Department of Accounting Head Jim Benjamin and his wife, Carolyn, have established theÂ Patricia Benjamin Memorial ScholarshipÂ in memory of his mother. The $25,000 endowment will be used to support full-time accounting students at Mays.
Benjamin says he felt compelled to support the school because he has had “a wonderful career at Texas A&M.” Benjamin joined the accounting faculty in 1974 and has served as head of the Department of Accounting since 1982. During his tenure, he has co-authored two textbooks and more than 70 journal articles. Carolyn Benjamin recently retired from a career as real estate appraiser. They have four adult children, two of whom have master’s degrees from Mays.
“Many of our students have significant financial need and scholarship support allows them to spend more time on their studies and meaningful extracurricular activities,” says Benjamin, who has been honored over the years for his teaching, administration and efforts to increase diversity at Texas A&M. “It also gives me great pleasure to honor my mother with this gift. She was a good friend as well as a parent, and she never let me forget the importance of education.”