Donna and Steven Leist endow scholarship for computer science students

Image of Steven Leist FamilyDonna and Steven D. Leist of Pantego, Texas recently established the Donna '92 and Steven D. Leist '93 Scholarship for the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at Texas A&M University.

Steven Leist is a President's Endowed scholarship recipient and wanted to award a high achieving student from his hometown of Yoakum. The scholarship will award a high achieving computer science and engineering student who lives in the Dewitt/Lavaca county area, has demonstrated leadership skills, and is active in Young Life.

Steven Leist graduated from Texas A&M in 1993 with a bachelor's degree in computer engineering. He has spent the past 19 years working for American Airlines in Dallas and he currently serves as the Vice President - Technology Infrastructure where he oversees American Airlines' global technology infrastructure. Donna Leist graduated from Texas A&M in 1992 with a bachelor's in sociology.

Steven and Donna met while at A&M at the Baptist Student Union and were married in 1994. Donna spent several years teaching school before their son, Olsen (named after Olsen Field), was born.

They are active members at First Baptist Church, Arlington where they serve in various areas. For fun, they enjoy traveling and following Aggie sports. Recently,the Leists were able to combine their love of travel and Aggie sports by attending the first round of the NFL Draft where they watched Jake Matthews, Mike Evans, and Johnny Manziel represent Texas A&M.