Niklasch scholarship targets Texas A&M chemical engineering students
Wives, take note! A surefire way to surprise your husband at Christmas is to endow a Texas A&M University scholarship in his name.
That’s what one enterprising Aggie spouse did, and now the Jeanne and Michael R. Niklasch ’84 Scholarship for chemical engineering students is well on its way to being funded.
“I was totally shocked! I had no clue that Jeanne had been speaking with Texas A&M Foundation personnel regarding a scholarship. I should have known something was up when they kept coming to visit,” Mike Niklasch said with a laugh.
“Mike is always talking about his experience at A&M, and what a great education he received, so I thought some other person should have that same opportunity. Believe me, no one loves Texas A&M more than Mike does, so it was a perfect gift for him.” Jeanne Niklasch added.
Their commitment will create a $100,000 endowment through the Texas A&M Foundation. Recipients of the Niklasch scholarship will be selected on the basis of academic achievement, extracurricular activities and financial need with a preference for Florida residents or for Texas residents who graduate from high schools in Howard, Mitchell, Martin, Glasscock or Borden counties.
“Scholarships such as this one not only enable our department to maintain its standards of excellence, but they also – and perhaps even more importantly – empower our students with exceptional educational opportunities that they otherwise might not have had,” said Charles Glover, interim department head. “We thank the Niklasches for their continued support of chemical engineering at Texas A&M and their commitment to future generations of chemical engineers and the chemical engineering field at large.”
The Nicklasches previously owned a plastics processing company, A&M Composites L.P., in Big Spring, Texas, where they were active in the Howard County A&M Club. Michael is a former president of the club, which endowed two scholarships in their honor.
The couple is now retired. “After owning and managing several business here in Florida," says Jeanne, “we decided that walking on the beach was a lot more relaxing than employees!"
When Mike and Jeanne are not attending their high school daughter’s basketball games and track meets, they like to fish, ride four-wheelers and, of course, watch Aggie sports.
The Texas A&M Foundation is a non-profit organization that receives major gifts and manages endowments for the sole benefit of Texas A&M University.