The Carlos H. Cantu Fund was endowed by Mr. Cantu in 1999 at Texas A&M University to seek solutions to the nation’s serious Hispanic student drop-out problem. Mr. Cantu was a native of Brownsville, Texas and graduated from A&M in 1955 with degree in agricultural economics. In 2003, Mr. Cantu received the Distinguished Alumni Award from the Association of Former Students.
Since its inception, the Cantu Endowment has funded many research projects and conferences dedicated to studying the problems facing Latino students throughout the educational pipeline and the Latino community at large. Carlos’ belief in the work done at Texas A&M has helped many Latino students in their undergraduate career realize their potential and go on to achieve a doctoral degree from prestigious universities. To this day, the Cantu Endowment continues to undertake research to improve the educational outcomes of students from elementary and secondary education to advanced degrees. Through its continued research, Texas A&M honors the legacy and dreams of Carlos Cantu.