Lockes endow engineering scholarship

Lenora and Robert Locke, of Kerrville, Texas, have gifted a $50,000 engineering scholarship at Texas A&M University.

The Lockes used a rollover from an Individual Retirement Account (IRA) for the scholarship gift, funded through the Texas A&M Foundation, to create the Lenora K. and Robert R. Locke ’49 Engineering Endowed Scholarship in The Dwight Look College of Engineering.

“We wish to thank Mrs. and Mr. Locke for their willingness to endow this scholarship that will assist high achieving, and financially deserving students. This gift will be a long lasting commitment to future Aggies studying engineering,” said Don Birkelbach, assistant vice president of development for the Texas A&M Foundation.

The recipient ideally will have completed at least 30 hours at Texas A&M, is classified as a sophomore or junior and maintains a GPA in the range of 2.5 to 3.0.

Robert Locke, Class of 1949, earned his B.S. at Texas A&M in chemical engineering.

The Lockes’ son graduated Texas A&M in 1985 with a B.S. in petroleum engineering and a master's in business administration. Lenora and Robert are long standing century club members of The Association of Former Students. In addition they are members of the Aggie Real Estate Network as well as the A&M Legacy Society.

The Texas A&M Dwight Look College of Engineering has more than 10,000 undergraduate and graduate students enrolled as of Spring 2012. Of that number, the chemical engineering college, teaches 717 undergraduates and 154 graduate students and has been ranked 17th in graduate studies among top universities in the nation, according toU.S. News & World Report.

The foundation is a nonprofit organization that raises major gifts and manages endowments for the sole benefit of Texas A&M University.