Texas A&M graduate donates $20 million for scholarships and finance department

A pledged donation that started at $10 million to support scholarships at Texas A&M University has morphed into a $20 million donation to also bolster college programs and hiring, the report said. university on Monday.

Mays Business School’s finance department will soon be named after Adam Sinn, an Aggie graduate in 2000, owner of oil and energy trading company Aspire Commodities. He consolidated the $20 million pledge last week through the Texas A&M Foundation.

“The main goal is to take the financial burden off some of these students so that in the future they can bet on themselves when they see this opportunity,” Sinn, 43, said in a video interview. Friday, proudly sporting an A&M Sweatshirt. “And hopefully they pay it forward and help someone else.”

Approximately $7.5 million of Sinn’s donation will support scholarships for undergraduate and graduate students from low socioeconomic backgrounds.

The rest will help recruit top faculty and create and grow high-impact programs for finance students, the university said. More than 1,000 students are enrolled in finance department programs for the 2021-22 academic year, a 30% increase in five years, according to a university press release.

“I applaud Mr. Sinn’s willingness to invest in our university,” said university president Katherine Banks in the statement. “Such contributions not only help elevate the department, but provide a brighter future for our students for generations to come.”

Reflecting on his own financial constraints growing up, Sinn asked that priority be given to applicants from his hometown of Hoopeston, Illinois, and nearby Cissna Park, Illinois, and Dorado, Puerto Rico, where he now lives.

If there are not enough applicants in these fields, the scholarships will be made available to students enrolled in the business school’s Trading, Risk and Investment (TRIP) program, which prepares participants in the areas of energy trading, investments and risk management.

“My fear is that with rising tuition, inflation, and ongoing macroeconomic issues, the cost of college will be out of reach for virtually everyone I grew up with, and that’s not reasonable,” Sinn said.

Sinn transferred to Texas A&M from Southern Methodist University. Scholarships and financial aid allowed him to graduate with only about $20,000 in student debt, he recalls, which helped him advance his career faster.

After working for several companies, he founded Aspire Commodities in 2009 and made his first donation to the university in 2013.

Sinn recalls her A&M classes being tough and demanding a lot of effort. When asked how he felt about his name representing the School of Finance, he laughed and said, “I almost think it’s funny, because I never got of “A” in this program.

Sinn said he wants to help students who need it the most, so they can have the opportunity to succeed and find encouragement in having someone support them.

“I was just good enough to find a job and find my way in life and I just feel like there’s probably a lot of students out there like me,” Sinn said. “You know, the 4.0s (grade point average), the bright students, the high-talking students, they’re going to be fine…but the kid that’s got a 3.0 or a 2.5, they’re going to have a hard time getting a job. at Walmart, and when the economy isn’t on full steam ahead, it’s just hard for that person to get ahead.

This isn’t his first gift to his alma mater. So far, Sinn estimates he has donated between $1.5 million and $2 million to A&M’s athletic department and the business school. He plans to continue contributing where possible to A&M and other educational organizations in the United States and Puerto Rico.

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