision since age 16 has been to open a medical clinic in rural Nepal, where many women battle poverty and disease amidst an AIDS epidemic. Thanks to an Endowed Opportunity Award from the M.S. Doss Foundation, she is pursuing her dream to become a doctor.
Ireri Medrano '22
Ireri Medrano ’22
While taking calculus and physics classes in high school, Ireri Medrano ’22 found that she has a love for STEM. As the recipient of a Brockman Scholarship, she will pursue her undergraduate degree in applied mathematical sciences and then receive a Master of Science in Business.
Jacob Wright '23
Jacob Wright ’23
Jacob Wright ’23 is a Brockman Scholar from the small border town of Eagle Pass, Texas, who has a heart to change the world and the mind to make it happen. He intends to become an orthopedic surgeon and is studying biomedical sciences at Texas A&M.
Dr. Jean-Louis Briaud
Dr. Jean-Louis Briaud
Dr. Jean-Louis Briaud, a Texas A&M University Distinguished Professor and Regents Fellow, holds the Spencer J. Buchanan ’26 Chair within the Zachry Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. A geotechnical engineer, he also directs the National Geotechnical Experimentation Site at Texas A&M. His research focuses on land components, like rock and soil, to determine stability and potential for building on.
Dr. Jeff Savell '75
Dr. Jeff Savell ’75
Dr. Jeff Savell ’75, holder of the E.M. “Manny” Rosenthal Chair in Animal Science, has taught animal and meat science at Texas A&M since 1982. He also co-founded the university’s Texas Barbecue program, which annually hosts two workshops: Barbecue Summer Camp and Camp Brisket.
Jenna Leihgeber '23
Jenna Leihgeber ’23
Jenna Leihgeber ’23 is one of the first recipients of a Dean’s Scholars Award in the College of Engineering. As one-year scholarships that provide a $4,000 stipend to freshman recipients, these awards offset the cost of tuition and help the college gain a recruiting edge over other Texas and out-of-state universities. To receive an award, students must have excelled academically and demonstrated leadership potential. Jenna received the Delbert A. Whitaker ’65 Dean’s Scholars Award II.
Jose Sanchez '19
Jose Sanchez ’19
Jose Sanchez ’19 was beyond grateful to be selected as a Regents’ Scholar while pursuing his degree in mechanical engineering, ultimately allowing him to change the trajectory of his and his family’s future.
Dr. Junuthula Reddy
Dr. Junuthula Reddy
In 1992, Dr. Junuthula Reddy accepted the Oscar S. Wyatt Jr. Endowed Chair in Mechanical Engineering to join the Texas A&M faculty. Throughout his career, he has authored more than 700 papers and published 21 books on the subject of computational engineering science.
Dominic Johnson '19
Dominic Johnson ’19
As the oldest of five children, Dominic Johnson ’19 didn’t know if he could attend college due to family finances. Then one day, he received a Foundation Excellence Award created by the Hamill Foundation, and his fate was forever changed.
Kais Karowadia '19
Kais Karowadia ’19
Kais Karowadia ’19 used his time at Texas A&M as a biochemistry and genetics double major to make an impact on the medical field. Today, he is a second-year medical student at The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston, where he hopes to pursue a surgical subspecialty.
Dr. Leonard Berry
Dr. Leonard Berry
Dr. Leonard Berry is a Texas A&M University Distinguished Professor of Marketing, Regents Professor, and holds the M.B. Zale Chair in Retailing and Marketing Leadership in Mays Business School. He has written 10 books and dedicated his career to improving service in health care for patients and families, particularly in cancer care. He also founded the Center for Retailing Studies at Texas A&M in 1982 and served as its director through 2000.
Lily Jameson '20
Lily Jameson ’20
Lily Jameson ’20 recently earned a double major in international studies and French from Texas A&M, made possible by her Endowed Opportunity Award scholarship. Her goal is to be a French immersion teacher in the U.S., teaching French to elementary school students.
Cullen Eppright '22
Cullen Eppright ’22
Raised on a ranch in Gonzales, Texas, Cullen Eppright ’22 took pride in knowing that his family’s ranch helped feed people across the globe. Thanks in part to the Harvey Soefje ’59 Endowed Opportunity Award funded by Corenna Walker, he plans to use his agribusiness degree to help farmers and ranchers pursue their own dreams.
Dr. Lisa Campbell
Dr. Lisa Campbell
Dr. Lisa Campbell keeps shellfish eaters safe through early detection of harmful phytoplankton in the Gulf Coast. As holder of the William R. Bryant Oceanography Chair for Teaching, Research and Mentoring Excellence, she studies phytoplankton ecology with an emphasis on bloom dynamics, harmful algal blooms and ocean observing systems.
Jerry Barbosa '20
Jerry Barbosa ’20
For Jerry Barbosa ’20, applying to college meant applying to schools where he could receive a substantial amount of financial aid. Thanks to the Brownsville Scholarship, Texas A&M became the obvious choice to pursue a degree in sport management.
Luke Benignus '22
Luke Benignus ’22
Luke Benignus ’22 is a construction science major who hails from Giddings, Texas, and aspires to build residential custom homes. His education is supported by the Allan A. Marburger Endowed Opportunity Award. In addition to his passion for building construction, Luke collects coins as a hobby.
Mason Alexander Hawk '20
Mason Alexander Hawk ’20
Mason Alexander-Hawk ’20 was able to pursue her Master of Public Service and Administration at the Bush School of Government and Public Service thanks to the Kathy B. ’81 and Peter D. Huddleston ’80 Endowed Fellowship. She is now pursuing her Ph.D. in urban and regional science in Texas A&M’s College of Architecture with the help of a department assistantship as well as the Lechner Scholarship. She hopes to one day empower youth by creating a nonprofit focused on relieving housing insecurities.
Meghan Collier '19
Meghan Collier ’19
When Meghan Collier ’19 took her first tour of Texas A&M during her senior year of high school, she knew Aggieland was the place for her. It wasn’t until she later researched her family history that she discovered her great-grandfather was once a student at Texas A&M, but didn’t complete his degree due to financial struggles. With the support of a scholarship from the estate of the late Lou and C.C. Burton ’42, Meghan picked up her great-grandfather’s story and rewrote the ending by graduating with a bachelor’s degree in English.
Dr. Mike McShane '94 '99
Dr. Mike McShane ’94 ’99
Dr. Mike McShane ’94 ’99, holder of one of the two James J. Cain ’51 Professorships in Biomedical Engineering and current head of the Department of Biomedical Engineering, is conducting health care research through his lab with the goal of helping patients with chronic conditions, including diabetes, cancer, kidney failure and gout.
Morgan Gray '16 '18
Morgan Gray ’16 ’18
Through a graduate fellowship endowed by Elizabeth and Drayton McLane, Morgan Gray ’16 ’18 was able to focus on her studies at the Bush School of Government and Public Service. Now, she works for her tribe, the Chickasaw Nation, in Oklahoma overseeing telecommunications policies to bridge the digital divide in their territory by providing broadband in their underserved and rural communities.
Dr. Nicholas Suntzeff
Dr. Nicholas Suntzeff
Dr. Nicholas Suntzeff is a University Distinguished Professor of Physics and Astronomy at Texas A&M and holder of the Mitchell-Munnerlyn-Heep Chair in Observational Astronomy. Aggieland’s world-class astronomy program has been tremendously supported through private philanthropy from the late Cynthia and George P. Mitchell ’40, the Mitchell Foundation, and the Mitchells’ daughter and son-in-law, Sheridan and Perry Lorenz.
Nicole Bertolini '18
Nicole Bertolini ’18
Every veterinary student looks forward to receiving their white coat for its symbolic meaning of transition from classroom study to clinical work. Nicole Bertolini ’18 was especially honored to receive hers, which was provided to her thanks to the White Coat Endowment established by the late Dr. Jeanne Fairweather.
Noorddin Alsawfta '19
Noorddin Alsawfta ’19
As a leader in his Corps of Cadets company and ROTC organization, Noorddin Alsawfta ’19 was one of two inaugural recipients of the Kupfer Award, a competitive scholarship given to cadets who demonstrate leadership and camaraderie. He received an international studies degree and Arabic minor and is now pursuing a Master of International Affairs at the Bush School of Government and Public Service.
Matthew Curtis '19
Matthew Curtis ’19
When Matthew Curtis ’19 got out of the Marines, he headed straight for Texas A&M thanks to scholarships endowed by the Knauss Family and Lou and C.C. Burton ’42. During his time in Aggieland, he used his engineering education and time in the military to design a better tourniquet to help save lives.
Pranav Kannan '18
Pranav Kannan ’18
The Southerland Aggie Leader Scholarship program was created to recognize and reward student leaders at Texas A&M, like Pranav Kannan ’18, a Ph.D. graduate in chemical engineering.
Ramlah Khan '20
Ramlah Khan ’20
Brownsville Scholar Ramlah Khan ’20 witnessed firsthand unreliable and expensive medical care while growing up in the Rio Grande Valley. After finishing medical school, she plans to use her education from Texas A&M to become a pediatrician and provide necessary care back in her hometown.
Reid Christopher '19
Reid Christopher ’19
Reid Christopher ’19, a mechanical engineering graduate, received the Lou and C. C. Burton ’42 Scholarship Fund in Mechanical Engineering, which gave him the opportunity to join organizations, work hard in classes and make memories along the way. Today, he is pursuing a Ph.D. in robotics at Oregon State University and wants to research ways to develop more intelligent robots in the future.
Dr. Robin Murphy
Dr. Robin Murphy
Dr. Robin R. Murphy is the Raytheon Professor of Computer Science and Engineering at Texas A&M University and a director of the Center for Robot-Assisted Search and Rescue. A pioneer in the field of rescue robotics, she specializes in human-robot interaction and human-centered AI for ground, air and marine robots.
Raymond Dilworth '18
Raymond Dilworth ’18
Ray Dilworth ’18, a soldier in the 1st Infantry Division who fought and was injured in Afghanistan, was able to study animal science and create a life beyond his service to our country thanks to a Freedom Scholarship for Aggie student veterans endowed by Don and Ellie Knauss.
Rohit Agarwal '17
Rohit Agarwal ’17
Rohit Agarwal ’17 was supported by one of the 13 scholarships created by the late Ruby and Earle A. Shields Jr. ’41, which allowed him to study accounting and finance while at Texas A&M. Today, he works in Houston as an investment banking analyst at Simmons Energy.
Ronnakrit Rattanasriampaipong '22
Ronnakrit Rattanasriampaipong ’22
Through a scholarship created through a planned gift by the late Dr. Carol Litchfield ’69, Ronnakrit Rattanasriampaipong ’22 is pursuing his Ph.D. in oceanography and enjoying the opportunity to explore a culture outside of his native country of Thailand.
Dr. Steve Maren
Dr. Steve Maren
As the Charles H. Gregory ’64 Chair in Liberal Arts and a Texas A&M University Distinguished Professor, Dr. Steve Maren studies the neural mechanisms underlying emotional learning and memory in animals, and the relevance of these mechanisms to clinical disorders of fear and anxiety, including post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in humans.
Luis Gonzalez Ramirez '19
Luis Gonzalez Ramirez ’19
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, Luis looked for any opportunity that would take him to his dream school: Texas A&M. The Texas A&M-Chevron Engineering Academy at El Centro College opened the door.
Sumner Johnson '19
Sumner Johnson ’19
Sumner Johnson ’19 was born with ocular albinism. He has 20/200 vision, meaning he can only see from 20 feet away what the average person can see from 200 feet away. But his eyesight never slowed him down at Texas A&M. Thanks to support from the David M. Britt ’51 Sul Ross Scholarship, he was the public relations sergeant for the Ross Volunteers as well as a drum section officer and chaplain in the Aggie Band.
Synclaire Truesdale '19
Synclaire Truesdale ’19
Synclaire Truesdale ’19 was one of three students supported by a scholarship established through a planned gift by the late Joan Griffiths, the widow of internationally respected Texas A&M scholar Dr. John Griffiths, an expert on climate change who passed away in 2003.
Taryn Wenske '18
Taryn Wenske ’18
Taryn Wenske ’18 was supported by one of the 13 scholarships created by the late Ruby and Earle A. Shields Jr. ’41, which allowed her to study business honors and supply chain management while at Texas A&M. Today, she is a senior consulting analyst at Accenture in Austin, Texas.
Tate Banks '20
Tate Banks ’20
While he was very impressed with Texas A&M during a campus visit as a high school student, computer science major Tate Banks ’20 couldn’t have seriously considered becoming an Aggie and taking on out-of-state tuition fees without receiving a President’s Endowed Scholarship funded by the late Martha and Charles Williams ’37.
Merari Boffill '18
Merari Boffill ’18
Merari Boffill ’18 understands the crucial role education plays in the lives of students and in society. Texas A&M offered her scholarships and the education to become a teacher so that she can share her love of learning with her students.
Victoria Badillo '20
Victoria Badillo ’20
Thanks to the Brazos County A&M Club Foundation Excellence Award, Victoria Badillo ’20 received her undergraduate degree in public health and is now pursuing a second degree in nursing at Texas A&M to become a labor and delivery nurse.