Barbara and Bill Huffman '53
Fish Camper Awards
Students who attended Texas A&M University’s Fish Camp this summer had the opportunity to apply for $1,000 awards thanks to the generosity of Barbara and Bill Huffman ’53. The Huffmans funded the Texas A&M Foundation Fish Camp Awards through an $8,000 gift to the Foundation.
The Huffmans funded seven $1,000 awards to incoming freshmen who attended Fish Camp and one additional $1,000 award to a Fish Camp counselor.
Braxton McCoy '19 received the award for Fish Camp student staff, while freshmen recipients were Seth Reine ’20, Claire Cox ’20, Monica Swei ’20, Tyler Sporisky ’20, Kourtnei Fong-Kutchins ’20, Filipe Contaifer ’20 and Morgan Shepheard ’20.
Fish Camp is a four-day orientation program in Palestine, Texas, that introduces incoming freshmen to Aggie traditions, fellow students and the Texas A&M academic experience.
“We were impressed by the student leadership at Fish Camp and feel that the organization does a tremendous job of preparing incoming freshmen for Texas A&M,” Bill said. “We hope these awards motivate their recipients to work hard their first year of college and get them started on the right path toward gaining a quality education.”
Any freshman who attended Fish Camp during summer 2016 and all Fish Camp student staff were eligible to apply for the awards by answering three short-answer questions. Recipients were selected via a judging committee in September, and awards will be applied to their spring 2017 semester tuition and fees.
The Huffmans met recipients of the awards during a luncheon on Oct. 14 at the Jon L. Hagler Center.