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Mike and Pat Aldredge Mirabeau Scholarship established

The Lamar University Foundation has announced the establishment of a new endowed scholarship. The Mike and Pat Aldredge Mirabeau Scholarship will provide funding for incoming freshmen of any major who meet the requirements to be Mirabeau Scholars.

Outstanding incoming freshmen with exceptionally strong academic records are invited to apply for LU’s Mirabeau Scholars program. Mirabeau Scholars receive a full scholarship for four years covering tuition, fees, room and board, and books. Applicants must be first-time-in-college freshmen (dual credit and AP credit are not disqualifying) with a minimum SAT score of 1250 (math and critical reading) or an ACT score of 28 and a record of demonstrated excellence in academics, leadership, service and/or creative endeavors.

Mike grew up in Gilmer, Texas, where he graduated from high school in 1958. Pat Aldredge is a 1959 graduate of South Park High School in Beaumont. Both are 1965 and 1961 graduates of Lamar University, respectively.  Pat obtained her certificate in Secretarial Science.

Recognized as a Lamar Distinguished Alumnus in 1999, Mike received his degree in Industrial Engineering and began his career with Puffer-Sweiven, a provider of premiere products in the instrumentation and controls industry. Starting as a part-time clerk in 1961, he worked his way to sales engineer, then to vice president and culminated as chairman of the board and chief executive officer before retiring in 2001.

“I am grateful for the education and experience received while attending Lamar,” he said. “The skills learned, both technical and social, afforded me the opportunity to compete and achieve in today’s globalized economy.”

Mike is a past president of Lamar’s Alumni Association and the Lamar University Foundation and served on the board of both organizations. He is an active member of the advisory councils of the College of Engineering and the Industrial Engineering Department, and a member of the Cardinal Club in support of Lamar athletics.

The couple is among the great benefactors of Lamar University. In 2001, they established the Michael E. and Patricia P. Aldredge Chair of Engineering to promote research excellence and collaboration in the areas of industrial engineering, chemical engineering and information technology.

Currently, Aldredge serves as co-chair of Lamar’s Investing in the Future Campaign which has raised more than $100 million to support the university.  Today, the couple lives on a Bellville-area ranch, where until this year they managed a commercial operation with purebred Brangus and Brangus-cross cattle.

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