Nearly 10 years ago, shortly after earning degrees in geology and securing their first
career jobs in the field, Shane Matson (B.S. ‘01, M.S. ‘07), Eddie Valek (M.S. ‘99)
and Clayton Yarri Davis (B.S. ‘04, M.S. ‘07) joined together with a group of alumni
and friends and became philanthropists – making their first annual gift to their alma
mater to benefit the Department of Geosciences. In 2007, Maston, Valek and Davis helped
lead the effort to establish the Doy L. Zachry Endowed Scholarship and the Walter
L. Manger Endowed Scholarship, which are each awarded annually. As with so many ambitious
ideas, this endeavor began with a simple conversation among friends.