2020Initiatives

The Texas A&M Foundation matches your interests to funding priorities, no matter what your passion. Below are a few of our major fundraising initiatives for the coming year.

Foster Inclusion on Campus

Housed in the College of Education and Human Development and launched in 2019, Aggie ACHIEVE (Academic Courses in Higher Inclusive Education and Vocational Experiences) is an inclusive four-year transition program for young adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

ACHIEVE students successfully navigate campus life with the help of ACHIEVEMates, a group of undergraduates who provide academic, well-being and social support. Participants live on campus, join student organizations and enroll in various Texas A&M courses. Students also complete on-campus internships and will complete off-campus internships in more specialized areas during their junior and senior years. Upon completion, students receive a Certificate in Interdisciplinary Studies from Texas A&M University.

As the first program of its kind in Texas, Aggie ACHIEVE is creating a new level of inclusion among the Texas A&M campus community and opening doors to more social, learning and employment opportunities for adults with disabilities.

Numerous opportunities exist to support Aggie ACHIEVE, ranging from operational funding and scholarships for participants to support for the faculty and graduate students who ensure the program’s success. Contact Jody Ford ’99 at jford@txamfoundation.com or (979) 847-8655 to discover the perfect fit for your gift, or give online at give.am/AggieACHIEVE.

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Revitalize the Allen Building

Since its founding in 1997, the Bush School of Government and Public Service has called the Robert H. and Judy Ley Allen Building home. Located adjacent to the George H.W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum, the Allen Building has housed every cohort of Bush School leaders from its inaugural class of 17 students to its current class of more than 790.

During that time, the Allen Building has remained structurally and aesthetically untouched and, until recently, the school only had access to portions of the first and second floors. In 2020, when the school acquired the entire second floor of the building, a renovation campaign was launched to update the space for the growing number of Bush School students, faculty, staff, institutes, centers and programs.

Renovations will include two new student learning and collaboration centers, a redesigned atrium and lobby, additional graduate student workspaces complete with technological updates, Bush 41 legacy recognition throughout and more. Every enhancement is focused on the Bush School’s ultimate goal of producing the world’s best public servants.

If you are interested in supporting the Allen Building renovation, contact Alexandra Rainey ’15 at arainey@txamfoundation.com or (979) 458-8035.

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Expand the Home of Business Leaders

As business education institutions around the world compete to attract top students, faculty and corporate partners, innovative facilities make all the difference in establishing a world-class educational experience. Mays Business School knows this well and has its sights set on expanding its current footprint to create the Business Education Complex. Located at the epicenter of the rapidly westward expansion of the campus, the complex will be designed to deliver lifelong learning to the diverse Mays community.

Plans include a striking grand atrium, a full café to encourage engagement, and ample work and study space that will promote connectivity, creativity and collaboration.

The Business Education Complex is currently scheduled to be completed by 2024. Mays Business School is seeking $37 million in private gifts to aid in the complex’s construction and further establish Texas A&M as a world leader in business education.

To support the construction of the Business Education Complex, contact Stephen Cisneros ’05 at scisneros@txamfoundation.com or (979) 862-3615. You can also give online at give.am/BusinessEducationComplex.

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Support Agricultural Pioneers

As the 1970 Nobel Prize laureate and one of the most highly-esteemed members of Texas A&M’s faculty, Dr. Norman Borlaug was acclaimed for his trailblazing work with high-yielding, disease-resistant varieties of grain, ushering in the Green Revolution and significantly reducing world hunger. He is often credited with saving more lives than anyone in history.

Now, through the creation of the Norman Borlaug Endowed Research Scholars Program (NBERS), Texas A&M’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences is developing the next generation of agricultural research leaders. Established in 2019 through a $1 million matching fund from Cactus Feeders, a beef and pork producer located in the South and Midwest, the NBERS program will attract the most talented students to agriculture, food and nutrition research by awarding generous scholarships to deserving applicants.

By bringing in top researchers and empowering them with the tools to create global change, NBERS will place Texas A&M at the forefront of preparing budding scientists to make crucial agricultural research breakthroughs.

To carry on Norman Borlaug’s legacy through an NBERS undergraduate scholarship (endowed at $50,000) or graduate fellowship (endowed at $125,000) contact Allyson Tjoelker ’02 at atjoelker@txamfoundation.com or (979) 458-7929. Matching funds are available.

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