(COLLEGE STATION, TX) — Todd and Stephanie Routh of Austin have made a $50,000 gift to the Texas A&M Health Science Center, establishing the first Presidential Endowed Scholarship.

“Texas needs more doctors and nurses,” Todd Routh said. “The Texas A&M Health Science Center is a great entity and doesn’t receive the recognition it deserves. We are happy to help others achieve their goals. It always feels good to give back.”

Todd Routh, Class of ’86 finance graduate and Austin real estate developer, was a financial manager before working for himself in investments. He bought his first shopping center on credit in 1992. Routh Development Group now owns and operates 40 shopping centers in Texas, Oklahoma and Louisiana. Todd and two other individuals also own River Place Golf Group LPA, which owns and operates four country clubs in the Austin-San Antonio area.

Todd is a member of the Texas A&M Health Science Center Foundation Board of Directors and an organizer of Texas Enterprise Bank in Bryan, Texas. To stay diversified, ownership interests in several water companies and funeral homes round out his portfolio.

Stephanie Duprie Routh earned her Texas A&M University degree in environmental design in 1993. After a short stint in architecture, she worked as a development director in several Texas cities including the city of Taylor, where the couple first met during a development transaction.

Today, Stephanie actively engages in photographic endeavors, including shooting for the Heart Gallery of Central Texas and exhibiting her freelance work. Though she spends most of her time as a full-time mother, she uses her spare time to pen her second book.

The Presidential Endowed Scholarship will be used to recruit the best and brightest students to any one of the Texas A&M Health Science Center colleges or schools, said Russ Gibbs, D.Min., CFRE, vice president for institutional advancement for the Texas A&M Health Science Center.

“The newly established Presidential Endowed Scholarship is the HSC’s most prestigious scholarship award,” Dr. Gibbs said. “We are very grateful to Todd and Stephanie Routh for their leadership and commitment to the HSC and for their support of our exceptional students.”

For more information about the Presidential Endowed Scholarship and other giving opportunities at the Texas A&M Health Science Center, contact the Office of Institutional Advancement at (979) 458-7221 or online at http://giving.tamhsc.edu

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