Donor Profile

Power Moves

How Alumnus DeAndre Sam helps students reach their destinations

DeAndre Sam '95 believes in paying it forward. "Texas Southern is in the heart of our community and we're grateful for the opportunity to do business with the University," he says. "It only makes sense to support its students."

Sam's family has contributed to TSU for over 50 years, primarily through their company, A-Rocket
Relocation & Storage Service. 

Independently, he sponsors Corie Phillips, a senior journalism major and honors student through the President's Leadership Scholarship (PLS). Sam's support has not only afforded Corie the opportunity to pursue higher education, it has also given her a greater sense of motivation. "Knowing that someone is willing to invest in my potential means the world to me," she says. "I feel challenged to demonstrate
a higher standard of academic achievement."

Sam's family business, of which he is now the second-generation owner, began doing business with the University in the 1960s. Their experience with TSU began with moving the Thurgood Marshall School of Law from Hannah Hall to its permanent building. Today, they transport equipment for the football team's road games pro bono.

Phillips is very clear about not taking the generosity of her donor for granted. She says that it is her
responsibility as a PLS recipient to maintain a character of leadership and academic excellence.
"I work hard towards the benefit of my university and to ensure my advisors that my scholarship
was not given in vain."

These words provide an impetus for alumni like Sam to continue giving. "It's all about reciprocating,"
he says. "When one is given an opportunity, I think it's only right to give back."