When Gary Reger â€™73 was asked to choose a school to receive a gift in his honor from the Beaumont Foundation of America, he didnâ€™t have to think long about his answer. The resulting $1 million contribution from the foundation to Mays Business School will be matched to establish the $2 million Gary Neale Reger Endowed Scholarship Fund. The fund will provide scholarships for top students majoring in business honors.
â€œWe are so thankful that Mr. Reger chose Texas A&M and Mays Business School to benefit from this gift,â€ said Mays Dean Jerry Strawser. â€œBy supporting our Business Honors Program, this gift will help educate outstanding young persons whose actions and accomplishments will provide similar benefits to others in the future.â€
Gary Reger â€™73
(Photo: Mark Low)
Reger is a lawyer in Beaumont, Texas, where he primarily handles commercial litigation. The Beaumont Foundation is a nonprofit grant-making institution dedicated to enriching the lives and enhancing the futures of less fortunate children and youth, families, and the elderly. The foundation provides grants and scholarships to a broad range of charitable, religious, and educational organizations across the United States.
â€œI am blessed to have good friends who sit on the board of the foundation,â€ said Reger, naming board members Wayne Reaud, Jon Huntsman, and Gilbert â€œBuddyâ€ Low. â€œWayne Reaud and the other board members have a strong commitment to education. They told me they wanted to honor me with one of their many educational scholarships, and together we chose A&M. It was the opportunity for me to give back in a meaningful way.â€
â€œSupporting these students is very exciting to me,â€ he says. Reger plans to be involved with scholarship recipients in a mentoring capacity.
A&M is a family tradition for Reger, who has had several relatives join him in wearing maroon. To honor this legacy, the gift is dedicated to Regerâ€™s parents, Doris and Ronald Reger â€™48, whom Reger credits with his success. â€œMy mother was the most rabid Aggie,â€ he says. â€œIt was almost painful to watch football with her, she would get so excited.â€ Regerâ€™s daughter Stephanie â€™92 and sister Rhonda â€™79 also are Aggies.
Reger and his wife, Joette, live in Beaumont and Austin. In addition to their support of A&M, they are also active with the Reaud Family Shelter, a hospitality house for the families of patients at Baptist Beaumont Hospital. Reger holds a degree in marketing from A&M and a law degree from the University of Texas.
The Texas A&M Foundation is a non-profit organization that receives major gifts and manages endowments for the sole benefit of Texas A&M University.
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