The future is uncertain, but one thing Kathie and Scott Amann ’78 know is that they want their support of Mays Business School at Texas A&M University to continue long after they’re gone. That’s why they’ve recently included Mays in their estate with a gift of $500,000 for scholarships. They have also designated that the majority of the remainder of their estate be provided to Mays for the same purpose. When realized, this gift is expected to exceed $2 million.
“We are grateful for this gift from the Amanns as it will impact so many of our deserving students,” said Mays Dean Jerry Strawser. “The scholarships that this gift will provide will enable us to attract the very best students, and also help those students that may not be otherwise be able to attend Mays Business School.”
In addition to their bequest to Mays, a portion of the Amanns’ estate will go to the College of Veterinary Medicine at Texas A&M University to provide scholarships for that program as well.
The Amanns have made giving back to Texas A&M a priority not only for their future but also in the present. They are members of the 12th Man Foundation and the Association of Former Students, and have previously provided a President’s Endowed Scholarship and a Dean’s Endowed Scholarship for Mays students.
“My wife and I have been very blessed over the years financially,” Amann said. “We wanted to do something with our funds that could help young people, help our school, and help programs that are near and dear to our hearts.” Amann says that though Kathie is an alumna of the University of Oklahoma, she considers A&M to be her school as well as she spent four years commuting from Houston one day a week to serve as a volunteer at the George Bush Library on campus.
“Somewhere down the road we hope to leave a meaningful amount that can be used to help the kind of student that embraces the characteristics and traits that we love about this university, both in the business school and in the veterinary medicine field,” he said.
Amann has been involved in the energy industry throughout his career. He has served in a number of leadership roles for energy firms in Texas, and is currently the vice president for investor relations at a Houston-based oilfield service company. His professional affiliations have included the National Investor Relations Institute, the Interstate Natural Gas Association and the American Gas Association.
Scott grew up in Utopia, Texas, where he graduated from high school in a class of 18. When he came to College Station, he says he struggled to adjust to the “big city.” He worked throughout college and strove to complete his education in record time. He earned both a BBA in accounting and an MBA in finance in only four-and-a-half years. Amann recalls the excellence of the business faculty he encountered while a student at A&M and their genuine interest in their students’ success.
Kathie also spent many years in the energy industry, primarily as an executive secretary. Her time is now devoted to volunteering at the Houston Zoo and training the couple’s border collies for agility and obedience competitions. Both Amanns enjoy golf and spending time at their vacation home in Park City, Utah, where they plan to retire one day. The couple resides in Cypress, Texas.