Trustees Honor Outstanding Student
The Texas A&M Foundation Board of Trustees awarded Sarah Knop ’16 with its fourth Outstanding Student Award. The Austin native graduated with a 4.0 GPA in May with degrees in business honors and finance and a minor in economics. This fall, she will begin a position with the consulting firm Bain & Co.
Created in 2012 through an endowed gift from Susanne and Melbern Glasscock ’59, the award honors one exceptional graduating senior per year with $2,500.
During her time as a student, Knop served as CEO of the Titans of Investing, president of the Aggie Investment Club, director of the Horizons Program and as a board member for Startup Aggieland.
“Sarah stood out to us because she rose to the challenge of supporting her education through scholarships while simultaneously taking on active leadership roles at Texas A&M,” said George Hickox ’80, past chairman of the board. “Sarah’s professors and mentors all describe her as bright, curious and goal-oriented. These characteristics embody the spirit of this award.”
Off campus, Knop explored her entrepreneurial side by founding CircleShare, a marketing and media technology company. During her summers off, she held several business internships in investment banking, strategic planning and consulting.
To celebrate her accomplishments, she plans to use the award for a post-college adventure. “A highlight of my college experience was studying abroad,” said Knop, who spent a month in London after her sophomore year. “I want to use the money to help fund a trip and go somewhere new.
Four Employees Receive Service Awards
Four employees received the 2015 Texas A&M Foundation Trustees’ Award, which annually recognizes staff who exemplify the Foundation’s spirit and who work to promote its mission. Recipients receive a $500 cash award. This year’s winners were (left to right) Larry Zuber, assistant vice president for development for the College of Architecture; Suzanne Duke, real estate services assistant, who retired in March after 23 years at the Foundation; Sharon Sanders, document imaging specialist; and Andy Acker, assistant vice president for development for the College of Engineering.
Maroon Coats Inducted
The Texas A&M Foundation welcomed 23 new members into the ninth class of its student ambassadors organization, the Maroon Coats, this spring. The group consists of Texas A&M student leaders who enhance the impact of the Foundation through stewardship and service. New members of the 2016-2017 Maroon Coats are (back row, left to right) Blake Parsons ’16, Christopher Bybee ’17, Ross Bodeker ’17, Kai Jones ’17, Chris Wilder ’17, Tom Waldo ’13, J.J. Gustafson ’17 , Georgia Grace Osteen ’17, Garrett Notzon ’17, Alex Lambros ’17, Ifeanyi Anyaoha ’18, Ian Kocher ’17, Sebastian Lossner ’16, Justin Benavidez ’13 and Justin Martinez ’17; and (front row, left to right) Hope Miller ’17, Hannah Wimberly ’17, Madeline Kinnaird ’16, Maggie Malone ’16, Ana Gutierrez ’17, Nathalie Simoes ’17, Rebecca Polk ’18 and Sara Greaves ’18.