Lafield and Moncrief endow full scholarship at Texas A&M

While there are numerous scholarships in the Dwight Look College of Engineering endowed by generous former students, full scholarships are rare.

Photo of Jack and Michele LafieldThe Michele and Jack M. Lafield ’72 Scholarship in Engineering and Carla and Richard D. Moncrief ’81 Scholarship in Engineering, a combined contribution of $500,000 to the Texas A&M Foundation, will provide a full scholarship for one engineering student at Texas A&M University.

“I applaud the generous commitment by the Lafields and Moncriefs to ensure that a deserving student has the opportunity to pursue an Aggie engineering degree without financial concerns,” said Dr. M. Katherine Banks, vice chancellor of dean of engineering. “Increasing access to our program is a top priority and I appreciate the contribution these former students are making toward achieving that goal."

The combine scholarship Photo of Carla and Rick Moncrief will be awarded to one full-time student in good standing pursuing a petroleum engineering, chemical engineering or mechanical engineering degree who demonstrates financial need. The scholarship may be renewed every year for four years when awarded to a freshman, and retention is dependent upon the recipient maintaining a GPR of 3.0 or higher.

 Jack Lafield said, “We wanted to focus on a student that was qualified from an academic standpoint, but less so from a financial one. It was important to us to give an academically qualified student the opportunity to pursue an education at this great university.”

Rick Moncrief added, “A scholarship of this nature has the ability to change someone’s life, especially with an engineering degree from Texas A&M and may even provide an educational opportunity they would not otherwise be able to access.”

Lafield and Moncrief earned their degrees from Texas A&M, Lafield in chemical engineering and Moncrief in petroleum engineering . Lafield is chairman and CEO of Caiman Energy II LLC in Dallas, and Moncrief is the company’s president and chief operating officer.

About the Dwight Look College of Engineering

With nearly 350 tenured/tenure-track faculty members and more than 11,000 students, the Look College is the second-largest engineering school in the country. The college is ranked seventh in graduate studies, ninth in undergraduate programs, and second in research expenditures among public institutions by U.S. News & World Report, with seven of the college’s 12 departments ranked in the Top 10. 

About the Texas A&M Foundation
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