In November 2015, Texas A&M University embarked on the Lead by Example $4 billion comprehensive campaign, one of the boldest comprehensive campaigns in the history of public higher education and the largest fundraising endeavor ever undertaken in Texas.
Lead by Example is a joint effort between Texas A&M University, the Texas A&M Foundation, the 12th Man Foundation, The Association of Former Students and the George H.W. Bush Presidential Library Foundation. Support raised through the campaign will empower Texas A&M to continue to be recognized as a world-class, top-tier public research institution and provide students with access to an affordable education with the best faculty.
(as of April 30, 2018)
Corporate and Foundation Donors
At Texas A&M University, we are not just focused on a few issues; we are on the forefront of every issue, and our ambitious goal demonstrates our commitment to addressing major societal challenges facing the state, nation and world. Bound by our core values—and with the support of a worldwide network—we can fearlessly forge ahead knowing that our university has already set an example of amazing progress for 140 years.Meet the Campaign Leadership
Dominic Johnson ’19 knew his family couldn’t pay for college. Most days, earning a college degree seemed like a pipe dream. But he held on to his ambition, hoping that his hard work would attract the opportunity of a lifetime. And one day, it did. Dominic received a Foundation Excellence Award from the Hamill Foundation that helps him afford his Texas A&M education. As a chemical engineering major, he’s blazing new trails in the classroom. We’re not stopping him.Watch Dominic's Story
Ray Dilworth ’18 was just doing his job as a combat medic in Afghanistan when an enemy grenade landed at his feet and exploded, severely injuring him. After countless surgeries and physical therapy, he returned home to his wife and children on a new mission: joining the 1,200 student veterans at Texas A&M University. He is the proud recipient of a Freedom Scholarship endowed by Don and Ellie Knauss, which supplements his GI Bill and helps him attain a world-class education. He still doesn’t like being called a hero, so we’ll just give him a title that he can share with his fellow Aggies: Leader.Watch Ray's Story
André Thomas’ students aren’t playing games in class. They’re making them. In Thomas’ lab, students create video games that help players master academic subjects interactively. Players learn calculus by exploring a fictional planet and immerse themselves in art history by acting as merchants during the Italian Renaissance. His team is creating digital worlds with educational value. We think he’s taking learning to another level.Read André's Story
Kelly Roach ’18 never wanted to be too comfortable. She enrolled in a global study program through Mays Business School to immerse herself in the unfamiliar. A short time later, she found herself wandering ancient streets in Europe surrounded by languages and cultures she didn’t understand. Her experience abroad forced her to think beyond Texas state lines. Kelly returned with a gift worth far more than any souvenir—a new perspective on the world. We believe her exploration has only begun.More About Global Studies
Virender Sharma, a professor in the Texas A&M School of Public Health, sees the glass half full and all clean. For 26 years, he’s researched ferrate, a supercharged iron that can both disinfect common surfaces and safely purify contaminated water. His stabilized liquid ferrate solution can make viruses, bacteria and other water toxins inactive within minutes without leaving behind harmful byproducts. Dr. Sharma thinks his research has limitless potential. We think he can lead the way to a cleaner, safer world.Read Virender's Story
Sara Wojcak ’18 is a leader of her own making. Growing up outside of Oklahoma City, she had her sights set on Texas A&M. Due to her outstanding academic potential, Sara was awarded a Corps 21 Scholarship and an Endowed Opportunity Award through the Texas A&M Foundation. With financial challenges aside, she can focus fully on her role as deputy commander of the Corps of Cadets. It’s a stepping stone to the career she's always wanted: to be an airman of the United States Air Force. When students like Sara arrive with the will to leave an impact, we tell them the sky’s the limit.More About Giving Scholarships