Cooper gifts engineering scholarship at Texas A&M

Nelda Cooper of Southlake, Texas, has gifted a $100,000 engineering scholarship at Texas A&M University.

Cooper has used an IRA transfer for this scholarship gift, funded through the Texas A&M Foundation, to create the Joe L. and Nelda L. Cooper Scholarship in Engineering II in the Dwight Look College of Engineering. 

“We wish to thank Mrs. Cooper for her 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 be a financially deserving, incoming freshman who has graduated at the top 25 percent of their high school class, maintains at least a 3.0 GPA and is a United States resident. The recipient of this scholarship will continue to receive the scholarship as long as the eligibility requirements and selection criteria are met. Upon graduation, if the recipient elects to immediately pursue an advance degree in the college of engineering at Texas A&M, they may continue to receive the scholarship. 

The late Joe L. Cooper was a civil engineering graduate of Texas A&M and member of the Class of 1956. The Coopers are members of The Texas A&M Legacy Society and have two children. 

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.