Rosalie R. and Clifton J. Bolner ’49, of San Antonio, have committed $25,000 to create an endowed scholarship for students at Mays. Their gift forms the Rosalie R. and Clifton J. Bolner ’49 and Family Endowed Scholarship in Business.
“The Bolners’ generous gift will provide students with the opportunity to achieve a first-rate education at a top business school,” says Dean Jerry Strawser. “The family’s benevolence will ensure the continued successes and accomplishments of our graduates.”
Clifton Bolner graduated with a bachelor’s of business in 1949 and in 1955 started spice import business Bolner’s Fiesta Products. Bolner is president and CEO to this day, giving the importer of 90 spices in the company’s 600-product line a 50-year family success story. He and Rosalie have been married for 56 years and have seven children, including four Texas A&M graduates, and 16 grandchildren who include a 2004 Aggie graduate. Bolner was named a Mays Outstanding Alumnus in 2004.
“Rosalie is a graduate of Our Lady of the Lake University with a bachelor’s in music,” he says. “At both schools we want to help all we can to expand the opportunities of higher education that we ourselves enjoyed.”