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David and Kim Kennedy Endowed Presidential Scholarship in Petroleum and Geosystems Engineering

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Helping Students from 7,000 Miles Away: The David and Kim Kennedy Endowed Presidential Scholarship

David and Kim Kennedy
David and Kim Kennedy

Even from the shores of Equatorial Guinea in Central Africa, UT PGE alumnus David Kennedy and his wife Kim are doing what they can to help engineering students in Austin. As a student David was a scholarship recipient, and now by establishing the David and Kim Kennedy Endowed Presidential Scholarship, this generous couple is helping students in the same way David was helped while on the road to becoming a Petroleum Engineering graduate in 1981.

“We are confident our scholarship will be awarded with the same wisdom that came in to play when I was a scholarship recipient myself 30 years ago. Back in those days Kim and I were newlyweds on a shoestring budget. My much-appreciated $1,000/year scholarship paid for all my tuition, fees and books and we still had enough left over to go out for a nice Mexican dinner each semester. We are very pleased to be able to give something back to the program that made such a difference in our lives,” David said.

David and Kim have lived all over the world, as David spent many years working for Chevron and now with Hess. David is the Country Manager for Hess in Equatorial Guinea where he and Kim are currently on a three-year assignment. Their son, Dan, followed in his dad’s footsteps first by graduating from UT in 2008 with a Petroleum Engineering degree and then heading to work for Chevron as a reservoir engineer working on West Africa assets. Their other son just completed his undergraduate degree in Florida, so the Kennedys have first-hand experience with the rising cost of tuition and the need for more scholarship support.

If you’re interested in supporting PGE students, please contact Amanda Brown at 512-471-4046 or amanda.brown@austin.utexas.edu.

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