Texas A&M University - University Level

The University offers a well-rounded scholarship, loan, and student job program to both undergraduate and graduate students.

Look College of Engineering - College Level

Harold Vance Department of Petroleum Engineering - Departmental Level

The Department of Petroleum Engineering has its own scholarship programs in addition to the university's programs, and almost every petroleum engineering student who completes at least 13 hours per semester on an approved degree plan and maintains a 3.0 grade point average receives scholarship assistance. Entering freshmen with strong SAT/ACT scores and high school rank qualify for scholarships.

  • Nelson Scholars Program

    The Nelson Scholars Program provides scholarships equivalent to the university's President's Endowed Scholarships, but is available solely to petroleum engineering students. As many as six four-year Nelson Scholarships, each worth approximately $12,000, will be awarded to incoming freshmen this year. These scholarships are merit-based and are awarded without regard to financial need.

    To qualify for a Nelson Scholarship, an incoming freshmen student must declare a major in petroleum engineering, have a 1300 SAT I (critical reading plus math with at least 600 Verbal and 650 Math) or 30 ACT (composite with a minimum 27 Critical Reading and 29 Math) or attain Semifinalist standing in national scholarship competitions sponsored by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation or College Board , and be in the top 10% of his/her high school class. Also, an application must be submitted to the department and applicants may be interviewed. See the link below for further information and to print an application form.

    2011 Scholarship Application

    An application for a Nelson Scholarship cannot be submitted online. It must be printed and mailed in. Students who have already submitted an application to the Office of Honors Programs and Academic Scholarships must submit pages 1 and 2 of our application and attach three letters of recommendation, but do not need to re-submit a transcript and the required personal statements.

    Once a Nelson Scholarship has been awarded, the student must maintain a 3.0 GPA during four years of study at Texas A&M University.

  • Department Renewable Scholarship Program

    Department renewable scholarships range in value from $500 to $1500 per semester and are awarded to recruit and retain students with outstanding academic records. Department renewable scholarships are merit-based, are awarded without regard to financial need, and are awarded annually. Transfer students from other colleges or universities may be eligible for a department renewable scholarship on a case-by-case basis.

    To qualify for a departmental scholarship, an incoming freshmen student must declare a major in petroleum engineering, and have a 1200 SAT I (critical reading plus math, with at least 550 verbal and 600 math), or 27 ACT (composite with at least 24 Critical Reading and 27 Math), and be in the top 25% of his/her high school class. An application is not necessary. Transfer students must have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better and a last semester GPA of 3.0 or better on at least 13 hours which count towards a petroleum engineering degree. An application is not necessary.

    To retain a department renewable scholarship, students must maintain at least a 3.0 GPA while completing at least 13 hours that count toward an approved degree program in petroleum engineering.

U.S. Department of Homeland Security

The Department of Homeland Security is now accepting applications for the 2004 DHS Scholarship and Fellowship Program.  This program is opened to undergraduate and graduate students interested in pursuing the science and technology necessary to protect the nation against further terrorist attacks and protect the rights of American citizens.  Areas of study include: physical, biological, social and behavioral sciences, engineering, mathematics, and computer science.

Visit the Department of Homeland Security website for more information.


Summer Internships and Part-Time Employment

Petroleum Engineering requires all of its students to work in an industry-related position for at least one summer before graduation. These summer positions give students opportunities to learn more about their profession and to finance a good portion of their college expenses. The positions often are advertised through the department, and the department provides assistance in securing these jobs. Pay usually ranges from $3000-$4500 per month, depending on the kind and location of employment.

Part-time employment is also available on and off campus. The Student Financial Aid Office provides information about part-time employment.

Scholarship Contributions

Scholarship support is extremely important to us in attracting the best students into our program, and indeed, into the petroleum industry. Your contribution to scholarships will help fund departmental scholarships for our growing enrollment.

You can contribute by giving to:

  • Diana Stepan Memorial Scholarship
    The Diana Stepan Memorial Scholarship Fund has been designated as a Nelson Scholarship in our new program to offer top-level, four-year scholarships to the very best petroleum engineering students. Begun by her classmates after Diana was killed in an automobile accident, the scholarship fund can reach its full endowment with a few dollars of your support.
  • Doug Von Gonten Memorial Scholarship
    The Doug Von Gonten Memorial Scholarship Fund provides annual scholarship support to several students rather than a single, four-year award to one student. This scholarship fund was begun in 1993 to honor Doug Von Gonten, who was one of the three most influential heads of the department. He served the department for 14 years of remarkable growth, and many former students remember him with fondness and respect.
  • Permian Basin Aggies
    A campaign is underway in the Permian Basin to establish the Permian Basin Aggies Scholarship. This campaign is being developed from a challenge by Matlin Corp., which has pledged to match up to $25,000 for the establishment of this scholarship fund for students from the Permian Basin to study at Texas A&M University. For more information on the challenge, contact Dennis Johnson '74 at Henry Petroleum Corp. in Midland at 915-694-3000