Nelsons boost chemical engineering scholars program at Texas A&M

Nancy and Brock Nelson '90 are passionate about undergraduate education. The couple recently added their third $30,000 endowment for the C.D. Holland Scholars Program in the Artie McFerrin Department of Chemical Engineering, with two more planned through a trust at the Texas A&M Foundation.The scholarships target high-achieving undergraduates with leadership potential and financial need. The program honors the late Charles D. Holland, who served as Texas A&M's second chemical engineering department head from 1964 to 1987."The Nelsons have a distinguished history of giving back to Texas A&M and to this department," said Michael V. Pishko, department head and Charles D. Holland '53 Professor. "Continued support such as they have demonstrated is essential to the development of our students who, through this generous assistance, are empowered to fulfill their tremendous potential."The Nelsons live in Wichita, Kan., where Brock is president of Spring Creek Capital, a subsidiary of Koch Industries Inc. Originally from Nebraska, he benefited from a four-year Texas A&M scholarship that allowed him to waive the out-of-state tuition fee as a chemical engineering undergraduate. In gratitude, he and Nancy have included a preference for out-of-state students in their recent gifts.Brock currently serves on the university's Chemical Engineering Advisory Council."The Nelsons are loyal and committed to Texas A&M, and their support of many programs proves that. This latest gift will help future Aggies become great former students and leaders in the field of chemical engineering," said Andy Acker, director of development for engineering with the Texas A&M Foundation.