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The Harold Vance Department of Petroleum Engineering is ranked highly, but your support keeps us there. Your scholarship and fellowship gifts change a financially struggling student into a successful one. And quality education comes from your generous faculty support. We sincerely appreciate you – our friends, former students and corporate partners. Please continue to help us help our students.

Contact our Development Team

Kevin McGinnis

  • Director of Corporate Relations, College of Engineering
Kevin McGinnis

Alex Moreno

  • Director of Development, Multidisciplinary Engineering, and Petroleum Engineering
Alex Moreno

Kevin Westerman

  • Senior Director of Planned Giving, College of Engineering
Kevin Westerman

Ways to Give

Educational Software Grants

This section is a recognition of educational software grants, donations and educational licensing agreements.


Douglas Von Gonten Endowed Scholarship Fund

This fund is dedicated to supporting the educational pursuits of our petroleum engineering undergraduate students. As an endowed fund it will provide undergraduate support in perpetuity.

Donate to the Endowed Scholarship Fund


James K.B. & Audrey Calais Nelson ’49 Endowed Excellence Fund in Petroleum Engineering

This fund is dedicated to the advancement of petroleum engineering education at Texas A&M. Named after one of the department’s most generous benefactors the annual earnings are directed by the Department Head to assure excellence in all of our academic programs. Projects funded by this endowment include innovative educational program development, faculty and graduate students for summer courses, named faculty excellence awards, student projects, field trips, equipment purchases for teaching laboratories, facility upgrade and maintenance, faculty recruiting, faculty and professional staff development, reunion activities, and special events.

Donate to the Excellence Fund


Robert L. Whiting Technology Fund

This fund is dedicated to ensuring that the educational and research technology needs of the department are always met. Because of this fund the department has been able to keep computer technology updated on a three year replacement cycle.

Donate to the Technology Fund


Special Opportunities

Unique opportunities exist for gifts at any level, from scholarships to the naming of labs or buildings. For further discussion of giving opportunities, please contact one of our development officers.