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Our donors love The University of Texas at Austin, and they’ve chosen to give to the University in many ways. Their stories are enlightening, inspiring, and surprising.

The UT Gene

Lufkin father passes down burnt-orange legacy to brood. By Angela Curtis Hilary Haglund Walker didn’t fall far from the tree. Like her father, Wayne Haglund, she earned an undergraduate degree from UT. Like her dad, she went on to law school. He was president of the local Rotary Club; now she is. She even joined [...]

Dell Medical School’s first scholarship donor takes aim at doctor shortage

In October the Dallas day trader, Matt Bell, became the first person to create a scholarship at UT’s new Dell Medical School. He hopes the Matthew G. Bell Memorial Endowed Student Tuition Fellowship will make careers in medicine more enticing to would-be doctors deterred by the high cost of a medical education.

Home Court Advantage

For Texas Women’s Basketball super-fans Julia Hickman and Cecil Reynolds, the players and coaches they cheer for and the fellow fans they sit with at the Erwin Center each winter are more than a community. The couple calls them “our basketball family.”

LBJ ’82: A Class Act

The Class of ’82 mobilized and challenged one another to raise $150,000 to award a one-year tuition fellowship and internship stipend each year to a deserving LBJ School student.

Sam Woollard: the Power of Participation

As someone who works with charitable giving every day, Sam Woollard of Austin knows the power of small gifts. “One of the things I know from having worked with nonprofits is that small gifts oftentimes can be more flexible” because they’re less likely to have strings attached, she said. That makes it possible to address [...]

The Power of Participation

“I feel like that’s just doing your part as an alumnus,” said Ryan Oliver of Atlanta, a brand strategist for Twitter who earned his MBA at UT in 2006. “You don’t have to get your name on a building, but giving something back is really important.”

Credit Where It’s Due

Two of the University’s most prolific and generous donors receive long-overdue public recognition for their UT philanthropy A certain very generous husband and wife have long been among the University’s top donors. And for about as long, they have declined the spotlight. But this spring, after years of encouragement from University leaders, Peter and Edith [...]

Give Now and Give Later

“I’ve always felt like UT treated me so well here, and the quality of education was outstanding,” Dan says. “All my friends went to school here, so it’s always been kind of a family experience for me. Part of the endowment process and the estate planning was just to continue that family relationship.”

Having It All

As loyal Longhorns, the Goldmans knew they wanted to give back to the university that changed their lives. They also want to show their children the importance of giving back to an institution that helped put them on the right track. The challenge was finding a way to do so while still providing for their three young children.

An Investment in the Workforce of the Future

It’s a classic success story, and it never gets old. An innovator nurtures a great idea from humble beginnings into a multinational company with a positive impact across the world. The company is National Instruments, and the innovator is company co-founder Jim Truchard. Truchard leveraged his innate talents, along with the considerable grounding in physics [...]

The Power of Education

“We can give people greater opportunities by giving to UT than we could anywhere else.” – Julius Glickman

Turning $1 Million into $3 Million at McCombs

El Paso native Woody Hunt has issued a challenge of his own to his fellow McCombs School of Business alumni and friends.

Hunt would like his gift to fund scholarships to students from El Paso and the surrounding area. “My hope here is to try to improve the competitiveness of our region,” he says. “The expectations would be that some of those students will come back and contribute to the community.”

Something Ventured, a Whole Lot Gained

Entrepreneurs, take note. Texas Venture Labs at the McCombs School of Business is now Jon Brumley Texas Venture Labs, in recognition of a gift of more than $6 million from Fort Worth businessman and entrepreneur Jon Brumley. “This investment is a game changer that enables us to expand the scale and accessibility of the Texas [...]

John Goodenough: Supercharged

Pioneering portable power was just the beginning for this professor and donor Take a quick look around. You’re probably within arm’s length of a John Goodenough invention. Goodenough, a mechanical engineering professor in UT’s Cockrell School of Engineering, helped launch the wireless revolution with his development of the cathodes of the rechargeable lithium-ion battery, which [...]

One Family’s Musical Legacy Helps UT Elementary

Keith Maxie and his wife, Alice, created the Ira and Muriel Maxie Endowment to honor Keith’s parents and the impact music had on their family — something that started on his parents’ first date. Since childhood Ira had an eye for Muriel, but it wasn’t until that first date that he realized her singing voice [...]

Guillermo Nicolas honors pioneers of Spanish-language TV in the U.S.

Broadcasting is in Guillermo Nicolas’ blood. So is innovation. His family, after all, is the one to thank for the United States’ first Spanish-language TV station and network. And Nicolas himself is something of a pioneer, helping launch Home Shopping Español. So it just made sense for the 1987 UT graduate and San Antonio resident [...]

‘The More You Give, the More You Get Back’: One Couple’s Story

By Angela Curtis Mary Virginia Jacobs could tell Trina Sommerlatte was special from the moment the young nurse walked into her husband’s hospital room. She just had no idea how special. It was Thanksgiving weekend 2009. From the moment the two women met they shared an important interest: the health of Claud Jacobs, who was [...]

Wayne Wagner’s graduation gift to his sister

It was December 2002, and Wayne Wagner was attending the UT School of Nursing commencement as the proud big brother of graduate Nicole Murry. Something touched him that night, and a scholarship was born.

Class act: Shelley Trathen

Shelley Trathen believes money shouldn’t stand in the way of an education. Now this former teacher is bringing higher education to the next generation.

Marching to a better drummer

Before Vince DiNino, there was no Show Band of the Southwest. That changed in 1955 when DiNino became the first full-time director of the Longhorn Band. After 20 years as Longhorn Band director DiNino put down his baton, but his influence continues today.

All roads lead to Texas

Chemist David Medley finds formula for success at UT.

Leveling the field (In memoriam: 1965–2013)

Attorney hopes scholarship will help make Law School more diverse.

A life-changing investment in graduate studies

Austin’s Linda and Nick Classen help a school principal pursue a doctorate and achieve her full potential.

Making an endowment-level gift — on the installment plan

Dan and Shannon MacLemore find a way to make a difference.

The art of philanthropy

Julius and Suzan Glickman’s masterpiece is their family.

Architecture alumnus honors mentors

Fred W. Clarke’s gift will increase the number of Architecture’s Endowed Presidential Scholars.

Honoring his parents

A son turns his grief into a legacy.

Playing through the pain: Couple helps UT, children in need

Norma Leben is a pioneer in directive play therapy for abused, neglected children.

Standing ovation for Sarah & Ernest Butler

$55 million gift is largest to any public university music school.

Ben Barnes gives LBJ School $1 million

Former Lt. Governor extends his legacy at the institution he helped launch.

William W. Cooper

From prizefighter to prize-winning financial innovator, this professor emeritus has led a storied life.

Honoring a departed friend

One ’70s-era Longhorn remembers another with an endowed gift.

The eyes of Texas

Margaret Berry wrote the book on UT history — several of them, in fact.

Former student president continues to lead

With a forward-looking gift, Annie Holand Miller becomes a student benefactor.

A match made on Sixth Street

Martin and Rosana Lizárraga found love for each other — and philanthropy.

Celebrating a philanthropic legacy

Descendants of UT benefactor George W. Littlefield carry on the family tradition.

University Launches Construction of Dell Medical School; First Students in Fall 2016

Monday, April 21, 2014

Phillips 66 Presents $500,000 Check; Gift Benefits Students Pursuing Energy Careers

Friday, April 18, 2014

Tillerson Family Commits $5 Million to Engineering Education and Research Center

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Dell Medical School’s Clay Johnston: How Do You Reinvent Health Care?

Sunday, April 13, 2014

40 Hours for the Forty Acres Sets Fundraising Challenge for Alumni and Students

Thursday, March 27, 2014

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