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Alton Lee Schellhase riding a horse.
Brandy Russell ’96 and Brad Russell ’97 established the Alton Lee Schellhase Memorial Endowed Scholarship in Engineering in honor of Brandy’s father. | Image: Courtesy of Brandy Russell

In the heart of every Aggie, there is a strong love for tradition. For Brandy Russell ’96, that love for history and heritage led her to Texas A&M University. From the moment she stepped foot in Aggieland, she fully embraced and cherished the Aggie traditions. Both she and her husband, Brad Russell ’97 created a path to ensure future Aggie engineers may share in all the Aggie traditions by establishing the Alton Lee Schellhase Memorial Endowed Scholarship in Engineering, honoring Brandy’s father.

When it came time for Brandy to attend college, it was an easy decision to attend Texas A&M. Her father, Alton Lee Schellhase, yearned to attend the renowned institution but could not due to family obligations.  While he couldn’t fulfill his dream of graduating as an Aggie, Schellhase watched from the sidelines and took immense pride in his daughter’s journey. In a way, he became her “12th Man,” an unwavering supporter.

While studying biomedical sciences, Brandy immersed herself in the Aggie “other education.” She participated in organizations such as the Traditions Council, Bonfire Crew, Old Main Society and Aggie Fish Club. She even participated in Aggies' first tradition as a Fish Camp co-chair. These experiences beyond the classroom walls prepared her for life after college.

“The rich traditions drew me to attend Texas A&M University,” Brandy said. “The leadership skills I learned by serving in various student government organizations prepared me well for the progressive opportunities I've had in my professional career.”

Brandy believes her father possessed the intellect to answer mechanical or electrical questions and would have made a fantastic Aggie engineer. To honor him, Brad and Brandy Russell have created the Alton Lee Schellhase Memorial Endowed Scholarship in Engineering.

It's my hope that this endowment will allow a student who might not otherwise be able to go to Texas A&M University to attend one of the best universities in the world.

Brandy Russell

Through this scholarship, the Russells are passing on the opportunity of attending Texas A&M College of Engineering to future Aggies. In doing so, they hope this scholarship will enable students to pursue their dream and unlock their potential to impact society.

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.