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Joshua Sutton '17 Receives Gates-Muller Outstanding Student Award

Scot Walker '90 May 12, 2017 2:31 PM updated: May 12, 2017 3:28 PM

Joshua Sutton '17, a U.S. Army veteran, food science and technology major, and Association of Former Students scholarship recipient, is Texas A&M's 2017 recipient of the Robert Gates-Muller Family Outstanding Student Award. 

The award, which is one of the three highest honors an A&M student can receive, is given to one exceptional senior graduating from Texas A&M who has demonstrated qualities of leadership, patriotism, and courage. The award is named in honor of Robert M. Gates, former U.S. secretary of Defense and former president of Texas A&M University.

Sutton is a U.S. Army veteran who spent six years as a flight engineer and crew chief on military helicopters. He served overseas in Afghanistan and in South Korea, and he credits the Army with developing his time management and decision-making skills that he applied to his schooling.

When he looked into schools that he might attend after his military service, Texas A&M stood above the rest. While the GI bill helped with tuition, everyday expenses proved difficult. He received a scholarship through The Association of Former Students that allowed him to continue with school full-time while working as a pressman for his wife’s small business.

Learn more about Joshua's Aggie story and the impact the Aggie Network has made on him in the video below.


Sutton graduated magna cum laude and accepted a job offer from H-E-B in San Antonio as an associate product development manager.

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