2015 - 2016 Grant Winners
  • George Bush Foundation Travel Grants


    Undergraduate Travel Grant Recipients

    • Hanna Choi, Baylor College of Dentistry
    • Tye Padilla, Baylor College of Dentistry
    • Dominique Salas-Garfias, Baylor College of Dentistry
    • Meghan Horgan, Galveston
    • Jennifer Lee, Galveston
    • Katlin Fox, Agriculture and Life Sciences
    • Thalia Garcia, Agriculture and Life Sciences
    • Katrina Keith-Hillhouse, Agriculture and Life Sciences
    • Shelby Kilpatrick, Agriculture and Life Sciences
    • William Guzman, College of Science
    • Randy White, College of Science
    • Lauren Russell, College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences
    • Lindsay Friesenhahn, College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences
    • Sydney Jones, College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences
    • Mikayla Barry, Dwight Look College of Engineering
    • Santos Javier Solorzano, Dwight Look College of Engineering
    • Hanna Bunting, Dwight Look College of Engineering
    • Bryan Johnson, Dwight Look College of Engineering
    • Kathryn Dickinson, Dwight Look College of Engineering
    • Jackson Klein, Dwight Look College of Engineering
    • Shannon Murray, Dwight Look College of Engineering
    • Andrew West, Dwight Look College of Engineering
    • Carson Muscat, Dwight Look College of Engineering
    • Preston Young, Dwight Look College of Engineering
    • David Ehlig, Dwight Look College of Engineering
    • Christian Sanchez, Dwight Look College of Engineering
    • Austen Hans Anderson, Dwight Look College of Engineering
    • Orlando Beauchamp-Alamo, Dwight Look College of Engineering
    • Mary Beth Green, Dwight Look College of Engineering
    • Casey Hadsall, Dwight Look College of Engineering
    • Luke Pumphey, Dwight Look College of Engineering
    • Kathryn Kowis, Dwight Look College of Engineering
    • Jordan Pierce, College of Geosciences
    • Melissa Altobelli, College of Geosciences
    • Layeeka Ismail, Mays Business School
    • Maria Quiros, Mays Business School
    • Brandon Bucio, Mays Business School
    • Landson Marshall, Mays Business School
    • Katherine Rohrbough, Mays Business School
    • Rebecca Rawson, Mays Business School
    • Michelle Parus, Mays Business School
    • Ashley Metzler, Mays Business School
    • Mackenzie Fowler, Mays Business School
    • Megan Krail, Mays Business School
    • Bethany Bell, Mays Business School
    • Matthew Ramirez, College of Architecture
    • Katherine Beckett, College of Architecture
    • Alexis Widacki, College of Nursing
    • Annabelle Hutchinson, College of Liberal Arts
    • Hannah Musgrove, College of Liberal Arts
    • Isabel Perez, College of Liberal Arts
    • Fancy Hollis, College of Liberal Arts
    • Katrina Godbee, College of Liberal Arts
    • Anna Clark, College of Liberal Arts
    • Sophia Sanchez, College of Liberal Arts
    • Caity Tarabocchia, College of Liberal Arts
    • Ashley Morren, College of Liberal Arts
    • Amy Marks, College of Liberal Arts
    • Kaylee Jackson, College of Liberal Arts
    • Samantha Vega, College of Liberal Arts
    • Caitlin Vercolen, College of Liberal Arts


      Graduate Travel Grant Recipients

    • Bradley Beeny, Engineering
    • Catharina Carvalho, Education
    • Baki Cavlazoglu, Education
    • Misha Chakraborty, Education
    • Xiaohang Cheng, Biology
    • Camille Duran, Agriculture and Life Sciences
    • Christine Figgener, Marine Biology
    • Claudio Gariazzo, Engineering
    • Lauren Grimley, Mathematics
    • Matthew Hanlon, Engineering
    • Shiyuan He, Statistics
    • Ziqing Hong, Physics and Astronomy
    • Akansha Kumar, Engineering
    • Pierre Lau, Entomology
    • Maria Lazo, Education
    • Hans Linsenbardt, Neuroscience and Department of Psychology
    • Victor Mason, College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences
    • Hyungseok Nam, Biological and Agricultural Engineering
    • Francis Obi, Engineering
    • Jesse Pyle, Plant Pathology
    • Jonathan Rogers, TAMU - Galveston
    • Leigh Szucs, Education
    • Andrea Terry, Liberal Arts
    • Kay Varela, Liberal Arts
    • Dongyue Xin, Chemistry
    • Yong Zhou, Ecosystem Science and Management



  • George Bush Foundation Community Grants





    COLLEGE STATION, TX – Seventeen Brazos Valley non-profit and Texas A&M University recognized student organizations have been selected to receive a 2016 George Bush Foundation Community Grant.  Grants carry a maximum award of $10,000 and are awarded annually to eligible organizations.

    Fred McClure, Chief Executive Officer of the George Bush Presidential Library Foundation, stated, “As President Bush said, ‘We all have something to give.’ He has called on all of us to support our communities by doing what we can to improve the lives of those around us. These community grants allow our Foundation to assist local organizations in expanding their reach in the Brazos Valley."

    Through the awarding of a Community Grant, the George Bush Foundation highlights the importance President Bush places on education and public service.  Congratulations to each of the 2016 Community Grant recipients.

    2016 Community Grant recipients

    • Delta Company Scholarship Fund
    • Best Buddies Texas
    • Health for All
    • Children’s Museum of the Brazos Valley
    • Camp Kesem Texas A&M
    • Aggies United
    • CSISD Food Pantries
    • Kappa Alpha Psi
    • Big Brothers Big Sisters of South Texas
    • George H.W. Bush Composite Squadron Civil Air Patrol Texas Wing
    • Black Graduate Students’ Association
    • MSC Fish
    • Family Promise of Bryan-College Station
    • Voices for Children, Inc. CASA of Brazos Valley
    • BrightMinds Foundation, Inc.
    • MSC Wiley Lecture Series


     ​​For more information about the George Bush Presidential Library Foundation Community Grant Program, click here.


  • George Bush Faculty Excellence Awards





    April 26, 2016

    The 2016 Bush Excellence Awards have been presented to three Texas A&M faculty members – Dr. Christian Brannstrom for teaching, Dr. Valerie Hudson for international research and Dr. Bradford Clement for public service – at a luncheon hosted by the university and the Texas A&M International Advisory Board.

    Each recipient was presented a plaque and a check for $2,000 by Gary W. Booth, chief financial officer of the George Bush Presidential Library Foundation.

    The Bush Excellence Awards were established through the vision and support of President and Mrs. George Bush in 2002, with financial assistance from the George Bush Presidential Library Foundation. Since that time, 39 awards have been presented to Texas A&M faculty.




    Dr. Christian Brannstrom

    Brannstrom is a professor in the Department of Geography and director of Environmental Programs in the College of Geosciences. Since 2005, he has used his fluency in both Portuguese and Spanish and his knowledge of the Latin American countries of Brazil, Costa Rica and Nicaragua to lead study abroad for Texas A&M students. He has also worked to build bridges between Texas A&M students and students from other countries by bringing foreign graduate students into his program. His students say his great sense of humor and desire for them to be passionate about research make a difference. Brannstrom’s ability to lighten the stressful and challenging realities of both graduate and undergraduate education are unique characteristics that his students say make him deserving of the award.

    In addition to his international teaching excellence to students is his work with faculty both here and abroad through publishing academic articles on the pedagogy of study abroad in both English and Portuguese. Brannstrom’s work with colleagues to analyze why student performance increases after a short-term study abroad experience was published in the Journal of Geography in Higher Education in 2011.  In 2013 Dr. Brannstrom received The Association of Former Students 2013 Distinguished Achievement Award for Teaching.




    Dr. Valerie Hudson

    Hudson is a professor of international affairs and holder of the George H.W. Bush Chair in the Bush School of Government and Public Service. She has a distinguished record in international research. She is best known for her path-breaking work on the relationship between gender and security. She argues that the status of women in domestic society has profound impacts on the foreign policies of the countries in which they live and the general security situation both domestically and internationally.

    Hudson has four published books and has authored more than 30 scholarly articles, in addition to occasional articles in the Washington Post, Foreign Policy and Politico and in academic journals such as American Political

    Science Review, International Security and Political Psychology, as well as in military journals. She is also called upon by the mainstream media to address issues relating to her research.  She developed the largest and most sophisticated compilation of data in the world on issues of women and security. The WomanStats project is funded in part by the U.S. Department of Defense and a three-year Minerva grant. This database has become the go-to source for those wishing to study the linkage between the situation and security of women and that of their nations.

    Her work on issues of women and security was recognized by the Carnegie Corporation of New York which named her an Andrew Carnegie Fellow in the inaugural class of 2015. She has also been awarded the Distinguished Scholar Award by a Foreign Policy Analysis Section of the International Studies Association and is listed as one of the top 100 Most Influential Global Thinkers by Foreign Policy magazine.




    Dr. Bradford Clement

    Clement is a professor of geology and geophysics and director of the International Ocean Discovery Program in the College of Geosciences. He has spent the last 32 years of his career serving the scientific ocean drilling community since its inception at Texas A&M in 1984. He first served as a staff scientist for Ocean Drilling programs and later the international community as an associate program director of the program in the Ocean Sciences division at the National Science Foundation in Washington, D.C. In 2009, he was lured back to Texas A&M to take the lead in the International Ocean Discovery Program better known as simply IODP.  IODP is the University’s largest single research program and the largest ongoing earth sciences program in the world. 

    As director of IODP, Clement’s impact on translating cutting-edge geosciences research to direct applications that benefit the public is both broad and deep.  Through his leadership, his long-standing scientific and administrative contributions to the international scientific ocean drilling community, Clement has facilitated profound scientific discoveries that have transformed the public’s understanding of diverse topics spanning earthquake and tsunami hazards, global climate history, the limits of life in extreme environments on this planet and the cycling of water through the earth’s interior, among dozens of other intriguing topics relating directly to the world of our past, present and future.  Bringing the story of IODP and the JOIDES Resolution back to the classrooms, communities and media through daily blogs and Internet connections, he is inspiring all, but especially students, to think about STEM through the lens of the ocean and seafloor.



    Media contact:  Linda Edwards at 979-862-6700979-862-6700


  • Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo Top Texas Wine Award


    The George Bush Presidential Library Foundation is delighted to note that this year's George Bush Presidential Library Foundation Award for Top Texas Wine goes to Pedernales Cellars Viognier, Texas, 2014.  Congratulations!