At Mays today, 354 students receive funds for 129 scholarships for a total of $1.5 million in scholarship support. Hundreds of those students gathered together with business-school scholarship donors for the first time in Mays’ inaugural scholarship banquet this March.

Pointing to the growing financial needs for running a first-rate business school, banquet speaker and avid Mays supporter M. Bookman Peters ’59 said voluntary giving makes it possible to recruit the kind of students who build academic excellence. But he turned quickly to address the students in the audience, telling them to lead by example and to maintain relationships with the donors who are funding their education.

His key message to the future Mays graduates: Return to Texas A&M, when you can, and reinvest in other students’ futures