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Stephanie and Donald “Murph'' Murphy have established the Stephanie ‘00 & Donald “Murph” Murphy ‘97 AEGIS 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 the College of Engineering at Texas A&M University.
Although neither Stephanie nor Donald graduated with an engineering degree from Texas A&M, they decided to give a gift in the College of Engineering because their aerospace and commercial space businesses depend on talented engineers from every discipline. “We hope this endowment can help a student, whatever their situation may be, to stay focused on school and set them up for a professional engineering career,” Stephanie said. “We want current students to have the same positive experience that we had in Aggieland and we hope that this scholarship will help ease their burden a little bit,” Donald said.
Stephanie was drawn to Texas A&M as a transfer student for her undergraduate degree mostly because of family members who attended the university and loved it. “It didn't take long for me to understand the impact of the Aggie network, especially in my industry, so when I decided to go back for my (Master of Business Administration) MBA, Texas A&M already had my heart,” she said. “Combining that with the national rankings of the Mays Business School and flexibility of the executive MBA program meant I could apply what I learned right away in my career and set me up for future growth and starting a new company.”
Since earning her master’s degree, Stephanie has stayed involved with Texas A&M and has learned more about the College of Engineering. “I am so impressed by the initiatives within the college and want to be a part of making a positive impact for students,” she said. “My parents also have established endowments with the university, and seeing their service and pride when they learn a student has benefitted from their gift is also very inspiring.”
The Murphys ultimately hope to provide the financial assistance necessary for a student to graduate from Texas A&M and go on to have a successful career. “We would be especially pleased to know that our scholarship is helping a student who is supporting themselves through school, a first-generation student, or a female,” Stephanie said.
Stephanie graduated from Texas A&M with a degree in agribusiness in 2000 and later returned to get her master’s degree in 2014. Donald graduated from A&M in 1997 with a degree in kinesiology and was a member of the Corps of Cadets. Both Stephanie’s dad and brother are also Aggies, along with her cousins, and Donald’s sister is an Aggie as well. Stephanie and Donald have three children and the family resides in Seabrook, Texas. 

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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 True Brown, director of development.