Taylors support Texas A&M’s petroleum engineering scholars program

Cheryl and Michael Taylor of Highland Village, Photo of Cheryl and Michael TaylorTexas, have gifted a $100,000 scholarship for petroleum engineering students at Texas A&M University.

This gift creates the Cheryl and Michael W. Taylor ’74 Scholarship, funded through the Texas A&M Foundation, in the Nelson Scholars Program. The Nelson Scholars Program is named for oilman James K .B. Nelson and was established in 1987 to attract exceptional freshmen to the petroleum engineering profession.

Michael Taylor graduated from Texas A&M with a Bachelor of Science degree in petroleum engineering. During his time at the university, Taylor was a member of the Corps of Cadets (Company C-2) and was also active in the Society of Petroleum Engineers.

“I owe what financial success I have achieved in my life to my parents who provided me with an education from Teas A&M University,” Mike Taylor said. “This scholarship serves as a thankful acknowledgment of the role A&M has played in my career, by providing financial assistance for deserving young students here at Texas A&M working toward their careers in the oil and gas business. Cheri and I are proud to endow this scholarship at this great university.”

Taylor has worked in the oil and gas business for nearly 40 years and is a principal of Lone Star Land & Energy II LLC in Highland Village and Richardson, Texas. The company is active in exploration and development in the Williston, Fort Worth and Permian Basins.

Mike and Cheri (Eastern Illinois University, Class of 1978) have been married for 31 years and have three children: Lauren Callahan ’06 of Lubbock, Michelle Taylor ’08 of Dallas, and Creed Taylor, a recent Marine veteran of two Afghan deployments, now living in Lewisville and planning to enroll in Texas A&M. 

The recipient of this scholarship will be an undergraduate pursuing a degree in petroleum engineering and a current member of the Texas A&M Corps of Cadets. 

As of Spring 2012, the Texas A&M petroleum engineering department ranked first in undergraduate studies among public institutions in the United States, according to U.S. News & World Report.

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.