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Walter R. Wilcox '81 | Image: Courtesy of Gladys Poston.
The friends and family of Walter R. Wilcox ’81 have established the Walter R. “Randy” Wilcox ’81 Memorial Endowed Scholarship. Distributions from this generous endowment will be used to provide one or more scholarships to full-time students in good standing pursuing an undergraduate degree in the Zachry Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Texas A&M University.
Walter Wilcox graduated from Texas A&M with a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering in 1981 and a master’s degree in civil engineering in 1982. He came from a long line of Aggies, including his mother, Gladys (Boyett) Poston ’78, along with numerous of her cousins, siblings and grandchildren. His wife of 40 years, Sarah, also graduated from Texas A&M in 1981 with her bachelor’s in management.
Poston and the rest of Wilcox’s family and friends decided to create this scholarship in his honor after he passed away this August at age 61 due to COVID-19. “One of Walter’s favorite things was to mentor young engineers,” Poston said. “My family felt that a scholarship was the perfect way to honor my son and create an opportunity for someone else.”
Wilcox’s family and friends hope that this scholarship will provide great opportunities for someone who might not otherwise have been able to attend Texas A&M. “We hope that the funds will be used by someone who will love Texas A&M and be a role model for others,” Poston said.
Wilcox’s memory is carried on through his mother, his children and his friends and family. A successful civil engineer and lifelong Aggie, his legacy will be remembered, not only through this scholarship, but by those he impacted throughout his life.

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The Texas A&M 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 and its departments or would like more information on how you can give, please contact Patrick Wilson, director of development.