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Former petroleum engineering student Bill Hannes ’81 and his wife Pam. | Image: Courtesy of Bill Hannes
Pam and Bill Hannes have established the Pam and Bill Hannes '81 Endowed Scholarship. Distributions from this endowment will be used to provide one or more scholarships to full-time students in good standing pursuing an undergraduate degree in petroleum engineering at Texas A&M University.
Bill grew up in a small rural town in central Texas called West and was always interested in engineering. “When I visited Texas A&M, I found a world-class engineering department and a campus with a hometown feel,” he said. “I quickly discovered the values and traditions Aggies hold true and knew I had made the right decision. I know the university has grown significantly since I left but it still feels like home to me.”
The Hanneses have been longtime supporters of Texas A&M and felt that now was the right time to give back to the petroleum engineering department. “We chose to focus on a student from a rural area and with all that’s going on in our world today, now was the right time.”
Bill said he and Pam have realized the significant impact a petroleum engineering degree from Texas A&M has had on the quality of life for their family. Ultimately, they hope to provide a student the opportunity to achieve a quality education in a positive environment and to join the Aggie network, which will benefit them for life.
Bill graduated from Texas A&M in 1981 with a degree in petroleum engineering. Together, he and Pam have two children who attended Texas A&M, and five grandchildren they hope will also be Aggies.

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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 and its departments or would like more information on how you can give, please contact Kelly Corcoran, senior director of development.