Mays Family Foundation makes largest donation in Texas A&M University-San Antonio’s history

By University Communications

Wednesday, 08 23 2017

SAN ANTONIO (August 23, 2017)—Texas A&M University-San Antonio announced today that the Mays Family Foundation made a $5 million gift to support the University’s Center for Experiential Learning and Community Engagement (CELCE). The Center’s programming focuses on converting classroom knowledge and theory to “real life” in-demand work settings through volunteerism, internships, service learning, civic engagement and career development.

“We are grateful to the Mays Family Foundation for its commitment to supporting causes that aid, empower, enrich and educate,” said Cynthia Teniente-Matson, Ed.D., president of A&M-San Antonio. “As a result of the Foundation’s generosity, our students will have more opportunities to learn through hands-on, high-impact activities, including serving our community.”

A portion of the $5 million gift, which is the largest gift in the history of A&M-San Antonio, will be used to complete construction of the newly named Mays Center for Experiential Learning and Community Engagement. The 4,200-square-foot facility will be housed within the Science and Technology Building opening in fall 2018. The donation will also help fund growth of Center staff and enhanced programming.

“By integrating classroom activities with hands-on service learning in the community, A&M-San Antonio is perfectly aligned with the Foundation’s mission,” said Kathryn Mays Johnson, president of the Mays Family Foundation. “We are honored to support this academic center and look forward to seeing the many ways it transforms students and our community.”

Through the Mays Center for Experiential Learning and Community Engagement, students will enjoy increased opportunities for community service, internships and job-shadowing, as well as access to new community-based work-study programs with local employers. The Mays Center will also manage a Career Services program that extends career-focused resources to Jaguar students and alumni.

For information about the new Mays Center for Experiential Learning and Community Engagement, please contact Sr. Communications Specialist Cavett McCrary at (210) 784-1103 or at


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