The Gift of
For over a century, promising young Texans have made their way to The University of Texas at Austin, where doors — to resources, networks, futures unimagined — are opened.
To ensure that generations of students can have the same experience, Linda, B.S. ’70, M.A. ’72, and her husband Lee, B.S. ’70, have given $1 million to establish scholarships for women in the Cockrell School of Engineering and for students participating in UT’s University Leadership Network (ULN), a program for high-potential students with high financial need who are often the first in their families to attend college.
The Norris’ gift to the Cockrell School will support students who are served by the Women in Engineering Program (WEP), which works to recruit and retain talented women engineering students.
“I’ve always wondered, ‘If there are just as many women who are good at math and science as there are men, then why aren’t there more women in engineering?’” Linda says. “I’m hoping that, through these scholarships, we can introduce more young women to STEM and help students from all backgrounds excel academically.”
Linda Steen Norris
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The University Leadership Network includes students from every undergraduate college and school at UT, providing incentive-based scholarships, leadership training and learning communities so that they can excel academically, develop into leaders and graduate in four years, ready to launch their careers.
“Like many students participating in ULN, I was also the first in my immediate family to attend college,” Linda says. “I understand what they’re going through, and I want to help them achieve the success they deserve.”