Big monetary gifts are nothing new to Texas A&M. But a recent donation to the Mays Business School has some asking questions, like who? The University says someone will be giving the business school a $9 million. The planned gift is from a generous former student who wishes to remain anonymous. When received, these funds will provide hundreds of undergraduate scholarships for business students.
This is one of the largest individual gifts in the history of Mays Business School and is the single biggest commitment to date in Texas A&M University’s “Spirit and Mind” campaign, the goal of which is to raise $300 million in scholarship support.
“We are tremendously grateful for this most generous commitment, which will touch the lives of so many Aggies,” said Mays Dean Jerry Strawser. “In these trying economic times, it is wonderful to see one of our former students committing to providing educational opportunities for the next generation of business leaders. This gift takes the ‘Aggie Miracle,’ which is the process through which current students receive an opportunity because of the generosity of former students, to an unprecedented level.”
Mays Business School currently enrolls more than 4,000 undergraduate students across five disciplines and seven majors. In 2008, 456 of that 4,000 (about 11 percent) received scholarship assistance through Mays. Thanks to this anonymous gift, a much greater percentage of Mays students will find the road to academic success a little less bumpy, the way having been paved for them by the generosity of a former student.
The donor expressed his reason for this extraordinary gift: “We have been fortunate and blessed, and giving back to people and places that have helped along the way is one of the great joys in life. Texas A&M University and Mays Business School are responsible for a great deal of our blessings, and we want to help other future Aggies have that same benefit.”