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Andy J., College of Liberal ArtsI came to The University of Texas in large part because of its size. I knew there would be a lot going on and a variety of opportunities available to me. I ended up in the College of Liberal Arts — the largest college on campus — and I can’t imagine a better place. The support of alumni and friends like you has made my experience in the Liberal Arts Honors program very rewarding.

My dad lost his job just before I headed to UT for orientation. Thankfully, I was fortunate to have been a Rapoport Scholar, which provided crucial funds that enabled me to pursue valuable internships. For instance, I worked for U.S. Rep. Lloyd Doggett’s office, with the Texas Civil Rights Project, and was a legislative aide to state Rep. Dora Olivo. These internships were all unpaid, but with support from the college, I was able to take advantage of these opportunities and gain some powerful hands-on experience.

Scholarship support also allowed me the freedom to participate in a variety of student organizations. I was a student government representative for the college and mentoring chair on the Liberal Arts Honors Student Council. I was even able to explore my creative side as an actor in the student-run theater troupe Foot in the Door Theatre. All of these experiences will help me in my pursuits beyond college.

Support from alumni and friends can also help the college with:

  • Funding the new Liberal Arts Building, a 200,000-square-foot building that will provide Liberal Arts students with a home where they can study and form a sense of community.
  • Recruiting the best students and faculty in the country.
  • Supporting our centers and institutes like the new Texas Language Center, which will help develop standards and benchmarks for teaching foreign languages at UT.

Your support can make a huge difference in a student’s life. Make your gift online today, and help other students have the opportunities I have had.


Andy J., ’10

Adrian Matthys
The University of Texas at Austin
Development Office
1 University Station Stop F1000
Austin, TX 78712

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