Thornborrow gift provides scholarship for Texas A&M engineering students

Leverage from a charitable gift annuity is the vehicle Mopsie and Bob Thornborrow of Pearland, Texas, have chosen to help provide an education for ongoing generations of electrical and computer engineering students at Texas A&M University.

The couple’s annuity, initially valued at $50,000, is a gift to the Texas A&M Foundation and will establish the Mopsie and Bob Thornborrow ’64 Endowed Scholarship at termination.

Recipients of this scholarship will be full-time electrical and computer engineering students who are Texas residents with a minimum 2.5 grade point average and demonstrated financial need.

“We were motivated to give back to A&M to continue the spirit,” said Bob Thornborrow.

Thornborrow grew up in the panhandle of Texas, where he joined the U.S. Navy before graduating high school. After obtaining the necessary credits, Bob entered Texas A&M wherein he earned his B.S. in electrical engineering in 1964.

The Thornborrows are 32-year Silver Century Club and A&M Legacy Society Members. In addition, they are part of the Aggie Real Estate Network.

Mopsie and Bob have two children: The eldest, Robert Jr., graduated from Texas A&M in 2008 with a B.S. in kinesiology. Bob has five grown children from a previous marriage.

The Dwight Look College of Engineering has more than 11,000 undergraduate and graduate students enrolled in spring 2012.

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.