Hovey endows petroleum engineering scholarship

Ramona (Smith) Hovey of Austin recently gifted a $25,000 petroleum engineering scholarship at Texas A&M University.

This gift will be funded through the Texas A&M Foundation to create the Scott and Ramona K. Hovey ’89 Scholarship. The scholarship will target United States, out-of-state undergraduates, who are members of the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) student chapter.

Hovey graduated in 1989 with a B.S. in petroleum engineering. While at Texas A&M she was a member of the SPE student chapter, Pi Epsilon Tau Petroleum engineering honor society and Pi Beta Phi sorority.

Hovey is managing director fo Technical Business Development for DrillingInfo Inc. in Austin. Ramona has a diverse background in the energy business. She began her career with ARCO Oil & Gas as a drilling engineer and then as a natural gas trader. She joined DrillingInfo in 2002 during its early stages, handling diverse responsibilities including data analysis, training, product management, and the development of the analysis and research division, DI Energy Strategy Partners. In her current role, Ramona works with the senior management teams of oil and gas focused companies to help the industry find and produce hydrocarbons, in the new age of global unconventional opportunities, using integrated data technology and expertise

Hovey serves on the Texas A&M Petroleum Engineering Industry Board and as an observer to the Potential Gas Committee. She is a long standing Texas A&M Century Club member. Ramona is married to Scott Hovey, founder of an Austin-based brewery, and they have two children.

Hovey said, “As an out-of-state student studying petroleum engineering, I directly benefited from the generosity of others through the department scholarships I received. The quality education and experience I received at A&M continue to impact my life today.   I am very grateful that I have this chance to give back and help encourage the future engineers who are so critical to such a vital and exciting industry.”

The Texas A&M petroleum engineering department ranks first in undergraduate and second in graduate studies among public institutions in America, according to U.S. News & World Report. The Dwight Look College of Engineering has more than 11,000 undergraduates and graduate students enrolled in Spring 2012.

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 University for generations to come.