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The Cockrell Foundation

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Purpose and Activities

The foundation gives only one higher education grant to the University of Texas Engineering Foundation. Giving primarily for education, youth activities, health care and medical research, and cultural institutions. The foundation focuses its gifts on groups and institutions that have been important to the Cockrell family in its history as well as important to the history of Houston and Texas.


Trust established in 1957 in TX; incorporated in 1966 - The Cockrell Trust was created in 1957 by Ernest Cockrell, Jr., an oilman, investor and Houston civic leader. Mr. Cockrell’s primary business was drilling for and producing oil in the Gulf of Mexico and onshore and offshore Texas and Louisiana. In 1966, the trust was converted into a charitable corporation and became known as The Cockrell Foundation. The major gift to The Cockrell Foundation was through a bequest in the will of Ernest Cockrell, Jr., in 1972. The will specified that a major portion of the available funds for distribution each year be given to The University of Texas – Austin College of Engineering. Additional funds were gifted to the Foundation through the will of Mrs. Virginia H. Cockrell.


The Cockrell Foundation

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1000 Main St Ste 3250 Houston, TX United States 77002-6338

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