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Chemical engineering former student Thomas “T.A.” Smith ’66 with his wife Kathryn and their children and grandchildren. | Image: Courtesy of Thomas "T.A." Smith '66
Kathryn and Thomas “T.A.” Smith ’66 have established two more scholarships, in addition to several that have been established for many years. Distributions from these endowments will be used to provide one or more scholarships to full-time students in good standing pursuing an undergraduate degree in the Artie McFerrin Department of Chemical Engineering, the College of Engineering and the Corps of Cadets at Texas A&M University.
Thomas was attracted to Texas A&M because of the Corps of Cadets and the great reputation of the engineering school. Kathryn and Thomas were married during his senior year at Texas A&M. Kathryn worked in the agronomy department while Thomas completed his studies.
“Years of hard work while struggling to build a life and family paid off and resulted in life experiences we enjoyed,” Thomas said. “Now it’s time to help others achieve those same benefits by being part of the donor family at Aggieland. We are extremely proud to be a small part of helping A&M produce the kind of engineers our country needs.”
Thomas said his success was primarily due to the excellent education and leadership skills he received during his time at Texas A&M. He was honored in 2001 as a Distinguished Graduate of the Artie McFerrin Department of Chemical Engineering and served for 9 years on the College of Engineering Development Council.
“A&M produces quality graduates that are ready to go to work,” he said. “Many of the students are hard-working and make great contributions to the success of our country.”
The Smiths are longtime supporters of the College of Engineering, and want to help those already on the path at Texas A&M.
“We hope the recipients will remember the help and recognition from this scholarship and become future donors to A&M,” Thomas said.
Thomas graduated from Texas A&M in 1966 with his degree in chemical engineering and was a member of Squadron 12 in the Corps of Cadets. He and Kathryn have three sons, two of whom are Texas A&M graduates. They also have two grandsons who are Aggie graduates and two who are currently enrolled at 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 and its departments or would like more information on how you can give, please contact Jay Roberts, assistant vice president of development.