Hundreds of Aggie students walked across a platform this weekend, stepping on as students and walking off as New Mexico State University alumni. Many of these students earned this moment by studying late into the night, asking questions, collaborating and discovering – all motivated by the reality that one alumni or friend of NMSU believed in them enough to make their education financially possible.
These past two months alone have benefited another round of current and future students. From support that will enhance NMSU’s learning environments to gifts toward student scholarships and causes across the NMSU system, NMSU’s proud Aggie alumni and friends have displayed their generosity – once again – to inspire and equip a future workforce for our communities, our state and our world.
In March, strong believers in NMSU’s Department of Art provided the needed financial backing to break ground on a new visual arts building and replace D.W. Williams Hall. Led by Rama and Ammu Devasthali, this new building will modernize learning facilities to properly teach and prepare students for a career in a $5.6 billion art industry in New Mexico.
By April, the NMSU Foundation hosted the President’s Associates Ball to create scholarships for the incoming class of President’s Associates Scholars. All recipients hail from New Mexico in an effort to keep our top academic achievers within our great state. Setting a new record for the event, more than 350 supporters did that, raising more than $70,000 for students. That same week, Jack and MaryLou Davis, both NMSU alumni, invested $500,000 in NMSU’s STEM TECH Lab as well as in endowed scholarships for students in the colleges of Education and Engineering. Their gift will expand K-12 STEM outreach along with providing crucial educational support for NMSU students.
And just two weeks ago, the NMSU Foundation started its first-ever 1888 Minutes of Giving, focused on promoting student-led, student-focused scholarships, causes and organizations in need. In about 31 hours – or 1,888 minutes – 290 NMSU alumni and friends raised more than $36,000 and helped students earn critical matching money that doubled their gifts.
If you think about the word “generosity,” you will find that unlike the required behaviors of being a good human, generosity is one that is not necessarily mandatory of any of us. It is one of those traits we all aspire toward and practice to show the greater morality in us. The best part is that while NMSU’s compassionate donors express their inner good, they are making our future leaders great, too.
Our students thrive at NMSU because of you, and there will never be enough words to convey our appreciation. We still have work to do and more students to support as the years go on, but please know we are eternally grateful.