Members of the Texas A&M family and Aggie supporters have joined forces to raise over $33,000 via TexAgs.com, which will fund an endowed scholarship in memory of former Aggie offensive lineman Joseph Villavisencio who tragically lost his life on Dec. 22, 2011 when he perished in an automobile accident that happened near Madisonville.
The former Jacksonville Indian standout was in route home for the holidays at the time of his death.
Two volunteers, Joshua South and Phillip Hernandez, worked together beginning in early December to do something in remembrance of Villavisencio as the one-year anniversary of his death approached.
The decision was then made to work with the Texas A&M Foundation to create a scholarship in the name of Villavisencio.
As of the last report late last week, around $33,000 had been raised via on-line gifts to the Foundation.
Anyone wishing to contribute to the scholarship may go online and do so.
Donors are asked to type “Joey Villavisencio Fund” in the comments section.
Those interested may also mail a check to the Texas A&M Foundation, 401 George Bush Dr., College Station, TX 77840.
For more information, visit the Joseph Villavisencio Memorial Scholarship Fund Blog or the Joseph Villavisencio Memorial Scholarship Fund's facebook page.
The Texas A&M Foundation is a private non-profit organization that solicits and manages investments in academics and leadership programs to enhance texas A&M's capability to be included among the best universities.
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In that newly minted poll, the Lady Jackets took command of the No. 1 spot for the first time this season.
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Bullard ace strikes out 14 in warm-up game
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The teams will travel back to Grand Saline for a noon game on Saturday, with a Game 3 (if needed) to follow the second contest.
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