The Aggie Century Tree Project began in 2010 as a fundraiser for a $100,000 President's Endowed Scholarship for Texas A&M University. The Century Tree President's Endowed Scholarship was funded in October 2012, and the first scholarship was awarded in August 2014. Each year, a deserving Texas A&M student receives a $4,000 to $5,000 scholarship, which represents the investment earnings of this permanent endowment.
The project also became a way for Aggies across the southern United States to grow a little piece of Aggieland in their own front yard, to be enjoyed by Former Students and their families for generations to come.
Century Tree seedlings are grown from acorns harvested from the Century Tree in the Academic Plaza, located in the heart of the A&M campus. These live oak seedlings are available for purchase year-round and range in height from 6 to 18 inches tall, depending on the time of year.
Proceeds from this year's Aggie Century Tree Project will fund a $25,000 Endowed Sul Ross Scholarship for the Corps of Cadets at the Texas A&M Foundation.
"The creation of a thousand forests is in one acorn."
- Ralph Waldo Emerson
A seed of an idea has gone on to successfully fund multiple scholarships for Texas A&M University, and has spread little pieces of Aggieland to more than 500 locations across the country.
Seedlings grown from the Century Tree's acorns are available for purchase year-round for $100 each. They can be picked up in College Station or shipped by UPS for an additional fee.
What makes the Century Tree so special? Learn more about the history of Academic Plaza and the tree at the heart of the Texas A&M campus.
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