Sandlins endow engineering scholarship

Diane N. and John H. Sandlin of Austin have endowed an engineering scholarship at Texas A&M University.

The Sandlins have established the Shirley S. and Fred C. Sandlin ’40 Engineering Scholarship in honor of John’s parents. John received his B.S. from Texas A&M in Geology, Class of 1966.

“We wish to thank the Sandlins for their willingness to endow a scholarship that will assist high achieving, financially deserving students. This gift will be a long lasting legacy, to aid future Aggies studying engineering,” said Jay Roberts, director of development for the Texas A&M Foundation.

Fred C. Sandlin graduated from Texas A&M Class of 1940 in civil engineering. He was in the Corps of Cadets and graduated as a commissioned officer.  Fred and Shirley were married in April of 1943 (Easter Sunday). After World War II until 1954, they lived in the Beaumont and Houston areas, and then moved to Bryan, Texas, for the next 20 years where she was a homemaker. Their children then went through the public schools and their son, John Sandlin, graduated from Texas A&M. Fred worked as a city engineer and, later city manager. Shirley and Fred were active members of First United Methodist Church of Bryan. In 1974, they made their home in Abilene where Fred was city manager until his retirement in 1979.

The recipient of the scholarship must be a U.S. permanent resident and a financially deserving undergraduate studying engineering with the Dwight Look College of Engineering.

The Texas A&M Dwight Look College of Engineering has more than 11,000 undergraduate and graduate students enrolled in Spring 2012 and has been ranked 7th in graduate studies among top universities in the nation, according to U.S. News & World Report.

The Texas A&M Foundation is a non-profit organization that raises major gifts and manages endowments for the sole benefit of Texas A&M and generations to come.