Texas A&M University-Kingsville

Mesteña Inc. Gift Endows Major Scholarship

KINGSVILLE - March 02, 2009

Contact: Julie Navejar
julie.navejar@tamuk.edu or 361.593.2590

$200,000 gift will help students from Bee, Brooks and Jim Hogg Counties

Thanks to a generous contribution from Mesteña Inc., officials at Texas A&M University-Kingsville will be able to offer new scholarships in agriculture, engineering or geosciences. The scholarships will go to students from Bee, Brooks or Jim Hogg counties.

Mesteña Inc., led by George E. Tanner, has given $200,000 to A&M-Kingsville to endow these annual scholarships.

“Mesteña gave the gift to A&M-Kingsville to increase the opportunities for the young people in South Texas to become engineers, geologists, earth scientists or range managers,” Tanner said. “Mesteña’s heritage is in Brooks, Jim Hogg and Bee counties so we strive to help those students.

“It is important for young people in South Texas to be able to get degrees in these fields so they can work in the region and give back to the area where they grew up,” he added.

“We are deeply grateful for the generosity of Mesteña Inc. and look forward to their continued support of the students of South Texas,” said Dr. Steven Tallant, university president. “Thanks to Mesteña and our ever expanding list of loyal donors, we are able to provide a significant number of scholarship opportunities to many of our students.”

The new endowment will allow the university to honor one incoming freshman from Bee, Brooks or Jim Hogg County who is in the top 10 percent of their graduating class. The student will receive an annual scholarship of $10,000 to study agriculture, engineering or geosciences at Texas A&M-Kingsville. The scholarship is renewable up to four years.

Mesteña is a supporter of the Caesar Kleberg Wildlife Research Institute which helps graduate students studying range and wildlife management, Tanner said.

Mesteña Inc. was founded in 1935 and headquartered in Corpus Christi. It is a private crude petroleum and natural gas production company.

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