Scholarship pays tribute to petroleum engineer Kelli Flanagan

Photo of Kelli M. FlanaganTo continue building a legacy for Kelli M. Flanagan, Texas A&M Class of 2006, her family and friends request contributions to an endowed Texas A&M memorial scholarship. Flanagan, an Andarko Petroleum Corp. engineer and the daughter of Bruce and Judy Flanagan of Kingwood, died in a January 2011 car crash.

“After the first day or two, I thought of doing the scholarship,” Judy Flanagan said. “I called my sister-in-law, Donna, who’s an Aggie, and asked her to get it started. Anadarko also asked if they could help.”

Christie Schultz, Kelli Flanagan’s colleague at Anadarko in The Woodlands, coordinated fellow employees’ contributions because “it is important to remember her. She was such a special person.” The scholarship will be funded by earnings on an endowment, so it will help Aggies forever.

Kelli Flanagan’s Aggie family includes her sister, Kacey L. Flanagan ’10; grandfather, Edward E. Adams ’53; aunt, Donna Flanagan ’81; uncle, Mark D. Flanagan ’80; and cousins Miles D. Flanagan ’12 and Hannah R. Adams ’14.

“She grew up going to Aggie football games and was very loyal to Texas A&M,” Judy Flanagan said. “She was on Anadarko’s recruitment team for summer internships for A&M students.” Flanagan herself benefited from two internships with Anadarko, one with Ocean Energy and one with Kerr-McGee Corp.

Judy Flanagan said the scholarship, which will assist petroleum engineering majors, is an especially fitting tribute to her daughter because she received a Society of Petroleum Engineers scholarship all four years at A&M.

“I want the scholarship to help other students afford college,” Judy Flanagan said. “I also hope it furthers the field of petroleum engineering and makes young people aware of the opportunities in petroleum engineering.”

Dr. Stephen A. Holditch, head of Texas A&M’s Harold Vance Department of Petroleum Engineering and holder of the Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation Chair, said Kelli Flanagan “personified what it meant to be an Aggie petroleum engineer. We feel her loss keenly and are honored that her family and friends have chosen to remember her with this perpetual scholarship. Countless deserving students will benefit from this tribute in her name.”

To give to the scholarship, contact Brady Bullard of the Texas A&M Foundation at (800) 392-3310 or .

The Texas A&M Foundation is a nonprofit organization that raises major gifts and manages endowments for the sole benefit of Texas A&M University.