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,
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
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.
These words provide an impetus for alumni like Sam to continue giving. "It's all about