Texas A&M Foundation Trustees Honor Outstanding Students
Posted May 05, 2017
The Texas A&M Foundation Board of Trustees named Brenda
Castillo as one of two recipients of its fifth Outstanding Student
Award during a dinner on May 3 at the Sanders Corps of Cadets
Center on the Texas A&M University campus.
Castillo, a graduating senior who is the first in her family to
attend college, was recognized for excelling academically while
distinguishing herself as a leader at Texas A&M and in the
She set her heart on attending Texas A&M after coming to the
campus as a high school student to participate in the state science
“When we visited the campus, I immediately liked the environment
and the people,” the Regents’ Scholarship recipient said. “I
applied to other schools, but Texas A&M was the only one that I
could see myself attending.”
Castillo, a molecular and cell biology major and Spanish minor,
plans to pursue a medical degree after graduating this month.
Originally born outside of Chicago, Castillo moved with her family
to a small Mexican town when she was a young girl. There, she
watched as relatives and community members were unable to easily
access medical care. One of these relatives was her father Eduardo,
who died of leukemia when Castillo was 2.
As a teenager, Castillo moved with her mother to San Antonio.
There, she saw how many U.S. doctors have difficulty communicating
effectively with Spanish-speaking patients, thus creating a barrier
to quality health care. After completing medical school, Castillo
plans to help fill this gap by working primarily with
“Brenda’s desire to help people who are experiencing
difficulties in accessing quality health care is the epitome of
selfless service that every Aggie strives to exemplify,” said Bill
Toler, chairman of the Foundation’s Board of Trustees. “She is an
excellent representative of the kind of student and Aggie for whom
this award was originally created.”
Castillo was a research assistant at Texas A&M’s College of
Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences and volunteered for
several organizations, including health care facilities and the
Brazos Interfaith Immigration Network.
She served as the vice president of the Hispanic President’s
Council and managed the website and social media for Alpha Epsilon
Delta Pre-Medical Honor Society. As a sophomore, she also
participated in the Spring Leadership Exchange, during which she
had the opportunity to travel to Texas A&M’s Qatar campus. In
addition, she worked as a mentor for the Regents’ Scholarship FOCUS
Learning Community and as a supplemental instruction leader.
“Texas A&M has been a place of growth for me in different
ways,” Castillo said. “The academics were challenging, and I’ve had
to overcome a lot to graduate. The opportunities I’ve had have made
me a better individual by allowing me to understand people from
different cultures and backgrounds.”
Castillo will enroll in Texas Tech University Health Sciences
Center El Paso Paul L. Foster School of Medicine in the fall.
“The Trustees’ Outstanding Student Award is like a farewell gift
from Texas A&M,” Castillo said. “This award will allow me to
begin the path toward being able to serve both of my countries as a
Former Foundation trustee Melbern Glasscock and his wife Susanne
created the endowed Outstanding Student Award in 2012 to honor
exceptional students at Texas A&M University. Besides
succeeding academically and as leaders, recipients have overcome
significant personal or family financial challenges to attend Texas
A&M. The Outstanding Student Award includes a cash prize of
To read about the other recipient, Joshua Sutton, click here.
The Texas A&M Foundation is a nonprofit organization that
solicits and manages investments in academics and leadership
programs to enhance Texas A&M’s capability to be among the best
universities. To learn more about scholarships, fellowships and
program-focused giving to benefit Texas A&M University, contact
the foundation at txamfoundation.com,
800.392.3310, or 979.845.8161.
This story was written by Monika Blackwell, Texas A&M
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