From Scouting to The Corps of Cadets
There are many similarities in scouting and the values of the Corps of Cadets. The Aggie Eagle Program (AEP) offers high school juniors and seniors and transfer students who are Eagle Scouts, Girl Scout Gold Award, Camp Fire Wohelo Award, or American Heritage Girls Stars and Stripes Award recipients a first-hand experience with the Corps of Cadets. Traditionally, the Corps has over 300 members who hold these awards. AEP recognizes the same traits that motivate a high school student to join these organizations also encourage them, as collegians, to join the Corps. While at AEP, students will:
- Meet current cadets and learn about their experiences in the Corps
- Stay in the Corps dorms on campus
- Meet Eagle Scouts in the Corps and from other high schools
- Learn about the university admissions process, financial aid, scholarships and academic support
- Attend an A&M sporting event – football in the fall or basketball/baseball in the spring (subject to scheduling and ticket availability)
- Attend a recognition ceremony
- Additional Corps scholarship consideration is given for participants
AEP is offered once in the fall semester and once in the spring semester. Check-in for the AEP is at the Sanders Corps of Cadets Center from 1:00 – 2:15 p.m. on Friday. The program concludes Saturday at the Corps Center immediately after the scheduled sporting event. Detailed schedule will be released after the start time of the sporting event is confirmed.
All qualified cadets attending AEP are eligible to compete for a Corps of Cadets scholarship, which carries no military obligation and may be used in conjunction with other scholarships. If a Corps Scholarship is awarded to a student who is not a resident of Texas, the recipient may qualify for in-state tuition. To claim the scholarship students must complete the scholarship section of the TAMU application (applytexas.org), gain and accept admission to TAMU, and join the Corps of Cadets.
AEP costs a non-refundable $25 per student. To register and learn more about attendance requirements, click on the button below and complete the online registration. After completing the online registration, your qualifications for attending the program will be reviewed. Very qualified Venture, Explorer, Sea Scouts as well as those scouts who are very close to completing their Gold / Eagle Scout / Stars and Stripes awards will be considered for attendance. A confirmation packet will then be mailed to you with the required forms. Your registration is not complete until we receive your required forms by fax or email. Due to a limited number of spots, prompt return of the forms is encouraged.
If traveling by bus or plane, please make your arrival/departure destination Bryan, Texas (bus) or College Station, Texas (air). We are unable to provide transportation to and from the Bryan Bus Station or the College Station airport (CLL), Easterwood Field, but taxis are available. A commercial shuttle service from Houston Intercontinental and Houston Hobby Airports to College Station is available (GroundShuttle.com), but you will need to make arrangements to be dropped off and picked up at the TAMU Corps of Cadets Center.
Parents are welcome to attend portions of the program. An information session is held on Friday afternoon and parents are invited to join their students at the recognition ceremony on Friday evening. Students will be housed on campus but parents will need to arrange their own accommodations. Hotels/motels in Bryan/College Station may fill up during football weekends. Parents should make reservations as soon as possible. More on possible locations can be found here.
For more information , contact Major Joe Hoffman at 979-845-9232 or email@example.com, or call the Corps Recruiting Office at 1-800-TAMU-AGS.