Petroleum Engineering Industry Board supports Texas A&M petroleum engineering scholars program

The 2011 Petroleum Engineering Industry Board has gifted a $60,000 scholarship for petroleum engineering students at Texas A&M University.

This gift creates the 2011 Petroleum Engineering Industry Board Scholarship, funded through the Texas A&M Foundation, in the Nelson Scholars Program. The Nelson Scholars Program is named for oilman James K.B. Nelson and was established in 1987 to attract exceptional freshmen to the petroleum engineering profession.

“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," said Dr. Stephen Holditch, director of the Texas A&M Energy Institute and a professor and former head of the Harold Vance Department of Petroleum Engineering. "These scholarships allow the petroleum engineering department to recruit and retain the talented students we need to produce qualified engineers for the oil and gas industry.”

The Dwight Look College of Engineering has more 11,000 undergraduate and graduate students and has been ranked seventh in graduate programs and ninth in undergraduate programs among other top public universities in the nation, according to U.S. News & World Report. As of Fall 2011, the Texas A&M petroleum engineering department ranked first in undergraduate studies among public institutions in America, according to U.S. News & World Report.

The 2011 Petroleum Engineering Industry Board’s gift together with Texas A&M Foundation, fulfill both of the mission of fundraising and managing assets for Texas A&M University and generations of Texas A&M petroleum engineers to come.