The Brazos County A&M Club has committed $110,000 to create an endowed scholarship for Brazos County Aggies and an endowed fund to support Texas A&M University Silver Taps ceremonies. Additionally, the club repurposed an existing scholarship to create its second Sul Ross Scholarship. All three gifts are funded through the Texas A&M Foundation.
Silver Taps, an honored Texas A&M tradition, is held for graduate or undergraduate students who pass away while enrolled at the university. This final tribute is held the first Tuesday of the month when a student has passed away the previous month.
A gift of $60,000 creates the Brazos County A&M Club Silver Taps Endowment, which will help cover a variety of Silver Taps expenses, such as funding the family reception and mementos, and ensuring the safety and security of participants during the ceremony. These funds help guarantee that the tradition of Silver Taps does not rely on state funds or student fees. “As the hometown club, Silver Taps happens in our yard and our leaders are passionate about ensuring that this strong Aggie tradition lives on,” said club president Janice Quast, a 1997 graduate of Texas A&M.
The group also created the Brazos County A&M Club Foundation Excellence Award #2 with a gift of $50,000. This scholarship will be awarded to Brazos County students from under-represented groups, or to those who come from an economically disadvantaged background. “It will recognize great Aggie students and provide financial assistance as the cost of a Texas A&M education continues to increase,” Quast said.
The club also repurposed its Brazos County A&M Club Legacy Memorial Scholarship Fund to create a Brazos County A&M Club Sul Ross Scholarship, which supports a student in Texas A&M’s Corps of Cadets. The club first set up the legacy scholarship to support children with parents in the military, but recent Texas legislation now provides a college tuition exemption for children of military service members. “The Corps is a huge part of A&M’s culture and is one tradition that we wanted to reinforce and encourage with another scholarship,” Quast said.
Established in 1941 and chartered by The Association of Former Students in 1945, the Brazos County A&M Club is dedicated to scholarship, service and tradition. The more than 500 -volunteer member group raises funds through membership dues and events, such as Coach’s Night and Aggie Tip-Off. With the addition of these scholarships, the club now counts 16 for the support of Texas A&M students. Learn more at bcamc.org.
To learn more about scholarships, fellowships, and other academic- and student program-focused giving to benefit Texas A&M University, contact the Texas A&M Foundation at (800) 392-3310 or visit giving.tamu.edu.