As our Corps continues to grow, we strive to offer additional financial aid, enhanced learning experiences, and outstanding facilities for our cadets. Without generous private support by our donors, we would not be able to recruit and retain outstanding cadets at the levels we have experienced over the past several years. To all who have given so generously of their time, talent and treasure to ensure the Corps thrives– Thank you!
This past fall, we welcomed to campus the largest Cadet Corps we have seen since 1970! We project that membership in the Corps will continue to increase to approximately 3,000 cadets by 2025. As a result, we will produce even more leaders of character who will make a positive impact on our state, nation, and the world.
This new state-of-the-art facility will accommodate more than 1300 student musicians in the university’s bands (including the Fightin’ Texas Aggie Band), choirs and orchestras. This new facility will be located on the corner of George Bush Drive and Coke Street and will include a 100-yard artificial turf practice field, soundproof practice rooms, four new rehearsal halls and adequate storage for instruments and equipment.
To date, donors have generously contributed $20 million in gifts and pledge to see this vision become a reality. However, we seek additional gifts to ensure this facility will be able to meet all of the needs of our student musicians for many years to come. Prime naming opportunities throughout the facility remain for donors who wish to leave a lasting legacy on campus.
Over the past 10 years, cadets have enjoyed the opportunity to travel abroad through the Corps Global Leadership Initiatives Program. Corps International Excursions offer short-term study abroad opportunities between the end of the spring semester and the start of summer terms. Currently, three groups of approximately 26 cadets receive an intense international experience while gaining insight into the cultures, languages and geopolitical issues of key nations. These excursions provide opportunities for cadets to interact with peers from host nations, gain an understanding of the important issues facing the globe and learn about the impact each nation has on the United States. Cadets are selected based on academic and extracurricular merit. Recent excursions include travel to Australia, Brazil, England, France, South Africa, Costa Rica, Panama, Japan, Okinawa, Mexico, Qatar, Kuwait, China, Korea, India, Chile, Singapore, Indonesia, Georgia, Armenia, Germany, Israel, and Poland.
As our Corps continues to grow, we seek to increase the number of scholarships for cadets. Our goal is to have every academically eligible cadet on a Corps scholarship, especially those with financial need and those who have demonstrated outstanding leadership qualities.
Whether you decide to create an endowed Keepers of The Spirit Scholarship, Corps 21 Scholarship, General Rudder Scholarship, or Sul Ross Scholarship, you will truly impact the lives of cadets for generations to come.
Donors who wish to invest in the continued growth and success of the Corps are encouraged to contact our Corps of Cadets development team.
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