Bram endows petroleum engineering scholarship at Texas A&M

Isabelle McDonough Bram of Maysville, Mo., recently gifted a $50,000 petroleum engineering scholarship at Texas A&M University.

This gift will be funded through the Texas A&M Foundation to create the Captain Phil R. Rickey Memorial Scholarship in Petroleum Engineering.   

Capt. Rickey spent one year at Texas A&M before beginning his maritime career but continued to hold the university in high regard. Bram, Rickey's sister, recalled his fondness for Texas A&M and said that a memorial scholarship was a meaningful way to honor her brother.

“We are honored that Capt. Rickey’s family has chosen to remember his time at Texas A&M University with this memorial scholarship,” said Dr. A. Daniel Hill, Noble Chair and head of the Harold Vance Department of Petroleum Engineering. "This scholarship will greatly benefit our petroleum engineering students and is a wonderful tribute in his name."

The Texas A&M petroleum engineering department ranksfirst among undergraduate programs at public institutions in the U.S. and has been ranked second in graduate studies among top universities in the nation, according to U.S. News & World Report. The Dwight Look College of Engineering has more than 11,000 undergraduate and graduate students enrolled as of Fall 2012.

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.