David and Kim Kennedy Endowed Presidential Scholarship in Petroleum and Geosystems Engineering
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 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.
David and Kim have lived all over the world, as David spent many years working for Chevron and with Hess. David was the Country Manager for Hess in Equatorial Guinea, where he and Kim were living on a three-year assignment when they created this scholarship. 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 scholarship support.
“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.