Last spring, a number of partners from PricewaterhouseCoopers’ Houston office took advantage of matching funds offered by their employer and made gifts to Mays to endow scholarships in the Department of Accounting. Some of them were former students; some were merely friends of Mays. Their gifts, combined with funds from PwC created an endowment of $275,000.
Former students (L-R) Jennifer Bruce ’02, Charlie Adams ’02, Colin O’Beirne ’97, Sam Sommer ’06, and Nancy Powell ’01, with Rachel Hanse ’95 (not pictured), joined together to take advantage of matching funds from PricewaterhouseCoopers and endow a scholarship at Mays.
Inspired by their giving, a group of younger alumni in the same office have joined together to present Mays with their own gift. Samuel Sommer ’06, Nancy Powell “01, Rachel Hanse ’95, Jennifer Bruce ’02, Charles Adams ’02, and Colin O’Beirne ’97 have committed to collectively contribute $25,000 to the PPA Former Students/PricewaterhouseCoopers Scholarship in Accounting.
“We saw this as a great opportunity to display one of PwC’s values, teamwork, by joining together to give back to Texas A&M and Mays,” said Sommer, the group’s representative. “All of us have been greatly impacted by our time at A&M and the people that shaped our lives.
Sommer, who has been with PwC since he graduated in 2007, commented that he and others in the group benefited from scholarships while at Mays. Through this scholarship they hope to make an impact on Aggies who will follow them. “Our goal is to continue to help students at Mays,” he says.
“I always appreciate scholarship support for our students but it is particularly meaningful to get such a large gift from our younger former students,” said Accounting Department Head James Benjamin. “I was touched by the initiative of this group to give back to A&M at a time when they have significant personal financial responsibilities.”
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