WHAT: FEA scholarships provide critical financial support to promising students from underserved groups or economically and educationally disadvantaged backgrounds. Since the FEA program’s establishment in 1999, generous supporters have given more than $15 million in gifts and pledges, providing thousands of Aggies financial support as they earned their college diplomas. Approximately 500 Aggies currently receive an FEA scholarship annually.
WHEN: The matching program began in 2021 and aims to support 1,500 more Aggies with FEA scholarships by fall 2029.
WHERE: FEA scholarships can benefit Aggies who attend Texas A&M’s College Station campus or Aggies by the Sea enrolled at Texas A&M University at Galveston.
WHY: Texas is the nation’s fastest-growing state, and its citizenry is among the most diverse. According to the Texas Demographic Center, the state’s population grew by 4 million residents between 2010 and 2020—and 95.3% of that growth was attributed to people of color (Hispanic, Black, Asian and indigenous communities).
The FEA program helps Texas A&M’s classrooms reflect the state’s rapidly changing demographics by giving the university a vital resource to recruit and retain promising students. Ultimately, FEA scholarships help Texas A&M fulfill its land-grant mission by educating a well-qualified, diverse workforce prepared to succeed and assume leadership roles in an increasingly complex world.
HOW: You can utilize university matching funds to create your own FEA through 2029. The matching program offers a non-endowed scholarship option that supports one Aggie for four years or an endowed option that will support Aggies forever. You can customize your FEA by designating specific recipient qualifications—such as major, college or hometown—and naming the scholarship in honor of a person, class or organization.
A $10,000 gift will create your non-endowed FEA scholarship, payable immediately or at $2,500 per year for four years. The university will match your gift, making the total value $20,000 and generating an annual stipend of $5,000 for recipients over four years.
A $50,000 endowed FEA will support Aggies in perpetuity. The current matching program supports donor gifts fulfilled within one year of the initial pledge. The university will match the endowment’s earnings during its first four years, generating a larger annual stipend for recipients.
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