He has served and participated extensively in programs in the MSC such as the Spencer Leadership Conference, MSC Hospitality, Business Associates, and Budget Review Team. Sterling served as chair of the MSC Aggie Leaders of Tomorrow and Fish Camp, and most recently as MSC President, receiving several awards for his work. Pre-COVID, he worked as an English teacher in China.
His references speak to his willingness “to address tough issues,” his ability to see “issues from multiple perspectives” and his ability “to make every individual feel welcome and loved.”
Post-graduation, Sterling has accepted a position in Teach for America.
Gates-Muller Award – Shelby Lepley
Lepley is an agricultural economics honors major and an undergraduate research scholar from College Station. She is a Buck Weirus Spirit awardee, the Outstanding Senior for the Department of Agricultural Economics, and the College of Agriculture & Life Sciences Senior Merit awardee.
She has completed ANRP internships with the United Nations in Rome and with Congressman Kevin Brady in Washington, D.C., and held numerous leadership roles in multiple MSC and college programs, including the presidency of Texas A&M 4H.
Her references attest to her “poise,” “extraordinary dedication to service,” and “leadership that was “instrumental in creating positive change.”
The Class of ’80 E. King Gill Award was established in 2019 to honor the graduating senior who most exemplifies the core value of Selfless Service during the student’s undergraduate career at Texas A&M.
The Brown Foundation-Earl Rudder Memorial Outstanding Student Award was established in 1970 as the highest honor bestowed upon a graduating senior at Texas A&M. The award honors outstanding senior students who exemplify the leadership, patriotism, fortitude, courage, humility, love of Texas A&M, and willingness to uphold the principles for which Texas A&M stands as exemplified by James Earl Rudder during his lifetime. Gen. Earl Rudder, a World War II hero, served as president of Texas A&M from 1959 until his death in 1970.
And The Robert Gates-Muller Family Outstanding Student Award was established in 2007 through a gift from the Muller family of Galveston to provide public recognition to an outstanding senior graduating from Texas A&M who has demonstrated those qualities of leadership, patriotism, courage, and service to country, school, and nation exemplified by Robert M. Gates who served as president of Texas A&M from 2002 until 2006 when he was named U.S. Secretary of Defense.