Stephen Parker ’88 says that it was the generosity of other Aggies that helped him be successful during his years at A&M. Now, as a partner at PricewaterhouseCoopers, he is thrilled to have the opportunity to join with his firm to impact the current generation of Aggies. Parker and his wife Merita ’86 recently announced their matched gift with PwC to create a $25,000 scholarship fund in accounting at Mays Business School at Texas A&M University.
“I am delighted with Stephen’s new commitment in support of our accounting students,” said James Benjamin, professor and head of the Department of Accounting at Mays. “This is really a continuation of his long-term support for our program throughout his careerâ€”both with his time and financial contributions to previous PwC funding initiatives for our department. The personal engagement of our graduates has made a real difference in the continuing success of our program.”
Parker says he’s always been a big fan of the “other education” that A&M is known for. While an accounting student at Mays, Parker was highly involved with the Fellows Program, Tau Kappa Epsilon fraternity, and the Inter Fraternity Council, which provided leadership experiences that were important to his professional development. “A&M prepared me for life outside of the classroom,” he says.
Parker considers himself very fortunate that as the lead recruiter for PwC on the A&M campus, he is able to visit College Station frequently and stay involved at Mays, where he appreciates the dedication to learning and the highly motivated people. He also likes helping Aggies find a great career with the accounting firm that he’s been a part of since his own graduation more than 20 years ago. A partner since 1998, Parker has worked primarily with energy companies and large nonprofit organizations for PwC.
Parker was humbled when he was recently notified that a 2009 Fish Camp would be named in his honor. There is also an inter fraternity council (IFC) award named after him, which he and Merita later endowed so that the award would include a small financial gift. In addition to monetary contributions to the university, Parker gives back by serving on the Mays accounting department advisory council. He formerly served on the Fellows advisory council as well. Parker is also active with the Make-a-Wish Foundation’s Texas Gulf Coast and Louisiana chapter, sitting on the board of the organization.
Merita was an education major, earning both a BS and MS in curriculum and instruction. She is now a full-time homemaker, raising the couple’s three sons, ranging in age from 10 to 15. She is very active in the community of Clear Lake where the couple resides, and volunteers frequently in area schools.
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