Our First Class of 1980 E. King Gill Selfless Service Award Recipient
We are proud to introduce the first recipient of the Class of 1980 E. King Gill Selfless Service Award, Lauren Breazeale ’20. Lauren graduated with a B.S. in biomedical sciences and is attending medical school at Texas Tech.
Lauren wanted to address the entire Class of ’80. Below are her comments, along with links to her resume, a summary of her service activities submitted for the award, and the website for The BEE Community, where she was actively involved and had a significant impact. Also below is a link to view the entire 2020 Outstanding Student Awards ceremony held in December.
To the Class of ’80,
I first wanted to express my gratitude to you for your generosity and the thoughtfulness behind this award. At the LAUNCH award ceremony, I was able to hear the accomplishments of my peers and was truly honored to have been amongst such incredible company, making the fact I was selected as the award recipient even more impactful. I appreciate all the effort each of you put into making this award a reality and I know you have inspired others to create awards related to the other core values.
I am a third-generation Aggie so I don’t think I’d be exaggerating (by much any way) when I say I knew the Aggie War Hymn before I knew the alphabet. I grew up attending football and baseball games, learning about all the traditions, being told I wasn’t allowed to “whoop” until I was an upperclassman, and of course, learning what it means to be an Aggie. I have strived to embody the Aggie Spirit every day since I first set foot on A&M’s campus and I plan on showing everyone in Lubbock that same spirit as I attend Texas Tech’s School of Medicine in August.
I learned a lot at Texas A&M and I will forever be grateful for my experiences. Every moment I spent studying, stressing over exams, attending meetings, researching service events, organizing volunteer opportunities was all done in an effort to leave a positive impact on the world around me. This award means so much to me because it encourages me to continue reaching out to others and strive to leave the world a better place than the day before. Growing up hearing the story of E. King Gill, I am honored to receive this award and to be associated with the person he was and the legacy he created. I also wanted to personally thank Jeff Mason for generously donating his replica of the E. King Gill statue.
I know the past year has been less than ideal and the announcement of the award recipient kept being pushed back, but please know how thankful I am that you all made this happen. This award and statue replica are something I will cherish forever.
The loudest and proudest member of the Fightin’ Texas Aggie Class of 2020
Below are links to Lauren’s resume, a summary of her service activities submitted for the award, and a link to the website for The BEE Community, where she was actively involved.
View Lauren’s resume here.
View Lauren’s volunteer activities as a student at Texas A&M here.
Learn more about The BEE Community at thebeecommunity.com/home.
To view the 2020 Outstanding Student Awards ceremony, click here.
To read the entire update on the Class of 1980 E. King Gill Selfless Service Award sent to Classmates in September 2020, click here.
Thanks again to each of you in the Class of ’80 that helped establish the first core value award at Texas A&M University. The Class of ’80 can truly be proud of giving back to Texas A&M to memorialize the core value of selfless service for generations of future students!