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Caroline and Greg Brooks.
Caroline Brooks ’87 established a scholarship to support future industrial and systems engineers. | Image: Courtesy of Caroline Brooks

First-generation Aggie Caroline Brooks '87 attended Texas A&M University with encouragement from her father and was left impacted by something bigger than herself. Her love for the university inspired her to establish the Caroline Sherwood Brooks '87 ISEN Endowed Scholarship in Wm Michael Barnes '64 Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering. 

“We are incredibly grateful for Caroline’s generous gift,” said department head, Dr. Lewis Ntaimo. “This endowment will impact our students for years to come.”

Caroline graduated from the university in 1987 with a bachelor’s degree in industrial engineering and continued on in the program, completing her master’s degree in industrial engineering in 1988. She began her career working for several global companies before eventually shifting to work with smaller and privately held companies. Like her father, Caroline had the opportunity to work beside Aggies on projects all over the world. Her career path ultimately led her to become a co-founder and CEO of GAP Peptides LLC. 

"The incredible diversity of my career track is evidence that with a Texas A&M degree and hard work, growth opportunities will arise — ushering in the possibility of pursuing an unlimited variety of career aspirations," Caroline said. 

She believed her degree from Texas A&M was the start of her extraordinary journey. Several job opportunities came from the Aggie Network and the high-quality education that the College of Engineering provides. 

One of the many benefits of graduating as an Aggie is that you become part of a large, global family — one that you always feel part of — wherever in the world you may be.

Caroline Brooks '87

Caroline’s father inspired her to pursue her education at Texas A&M even though he did not attend the university himself. Throughout his career he worked alongside many Aggies from all over the world and considered them to be extremely capable and well-prepared individuals. 

"The humility, strong work ethic, ability to problem solve and desire to help one another — and serve those around them — make Aggies tremendous teammates and leaders," Caroline said. 

In line with her personal values, she decided to gift this scholarship to Texas A&M because of the university’s core values of excellence, integrity, loyalty, leadership, respect and selfless service. Caroline hopes to support the development of leaders who share similar values. 

With her Texas A&M engineering degree and many memories of successful career experiences, Caroline has established the Caroline Sherwood Brooks '87 ISEN Endowed Scholarship. She hopes to enable future Aggie engineers to receive the same diverse, challenging, and highly rewarding opportunities she was given. 

Because of her father's significant influence in her decision to attend the university, the endowment aims to provide opportunities for students from counties in the Texas Panhandle and West Texas, where her father was born and raised. 

"Because I have been so blessed, I was inspired to fund an endowed scholarship to help future engineers pursue their dreams and positively impact the world around them," Caroline said. 

How To Give

Endowments supporting 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 one of our development officers.