Angela And Kerry Stein Establish Scholarship Endowments

Dec 19, 2016

The giving Spirit of Aggieland is alive and well with Angela M. ’85 and Kerry W. Stein ’85. When the opportunity came along for the couple to continue the kindness that was once given to them from other fellow Aggies, they didn’t hesitate.

“Both Angela and I were aided by the generosity of others through scholarships. This of course helped us with the cost of college, so by contributing funds to establish a series of scholarships at Texas A&M, we are only continuing the generosity that was started by others”, said Kerry.

One way for a person to give back to Texas A&M is establishing a planned gift with the Texas A&M Foundation, which involves donors designating the Foundation as a beneficiary of their will or trust from a specific percentage of their estate value.

Distributions from the Steins estate gift will be used to support the Angela M. ’85 and Kerry W. Stein ’85 Scholarship in the College of Geosciences for undergrad students, along with the Angela M. ’85 and Kerry W. Stein ’85 President’s Endowed Scholarship for students meeting the established guidelines.

Angela and Kerry’s contribution specifically designates funds for the College of Geosciences. There are currently over 200 scholarships available within the college that allow students opportunities such as conducting research & field work, and paying for tuition. 

Since 1968, the merit-based President's Endowed Scholarship (PES) program has been inspiring high-achieving high school seniors to make Texas A&M University their school of choice. A PES can be established by an individual or group with a one-time gift, or through a series of installments over a period of up to five years. The endowment established by the gift funds a stipend for one student for four years, plus a bonus for a study abroad experience.

From their own personal experiences, Kerry and Angela understand the level of impact that a scholarship can provide.

“In my case, the scholarship was funded by Pat Olsen ‘22, and for Angela it was Walter Lechner ‘16. We can never repay these gentlemen directly, but we can certainly follow their example and hopefully honor them in doing so”, said Kerry.

Angela earned a degree in Geography, and Kerry graduated with a degree in Geophysics. 

“Education touches all of society. Education allows not just the student but all of society the opportunity to adapt and enhance any landscape whether it is social, environmental, technical, or other”, Kerry added.

The Steins hold a strong belief in education as one of the most meaningful ways a person can impact someone’s life ­– and as graduates of Texas A&M, they’ve lived it, and continue that legacy to help others. 

For more information on giving to the College of Geosciences, contact Cara Milligan: (979) 862-4944