Zivney scholarship targets Texas A&M chemical engineering freshmen

Photo of Nancy and Daniel H. ZivneyNancy 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 Florida couple endowed the Nancy and Dan Zivney ’73 Scholarship for freshman chemical engineering students at Texas A&M University. The first recipient will be named for the fall 2011 semester.

“We are especially grateful to the Zivneys for their support of our program. Their endowed scholarship will provide much-needed resources for deserving students year after year. Because the award is designated for freshmen, our department is now better equipped to attract and retain top-level students from the beginning of their college careers,” said Dr. Michael V. Pishko, chemical engineering department head and Charles D. Holland ’53 Professor

The Zivneys established the perpetual scholarship with a $50,000 gift to the Texas A&M Foundation

“The Texas A&M chemical engineering program was the foundation for my successful career, and I hope this gift will provide a similar foundation for many other students in the future,” said Dan Zivney, who retired in 2009 from ExxonMobil Corp. Matching funds from ExxonMobil Foundation helped to complete the gift.

Highlights of Zivney’s 36-year career included manager of the Chalmette, La., refinery, project director for Mobil’s Year 2000 project and Mobil’s U.S. Supply and Logistics manager. At the time of his retirement, he was project executive for ExxonMobil’s Refinery New Source Review capital program to reduce environmental emissions for the company’s U.S. refineries.

Zivney earned a B.S. degree in chemical engineering in 1973 from Texas A&M, where he was active with the Student Government Association, Memorial Student Center Class Council, and Aggieland yearbook staff. He served as an officer in the student chapters of Tau Beta Pi engineering honor society and AIChE chemical engineering professional organization.

Nancy Zivney earned a B.A. degree in elementary education from Lamar University. She taught fourth grade for six years before becoming a full-time homemaker for their two children and to support Dan’s career.

The Zivneys are contributors to the current MSC renovation and expansion. They are Endowed-level Century Club members of the Association of Former Students alumni organization and A&M Legacy Society members of the Texas A&M Foundation, a private nonprofit organization that encourages and manages investments in Texas A&M academics and leadership programs.