Kelli R. Levey, February 27th, 2012
Peggy L. and Charles L. Brittan ’65 have added to their roster of scholarships at Texas A&M University an Endowed Opportunity Award for business students.
The Brittans favor Endowed Opportunity Awards because such an award helped Charles Brittan pay for his Aggie education more than four decades ago. They also like to meet the recipients of their scholarships when possible.
“We like to have contact with the recipients because we are impressed by every one of them we meet,” Peggy Brittan says. “And in industry, across the board, I have been very impressed with Aggie graduates.”
The perpetual nature of the endowed award will benefit recipients for generations to come, and the focus on full-time business majors at Mays pays homage to Peggy Brittan’s career at ExxonMobil. “Even though I didn’t have a degree in business, that is where I worked and what I know,” Peggy Brittan explains. “I dealt with finances and accounting — supported the business side of things.”
Charles Brittan owns C.L. Brittan, an oil and gas field services company.
The Brittans say the care they receive from representatives at the Texas A&M Foundation prompts them to continue giving. “We really like the way the Foundation treats the donors,” Peggy Brittan says. “They are very, very good at helping donors find opportunities that suit them well.”
Mays Dean Jerry Strawser expresses his appreciation for the couple. “The Brittans are donors who give from both the pocket and the heart,” he says. “The students who benefit from their generosity receive both financial support and personal support. They are true role models for the students they support.”
ExxonMobil matches charitable contributions by retirees and employees 3-to-1 up to $7,500 a year, and Peggy Brittan says the A&M Foundation helps them find additional ways to further enhance their gifts. “People say, “I don’t have that kind of money,’ but I say, “We don’t either.’ But over the years, we have utilized the ExxonMobil matches, and the Foundation is good about letting us know any time there is a matching donor we can partner with,” she says.