DONOR SPOTLIGHT - Ponce Tidwell
1. Are you an alumnus of NC A&T State University? If not, what is your relation to
I am an Alumnus and my wife (IU Grad) is now an adopted AGGIE. I truly
represent being Aggie Born and Bred as my mom and dad are both Golden
Aggies class of ’62 and ’63 respectively. My sister Stephenie is class of ’87
and a former Miss A&T. Another family member, Catherine Bonner class of ’46
was the first female member inducted into the A&T Sports Hall of Fame in 1981
as an honoree in recognition of long tenured employment in the Department of
Athletics and mother figure to numerous Aggie athletes over the years.
2. If you could describe NC A&T in one word, what word would it be?
Family. The lifelong bonds you form in Aggieland truly make us a one of a kind
institution of extended family.
3. Why do you support NC A&T athletics and its student-athletes?
Matriculating through college as a student is challenging enough and when you add on the additional
responsibilities associated with participation in intercollegiate athletics, it makes the path that much
harder. Because of the visibility of athletics these students often become the face of the University to
the public and it is important that we provide them with the resources and infrastructure to succeed.
Our Athletic program plays a major role in fueling school spirit and there are now studies that have
shown a correlation between successful Athletic programs and increased admission applications.
4. What prompted you to join the Aggie Athletic Foundation?
For years I had supported Athletics through a designation of my Annual Campaign contribution but a
couple of years ago I learned through a conversation with AD Earl Hilton of the increased benefits to
the student athletes of giving to Athletics through the AAF and decided to join.
5. What would you say to someone who is considering joining the Aggie Athletic Foundation?
Investing in our student-athletes is one of the best investments you can make.