Student Giving Campaigns
Without private giving, many of our scholarship students would not be able to attend The University of Texas at Austin. And other students benefit from private giving, too, enjoying the finest faculty and facilities and once-in-a-lifetime educational opportunities.
But our students are more than the recipients of our donors’ generosity — often they’re donors themselves. Giving of their resources and time, UT students are carrying on the proud tradition of philanthropy that has made this university great.
This year Students Hooked on Texas, the University’s Annual Giving program for students, conducted a campaign in the colleges and schools to raise awareness of the importance of student giving.
Students in the McCombs School of Business responded with six campaigns of their own. Those included three recurring student campaigns and three new ones.
Renée Chu was one of the students who led the Business Honors Program Make-A-Mark Campaign.
“For me it was important to give because UT gave me such a unique experience,” Chu says. “I want other students to have the same opportunities I had.”
The campaign raised $8,875 in faculty, student, and staff pledges, with 70 percent of students participating. But the effort didn’t end there. McCombs alumnus and accounting lecturer Will O’Hara and his wife, Beverly, contributed an additional $17,350 in matching money.
In the School of Information, students found other ways to make a difference. In conjunction with the University’s capital campaign, the school challenged its students to give back through volunteering. One-fourth of the school’s graduate students (63 students) donated at least two hours of non-class-related volunteer work.
Andrea Richeson was one of those students. She volunteered as a web designer and developer at the Ann Richards School for Young Women Leaders and on an online reference desk for West Texas College. Other students volunteered for such organizations as the Austin Public Library, area elementary schools, the Texas State Archives, and the Dell Children’s Medical Center. In all, iSchool students volunteered 1,687 hours to the community, 683 of which were unrelated to class work.
The volunteer work was a chance for students to gain knowledge, contacts, and experience — plus a sense of personal satisfaction.
“You’ve got to do it,” Richeson says of volunteering. “There’s just nothing like it.”
Volunteering is a way to give back no matter your personal situation, Richeson says.
“Some of these students are struggling financially, but they have big hearts, and they have time,” she says.