American Childhood Cancer Organization at Texas A&M University
“Ross Maxwell was the loudest and the proudest member of the Fightin’ Texas Aggies Class of 2013! Ross, from Del Rio, Texas, started at Texas A&M University in August of 2009, ready for the adventure of his life. His first year at A&M was spent studying, learning all the history and traditions of Texas A&M, making new friends and becoming a life-long Aggie. The next two years at A&M, Ross became one of the biggest Aggie football fans, never missing a home game and yelling as loud as he could at every game.
In March 2012, Ross received his Aggie ring. It was definitely a proud moment for Ross when he would look down and see all the hard work and long traditions that the Aggie ring represents sitting there on his finger. During his junior year, Ross became involved in the Aggie Orientation Leaders Program and worked in the New Student Conferences during the summer of 2012. He was voted Best Tour Guide by his peers in the AOLP group. His favorite thing to do was get incoming freshman excited about the experience they were about to embark on as Aggies. Ross was also a great storyteller and had the best sense of humor. He laughed every day, even on his worse days. He could make everyone around him smile, especially his brother and sister whom he loved to torment sometimes!
In July 2012, Ross started having headaches and dizziness. After several days of this, his roommates finally convinced him to go to the ER. In August 2012, Ross Maxwell was diagnosed with medulloblastoma, a brain cancer. Ross underwent two brain resection surgeries to remove the tumor, (and watched the first SEC Aggie football game against Florida in ICU after surgery!), radiation therapy and chemotherapy. During all this, Ross was determined to continue with his classes with the goal of graduating in May 2013 with a degree in Industrial Distribution from Texas A&M University. Attending classes was a challenge for Ross because of the side effects from the radiation treatments, yet one of his friends and classmates commented, “Ross is a legend…he’s had two brain surgeries and only came to two classes and still scored higher on the exam than the rest of us who have been to every class!”
On March 7, 2013, Ross lost his battle with cancer after a month-long bout of pneumonia. He was honored at Silver Taps and Muster in April and in May 2013, Texas A&M awarded Ross his degree in Industrial Distribution posthumously. Ross was a loving son, brother, grandson, nephew, cousin, best friend, roommate, boyfriend, classmate, student, and Aggie. He is truly missed by all who knew him. He was blessed to be a part of Texas A&M and the Aggie family.”
-Sarah Maxwell, Ross’s Mom
Ross Maxwell Memorial Scholarship Application
ACCO-TAMU will award one $1,000.00 and one $250.00 scholarship annually in memory of Ross Maxwell.
Applications will be reviewed by ACCO and ACCO On Campus at TAMU.
• Must be a student at Texas A&M University.
• Must be (or have a sibling that is) a pediatric cancer patient/survivor. The sibling could have won or lost his/her battle with cancer.
• Cancer must have been diagnosed at the age of 21 or younger
• Cannot be a prior scholarship recipient
The submission deadline is 5:00 PM July 6, 2018. All applications and accompanying materials must be received by then.