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STEPHANIE (JETER) CANNON '06, July 18, 2011

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The Association of Former Students, through the generous support of former students and friends of Texas A&M, is able to fund former student programs and services, student activities, scholarships and financial aid, faculty enrichment programs and many other critical projects for Texas A&M.

When you give to The Association, you are combining your gift with the power of tens of thousands of donors worldwide. The Aggie Network comes together each year, contributing millions of dollars to the Annual Fund.

Those funds ensure that the Aggie Spirit will be nurtured through programs like Aggie Ring Day and New Student Orientation; preserved through traditions such as Aggie Muster; and shared by Aggies everywhere through 241 A&M Clubs in every corner of the world. Indeed, the Aggie Network has a positive influence on every student who walks the Texas A&M campus.

The stories below are from a cross section of students who received scholarships from the Annual Fund.

Transfer Student
Megan Wood '13 is a communications major from Huffman, Texas. Ms. Wood started off her academic career at Blinn College due to financial constraints, but transferred to Texas A&M in the Spring of 2011. Ms. Wood says “after attending a few Aggie football games and Breakaway services, [she] knew [she]was born to bleed maroon.” During her higher education, Ms. Wood was awarded the Sam & Helen Winkelmann Endowed Scholarship, the Robert W. Boehm Endowed Scholarship and the Junior College Scholarship from the Association of Former Students. Ms. Wood has battled Juvenile Diabetes since she was 14 years old, so her family was nervous about her attending college so far away, but she has not faced any major complications over her three years in College Station. Ms. Wood remarks, “I have learned that a disease should not be permitted to limit or control your life, especially your opportunity to experience it at the best university in the world. WHOOP!”

Veteran
Charles W. Murphy '11 recently graduated with a degree in agriculture economics. He joined the Navy in June of 2000 where he traveled aboard the USS Cushing across much of East Asia and served in Afghanistan. After his enlistment, he returned to College Station, where he eventually received his Associates Degree in Applied Sciences from Blinn College. From there he knew he would continue his studies at Texas A&M University. Murphy states that in the future, he would “like to help others understand some of the more complicated matters in life so that they will be better informed and have the opportunity to make better educated decisions in life. Murphy stated that he “could not think of any other university that I would cherish the experience as much as Texas A&M.”

Traveling Century Scholars
Frida Hernandez '14 is a rising English major from San Antonio, Texas. She has been involved in the Century Scholar First Year Seminar, as well as being a member of the TAMU Mexican Student Association, and will be a mentor for ASPIRE for the 2011-12 academic year. Ms. Hernandez is highly involved in several service activities, including: the Honors Program Call-a-Thon, TAMU Replant, SE.A.L. Host, and a Coat and Blanket Drive. Ms. Hernandez was given the opportunity to travel to Madrid, Spain with her freshmen Century Scholar Learning Community during Spring Break of 2011. She remarks that the trip to Spain “opened [her] eyes to the countless possibilities abroad” and made her “feel more complete as an individual.” Ms. Hernandez reflected that the experience abroad left her feeling “like part of something bigger than [herself].”

Study Abroad
Brian Kwan '10 was a first generation college student from Sugarland, Texas. He graduated in May with a Bachelor of Arts in psychology and sociology, and a minor in business. He has received many scholarships and honors, including: Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Recipient, Harry S. Truman Scholarship Nominee, Southerland Aggie Leader Scholarship Recipient, A&M Academic Excellence Scholarship Recipient, A&M Aggie Ring Scholarship Recipient, A&M Study Abroad Scholarship Recipient, Junior Achievement Scholarship Recipient, Reach the World Correspondent, Liberal Arts Dean’s List Student, and being the Alpha Kappa Delta International Sociology Honor Society Public Relations Officer. Mr. Kwan participated in the Reciprocal Exchange program to South Korea, which he says, “was one of the best choices that [he’s] made in college.” While studying at SoonChunHyang University in South Korea, he acted as a English Teaching Intern where he gave private English lessons to Korean college students six times each week. As an exchange student in Korea, he was nominated and selected as the International Student Body Representative from a pool of about three hundred students. He has been highly involved in the Asian American InterVarsity Christian Fellowship, where he served as a Bible Study Leader, Prayer Meeting Coordinator, President, and currently serves as the Men’s Ministry Leader. In the fall of 2006, Mr. Kwan served as the Founder and President of the American Red Cross Club at Texas A&M University. Brian has served as an intern to a variety of organizations, including the American Red Cross- Greater Houston Area Chapter in the summer of 2007, the Bryan Police Department from September 2008 through December 2008, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) from January 2008 through May 2008.
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