By now you should have seen some of the emails, Facebook posts, mail-outs, web ads, about the Naval Academy Campaign, “Called to Serve, Daring to Lead,” led by the Alumni Association. Some of you may have also seen the recent news articles in both the Annapolis Capital Gazette and Navy Times regarding the Naval Academy’s deteriorating infrastructure. Please understand, if you don’t already…
While public funding makes the Naval Academy good, it’s private philanthropy that makes the Naval Academy great.
As your TxGC, Alumni Association, Trustee, this past November, I was fortunate enough to attend the public phase launch of the Naval Academy Campaign (aka Called to Serve, Daring to Lead). There is so much that I did, and did not understand, even after being a Midshipman (not so long ago) and serving in active duty, back at USNA. Although it is taxpayer dollars that help support the core mission of USNA, it is not enough to ensure USNA truly competes at the highest levels with America’s best universities, in addition to other service academies.
You directly support initiatives including the Academy’s Center for Cyber Security Studies, the Stockdale Center for Ethical Leadership and related programs, international programs, the Midshipmen Welfare Fund, distinguished visiting professorships and in the next phase, the continuing renovation and expansion of Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium, and the construction of a future Alumni Association and Foundation Center.
TWO WAYS YOU CAN HELP
- Called to Serve, Daring to Lead: Donate directly to the Naval Academy Campaign.
The goal is $400 Million, but $373 Million has already been raise thanks to some very generous Alumni. So help USNA exceed the push for the remaining $23 Million.
- Donate to our TxGC Foundation (Houston): Maybe you’re not bought into USNA really needing the money? Maybe you just want to support USNA, but in an impactful way, here in Houston? Then support our [TxGC] Foundation. We directly support the mission of USNA by giving scholarships for local candidates (in need) attending USNA Summer Seminar and Summer STEM, and most recently, are assisting USNA Admissions by helping fund STEM programs at Houston area middle schools, sparking interest and awareness of USNA.
In either scenario, know that your money will go to good use, helping ensure the future success and excellence of the Naval Academy.
Thank you for making me your TxGC representative on the Board of Trustees. As your Trustee, I sit on the Alumni Association’s Admissions Committee, and am the Vice Chair of the Member Services Committee, and attend committee meetings in May and December, in Annapolis. Please feel free to reach out to me with your ideas, questions, or concerns.
John Augusto ’02