Bobby ’75 and Myra ’74 Jones Endowed Scholarship in Civil Engineering

Photo of Bobby and Myra Jones Bobby G. Jones, senior vice president with Houston-based Jones & Carter Inc., and his wife Myra have endowed a scholarship for high-achieving civil engineering upperclassmen at Texas A&M University.

The Bobby ’75 and Myra ’74 Jones Endowed Scholarship in Civil Engineering will be awarded this fall, thanks to an additional gift from the Katy couple. Their contribution of $100,000 creates the endowment through the Texas A&M Foundation while an additional $4,000 will provide for a scholarship recipient while earnings grow.

“We are very thankful for Aggies like Bobby and Myra who invest themselves both personally and financially here at Texas A&M. In addition to providing such a generous gift that will support civil engineering students for many years to come, Bobby also serves a great leader for the department’s advisory council. They are true ambassadors for Texas A&M University,” said Jay Roberts, director of development for civil engineering with the Texas A&M Foundation.

Matching funds from Jones & Carter Inc. helped complete the gift. Scholarship recipients will be junior- or senior-level students who are permanent U.S. residents, complete a minimum of 16 credit hours each semester and maintain a 3.0 grade point average.

A Texas native, Bobby Jones earned a B.S. degree in civil engineering from Texas A&M. He joined Jones & Carter in 1984 as a project manager. Subsequent roles included manager of the Municipal/Land Development Division, operations manager of the Houston office for seven years and corporate land development coordinator.

As senior vice president and regional manager since 2008, Bobby oversees the operations, project management and business development for the company’s offices in Brenham, Bryan/College Station, Dallas and Austin. Jones & Carter Inc. is a full-service engineering, planning, surveying and consulting firm.

A licensed professional engineer in Texas, Bobby has served on the Texas A&M Civil Engineering Advisory Council since 2008. He has been a director for the Waller County Appraisal District 11 years, was chairman of the Vision 2000 Committee for the Katy Independent School District (KISD), and is an active member of local Chambers of Commerce, Economic Development Councils and development associations in Houston and the surrounding area.

A native of Mississippi, Myra Kay Jones was born into an Air Force family and lived abroad and stateside before the family relocated permanently to Texas. Myra earned a B.B.A. degree in accounting from Texas A&M. After a career in the oil and gas industry, Myra became a full-time homemaker and volunteer in the community and KISD system. Myra said her passion has been volunteering with the Aggie Moms’ Club, Katy Friendship Garden Club, Katy Livestock and Rodeo Parade Committee, and her Lifetime Membership activities with the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo.

Bobby and Myra are members of Katy First United Methodist Church as well as the 12thMan Foundation and the Association of Former Students Century Club, both at Texas A&M.

Two Aggie daughters, Jennifer, Class of 2003, and Miranda, Class of 2004, have been “a major priority and source of pride in our lives,” their parents said. Jennifer was a member of the 2003 and 2004 Texas A&M national championship equestrian western teams as well as a 2004 individual national equestrian western champion. Miranda was a member of the Texas A&M baseball Diamond Darlings.

Bobby and Myra say they have always been strong supporters of education and are thankful for the education they received at Texas A&M—how it made them understand the importance of a good education and how it prepared them for their careers, community involvements and volunteer efforts. They said, “We are very pleased to make this endowment gift to Texas A&M to help other students help realize their educational dreams.”

The gift by Bobby and Myra Jones supports the Texas A&M Foundation’s Operation Spirit and MindSM initiative that will raise $300 million in scholarships and fellowships. The Texas A&M Foundation is a private nonprofit organization that encourages and manages investments in Texas A&M academics and leadership programs.