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Ivan Mieth III
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Ivan G. Mieth III ’18 has established a planned gift to create the Ivan G. Mieth III ’18 Scholarship in the Harold Vance Department of Petroleum Engineering to provide one or more scholarships to full-time students in good standing pursuing an undergraduate degree in petroleum engineering from Texas A&M University.

Mieth knew he wanted to pursue petroleum engineering since his sophomore year of high school, but it was something more that drew him to Texas A&M.

“I knew Texas A&M was the place for me because of the rigor and prestige of the program,” Mieth said, “My grandfather, who passed away in 2012, graduated in 1955 from Texas A&M, which established a family tie to the university.”

Mieth also noted the Aggie network as a factor in his decision to attend Texas A&M.

“There have been numerous times where I have walked into a room, seen an Aggie ring and struck up a conversation with the person wearing it,” Meith said. “Relationships become deeper quicker because of the connection to Texas A&M.”

Mieth was supported by scholarships during his time at Texas A&M and believes the last thing a student should be focused on is how to pay for their education.

“Worrying about how you’re going to pay for school should not be a major concern for students,” Mieth said.

Mieth believes there should be scholarships to simply reward students for a job well done.

“It’s nice to be recognized for the good work you do as a student, even if it’s not need-based,” Mieth said.

As a recent graduate, Mieth did not think he would be in a position to establish a scholarship so soon.

“Professors and students I’ve interacted with at Texas A&M have made it a life priority to continue educating students by giving their time and providing monetary support, so it was never a question of if I would give back to the university but when,” Mieth said. “I was able to take advantage of my employer’s match program to establish a scholarship a few months ago and am looking forward to continuing to give to Texas A&M.”

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The College of Engineering is one of the leading engineering programs in the United States, ranking first in undergraduate enrollment and ninth in graduate enrollment. Endowments supporting the students in the college have an immeasurable impact on their education. If you are interested in supporting the College of Engineering or would like more information on how you can give, please contact Thadd Hargett, senior director of development.