Von Gontens endow scholarship for Texas A&M petroleum engineering students

Kelly L. and William D. “Bill” Von Gonten of Houston have endowed their fourth gift at Texas A&M University – this time a scholarship for high-achieving petroleum engineering students.

The couple’s $120,000 gift through the Texas A&M Foundation creates the Kelly and Bill Von Gonten ’87 Scholarship. Recipients will be junior- or senior-level students who are Texas or U.S. residents. The award is part of the Von Gonten Scholarship Program, named in memory of Bill’s father, W.D. “Doug” Von Gonten, an influential department head whose years of service resulted in the unprecedented growth of petroleum engineering at Texas A&M.

“Bill and Kelly believe in quality education, and their generous gift will not only enable continued quality but will also honor people like Bill’s father who helped make education what it is today,” said Dr. Stephen A. Holditch, petroleum engineering department head and holder of the Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation Endowed Chair.

Bill is president, owner and founder of W.D. Von Gonten & Co. The Houston-based company specializes in oil and gas reserve estimations, field studies and general staff engineering. He serves on the Petroleum Engineering Industry Board at Texas A&M and is an annual top-tier supporter of the SPE Doug Von Gonten Golf Tournament.

Kelly is an accounting graduate of Texas A&M. The Class of 1987 couple has a keen interest in undergraduate education related to the oil and gas industry. They previously endowed a faculty fellowship to support the teaching, research, service and professional development of outstanding young faculty in the petroleum engineering department, and two scholarships in the Texas A&M College of Geosciences.

“Bill and Kelly's generosity and love for Texas A&M is amazing. Their continued financial support of our faculty and students with this most recent scholarship is a testament to their passion about A&M. We cannot thank them enough for all that they have done and continue to do for Texas A&M and its petroleum engineering department,” said Brady Bullard, director of development for engineering with the Texas A&M Foundation, a nonprofit organization that raises major gifts and manages endowments for the sole benefit of Texas A&M University.