Boot Benefactors


Gina and I are impressed by the leadership Grace Mills has shown, and we are honored to be a part of her senior year Aggie experience.

From the Texas A&M Foundation

When Grace Mills ’13 made her first visit to Texas A&M University during high school to attend an Aggie football game, she was apprehensive about choosing the university as her future home. That was until she saw the Corps of Cadets march into Kyle Field.

“I knew that I wanted to be a part of something greater than myself,” Mills said. “Choosing to attend Texas A&M and joining the Corps of Cadets would be the way for me to do that.”

“It would be a shame for her to borrow her boots and then return them at the end of the semester,” Gina Flores said. “For a young woman to do as well as she has at A&M and in the Corps of Cadets really impressed me. I understand how important senior boots are to the cadets and I knew this was something Bill and I could help her with.”


At a post-game reception later in the fall, Gina and Bill Flores surprised Mills by telling her that they wanted to purchase her senior boots. 

After being fitted, senior boots typically take at least four months to be delivered, so soon after the reception, Bill Flores and Mills went to Victor’s boot shop in Bryan to order her boots. Mills expected to only be able to wear her boots for two months before the Corps of Cadets final review.

As if by fate, a brand new pair of senior boots in the back room of Victor’s that had been fitted 12 years ago and never picked up fit her perfectly. It was as if they had been made for her. With the boots a perfect fit, Mills will be able to wear her senior boots for the entire spring 2012 semester.

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