The Walter P Moore, Jr. merit scholarship funds are maintained by the Houston Gulf Coast Chapter of SEAoT. Students are eligible to receive a one-time award of $1,000 if they are enrolled at one of the following schools:

  • Prairie View A&M University
  • Rice University
  • Texas A&M University
  • Texas A&M University at Galveston
  • The University of Houston

Eligibility is limited to Juniors, Seniors, and Graduate Students. Additionally, two references from faculty members are required. The scholarship is awarded annually, and the application deadline varies. To download an application in a pdf format, click here. 

A brief biography of Walter, P. Moore Jr.

Dr. Moore was born in Houston on May 6, 1937 to Walter and Zoe Moore. He graduated from The Rice Institute with a Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science in civil engineering. He then received his Master of Science and Doctorate of Philosophy in structural engineering from the University of Illinois. After service as Captain in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, he joined the firm his father had established in 1931–Walter P. Moore and Associates, Inc.

While president and later chairman of the board of Walter P Moore and Associates, Dr. Moore was instrumental in leading the firm to national eminence in the design of high-rise buildings, sports facilities, and other larger building projects including Miller Outdoor Theater, the Astrodome, the First City Tower, One and Two Houston Center, and the IBM Tower in Atlanta, Georgia.

Dr. Moore was known for combining noteworthy achievements in building design with contributions to the supporting sciences and was widely published. He contributed his time and talent to numerous academic institutions and joined Texas A&M University in 1994 as a faculty member of both engineering and architecture while holding the Thomas A. Bullock Endowed Chair and serving as director of the Center of the Building Design & Construction and the Center for Construction Education.

His honors were numerous and include being named 1985 Engineer of the Year, an honorary member of AIA, the 1995 Master Builder by the Associated General Contractors, an honorary member of the American Society of Civil Engineers, and an honorary member of the American Consulting Engineers Council. He was inducted to the National Academy of Engineering in 1991 and received the Distinguished Alumnus award from both Rice University and the University of Illinois.

Dr. Moore sought to enrich the education of the next generation of building designers with his practical experience and he encouraged better integration of the efforts of all architects, builders and engineers.

Walter Parker Moore, Jr., P.E., Ph.D., N.A.E., died on June 21, 1998, in Houston, Texas, from injuries suffered in an automobile accident. At the time of his untimely death, he was recognized as one of the pre-eminent structural engineers in the United States.

Contact Information

Dr. Gary Fry
SEAoT Chair, Committee on Student Affairs
CE/TTI 710-F – Department of Civil Engineering
Texas A&M University
3136 TAMU
College Station, TX 77843-3136
Bob Lanser
SEAoT Treasurer
Houston/Gulf Coast Chapter



SEAoT is committed to encouraging young people to pursue educational opportunities. To this end, many of the Chapters have generous sponsorship programs, including endowment scholarships, mentoring programs, and intern opportunities. For more scholarship opportunities, please contact individual chapters for more information.