The Student Alumni Association (SAA) is a student group focused on promoting school spirit and philanthropy, connecting students with alumni, and sharing the greatest University traditions. Established in 1998 as the Student Foundation Association, SAA works in connection with the Islander Alumni Association to enhance the student experience on campus and prepare students for life after Texas A&M-Corpus Christi.

Our Senior Class Gift Scholarship endowment recognizes student leaders at Texas A&M University–Corpus Christi and gives them the opportunity to pay for their tuition through varies programs such as  “Walk of Recognition” and general fundraising.


In 1947, an anchor was left on campus by the United States Navy after it ceased operations on Ward Island. Not knowing what to do with this piece of iron, one of the University’s first Presidents, R. M. Cavness, dedicated it to the freshman class in 1949.

As time carried on, it became tradition for each freshman class to care for the anchor’s maintenance. This included scrubbing it clean with toothbrushes and giving it a fresh coat of white paint each year. Eventually, the anchor became a beloved symbol of the University of Corpus Christi. Students would even carry the anchor to sporting events and other campus activities. Eventually, during a series of pranks with a rival institution in the 1960’s.

A second anchor was placed on campus during Homecoming celebrations in February 2015, and to keep with tradition today, Student Alumni Association hosts ‘Anchors Aweigh.’ A Celebration in which the anchor is painted white during the week of Homecoming to connect past to present, and to honor the spirit of the University of Corpus Christi and the days of the Tarpons.



A brick in the Walk of Recognition, located in the Center for Instruction courtyard, is the perfect way to commemorate your time spent at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi. It makes an ideal graduation or birthday gift, and can provide a meaningful way to honor or memorialize a friend or relative.


Did you know, roughly 83% of our students receive some form of financial assistance each year? TAMU-CC awards approximately $5.8 million dollars in scholarships each year to new and continuing students, with the average award totaling $1000 each year. Small gifts DO make a difference…here’s a few ways small amounts add up!

56 gifts
of $25

Can cover a year’s worth of books and supplies for a student.

40 gifts
of $50

Can pay for a student’s travel to present at an academic conference.

15 gifts
of $100

Can renew one of the many academic journal subscriptions at the Bell Library.

28 gifts
of $500

Can fund a scholarship to cover a student’s tuition and fees for one year.

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