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Squad(ron 20) goals

Inspired by his own experiences in the Corps of Cadets and generous donors that gave him scholarships, Kyle Bolton '11 decided to give back to the squadron that gave him so much as a student.

By Haley Venglar ‘19

As the saying goes, what goes around comes around. For Kyle Bolton ‘11, that means giving back to the Corps of Cadets squadron that gave him so much as a student. He continues to embody the Aggie core value of selfless service by establishing the Kyle Bolton ‘11 Sul Ross Scholarship that will support cadets in Squadron 20.

In 2011, Bolton graduated with a degree in political science and commissioned as an officer into the U.S. Navy. Though his current job is more about engineering than politics, he believes that his liberal arts education helps him succeed.

“I actually thought I was going to be a lawyer one day, so I chose to study political science. Oddly enough, I supervise and maintain nuclear reactors in the Navy,” said Bolton. “Because of my degree in liberal arts, I have the ability to work with people and I am able to process large amounts of information.”

Kyle Bolton ’11 (front) leading Squadron 20 into Kyle Field.

In Squadron 20, Bolton served as first sergeant and commanding officer. His involvement in the outfit motivated him to offer the similar opportunities to incoming freshman.

“College is expensive and while in school I was fortunate enough to receive scholarships from generous donors,” said Bolton. “I never had to worry about paying for tuition, and I really wanted to be able to provide that same experience and opportunities to someone else.”

Reflecting on his own time at A&M, what Bolton cherishes the most are the friendships that he developed in his outfit. Years later, he still talks about his “buddies” as if he sees them every day. He urges other students utilize the resources given to them and to enjoy every moment like he did.

“Looking back on my time in college, it was some of the most exciting years of my life as far as personal development, education, and friendship-building,” Bolton said. “I would tell students to take it all in, enjoy the opportunities, and get as much out of your experience as you can; but also look for opportunities that allow you to give back to not only the university, but society as a whole.”

For more information on how you can impact students and faculty in your preferred area in the College of Liberal Arts, please contact Larry J. Walker II.