Lonquists endow petroleum engineering scholarship at Texas A&M University

Paula and Bill Lonquist of College Station have endowed a petroleum engineering scholarship at Texas A&M University."In the next few decades, it will take substantially more new technology for the oil and gas industry to provide the energy supply the world is demanding. This scholarship will allow Texas A&M University to attract the students who will lead the way as professionals in this industry," said Stephen A. Holditch, petroleum engineering department head and holder of the Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation Endowed Chair.The $25,000 gift creates the Paula and Bill Lonquist '48 Petroleum Engineering Scholarship, funded through the Texas A&M Foundation. The scholarship is part of a larger $100,000 gift to the university that supports students in the Mays Business School as well as in the Corps of Cadets.Bill Lonquist is a former president of Memorial Exploration Co. He earned a B.S. degree in petroleum engineering from Texas A&M in 1948 and served as a senior yell leader.The couple's previous gifts to the university include a President's Endowed Scholarship and support for the Aggie Military Project Fund. They also have contributed to a number of Class of 1948 gifts as well as the Texas A&M University Press.Each of the Lonquists' four children graduated from Texas A&M, following in the footsteps of their Aggie dad."Scholarships such as the Lonquists' are so important to the recruitment and retention of high-caliber students. First Mr. Lonquist, then his four children and now generations into the future will become Aggie graduates thanks to their generosity," said Brady Bullard, director of development for engineering with the Texas A&M Foundation.The Texas A&M Foundation is a non-profit organization that receives major gifts and manages endowments for the sole benefit of Texas A&M University.