Pat L. Smith of McKinney has endowed an engineering scholarship at Texas A&M University.

This gift creates the Pat L. Smith ’81 Scholarship, funded through the Texas A&M Foundation, to provide one or more undergraduate scholarships in engineering. In addition to the endowment, Smith also funded a scholarship for Fall 2012.

“I am honored and thankful to have received my engineering degree from Texas A&M University, where the academic and social education provided set the foundation for my career in the oil and gas industry,” Smith said. “It is with gratitude that my wife, Shelly, and I are contributing this scholarship to the Dwight Look College of Engineering to assist young Aggies in achieving their goals.”

The recipient of this scholarship will be a Texas resident, graduating from a Fayette, Coleman or Collin County high school, involved in extracurricular activities with a GPA of 3.0 or higher and demonstrate a financial need.

Smith graduated with a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering. While in school he was a member of Chi Epsilon Honor Society. Today, Smith is the vice president of Headington Oil Co. of Dallas. He and his wife have two sons and are 30-year Century Club members.

The Dwight Look College of Engineering is home to more than 11,000 students, and ranks ninth in undergraduate programs and seventh in graduate programs among public universities in the nation, according to U.S. News & World Report.

The Texas A&M Foundation is a nonprofit organization that raises major gifts and manages endowments for the sole benefit of Texas A&M University for generations to come.