The Science of Giving
A $5 million gift from Thomas W. Powell ’62—matched by $1 million from the Herman F. and Minnie Bell Heep Foundation and $1 million from the president’s office—will fund scholarships, graduate fellowships, and four faculty chairs in the College of Science, including one designated for the Texas A&M Institute for Advanced Study.
Inspired by An Aggie
Ray Davis didn’t attend Texas A&M, but he learned what it meant to be an Aggie from his friend John Willis ’92, who passed away from cancer in 2014. Davis memorialized Willis with a $25,000 endowment that was matched by the Department of Engineering Technology and Industrial Distribution to support student capstone projects.
To honor his late wife and her passion for education, Ersen Arseven ’74 established the Susan M. Arseven ’75 Chair in Data Science and Computational Statistics. The gift will enhance collaboration between statisticians, scientists and engineers.
A Life of Service
Pauletta ’81 (Col, USAF, Ret.) and Odis Blueitt ’82 (COL, USA, Ret.) enjoyed 28 and a half and 30 years, respectively, in service to their country through roles in public health. The couple honored their passion for the health of our military by creating a $25,000 scholarship that gives preference to a student in the Corps of Cadets who is pursuing a public health degree at Texas A&M.
Scholarship Supports Liberal Arts
A degree from Texas A&M opened international doors for Thomas “Tim” Smith III ’63, whose financial services career took him around the globe. In an effort to give other Aggies the same opportunity, he and his wife Phyllis—now winery owners—established a $25,000 need-based scholarship in the College of Liberal Arts.
A Promising Future
A significant gift from Don Rea ’69 will ensure a successful start and a promising future for a new program in the Department of Animal Science designed to prepare graduate students for careers in the meat industry.