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"Dear, Donors"

Stephanie Cannon '06 November 21, 2012 2:23 PM

The Association of Former Students supports Texas A&M University and former student programs that promote the Aggie Spirit and strengthen the Aggie Network.

Support for student organizations, beloved traditions, scholarships and former student programs is made possible by the generous annual donations of former students, Aggie parents, Texas A&M faculty and
staff and other active supporters of the Aggie Network.

Each year, The Association receives hundreds of thank you notes like the one below from Aggie scholarship recipients, student organizations, teachers and other beneficiaries.

On this Thanksgiving week, and every day, The Association thanks you for your commitment to Texas A&M.

Dear donors of The Association of Former Students,

Three years ago, I was a junior in high school. My single mom had just filed bankruptcy, due to being laid off. I was preparing for my move to Texas to begin my senior year in a new school and a new state. My dreams of going to college seemed out of reach, especially at a big university. Had you told me that I would be at Texas A&M, I would not have believed you. However with the help of The Association of Former Students' Junior College Scholarship, the impossible became a dream come true. I cannot express my gratitude for the assistance in seizing my education.

Even though I had worked the entire summer to save for tuition, I would have fallen short. Thankfully, the $1,000 scholarship pushed me to the finish line, and I am able to complete my 2012-2013 school year without having to take out excessive loans. I would have never imagined that I would be debt free after losing my childhood home and belongings. Scholarships, such as the one I have received, touch lives on such a personal level. I hope that the people who made this possible know how much they have truly helped me.

I am majoring in political science and I am seeking my minor in Spanish. I plan to study abroad within the next year in a Spanish-speaking country in order to better my Spanish-speaking skills. I know that I will have a leg up by entering the job market as a bilingual candidate. In addition to studying abroad, I will be taking my LSAT in a little over 9 months. I have proudly maintained a 3.93 GPA, and I plan to perform
up to par on my LSAT. I am hoping that my grades and dedication to my school work will allow me to attend the law school of my choice!

I am incredibly excited for my 2012-2013 school year at A&M for I can see there are already so many great things in store. In just the first two weeks, my professors have already proven to be incredibly inspiring and motivational. It is comforting to feel that the education I am working so hard to pay off is worth every penny. I know my achievements throughout the year will have a strong impact on my future. All of this has been made possible because of The Association Former Students Junior College Scholarship. There is not a day that I go without thinking about how lucky I am to have received the financial help that I needed. I feel so blessed. Thank you so much!

Jordan Kopecek '14

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