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2018 Pass It Back Day Exceeded Goal Of 1,876 Gifts

Scot Walker '90 December 17, 2018 3:35 PM updated: January 8, 2019 2:11 PM

On behalf of all of us at The Association of Former Students, thank you for making a difference on Pass It Back Day and helping us surpass our goal.

Pass It Back Day is The Association's annual day of giving, a 24-hour period to show the amazing power of the Aggie Network, to celebrate everything that it means to be an Aggie, and to remember that our experiences were made possible by former students who went before us, providing leadership and financial support so that we could experience Aggieland to its fullest.

The goal for Pass It Back Day 2018 was to reach 1,876 gifts, a number selected in honor of the year that Texas A&M opened its doors. The final tally showed that 2,222 gifts were made between 12:01 a.m. and 11:59 p.m. on Nov. 15. Those gifts totaled $297,093.14.

Twin brothers Colin Michels '19 and Connor Michels '19, who are both mechanical engineering majors and recipients of scholarships made possible by donors to The Association, expressed their gratitude to everyone who made a gift on Pass It Back Day.

"This university has transformed two Delawareans into Aggies, and none of it would have been possible without donors," they wrote. "Thank you so much for your generosity.”

The Michels brothers, who are on track to graduate in May, have both been involved in Muster Committee and Fish Camp, two student organizations that also benefit from donors to The Association. All funds raised on Pass It Back Day go to such causes: academic programs and scholarships, student organizations, Aggie traditions, and support of faculty, staff, and current and former students.

All Pass It Back Day gifts, as well as all other gifts made to The Association, count toward Texas A&M's $4 billion comprehensive campaign, which is the largest fundraising endeavor ever undertaken in Texas. The Lead by Example campaign is a joint effort of Texas A&M University, the Texas A&M Foundation, the 12th Man Foundation, The Association of Former Students and the George H.W. Bush Presidential Library Foundation.

The Association of Former Students is proud to support programs, provide resources and cultivate experiences for the Aggie Network. To make your 2019 gift, visit

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