Archive for Giving

Gregory A. Bird '82, president and owner of Jetta Operating Company Inc. in Fort Worth, has endowed a $120,000 scholarship for petroleum engineering students at Texas A&M University. His gift creates the Gregory A. Bird ’82 Scholarship, funded through the Texas A&M Foundation, in the Von Go…


Juan Manuel Lamparero ’87, founding partner and CEO of Industrial Solutions Technology of Mexico, was named an outstanding former student of the Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering at the department’s honors and awards banquet in April. Lamparero's company delivers information technolo…


It wasn’t easy, but Irene and William Minor (left) managed to send four sons to Texas A&M University over the span of 11 years. Each of the brothers followed in their father’s footsteps as Aggie graduates, earning six of the family’s 10 degrees in civil engineering at Texas A&M.  Now the br…


Wives, take note! A surefire way to surprise your husband at Christmas is to endow a Texas A&M University scholarship in his name. That’s what one enterprising Aggie spouse did, and now the Jeanne and Michael R. Niklasch ’84 Scholarship for chemical engineering students is well on its way to be…


A new civil engineering graduate fellowship at Texas A&M University honors Don Murff (left), a retired visiting professor and former ExxonMobil geotechnical engineer. “We are pleased to honor Don for his enormous contributions to the offshore geotechnical engineering profession,” said Alan G. Y…


One of Texas A&M University’s favorite sons has committed a $1 million gift to the school’s engineering program. Alice A. and Erle A. Nye, chairman emeritus of TXU and twice a regent of The Texas A&M University System, have established a legacy gift to support faculty and students through pr…


When Dr. Larry Piper retired from Texas A&M University after three decades as a petroleum engineering educator, Terry Rathert of Magnolia decided on the perfect farewell gift—a four-year scholarship for top freshmen—to honor the outgoing teacher and mentor. Piper learned about the surprise trib…


In memory of the contributions of Richard A. “Dick” Clark, a leading forecaster in the supply chain industry, Texas A&M Engineering today announced that Terra Technology has committed $100,000 for an industrial distribution scholarship at Texas A&M University. The gift, provided through the…


Kelly L. and William D. “Bill” Von Gonten of Houston have endowed their fourth gift at Texas A&M University – this time a scholarship for high-achieving petroleum engineering students. The couple’s $120,000 gift through the Texas A&M Foundation creates the Kelly and Bill Von Gonten ’87 Scho…


Nancy and Daniel H. Zivney are savvy when it comes to college freshmen—after all, they’ve had two of their own. In today’s competitive environment for top students, they know scholarships can play a big role when high school seniors and their parents select a university. That’s one reason the Flori…


A $500,000 gift to Texas A&M University from Amy B. and Timothy A. Leach of Midland, Texas, will provide a lasting impact on engineering education across the state and nation. The couple’s contribution through the Texas A&M Foundation endows the Tim and Amy Leach Professorship in Engineerin…


Aggies Wanda and Clifton Parker say they want to give back to Texas A&M University, the school that gave them so much. A $25,000 gift from the Plano, Texas, couple to the Texas A&M Foundation has established the Wanda ’78 and Clifton ’74 Parker Endowed Scholarship. Recipients will be electr…


Harold Reeves is one of the unsung heroes of these United States, a very real representative of The Greatest Generation immortalized by author Tom Brokaw. A veteran of the U.S. Army and Air Force, Reeves joined with countless Americans of the 1940s and 1950s who sacrificed at home and abroad to help…


Ask any educator and you’re likely to hear that it’s the respect and regard of students, especially in the years aftertheir graduation, that mean the most. Former students of Dr. Carroll J. Messer have translated their high regard into a graduate fellowship in his honor at Texas A&M University.…


The Pipe Valve & Fitting Roundtable will endow a scholarship for industrial distribution students at Texas A&M University. The $25,000 gift will be made to the Texas A&M Foundation over a period of five years. “The PVF Roundtable has long been concerned with the development of tomorrow…