Announcing the Texas A&M Resilience ScholarshipMICHAEL K. YOUNG
December 15, 2017
Dear students, faculty and staff,
One of the core missions of our great university is service to the state of Texas. Three months following Hurricane Harvey, there are still many people struggling to recover. We want students and their families in this situation to have renewed hope for the future, including the option of attending a world-class university like Texas A&M.
After establishing the Disaster Assistance Fund at Texas A&M, which helped hundreds of students, faculty and staff facing personal hardship, we are now reaching out to potential first-time applicants who may be delaying or considering not applying to college due to financial constraints caused by the storm.
We want those students to be Aggies and as such, I am pleased to announce the Texas A&M Resilience Scholarship, a $2,500 scholarship for incoming freshmen affected by the hurricane, applying for the fall 2018 semester.
This scholarship is the result of a 50/50 funding partnership between the Texas A&M Foundation and The Association of Former Students, and I am grateful to those organizations and all those who participated in making this program possible.
Four hundred qualifying students who are accepted into Texas A&M as freshmen for the fall 2018 semester will be awarded a one-year, $2,500 scholarship. To accommodate the program, we have extended our fall 2018 application deadline to Jan. 2, 2018.
To qualify for the scholarship, students must be current permanent residents of one of the 41 counties in Texas identified by FEMA for individual assistance. Those designated counties are: Aransas, Austin, Bastrop, Bee, Brazoria, Caldwell, Calhoun, Chambers, Colorado, DeWitt, Fayette, Fort Bend, Galveston, Goliad, Gonzales, Grimes, Hardin, Harris, Jackson, Jasper, Jefferson, Karnes, Kleberg, Lavaca, Lee, Liberty, Matagorda, Montgomery, Newton, Nueces, Orange, Polk, Refugio, Sabine, San Jacinto, San Patricio, Tyler, Victoria, Walker, Waller and Wharton.
Only fall 2018 applicants who are first-generation college students and who have never attended college will be eligible. And to qualify, annual gross family income must be less than $80,000. Priority will be determined based on need.
To be considered, students must complete the FASFA or TASFA aid applications with Texas A&M Scholarships & Financial Aid. Students who have already applied for fall 2018 admission will be considered based on the above criteria.
It is truly an honor to be able to provide incoming students this head start to help ensure their success and we look forward to welcoming them to Aggieland!
Aggies help, it's who we are – it's what we do.
We are the Aggies! The Aggies are we!
Michael K. Young