Wednesday, October 31, 2018

The Impact Texas A&M Foundation Giving Has on Students

Michael “Mike” Albert Hernandez III has led D & M Leasing in Dallas, Texas, as chief executive officer since 1984, and parent company Hernco, Inc., since 1990. Beyond his work as an executive, Mike Hernandez III supports community groups, such as CCEI in Brownsville and the Texas A&M Foundation.

The impact a Texas A&M Foundation donation can have on a student's life cannot be overstated. Financial aid has the potential to free students from the responsibilities associated with part-time jobs and related stresses, thereby allowing individuals more time to study and pursue character-building extracurricular activities.

Contributions can be made to an annual scholarship fund or established as an endowed gift, ensuring future learning opportunities in perpetuity. When making a donation, individuals may elect to specify a particular major or field of study they would like to support. Contributions can also be directed to students from a certain geographic region or to students enrolled in either graduate or undergraduate programs.

Endowed scholarships are particularly impactful at Texas A&M, as the foundation makes sure to invest endowed funds in a manner that ensures optimized growth with minimal risk to the principal. Only earnings are distributed through various or select scholarships, guaranteeing continued financial support to future generations of Texas A&M students.

Monday, October 22, 2018

Leader of Texas' V3 Army for Good Has Long Record of Community Support

Micheal Albert “Mike” Hernandez III is the chief executive officer of the Dallas-area company D & M Leasing. A native of Brownsville, Texas, Mike Hernandez III supports numerous nonprofits focused on improving quality of life for underserved residents in Cameron County, including V3 Army for the Good.

V3 Army is a community organizing initiative that aims to spur substantial change in governmental institutions in South Texas. It accomplishes its mission by thoroughly vetting the ethics of candidates for office and ensuring that essential public services reach those in need within Cameron County. The organization is led by Jose Angel Gutierrez. 

In addition to his work as a community organizer, Mr. Gutierrez is an attorney, licensed to represent clients in matters before the Texas Supreme Court and federal courts in Texas in the Northern and Southern Districts. The recipient of a three-year grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities to document the civil rights history of racial minorities in Texas, he is also known for founding the Mexican American Youth Organization and the Mexican American Unity Council. In 2014, Mr. Gutierrez was recognized with a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Dallas Peace and Justice Center.