Trey Mattson

MBA '18

Trey Mattson

“The Jones Partners Scholarship is an engaged scholarship. You have to reciprocate by going to events, meeting with and reaching out to partners. Attending quarterly board meetings really gives you a behind-the-scenes perspective of the school. It’s been a unique and humbling experience to have received this scholarship.”

A native Houstonian, Trey Mattson chose Penn State for undergrad, just like his dad and two older brothers. He studied finance, met his wife, Kelly, and convinced her to move back to Houston with him so he could tap a career in the oil and gas sector. His first job with Tudor, Pickering, Holt & Co. jump-started his career in energy investment banking and eventually private equity. After five years with TPH, Trey started to think about an MBA, like his brothers, who told him it was the best decision they’d ever made. “I wanted a pause to reevaluate.” And though he looked at “fantastic options,” such as Harvard, Wharton, Stanford, Darden and MIT, the offer of the Jones Partners Scholarship sealed the deal at Rice. Jones Partners is a front facing organization that connects the business school and the Houston business community. Many of their members are alumni. Trey’s summer internship with White Deer Energy, a private equity fund, morphed into an offer for a full-time position after graduation. He will rejoin the firm next summer as a senior associate focused solely on oil and gas investments. He’s pictured here with his wife, Kelly; golden retriever, Cooper; and Rhodesian Ridgeback, Riley.