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The Corps of Cadets leadership training program develops well-educated leaders of character who embody the values of Honor, Courage, Integrity, Discipline and Selfless Service, are academically successful, highly sought-after, and prepared for the global leadership challenges of the 21st Century.

The Corps is Texas A&M’s premiere leadership training program and delivers the ultimate Aggie experience. It starts with a world-class university with more than 140 years of tradition and builds on that foundation, guiding cadets in developing their leadership abilities while enjoying the benefits of being at one of the nation’s premiere academic institutions.

As our Corps continues to grow in numbers and in quality, we must be able to continue to offer additional financial aid, enhanced learning experiences, and outstanding facilities for our cadets. Without the dedicated and generous private support for these purposes, we would not be able to recruit and retain outstanding cadets at the levels we have experienced over the past several years.

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Advance the Hollingsworth Center for Ethical Leadership ($10 million)

The Hollingsworth Center for Ethical Leadership is a comprehensive program of development that combines the formal study of leadership concepts with the intentional application and practice of leadership principles. The program directly supports the Corps’ mission statement and enhances participants’ capacities to be value-adding leaders in both the public and private sectors of the workplace. Moreover, the program also provides internship and job placement assistance to cadets. A $7.5 million endowment will allow the program to recruit and retain distinguished faculty who specialize in the principles of leadership development. An additional $2.5 million will help underwrite important programs such as the annual Intentional Leadership Conference, internship and job placement services, and a distinguished lecture series. Endowed gifts of $25,000 or more will contribute to the overall goal.

Support the Corps Global Leadership Initiatives Program ($10 million)

The world is rapidly changing, presenting new challenges to the US military, government and businesses. Cultural, financial, political and military trends have shifted to parts of the world that call upon us to develop new skills, new forms of expertise and a willingness to understand parts of the world that are not familiar to many Americans. The Corps Global Leadership Initiatives Program at Texas A&M is designed to create experiences for cadets that will help to develop critical awareness of the implications of these changes and spur new strategic thinking.

Corps of Cadets International Excursions are short-term study abroad programs currently offered three times per year. On each trip, 26 cadets receive an intense international experience while gaining insight into the "4 Elements of National Power:" Diplomacy, Information, Military and Economics, as well as the cultures, languages and geopolitical issues of key nations. The excursions provide opportunities for cadets to interact with peers from other host nations and gain understanding of the important geopolitical issues facing those nations. Cadets are selected for participation based on academic and extracurricular merit. Recent excursions include travel to Qatar, Kuwait, Israel, Japan, Oman, China, Korea, India, Chile, Singapore, Indonesia, Panama & Costa Rica, South Africa and China. Each international excursion currently costs approximately $100,000 to conduct and could be endowed with gifts totaling $7.5 million. An additional $2.5 million endowment will allow for increased participation in other program offerings, such as annual domestic excursions, academic exchange opportunities and international leadership conferences. Gifts of $25,000 or more will contribute to the overall goal.

Fund Corps of Cadets scholarships ($10 million)

As our Corps continues to grow, so must the number of scholarships specifically granted to our cadets. It is our goal to have every academically eligible cadet on a Corps scholarship, especially those with financial need and those who have demonstrated outstanding leadership qualities.

With enrollment in the Corps at the greatest levels since 1970 and the cost of a college education also on the rise, it is imperative that we continue to offer more and larger scholarship stipends to our current and prospective cadets.

Whether you decide to create an endowed Corps 21 Scholarship ($100,000), General Rudder Scholarship ($50,000), or Sul Ross Scholarship ($25,000), you will make a true impact on the life of each individual recipient of your generosity.

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To support the Corps and learn about endowment opportunities, contact Tom Pool.

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Tom Pool ’96

Senior Director of Development
Texas A&M Foundation
(979) 862-9154

Tom is the senior director of development for the Corps of Cadets. He assists donors in identifying the areas and programs where their support will enhance Texas A&M's capability to be among the best universities. Tom joined the Foundation in January 2017.