Experience Aggies Reaching Out
Aggies Reaching Out (ARO) strives to instill in eighth graders a sense of resourcefulness and ignite a more thorough understanding of how academic ambition can better life for both them and their families.
The purpose of Aggies Reaching Out is to mentor and guide underprivileged eighth graders across the state of Texas. We provide vital information to these students and their families about the various educational programs available after high school. We also aim to give the students motivation and drive for learning by understanding the necessity of higher education for future financial success. Please visit the following link to learn more about what we do.
There are four main projects that ARO is focused around: ARO Houston, ARO Bryan, ARO Hearne, and Community Volunteering. Our counselors are continuously volunteering throughout each semester in order to make a difference in the lives of skilled, intelligent, and driven students!
Every May, Aggies Reaching Out travels to various middle schools in Houston, Texas. Here, we put on a program for eighth graders selected by their school counselors within Houston ISD. This is a week-long event where ARO members mentor a different student each day during the school period and hold after school activities for the students enrolled in the program.
Every January, Aggies Reaching Out holds a program on the Texas A&M University campus for eighth grade students in Bryan ISD. This is a two-day event that ARO counselors put on to mentor the students and get them college-oriented as they prepare to enter high school.
Every Spring, Aggies Reaching Out holds a school supply drive for Hearne Middle School, presents students with supplies, and puts on a one-day ARO program for the school.
Aggies Reaching Out is very involved within the middle schools and high schools in the Bryan/College Station area. ARO counselors volunteer on their own or within groups various days throughout the week. ARO also volunteers at the local Boys and Girls Club, Special Olympics, The Big Event, and many other events throughout the semesters.
2018 Scholarship Recipients
Aggies Reaching Out fundraises throughout each semester in order to award scholarships to deserving students at the ARO Houston program in May. The students are chosen by the ARO counselors at that particular middle school on the basis of ambition and promise to their education. Congratulations to our 2018 and 2019 (not pictured) ARO Scholarship recipients! While COVID-19 prevented our organization from traveling to Houston in 2020 and 2021, we are happy to announce that we are back on track for May 2022!
Jeremiah, Ortiz Middle School
Jeremiah earned a $1,500 Scholarship from Aggies Reaching Out in May of 2018. He is a wonderful and driven student with much commitment to his education. His character shined so brightly to all the ARO counselors and we are all so excited to see where the future takes him! Congratulations, Jeremiah!
Jaqueline, Holland Middle School
Jaqueline earned a $1,500 scholarship from Aggies Reaching Out in May of 2018. She is a bright and intelligent student who has so much to look forward to in her future. We are all so thrilled to see her accomplish all her goals in high school and beyond. Congratulations, Jaqueline!
Become a Counselor
Counselor applications are open at the beginning of each semester to all Texas A&M University students. Visit the link below for more information and applications.