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Texas A&M-Kingsville Foundation makes $1 Million Announcement from Runge High School Campus

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KINGSVILLE (June 16, 2017) – A new scholarship endowment for high school students from Runge, Texas who will study at Texas A&M University-Kingsville was among the good news announced by the Texas A&M University-Kingsville Foundation, from the campus of Runge High School. 

            Bradley A. Walker, Foundation CEO and Vice President for Institutional Advancement, announced a $1 million gift from Cynthia Schendel Nankervis, given in memory of Cynthia’s father, Clarence F. “Dick” Schendel, a 1951 Texas College of Arts and Industries alumnus who earned a B.S. in Agricultural Education, and also was Javelina football letterman. 

            In addition to the scholarship endowment for Runge High School students, Walker said the gift will be used to establish an endowed professorship in Plant and Soil Sciences in the Dick and Mary Lewis Kleberg College of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Human Sciences.   

            Steven H. Tallant, president of Texas A&M University-Kingsville, said, “We are extremely grateful that Mrs. Nankervis has chosen to honor her father in this very special way. Private support is a difference-maker for a public university, and her gift will truly make a difference in Runge and at our university.” 

            Cynthia Schendel Nankervis said of the gift, “We’ve been very fortunate as a family with Eagle Ford, and not everyone has. We hope this will enable some local people to send their children to college, and I think Texas A&M-Kingsville is a great place for them to go.” 

            She said the day was an exciting and emotional one, and noted, “I think Dad would be very proud about this, and I’m just grateful I can do this.”


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