Vernon E. Faulconer (1939-2015) was the founder and CEO of Vernon E. Faulconer, Inc., an independent oil and gas company headquartered in Tyler, Texas with operations in nine states. In 1990, Mr. Faulconer established the Faulconer Scholarship and in the twenty-five years since, the Faulconer Scholarship was awarded to more than 750 African-American and Hispanic students in the Tyler area.

Today, Faulconer Scholars serve in many professions including as social workers, teachers, nurses, pharmacists, physical therapists, physicians and physician’s assistants, lawyers and in law enforcement. They are also working as mechanical, electrical and aeronautical engineers; in various capacities in business and more often than not, serve in leadership positions in their communities and professions.

In 2015, the Faulconer Scholarship Program ceased awarding new scholarships but continues to provide support and funding for more than 160 Faulconer Scholars currently attending colleges and universities in Texas. When those students complete their degrees, the Faulconer Scholarship Program will conclude its operation.

In addition to his leadership of the Faulconer Scholarship Program, Mr. Faulconer was a long-time member of the board of Grinnell College, his alma mater. He also served as a member of the Board of Trustees of the Dallas Museum of Art and was a member of the Board of Trustees of the Chinati Foundation.