Eva Rowe's parents were killed in the 2005 explosion and fire at the BP Texas City refinery. She reached a settlement for millions of dollars--the exact amount, never announced. But as part of the settlement, she's forming a $1 million college scholarship fund at Hornbeck High School, where her mother taught, and making a $1 million donation to St. Jude's Children's Research Center.
"St. Jude's was actually my parents' favorite charity. Whenever I was younger my dad would always do like the St. Jude's Bike-a-thon."
These aren't the only donations Rowe has made with the settlement funds.
"We donate $12.5 million to UTMB's burn center, $12.5 million to Texas A&M's process safety school, which trains the men and women who work the control rooms in the plants and refineries and we also donated $5 million to the College of the Mainland in Galveston. We have a $6 million matching fund, and BP's going to match it, to the three main charities, which is UTMB, A&M and the college of the Mainland."
She intends to continue making charitable donations.
"I just want to be a goodwill ambassador for the rest of my life. We're going to Austin on the 23rd to speak with all the Texas legislators to pass the Eva Bill, which changes a lot of things in the refinery and safety culture at refineries."
Ed Mayberry, Houston Public Radio News.