2021 Award Applications are now closed. Please check back for information about the 2022 application for the Buck Weirus Spirit Award.
Please email SpiritAward@AggieNetwork.com with any questions.
Recognizing the 2021 Buck Weirus Spirit Award Recipients:
The Buck Weirus Spirit Award honors 55 students each year who demonstrate high involvement, create positive experiences throughout the Aggie community, impact student life at Texas A&M and enhance the Aggie Spirit. Unlike other awards, the Buck Weirus Spirit Award recognizes those students who make contributions to the university through participation in student organizations, Aggie traditions and university events.
The Buck Weirus Spirit Award, named for Richard "Buck" Weirus '42, recognizes students for their outstanding contributions to student life programs at Texas A&M University. Weirus served as executive director of The Association of Former Students from 1964 to 1980. Because of his unique leadership, vision, and support of student involvement, this award was established by The Association's Board of Directors in 1982 in his honor.
About Richard "Buck" Weirus '42 & the Buck Weirus Spirit Award
The Association of Former Students
Served: 1964 - 1980
Buck received a bachelor's degree in Industrial Engineering in 1942. He served as President of the San Antonio A&M Club before returning to Aggieland to lead The Association of Former Students. Under Buck's leadership, the Century Club was created. He guided The Association through some of the university's most difficult years, often serving as the voice of reason and reassurance to both university administrators and former students as Texas A&M underwent sweeping changes. Throughout it all, Buck remained the eternal Aggie optimist and ambassador of the Aggie Spirit. Because of his unique leadership, vision and support of student involvement, the Buck Weirus Spirit Award was established by The Association of Former Students in 1982 to recognize students' contributions to student life. This coveted award honors up to 55 students every year who demonstrate high involvement, create positive experiences throughout the Aggie community, impact student life at Texas A&M and enhance the Aggie Spirit.
If you have any questions or concerns, please send us an email at SpiritAward@AggieNetwork.com.
Information regarding the 2022 Buck Weirus Spirit Award application process will be shared to this page during fall 2021. Please check back!
* Please Note: Any questions received after 5:00 p.m. on the Monday of the application deadline, will not be answered until the following business day - AFTER the Buck Weirus Spirit Award application has closed. If you have any questions about the application process, or have any technical questions about the application webpage, please email SpiritAward@AggieNetwork.com BEFORE 5:00 p.m. on application due date.
• Selection is not based on academic records but applicants are required to have a cumulative minimum 2.25 GPR for undergraduates and 3.0 for graduate students
• Students must be in and remain in good academic and disciplinary standing with Texas A&M University
• Students may only receive the Buck Weirus Spirit Award once.
• Students must be currently enrolled as an undergraduate for Levels 1-3 and as a graduate or professional student for Level 4 in a degree-seeking program at Texas A&M-College Station, Texas A&M College of Law, a Texas A&M Health Science Center Entity, or Texas A&M-Galveston
Texas A&M at Qatar students are also eligible for this award, but are selected through a process directed by the Student Affairs team in Doha. For information about the TAMUQ Buck Weirus Spirit Award process, please email Miguel Trevino.
The criteria for which level you are eligible is the number of full semesters (non-summer semesters) completed at Texas A&M as of January 1, 2021. Transferred semesters are not included in the total count.
• Level 1: 2 or 3 Undergraduate TAMU semesters completed
• Level 2: 4 or 5 Undergraduate TAMU semesters completed
• Level 3: 6 or more Undergraduate semesters completed
• Level 4: Graduate/Professional students
* Please Note: No awards will be given to students having completed only one long semester at Texas A&M University.
• If you are a 3+2 student, your first eight semesters count toward the undergraduate levels. During your ninth and tenth semesters you will need to classify yourself as a graduate student.
• If you are enrolled in Blinn Team, your semesters count the same as if you were only enrolled at TAMU.
• In the event of the need to clarify an eligibility requirement the, Buck Weirus Steering Committee will review the circumstances.
Questions should be directed to SpiritAward@AggieNetwork.com.
The Selection Process
• Applicants' names remain anonymous during the selection process.
The applications are reviewed by a committee composed of faculty, staff and students appointed by the Buck Weirus Committee Chair.
• Only the recipients' names will be publicized.
How to Get Help
• The Association of Former Students and the Department of Student Activities will present a virtual application workshop recording that will be available on this page, or by visiting tx.ag/BuckWeirusWorkshop.
• The Association of Former Students and the Department of Student Activities will also host online application review. Individual appointment sign-up information will be available at tx.ag/ApplicationReview.
* View sample Activity Sheet examples, both good and bad, as well as sample Impact Essays. For a detailed review of these resources, please watch the virtual Buck Weirus Workshop - Available on this page.
• For questions related to Submittable, the online application platform, please visit submittable.com/help/submitter/ for technical support
• Please direct any questions via email to SpiritAward@AggieNetwork.com.
Award Notification Process
• All applicants will be notified of the results via email. Email notification will be sent to the email address provided during application submission. All email notifications will be sent prior to, or during, the week beginning March 15.
• The Association of Former Students and the Department of Student Activities plan to honor all award recipients at the Buck Weirus Spirit Awards Ceremony during Family Weekend. We are monitoring State and County recommendations regarding COVID-19 protocols, and are prepared to make adjustments to the ceremony as needed.
Previous Buck Weirus Spirit Award Recipients