Nelsons endow fourth and fifth chemical engineering scholarships at Texas A&M

Nancy and Brock Nelson ’90 of Wichita, Kansas, have endowed their fourth and fifth scholarships of $30,000 each for the C.D. Holland Scholars Program in the Artie McFerrin Department of Chemical Engineering.

The Nancy M. and Brock D. Nelson Scholarship IV and V in Chemical Engineering will be funded through the Texas A&M Foundation.

This scholarship targets high-achieving undergraduates with leadership potential and financial need. The program honors the late Charles D. Holland, who served as Texas A&M’s second chemical engineering department head from 1964 to 1987.

“The Nelsons have a distinguished history of giving back to Texas A&M and to this department,” said Dr. Charles Glover, interim department head. “Continued support such as they have demonstrated is essential to the development of our students who, through this generous assistance, are empowered to fulfill their tremendous potential.”

Brock Nelson is president of Spring Creek Capital, a subsidiary of Koch Industries Inc. He currently serves on the university’s Chemical Engineering Advisory Council.

“The Nelsons have been very dedicated and generous friends of Texas A&M and the College of Engineering for many years,” said Andy Acker, director of development for engineering with the Texas A&M Foundation. "The most recent gift further demonstrates their desire to help Aggie students for many generations to come, and for that we are extremely appreciative."

The Dwight Look college of Engineering has more than 11,000 undergraduate and graduate students enrolled in spring 2011.

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.