The Lamar University Foundation has announced an endowed scholarship has been established for the College of Engineering. The Dr. George J. Hirasaki Scholarship in Chemical Engineering will provide funding for outstanding students to further their studies at Lamar.

“It’s a great honor that Dr. Hirasaki made this generous donation to Lamar,” said Victor Zaloom, interim dean of the College of Engineering. “This scholarship allows worthy students to concentrate on their studies and to realize their dream of a career in chemical engineering.”

Hirasaki graduated cum laude from Lamar in 1963 with a Bachelor of Science in chemical engineering. While at Lamar, Hirasaki belonged to the American Institute of Chemical Engineers, Blue Key Honor Society and Alpha Phi Omega. He then earned a doctorate of philosophy in chemical engineering from Rice University.

After a 26-year career with Shell Development and Shell Oil Company, Hirasaki joined the Rice University faculty where he currently holds the title of A.J. Hartsook Professor Emeritus of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering. Throughout his career, Hirasaki has received numerous awards including the Lester C. Uren Award from the Society of Petroleum Engineers, as well as being elected to the membership of the National Academy of Engineering in 1991.

For more information about establishing an endowed scholarship, contact the Lamar University Foundation at (409) 880-2117.