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Timothy and Brenda Scronce '86, receiving a commemorative plaque from Dean of Science H. Joseph Newton (center).

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Nearly three decades removed from her student days in Aggieland, Brenda Scronce '86 remains grateful for the undergraduate education she received while at Texas A&M University and for the many people who helped her along the way.

With her husband Timothy, Scronce has established the Brenda A. (Brunick) '86 and Timothy E. Scronce Scholarship in Science. The scholarship, created through the Texas A&M Foundation, will assist full-time students in good academic standing who are pursuing undergraduate degrees in either the Department of Chemistry or Department of Biology, with preference given to Texas residents and students pursuing careers as physician assistants.

Scronce, who received a bachelor of science in biology from Texas A&M in 1986, said the skills and values she acquired during her undergraduate career in the College of Science helped prepare her to enter a wide variety of science-based careers. She opted to focus on healthcare, earning a physician assistant degree from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas in 1989 en route to a subsequent career as a physician assistant.

In establishing the scholarship, Scronce hopes she can help remind others to look at their own backgrounds and realize that the education they received came from others giving of their resources to help future generations. She believes Texas A&M is a great school for any student and that creating a scholarship is a way to give back.

"Through the generosity of scholarship donors and my own work ethic, I was able to obtain my education," Scronce said. "I want to offer the same opportunities to the next generation of Aggies in medicine. We hope our scholarship will support an undergraduate student who is interested in a medically related profession while strengthening the College of Science by keeping strong academic students enrolled and completing their education."

In addition to a career as an emergency medicine physician assistant in Dallas and Connecticut hospitals, Scronce used her interest in emergency response medicine and started a mobile cell tower manufacturing company in 2007. She served as that company's chief executive officer until selling it in July 2012. Now she spends more time with her family, including three children, while serving on various state professional committees and boards, including Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center in their hometown of Winston-Salem, N.C.

Beyond business success, Aggie ties also run deep in Scronce's family, which features younger sister Bev (Brunick) Hamilton '89, Bev's husband Patrick M. Hamilton '85 and Bev's father-in-law Thomas R. Hamilton '60. Scronce's nephew, Bev and Patrick's son Thomas W. Hamilton, currently is a senior set to graduate in spring 2014. In addition, Scronce has a niece, Lauren N. Schwerdfeger, who also is a senior at Texas A&M.

For more information on scholarships and other giving methods to benefit students and other futuristic causes at Texas A&M, visit http://giving.tamu.edu.

To learn more about becoming a physician assistant or other pre-professional careers, go to http://opsa.tamu.edu/.

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Contact: Sharon Allen, (979) 458-4393 or sharonallen@tamu.edu

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  • Family Ties

    Timothy and Brenda Scronce '86 with their children (from left) Gregory, Madison and Austin.

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