Schmidts Announce Mechanical Engineering Professorship, Scholarship
Linda and Ralph Schmidt of Schulenburg are giving back in a big way. The couple has announced a $600,000 professorship and $90,000 scholarship for mechanical engineering at Texas A&M.
When fully funded, the Linda and Ralph Schmidt ’68 Professorship in Mechanical Engineering will support the teaching, research, service and professional development activities of a nationally recognized scholar. Recipients of the Linda and Ralph Schmidt ’68 Scholarship, to be awarded for the first time in fall 2007, will be graduates of Schulenburg, La Grange, Sacred Heart (Hallettsville) or Weimar high schools.
“We wanted to give back to this great institution that prepared me for the career I just ended,” said Ralph Schmidt, recently retired chief operating officer of Western Refining Inc.