Sanchez’s donors, Carol and Sim Lake III ’66, are enthusiastic about supporting scholarships. “My father, Sim Lake Jr. ’38, impressed upon me the benefits of graduating from Texas A&M—not only the education but also the values of duty and honor that are instilled in Aggies,” Sim said. “For that reason, my mother and I established a President’s Endowed Scholarship (PES) in his name. Carol and I later established another PES. But as a land-grant university, Texas A&M has a responsibility to educate students who might not qualify for a merit-based PES. A Regents’ Scholarship provided us with a great way to support first-generation students in Texas whose families do not have the resources to pay for college.”
Following in his donors’ footsteps, Sanchez also wants to give back to the Texas A&M community in the future. “I would not be where I am today without the inspiration and help of Aggies and mentors I’ve met along the way,” he said.