Joe and Mary Ann Cromeans Charitable Foundation Scholarship aids TROY students studying sciences, nursing and the arts

The twelve students who are selected to receive the scholarship will be known as the

The twelve students who are selected to receive the scholarship will be known as the "Cromeans Scholars."

Students enrolled in Troy University’s College of Arts and Sciences, College of Health and Human Services and College of Communication and Fine Arts have a new scholarship opportunity thanks to a partnership with the Joe and Mary Ann Cromeans Charitable Foundation.

Established by Gray Cromeans, Foundation chairman and trustee, the Foundation supports the advancement of medical and performing arts students at universities across the state. 

“Through my years I’ve realized the importance of a college education,” he said. “I wanted to provide an opportunity for students who worked hard, yet needed financial help to have one less worry when it came to paying tuition. We currently donate to 11 colleges in Alabama and we are honored to have added Troy University this year.”

Gray Cromeans
Gray Cromeans

To qualify for the scholarship, students must: be entering their junior or senior year; be seeking a degree in either biomedical sciences, exercise science or nursing or seeking a degree in the Department of Art and Design, the John M. Long School of Music or the Department of Theatre and Dance; must have a financial need; and must have and maintain a minimum GPA of 3.25.

“We hope this scholarship will open doors that may not be available without a college degree,” Cromeans said. “Sometimes, students need help with the high costs of college tuition. We hope by awarding these scholarships we can make a meaningful difference in the lives of others by helping students attain their dreams, graduate without debt and give back to their own communities one day.”

Six students from both fields of study will be selected annually and will receive $2,500. The 12 students selected will be known as the “Cromeans Scholars.”

The Cromeans Foundation was created in 2021 to honor the legacy of Cromeans’ parents, Joe and Mary Ann, and his late brother, Randall.

Dr. Joe Cromeans graduated from Columbia Military Academy as Valedictorian in 1946, obtained his B.A. from Vanderbilt University in 1950, earned his M.D. from Vanderbilt University in 1953 and eventually received an honorable discharge as Captain. Mary Ann Parks, who held a deep love for playing the piano and horses, graduated from Peabody College in Nashville, Tennessee, where she and Joe met. They were married on Dec. 21, 1952.

In 1957, the couple moved to Scottsboro, Alabama, where Joe practiced medicine, delivered over 4,000 babies at Jackson County Hospital and performed general surgery. In 2003, the Medical Association of the State of Alabama recognized Joe for his 50th year of practicing medicine.

Cromeans Family
The Cromeans Family

Mary Ann served as the President of the Scottsboro Music Study Club, which performed choral programs and gave scholarships to high school students, and Director of the Jackson County Historical Association and the Scottsboro-Jackson Heritage Center. 

The pair welcomed Cromeans in 1960 and his younger brother, Randall, in 1962. While Cromeans played the piano and tenor saxophone, Randall studied theatre and travelled to London. 

In addition to helping college students, the Foundation supports communities by giving charitable grants to various nonprofits in South Alabama.

Scholarships will be awarded for the first time in Fall 2024.

For more information on establishing a scholarship at Troy University, please contact the Office of Development at (334) 670-3297.

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