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Karen McClure and Gurvis J. “Jeff” Post have established the Karen McClure and Gurvis J. "Jeff" Post III '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 the Department of Ocean Engineering in the Texas A&M University College of Engineering.

Post and McClure both come from Aggie families. Post originally came to Texas A&M to study oceanography, but he quickly realized that he was more interested in the engineering aspect than the general sciences. After his first semester, he switched his major to ocean engineering. 

Studying engineering was a perfect fit for Post. “Ocean engineering was a great option for me to switch to and it was one of the most important decisions of my life,” he said. 

Post became a member of the Marine Technology Society on campus and completed his bachelor’s degree in 1981. After graduating, he went on to enjoy a successful career in offshore engineering. His career lasted almost 40 years and gave him the opportunity to travel all around the world. 

Working in the ocean engineering field inspired Post to give back to the students who are future contributors to the blue economy. Post and McClure established the endowment to open doors for students hoping to pursue a degree in ocean engineering. The scholarship is specifically dedicated to students who are residents of Texas. 

“I think ocean engineering will play a major role in the future of Texas,” he said. “I think it is a responsibility of A&M to produce high-quality engineers to help meet these needs in the future.” 

Post currently works as the facilities engineering manager at Chevron Corporation, the second largest oil company in America. He and his wife reside in Houston.


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 Meredith Brown, Assistant Director of Development.