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Dawn and David Mason of Longview have established an endowed scholarship to support chemistry education at Texas A&M University.

The Dawn C. '96 & David A. '88 Mason Endowed Scholarship in Chemistry will benefit future Aggie undergraduate students pursuing degrees in chemistry.

The Masons say they created the scholarship because they have strong feelings where education is concerned -- particularly higher education, as evidenced by their combined 16 years of it, the majority obtained at Texas A&M.

Dawn, who is a research group leader for Eastman Chemical, the world's largest producer of polyester plastics and a leading supplier of raw materials used in paints, coatings and related industries, received her doctorate in chemistry from Texas A&M in 1996. David earned his bachelor's in building and construction science from A&M in 1988, followed by a master's in business administration in 1992. He is the project coordinator for the city of Longview Public Works Engineering Division with responsibility for the city's facilities and parks construction projects.

As active supporters of the University, from its athletic teams to its academic programs, the Masons say they feel blessed to be able to provide others with the opportunity for a solid education, not to mention an experience that is uniquely Aggie and guaranteed to ensure a lifetime of distinction.

Furthermore, the Masons believe that character is not something that can be taught in a classroom. Rather, is learned from experience and is shaped by surroundings. They cite the atmosphere at A&M as one of the main reasons the University is able to produce people of the highest character who go on represent their school, state and nation with distinction all over the world.

"I am convinced it is no coincidence that two of the top choices for the first season of Donald Trump's The Apprentice were Aggies," Dawn adds. "A&M was the only school represented twice -- not Harvard, not Yale, not the University of Chicago. Regardless of its size, A&M still provides a foundation that other universities fail to give our young people.

"I still interact with both graduate and undergraduate students on campus and am always happy to see that some of the core characteristics of the students haven't changed."

The Dawn C. '96 & David A. '88 Mason Endowed Scholarship in Chemistry is included in One Spirit One Vision, a multi-year fundraising campaign to help Texas A&M University attain national top 10 status among public universities while sustaining the distinctive Texas A&M spirit. The volunteer-led campaign, coordinated by the Texas A&M Foundation, encompasses all private gifts benefiting the University.

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Contact: Shana K. Hutchins, (979) 862-1237 or shutchins@science.tamu.edu

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  • "A" is for "Aggie Atmosphere"

    David and Dawn Mason say they chose to create a scholarship in chemistry to give future students a chance to experience the same unique education they received at Texas A&M.

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