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Former industrial distribution student Carter Burke ’90 and his wife Chris have established a scholarship for students in the industrial distribution program. | Image: Courtesy of Carter Burke.

Like many Aggies, Carter Burke ’90 was drawn to Texas A&M University by its strong alumni network, outstanding education and, of course, its time-honored traditions. As a student, Carter’s favorite tradition was standing with the 12th man in Kyle Field, where he witnessed the beginning of College Football Hall of Famer R.C. Slocum’s head coaching career with the Aggies.

Carter’s experience as a student in the Department of Engineering Technology and Industrial Distribution has been foundational in developing his career. The department provided him with an excellent education with real-world training that, coupled with a network of passionate former students, has given him a leg up in his professional pursuits. 

“The department does an outstanding job of preparing students for life and work after Texas A&M, making sure that they get in front of as many prospective employers as possible,” Carter said. “My degree did a great job of preparing me to have an immediate positive impact in my first job out of college.”

More than 30 years into his career, Carter and his wife Chris have decided to establish The Burke ’90 Industrial Distribution Endowed Scholarship to give back to the university and department he graduated from. Distributions from this endowment will be used to provide one or more scholarships to students who are pursuing an undergraduate degree in the industrial distribution program in the engineering technology and industrial distribution department at Texas A&M.

Carter and Chris hope their support will help other Aggies achieve their dreams. To support their community specifically, the Burkes have specified that this scholarship be awarded to a student from the San Antonio or Austin area, where they are from and now live. 

“I feel fortunate to have been relatively successful in my career. This has much to do with Texas A&M and the benefits of being an Aggie,” Carter said. “No one can discount the power of the Aggie network, I see it all the time. Aggies help Aggies.”

How to give

Endowments supporting students in the Texas A&M University College of Engineering 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 Hannah Simonds, assistant director of development.