Representatives of Houston-based ConocoPhillips on Friday (May 1) donated $1 million to benefit Texas A&M University. The gift, presented at Texas A&M Foundation headquarters, will fund several academic programs at Texas A&M, including the ConocoPhillips SPIRIT Scholars Program.
“At ConocoPhillips we recognize the importance of learning and leadership opportunities,” said David Barrington, g general manager for non-conventional resources. “By providing exceptional students with these opportunities, we are helping to develop the leaders of tomorrow.”
The SPIRIT Scholars Program has provided educational opportunities and professional development for qualified Texas A&M students since 2003. The program, which operates at Texas A&M and seven other universities, provides academic scholarships to sophomores, juniors, seniors and graduate students; additional financial support for enrichment programs and activities; mentoring opportunities with ConocoPhillips professionals and opportunities to interview for internships and full-time employment at ConocoPhillips.
Fifty-one Aggies in the Dwight Look College of Engineering, the College of Geosciences and the Mays Business School participate in the SPIRIT Scholars Program. They must maintain a 3.25 grade-point average to receive the $5,000-a-year scholarship.
The ConocoPhillips gift also will fund other programs, student activities, scholarships and fellowships in those colleges and schools as wells as other areas.
ConocoPhillips is an integrated energy company that operates worldwide with assets and businesses in nearly 40 countries. Employees from the company are diverse in knowledge, experiences, cultures and values, all of which play a crucial role in the success of the company’s activities, notes a company spokesperson.
The Texas A&M Foundation is a private nonprofit organization that solicits and manages investments in academics and leadership programs to enhance Texas A&M’s capability to be among the best universities in the nation. The Foundation leads "Operation Spirit and Mind," a multiyear $300 million scholarship initiative for Texas A&M.
To learn more about scholarships, fellowships, faculty chairs and other academic- and student program-focused giving to benefit Texas A&M University, contact the Texas A&M Foundation at giving.tamu.edu or (800) 392-3310 or (979) 845-8161.