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How Scholarships Affected Me

Anna Schattschneider, BA ’17 Hometown: Berlin, Germany Majors: Plan II Honors, History, German Scholarships have allowed me to think outside the box and the classroom by giving me a unique educational experience. They allowed me to participate in the Normandy Scholars Program, in which I spent a summer in Europe studying World War II, and […]

Art Work

Fine Arts students get hands-on experience from donor-funded internships As an intern with Austin City Limits Live at The Moody Theater, Ellen Piazza is learning firsthand what it’s like to work at one of the local music industry’s most iconic venues. “I am constantly handling different and unique projects, and I love working with so […]

Real (Estate) World Experience

McCombs alumnus John Goff gives $6 million to make real estate program No. 1 By Avrel Seale In the late spring of 2015, five MBA students and the dean of the McCombs School of Business entered the Fort Worth office of John Goff with an idea. The moments before reaching his door must have felt like something between […]

Building the Future of Nursing

St. David’s Foundation Funds Critical Renovations to Support Hands-on, Team-Based Learning By Kristin Tommey Three million strong, nurses make up the largest segment of our nation’s medical workforce. Working on the front lines of patient care, they play a vital role in making health care more affordable, accessible, and person-centered. The School of Nursing at UT-Austin […]

Taking Action

Loving Parents Support Suicide Prevention Program to Save Lives on the Forty Acres By Kristin Tommey Do you feel depressed? Are you considering suicide? Will you walk with me to the counseling center? These are not easy questions to ask. But they have the power to save lives. While adults often remember college as the best […]

Practical Activism

Memorial Internship Program Engages Graduate Students in Local Conservation Efforts   By Kristin Tommey Austin is one of the fastest growing cities in the nation. Its natural beauty is an undeniable draw. Just a few miles from downtown, residents spend free time swimming in spring-fed creeks, climbing limestone cliffs, and hiking in lush forests. But many […]

Matches Light a Fire in Liberal Arts

When Bobby Patton, Jr., and his wife, Sherri, announced in September 2016 that they were giving $20 million to the College of Liberal Arts to support excellence, they saw it as an investment in the college’s future — and an opportunity to challenge others to invest in that future. Alumni have eagerly responded to the […]

On Her Way

Humble beginnings did not stop Jessica Hernandez from graduating with highest honors — and nothing’s going to stop her now. Growing up in Monahans, Texas, under the primary care of her grandmother, Jessica Hernandez, BS ’16, lived a sheltered life. College wasn’t on her radar. That changed when, at age 11, she and her mother, […]

Brain Waves

Jim and Miriam Mulva share the motivation behind their $50 million commitment to create the Mulva Clinic for the Neurosciences at the university’s Dell Medical School. By Angela Curtis Jim and Miriam Mulva know firsthand how disorders of the brain and nervous system can touch families. Jim’s mother suffered from dementia, and Miriam’s mother and […]

Students Say Thanks to UT’s Many Donors

Whether learning through unparalleled hands-on research programs or participating in life-changing opportunities to grow as leaders and individuals, every Longhorn benefits from philanthropy in some unique way. Thanks Day is an annual event that Students Hooked on Texas, a philanthropy organization at the university, puts on each November. The mission of the event is twofold: to extend a heartfelt, Texas-sized […]

Going Global

Cross-cultural training offers internationally minded students the skills they need for study, work, and life abroad. As people and organizations around the world interact more and more in fast-paced and high-impact exchanges and collaborations, UT’s International Office aims to prepare students to thrive in that environment. How? By equipping them to treat cultural differences not as stumbling blocks but […]

Coming Full Circle with the College of Liberal Arts

A businessman makes a $20 million investment in the college that gave him his start. Bobby Patton, Jr., BBA ’85, enjoyed matching wits with some of the university’s top professors when he was a Plan II Honors student in the early 1980s. But after two years in the program, he switched his major to business administration, feeling he […]

$20 Million Gift to Benefit the Eyes of Texas

Austin’s Wong family helps launch an eye institute at Dell Medical School to train the next generation of ophthalmologists. By Avrel Seale On a summer day in 1939, the first Chinese-American was born in Austin, Texas: Mitchel Wong. Little did anyone suspect that the Wongs, who had been grocers for generations, would raise a son who would […]

Visionaries Welcome

The university takes a multifaceted approach to help people turn ideas into businesses. Time and again, UT has demonstrated that extraordinary things can happen when enterprising minds from industry and academia share the same goals — and the same space. As the university works to advance society through the development of new knowledge, it also […]

Startup: ‘Charge It’ to Make a Difference

Larry Garten always impressed upon his son, Stephen, the importance of doing the right thing and giving back to his community. When Larry died of cancer at age 53, Stephen, then a college sophomore, vowed to honor him by upholding that ethic. Stephen Garten grew up in Baltimore and went to school at Washington University […]

Dreams Fulfilled

From grade school to graduate school, UT helps students from diverse, low-income backgrounds reach their full potential. Alexis Blackman has called herself a Longhorn since she was a kindergartner on a new campus with a promising name: the University of Texas Elementary School. Now it’s official. Having earned a full scholarship from the University Co-op, […]

Former UT staffer founds Charity Charge to leverage rewards points for good

Larry Garten spent much of his time with his son, Stephen, impressing upon him the importance of giving back to his community. When Larry died, Stephen vowed to honor him by upholding that ethic. Stephen Garten, 30, grew up in Baltimore, went to school at Washington University in St. Louis, then landed in Austin as […]

Shedding Light

The Intelligence Studies Project offers fresh perspectives on how to keep the nation safe. Fifteen years after the September 11 attacks, the United States has successfully prevented additional catastrophic terrorist attacks by dealing critical blows to Al Qaeda and affiliated terrorist groups. While those extremists are in decline, ISIS and other jihadist groups are on […]

Challenge for Mcketta a $28 Million Success

The Cockrell School of Engineering named the Department of Chemical Engineering for Professor Emeritus John McKetta four years ago, when its Challenge for McKetta hit the $10 million mark. But those were still early days. The multiyear effort to advance the department and honor one of its most revered teachers and leaders ultimately raised nearly […]

Lab Tested

DIY Diagnostics turns freshmen into health-science researchers—and could save lives in the bargain. By Emily Nielsen Summer is synonymous with fun in the sun, but those carefree days come with a downside: the increased risk of skin cancer. Rachel Graubard was thinking about ways to fight this widespread health threat even before her freshman year. […]

Teens ‘Byte’ into Computer Science

By Jamey Smith When it comes to summer camp, some teenagers may be ready to trade the traditional canoes and archery for something with a bit more flash. Luckily, there’s a camp for nearly every interest these days. And as always, UT is in the vanguard. First Bytes, a one-week camp for high school girls, […]


The key to breaking the cycle of alcohol addiction? It could very well be a rodent that can’t get drunk. By Jamey Smith Since medical science has yet to pinpoint the exact molecular processes of intoxication and withdrawal, therapies to treat alcohol-related disorders remain hit or miss. Enter neuroscience professor Jon Pierce-Shimomura and his team […]

Small World

Working on opposite sides of the globe, two professors and their students join forces to improve lives for people with autism. By M. Yvonne Taylor Mark O’Reilly, Chair of the Department of Special Education[/caption] More than 20 years ago, before the Internet and email, special-education researcher Mark O’Reilly received a letter in his native Ireland. […]

A Day in the Life

In the College of Pharmacy’s Poverty Simulation, students go beyond the classroom for a glimpse of what it means to be truly poor. They gather early on a winter Saturday, not exactly sure what to expect from the next couple of hours. They’ve signed on for the Poverty Simulation. Taking on the persona of one […]

Brownsville Student Receives Rio Grande Valley Scholarship

Stephen “Michael” Garcia, a 2015 Homer Hanna High School graduate, began his Longhorn education at The University of Texas at Austin this year. Named the newest recipient of the Rio Grande Valley Scholarship, Garcia will receive full tuition to the university for four years. A well-rounded and active student, Garcia, a National Honor Society member, […]

Leading Longhorns: The University Leadership Network

Every year, many students arrive at UT uncertain that they’ve made the right choice. They may be the first in their families to go to college, or come from under-resourced backgrounds. They probably attended underperforming high schools. The transition to college can be daunting for them, even overwhelming. But these students have the determination and […]

Shining New Light: HornRaiser Donors Help in the Fight Against Alzheimer’s

“Our group in the Department of Chemistry has made a discovery that may lead to a new approach to treat Alzheimer’s disease.” With that intriguing declaration, Professor Stephen Martin launched a HornRaiser campaign this year that in short order raised more than twice its goal. Small wonder — with a debilitating disease such as Alzheimer’s, […]

Student Research, Technology Get a Boost

Two recent grants illustrate the power of philanthropy to transform research for faculty and students alike. The W. M. Keck Foundation awarded the university $1 million to develop an ultra-bright laser and another $500,000 to help undergraduates utilize advanced technologies in their research. “These two grants support our core missions as a public research university […]

More than a Game: the Denius-Sams Gaming Academy

By Jamey Smith Summer is blockbuster time, and the multiplexes are packed with superheroes and space operas. But some of the highest-grossing epics today don’t come out of Hollywood, and they’re not movies. It may surprise you that the video game industry has grown into a $100 billion business, and that Texas can claim a […]

A Different Kind of Pipeline: ExxonMobil Foundation Donates Record Matching Gift

Every Longhorn knows there are at least a million reasons to support UT. So it was a natural fit when the university joined with ExxonMobil to challenge the company’s employees and retirees to reach the $1 million mark in earned matching funds for a single year. The campaign, dubbed A Million Horns, surpassed its goal […]

Thank you, Longhorns

You made this year’s 40 Hours for the Forty Acres one for the books. Together we raised $391,009, more than two and a half times our $140,000 goal. Students, alumni, parents, faculty, staff, and friends joined forces to benefit areas of importance to them across the Forty Acres. In short, it was a Texas-size success. […]

Become Part of the Giving Process

Photo by Joyce Tong Photography Social work junior Marisa Swanson explains how “donations have the power to transform lives for the better” just in time for 40 Hours for the Forty Acres. The second annual 40 Hours for the Forty Acres is coming April 8 and 9, and we — the Texas community — should […]

Lebermann Foundation creates UT endowments for medical school, liberal arts

AUSTIN, Texas — The Lebermann Foundation of Austin has committed $1.5 million to create two endowments at The University of Texas at Austin honoring the parents of former Austin civic leader Lowell Lebermann. The Dr. Lowell Henry Lebermann Endowed Chair in Internal Medicine in memory of Lowell’s father will be the first chair in internal […]

Speaking with Confidence

A Couple’s Gift Establishes a Unique New Resource to Help Those Who Stutter. Aiming to fill a sizeable gap in U.S. health care, a pair of donors has helped establish the first nonprofit institute within a university setting devoted to stuttering intervention and research. Housed in UT’s Moody College of Communication, it is also the only […]

Helping Prosperity Grow

Longhorns Go Global to Improve Lives. Public service by UT students takes many forms, but some of the most far-reaching efforts are those that promote economic development and fight poverty worldwide. That is the case with the William H. Crook Program in International Affairs, which awards fellowships each year to support students working on concrete, […]

Embrace the Crowd

The Campus Welcomes HornRaiser, a New Tool to Turn Innovative Ideas into Reality.   Students and faculty at UT have great ideas all the time, but the resources to get them off the ground? That’s often another story. Enter HornRaiser, the university’s official crowdfunding platform, which launched in the fall. Similar to Kickstarter, it offers […]

Perspectives on a Changing Texas

A New Department Points the Way for the Nation As the first of its kind in the United States, UT’s newest academic department — up and running since fall 2014 — is also the first to directly address a new social reality: the growing influence of Mexican American and Latino populations nationwide. In Texas and […]

Every Penny Counts: Little Longhorn Donates to UT Elementary

  By Courtney Sevener Little Longhorn makes a gift  to UT Elementary. To many, pennies have lost any and all value. Most people pass them by without bothering to pick them up. Not third-grader Liesl Geiger. She believes every coin in her piggy bank counts, especially when it can be donated to a good cause. […]

A Battle for the Ages

  Laura Bush spearheads a campaign to rehabilitate one of UT’s most important buildings and honor a Texas pioneer. By Jamey Smith Predating the UT Tower by a quarter-century, Battle Hall stands, stately and majestic, as a reminder of the university’s early commitment to creating a campus environment that inspires excellence. But after continuously serving […]

Students Give Big to Programs They Love

Reaching a goal is a fine thing. Blowing right by it? Even better. In a sign that the UT community is as generous as it is passionate, students, alumni, and friends gave more than three times the fundraising goal of the inaugural 40 Hours for the Forty Acres.

Nearly There

For the past eight years, the Campaign for Texas has been about people. Students and professors. Achievers and thinkers. Everyone in Texas benefits from a having a first-class university as the state’s flagship, and with each campaign gift made, more people have been able to realize their potential — and to change the world wherever their ambitions take them.

Taking Medicine to a New Level

By Jamey Smith With preparations for Dell Medical School moving full steam ahead — ground was officially broken in April — it’s worth remembering that the medical realm is hardly new territory for The University of Texas at Austin. The university is already deeply invested in health-related teaching, offering nationally ranked programs and 24 majors […]

Moody Foundation invests $50 million in UT College of Communication

The Moody Foundation has announced a $50 million commitment to establish the Moody College of Communication at The University of Texas at Austin, creating the largest endowment for the study of communication of any public university in the nation. “The Moody Foundation has made a transformative gift to The University of Texas at Austin,” said […]

McCombs annual campaign raises $2 million and alumni participation rate

The McCombs School of Business is celebrating two successes after concluding its annual alumni fundraising campaign: raising more than $2 million and increasing its alumni participation rate to 8.1 percent. McCombs alumni came together to raise the money through one-on-one appeals to their former classmates, many delivered via Facebook and Twitter. In all, 6,300 alumni […]

Three Families Donate Magnum Photo Collection to UT

Michael and Susan Dell, Glenn and Amanda Fuhrman and John and Amy Phelan have donated the Magnum Photos collection to the Harry Ransom Center at the University of Texas at Austin. The collection, containing nearly 200,000 press prints of images taken by world-renowned Magnum photographers, may be the single-largest donation to the Ransom Center ever.

Let’s Make History Together

Alumni and friends, engaged as never before, have sent the Campaign for Texas into record territory. But UT needs one more record-breaking year. The Campaign for Texas, the university’s ambitious $3 billion fundraising drive, comes down to a simple idea: making Texas and the world a better place. As UT keeps on doing what it […]

Advancing Health: A Pediatric Geneticist Homes in on Diabetes, Obesity, and Birth Defects

Dr. Huiping Zhu, a research assistant professor in the School of Human Ecology’s Department of Nutritional Sciences, is a member of the Dell Pediatric Research Institute’s Finnell Lab, a team of epidemiologists, statisticians, clinicians, and geneticists working to discover the causes of birth defects of the brain and spinal cord such as spina bifida.

Into the Future with Rowling Hall

Call it a portal for progress—or a laboratory for bold, earth-shaking ideas. Either way, when Rowling Hall opens its doors in 2017, its contemporary architecture will support an exciting, modern take on business pedagogy, fulfilling the UT maxim that “what starts here changes the world.”

One Way to Support Students: INSPIRE Them

A new endowment aims to help young women develop skills to succeed With women making up more than half the nation’s population — 51 percent, according to the U.S. Census Bureau — the need for scientists, leaders in business and government, engineers, and doctors of both sexes is greater than ever. Fortunately for young women […]

Stronger Footing

It took the efforts of three different SG administrations—and three friends—to get the footwear on the shelves. The idea for a pair of UT boots was the brainchild of Clayton Stewart. The external financial officer for SG at the time, Stewart was interning at the State Capitol when he noticed lawmakers wearing boots featuring the state seal.

Another Dimension to UT

Spaceships hurtling toward you. Touchdown receptions an arm’s length away. Front-row seats at big concerts. These experiences—or at least the illusion of them—are increasingly common in movie theaters and living rooms thanks to 3-D technology. And now UT radio-television-film students will have access to the nation’s first comprehensive 3-D production curriculum.

Anatomy of a UT Medical School

Burnt orange scrubs—they’re not just for nurses anymore. The Dell Medical School at UT Austin, named for benefactors Michael and Susan Dell, aims to welcome its first class in 2016. And it has the potential to improve the health of people not just in Austin but throughout Texas and beyond by training new physicians and […]

ACES Building Renamed for Long-Anonymous Donors

On March 26, the Applied Computational Engineering and Sciences Building at UT will be renamed the O’Donnell Building for Applied Computational Engineering and Sciences (OACES) to honor the donors who built it.

New Clements Center Honors Texas Governor’s Legacy

The new William P. Clements Jr. Center for History, Strategy, and Statecraft will train leaders in the history of national security and diplomacy, honoring the legacy of former Texas Gov. Bill Clements, who mentored a generation of such officials. An avid reader of history, Clements, who died in 2011, left a distinguished legacy of bipartisan […]

Erin Howell: Service at Home and Abroad

After graduating from her Houston high school, Erin Howell wanted to experience the world outside of Texas and learn more about herself in the process. Already accepted to The University of Texas at Austin, Howell took advantage of the university’s enrollment deferral program and joined Youth With a Mission (YWAM). Guided by her strong faith, […]

New Liberal Arts Building Opens

A new home for Liberal Arts The new 200,000-square-foot glass and limestone College of Liberal Arts Building opened just in time for the spring semester, giving more than 10,000 liberal arts students a new home for the first time in decades. Of the $87 million in projected costs, donors contributed $20 million, the College of […]

Planned Gifts Fund Campus Landmarks — and More

Without Planned Gifts UT Would Be a Shadow of its Present Self Imagine The University of Texas at Austin without the Tower. Now remove the following from campus: the Littlefield Home, Littlefield Fountain, Jackson School of Geosciences, and Etter-Harbin Alumni Center. Then pluck McDonald Observatory from the Davis Mountains of West Texas. While you’re at it, […]

Driving Innovation, Transforming Education

Bold plans call for an ‘engineering epicenter’ at the university In today’s ever-changing world, one thing is increasingly clear: The need for innovative engineers has never been greater. Scientists and engineers make up only 4 percent of the U.S. workforce, but their work contributes to as much as 85 percent of the gross domestic product. […]

Guillermo Hernandez: Energy for the Future

“As a professional engineer one of my goals is to use my knowledge for the benefit of society,” Guillermo Hernandez says.

Kaitlyn Bliss: Practice, Practice, Practice

“I knew that coming to this school would give me so many opportunities if I changed my major,” Kaitlyn Bliss says. “I had always been interested in teaching. It was something I pictured myself doing down the road.”

So Bliss switched from business to mathematics and enrolled in the UTeach program for secondary education. Bliss did her student teaching at O. Henry Middle School in Austin.

St. David’s Foundation Grants Will Increase Number of Social Workers Serving Critical Roles

The St. David’s Foundation’s $2 million grant to the School of Social Work will provide ten $10,000 fellowships each year to bilingual students in the master’s degree program who are preparing for careers as health and mental health social workers in Central Texas. Pictured are members of the first cadre of St. David’s Foundation Bilingual Social Work Scholars.

Check It Out: New Ways to Support UT Libraries

Do you love books? Want to honor or memorialize someone? Looking for a special gift for a Longhorn? If you answer yes to any of these questions, you’re a prospective supporter of the University of Texas Libraries. The Libraries’ collections are the cornerstone of groundbreaking research, the foundation on which educations are built. From architectural drawings to classical manuscripts, from fine arts and historical music collections to cutting-edge materials in life sciences and engineering, UT Libraries are a treasure trove for students and scholars. New programs are generating funds that further strengthen the University’s world-class collections.

Emily Burns: Texas Pride, Texas Care

Emily Burns was so enthralled with the medical field growing up that her favorite TV show was Rescue 911. That fascination grew as she chose to attend UT for her undergraduate degree, too.

“I have Texas pride,” Burns says. “Plus, they have a great nursing school.”

A Special Centennial Takes Bloom

The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center marks the centennial of America’s environmental first lady.

Benjamin Ammon: Academia and Beyond

Endowed Scholarships helped 6,371 Longhorns this year. In this five-part series scholarship recipients and recent graduates share their stories.

Zuri Garcia: “Scholarships are the reason I graduated”

Students at The University of Texas at Austin have been changing the world for more than 125 years. One factor that helps attract the best undergraduate and graduate students — regardless of financial circumstances — is endowed scholarships. What sets endowed scholarships apart from other types of financial assistance? Gifts given as endowments are invested […]

Not just a pretty place

The National Wildflower Research Center’s mission of increasing sustainable use and conservation of native wildflowers, plants, and landscapes is now finding roots in coursework at The University of Texas.

A friend the University could count on

Sometimes a modest life can make a big difference. Maebess Matthews grew up in Austin living above a shop on the Drag and spent her career as a public servant. But she made some smart investments along the way, and when she died she left almost $2 million to The University of Texas at Austin.

Inspiring young people to succeed

Meadows Foundation grant sends award-winning “State of Tomorrow” DVDs to every Texas public middle and high school.

Campus icon now ready for another 75 years

Dallas couple’s gift spurs restoration of beloved 1933 Littlefield Fountain.

Gates boosts top-10 computer science program

By Lee Clippard One of the nation’s leading computer science departments is a big step closer to having a new, state-of-the-art home, thanks to a $30 million challenge grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The foundation’s investment will be paid as the College of Natural Sciences raises the remaining funds for the complex. The […]

Bringing the Big Apple to the Forty Acres

One alum’s mission: Raise the University’s profile by sending more New Yorkers to UT.

A laboratory for life

Seay’s lead gift helps build cutting-edge new home for Psychology and Human Development and Family Sciences.

Trading the high seas for a higher education

Harrington Fellow Nick Crain applies skills he learned in the Navy to his graduate studies in corporate finance and governance.

Repeat donors enhance UT one gift at a time

Annual gifts strengthen the college, school, or program of your choice.

A timely investment in urban planning

Dallas civic leaders Deedie and Rusty Rose give $1 million to the School of Architecture.

University announces $3 billion Campaign for Texas

UT Austin has already raised $722 million in our drive to strengthen our national competitiveness and global impact.

‘Horns Helping Horns’ assists freshmen with less

Program gives neediest of new students a leg up as they begin their UT years.

$1.2 million to help document world conflicts

Houston’s Bridgeway Foundation works with UT Libraries to combat oppression, genocide, and human rights violations.

Playwright takes home 2008 Keene Prize

Donor-funded award, given to University of Texas students only, is among the world’s largest literary prizes.

Little Longhorn ‘seniors’ headed for middle school

UT Elementary, a one-of-a-kind public charter school, graduates its first class of fifth-graders.

$15 million for law, nursing, undergraduate studies

Houston attorney and philanthropist Joe Jamail calls his gift “the best and most lasting investment I could make.”

Bank of America invests $1 million in pediatrics

With the new UT institute, Austin is set to become a hub of excellence for children’s health and biomedical research.

Young researchers recognized for cutting-edge work

Sloan Fellowships reward outstanding promise among five assistant professors.

Little Longhorns, big dreams

Cutting-edge approach at UT Elementary School features longer school days, family literacy program, latest research, and Texas Exes mentor program.

Architecture team wins quarter-million-dollar prize

Permanent endowment will support graduate research in sustainable design.

Taking a slice out of life

UT researchers use cutting-edge scanners to study extinct animals.

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