Service is a concept James B. Striplin ’47 well understands. Since the days of his youth when he served in the Corps of Cadets at Texas A&M University, Striplin has been familiar with the importance of dedicating time, energy, and gifts to worthwhile causes. This spirit of service led Striplin to give $25,000 to Mays Business School to establish the James B. Striplin ’47 Endowed Scholarship.

“It warms my heart when former students touch the future by giving back to A&M,” said Mays Dean Jerry Strawser. “Mr. Striplin’s gift is a wonderful testament to the spirit of service that is so prevalent at this university.”

After Striplin earned his bachelor’s degree in business administration from A&M in 1947, he entered the Army, serving in World War II and the Korean War. When his military time ended, he began a career in banking, eventually heading up the Bank of Prattville as Chairman and CEO. The bank, located in Autauga County, one of the fastest growing areas in Alabama, had four locations at the time it merged with Whitney Holding Corporation in 2001. In addition to his successful professional career, Striplin contributed a significant amount of his time to community involvement, holding positions on boards and committees for the First United Methodist Church, the City of Prattville, Alabama Department of Archives and History, Alabama Bankers Association, Alabama Law Institute, and the Coosa-Alabama River Improvement Association.

“I received a business degree from Texas A&M, so it was only logical for me to help a hardworking student fulfill their dreams of success. Texas A&M is an excellent institution; it makes leaders out of people,” Striplin said.

Today, Striplin is enjoying life in his Prattville, Alabama, home, thankful for the prosperity that he has earned through so many years of hard work. He continues to believe in the importance of giving back to those who contributed to his success, and urges future students to share his support for service.