For Michael Rupe ’93, becoming a person that others look up to is more than a goal; it’s a way of life. Rupe has made positively impacting the lives of future students at Mays Business School at Texas A&M University a priority. That’s why he has given $100,000 to establish the Michael D. Rupe ’93 Dean’s Endowed Scholarship.
“Mike’s most generous gift reflects his philosophy of helping others,” said Mays Dean Jerry Strawser. “He truly epitomizes Texas A&M University’s core value of selfless service. The educational opportunity his gift will provide to students fortunate enough to benefit from it will continue to ensure that Mays Business School students understand the importance of assisting others.”
Rupe’s relationship with Texas A&M University was born the day he met B.P. Huddleston, a former student and executive that knew A&M in the days of Bear Bryant. During an accounting internship in Houston, Huddleston often shared with Rupe stories of his days as a Junction Boy, quickly convincing Rupe to become an Aggie. Huddleston’s wife, F.M., also helped to sell Rupe on A&M. He graduated from Mays with degrees in accounting and finance and immediately began his career with Arthur Andersen. In 1995, he took a position at Basis Petroleum, soon realizing his desire to run a company. One year later, Rupe became a founding member of CIMA ENERGY, LTD, where he continues to serve as the chief financial officer. The firm, based in Houston, was recognized in 2006 as a member of the Aggie 100.
Outside the corporate world, Rupe is known for his involvement in the lives of Houston youth. He is active in the Spring Branch Memorial Sports Association, where he serves as assistant program director for football and treasurer, a position he has held for the past ten years. “I feel very strongly about the necessity of giving a child a strong role model,” said Rupe. “That is the direction in which Texas A&M University takes you as a person; the emphasis on moral character builds strong leaders that others want to look up to. That is what makes supporting the school with major gifts so critical, to continue that tradition.”
Rupe is also involved with the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, where he serves on the barbeque committee. Though free time is something he sees little of, the former student knows the importance of recognizing and giving back to those that have contributed to his success. “When you’re a college student, you don’t typically imagine yourself giving a substantial amount of money to the school,” said Rupe. “But when you’ve been out for a while and you reflect on your own success, you realize that without that school, you wouldn’t be where you are. My success comes from the background I received at Texas A&M, and I want to help guarantee that success to others.”