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The College of Geosciences boldly embraces the call to serve the citizens of the state, nation, and world. Aggie Geoscientists lead by example in addressing the most critical challenges facing society – access to clean water and air, natural disaster resiliency and preparation, securing energy resources, preventing the spread of disease and ensuring adequate food supplies for all global citizens.

The world needs more Aggie Geoscientists and we are trailblazing innovations to transform Aggies into tomorrow’s thought leaders of Atmospheric Sciences, Environmental Sciences, Geography, Geology, Geophysics, and Oceanography. With your help, we will attract more of the best and brightest young minds to our college, transform their educational experience with exceptional professional development opportunities, and place them directly in to rewarding careers to selflessly serve the state, nation and our world.

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FUNDING PRIORITIES

Create graduate fellowships ($7 million)

Transform the professional development of our graduate students by endowing support for unique graduate student training such as a Graduate Assistant Lecturer, Communications Liaison or Observational Fellow Programs. Graduate fellowships are endowed at $350,000 and our goal is to achieve 20 new fellowships.

Create the Student Success Center ($7 million)

Help create physical space and leadership support for industry recruiting and individual or group career mentoring that will serve as the focal point for networking and beyond-the-classroom professional development. Our goal is to achieve a named Student Success Center with an endowment of $3 million, plus an additional $2 million in support from various donors with endowments beginning at $25,000.

Fund undergraduate experience initiatives ($5 million)

Aggie geoscientists learn team work and are distinguished as leaders by the breadth and depth of skills acquired through field camps as well as through undergraduate and graduate research experiences. Technical skills gained from hands-on experience in cutting-edge facilities, cultural awareness acquired through study abroad opportunities, and “soft” skills gained through extracurricular geoscience opportunities, all provide our students with transformational experiences and set them apart upon graduation. Undergraduate experience initiatives endowments begin at $25,000.

Support the Vanguard Endowed Scholarship Program ($3 million)

The Vanguard Endowed Scholarship Program is a four-year, merit based award that will help us attract and retain the very best and brightest Aggie geoscientists and deliver on the promise of a low- to no-debt education. Vanguard scholars will go on to lead and serve society in the most critical professions we depend on every day. Vanguard scholarships are endowed at $100,000 and our goal is to achieve 30 new scholarships.

Endow a Living Learning Community ($1 million)

The creation of Geosciences’ own Living Learning Community (LLC) will provide a dynamic living and learning residence hall for our undergraduate students that fosters deep engagement with their peers, leaders in geoscientific fields, faculty and special programming. We hope to create two communities with named endowments of $500,000 each.

Enhance support for the endowed internship program ($500,000)

Real-world workplace experience distinguishes our graduates and these endowed opportunities enhance the internship value through deeper mentor/mentee relationships and career coaching. Internships are endowed at $25,000 and our goal is to achieve 20 new endowed internships.

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To support the College of Geosciences and learn about endowment opportunities, contact Andrew Acker.

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Andrew Acker

Assistant Vice President for Development
Texas A&M Foundation
(800) 392-3310 or (979) 458-4493
aacker@txamfoundation.com

Andy is assistant vice president for development in the College of Geosciences. He assists donors in identifying the areas and programs in the college where their support will enhance Texas A&M's capability to be among the best universities. He joined the Foundation in August 2008.