Parkers support electrical and computer engineering students at Texas A&M University

Photo of Wanda and Clifton ParkerAggies Wanda and Clifton Parker say they want to give back to Texas A&M University, the school that gave them so much.

A $25,000 gift from the Plano, Texas, couple to the Texas A&M Foundation has established the Wanda ’78 and Clifton ’74 Parker Endowed Scholarship. Recipients will be electrical and computer engineering students with a demonstrated interest in electrical power.

“We have a large number of excellent students in the department who are well deserving of recognition, and this scholarship from the Parkers will make it possible for us to recognize even more,” said Dr. Costas Georghiades, electrical and computer engineering department head and holder of the Delbert A. Whitaker Chair.

Electric power systems and power electronics is a major research focus of the department and a specialty emphasis of the university’s interdisciplinary Energy Engineering Institute.

“Wanda and I both received scholarships, which made it possible for us to attend A&M. Now we want to help others to achieve the goal of an education at a leading university like A&M. This scholarship will also provide well-prepared engineers to ensure a bright future for the electric power industry,” said Clifton Parker.

A 1974 electrical engineering graduate of Texas A&M, he recently retired as substation engineering manager for Garland Power & Light (GP&L) in the Dallas-area suburb. A professional engineer in the state of Texas, he was responsible for design, construction and maintenance of GP&L’s Olinger generating station and 24 substations, which serve nearly 68,000 customers. GP&L is the fourth largest municipal utility in Texas and 41st largest in the nation.

Wanda Parker, a 1978 petroleum engineering graduate of Texas A&M, is the owner of Plano-based WJP Enterprises, an oil and energy consulting firm that focuses on new and existing floating structures in the Gulf of Mexico. The couple’s gift was made through her company.

She is a professional engineer in the state of Texas and has been recognized with the Corporate Leadership Award by the U.S. Department of the Interior for exceptional contributions as an industry representative to the Minerals Management Service. A member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers, she is active in the Women Former Students’ Network at Texas A&M.

The Parkers previously endowed the Jane and Laman Vance Memorial Scholarship in honor of her parents for Texas A&M petroleum engineering students.

The Texas A&M Foundation is a nonprofit organization that raises major gifts and manages endowments for the sole benefit of Texas A&M University.