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Lila Fox and Chad Ermel
Lila and Chad Ermel '96 | Image: Contributed by Chad Ermel
Lila Fox and Chad Ermel ’96 have established the Lila Fox and Chad Ermel ’96 Scholarship in Engineering to provide one or more scholarships to full-time first-generation students in good standing pursuing a degree from the College of Engineering at Texas A&M University.
Ermel graduated from Texas A&M with a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering and is passionate about giving back to the department.
“I grew up in a small town and was a first-generation college student,” Ermel said. “When the opportunity arose to establish a scholarship that would help first-generation studentsI was excited about the impact it could make.”
Fox, while not a Texas A&M graduate, shares her husbands passion for creating points of impact within their community. As a first-generation student herself, Fox was equally excited by the idea of establishing a scholarship geared toward first-generation students.

“We had been looking for ways to give back to different organizations,” she said. “This opportunity came at the right time, and we felt like it was the right cause to support.”
Ermel added that Texas A&M provided him with the environment to succeed while pursuing his degree.
“I had such a good experience in the civil engineering department; it was a small department with an element of comradery that allowed for a greater impact to be made on me as a student,” Ermel said. I wouldn’t be in the position I am today if it wasn’t for Texas A&M, and my hope is that this scholarship alleviates some of the worry for students.”

How to Give

The College of Engineering is one of the leading engineering programs in the United States, ranking first in undergraduate enrollment and ninth in graduate enrollment. Endowments supporting the students in the college have an immeasurable impact on their education. If you are interested in supporting the College of Engineering or would like more information on how you can give, please contact True Brown, director of development.