Texas A&M University-Kingsville

Nick Harrel scholarship created for Kingsville pharmacy students

KINGSVILLE - November 20, 2006

Contact: Julie Navejar
kajam03@tamuk.edu or 361-593-2590

Harrel Scholarship

Deserving pharmacy students who attended Texas A&M University-Kingsville and move on to the Texas A&M Health Science Center Irma Lerma Rangel College of Pharmacy now have the opportunity to earn a scholarship.

As part of the Building Our Traditions capital campaign, Mrs. Claudia Harrel has contributed $25,000 to create the Nick Harrel Scholarship Fund. The scholarship will go to a student who attends both Texas A&M-Kingsville and the Rangel College of Pharmacy.

The Harrel Family owns and operates Harrel’s Kingsville Pharmacy, which has seen three generations of family pharmacists. Claudia Harrel’s children, Nick Harrel III and Claudia Edgerton, now operate the business.

“We love the pharmacy school,” said Claudia Harrel. “ My husband was a pharmacist, his father was a pharmacist and my son is a pharmacist. We think the pharmacy school is going to be good for Kingsville and South Texas.

“We are blessed to have people who could see into the future and see what a need there is for pharmacists in this area,” Harrel said.

“Local scholarships, such as the Nick Harrel Scholarship, are symbolic of the local business community support that A&M-Kingsville receives,” said Dr. Rumaldo Z. Juárez, university president. “They also demonstrate the value that these local businesses have for investing in the education of the next generation of pharmacists.”

Nick Harrel Sr. founded Harrel’s Kingsville Pharmacy in 1916, said his grandson, Nick III, a third generation pharmacist. Nick Sr. and Nick Jr. also were both bank directors and members of the school board.

For more information on the university’s capital campaign, call 361-593-4191.

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