Cindy and Tom Locke ’74 have committed $50,000 toward endowed scholarships for students pursuing undergraduate degrees at Mays Business School. The gift is part of the pair’s planned estate gifts, called the Cindy and Tom Locke Endowment.

Tom Locke said the gift aligns with one of his and his wife Cindy’s basic tenets in life: “We are all born with certain potentials; a potential to learn, to think, to feel, to love, a potential to respect and contribute to community, and a potential to make a difference in the lives of others. If we are fortunate, we find opportunities throughout our lives to intersect with those individuals and institutions that help turn that potential into something real.”

Cindy and Tom Locke '74
Cindy and Tom Locke ’74

Tom Locke said Texas A&M and Mays made a huge difference in his life at a critical time, allowing him to realize much of the potential within. He received a bachelor’s in marketing and is now president of the Texas Methodist Foundation. “My belief is that the university’s core purpose of developing leaders of character dedicated to serving the greater good was at least partially achieved with me.”

The endowment will enable Mays to offer scholarships to students who are the first members of their family to attend college. “Interestingly to us, while there is deep appreciation for the past and A&M’s impact on me individually, we discovered that the true motivation for our gift was about the future, and about the needs of the world,” Tom Locke explained.

He said this emphasis on first-generation college students bolsters their belief that “education is the most likely tipping point that can turn past generations of poverty and hopelessness into future generations of abundance and productivity.” He anticipates the Mays graduates will be bright, will be of character, and will have experienced and value community, and that Mays will benefit from the broadened diversity of its students, thus enhancing the experience of community.

“Any scholarship gift is special,” said Mays Dean Jerry Strawser. “However, a gift that brings a college education to a family for the very first time is one that opens eyes and doors. We appreciate the Lockes’ generosity and recognition of the very significant impact that a college education has on a first-generation student.”

About Mays Business School

Texas A&M University’s Mays Business School educates more than 5,000 undergraduate, master’s and doctoral students in accounting, finance, management, management information systems, marketing and supply chain management. Mays consistently ranks among the top public business schools in the country for its undergraduate and MBA programs, and for faculty research. Its mission is to create knowledge and develop ethical leaders for a global society.