We champion ideas and programs that have the power to change the world. Here are just a few that help us maintain our status as a world-class public research university — all of which are opportunities for your immediate investment in The University of Texas at Austin. Choose the area you would like to invest in:
Programs & Research
Invest in Students
Forty Acres Scholars
The Texas Exes have created a new scholarship to bring the best students to Texas, enriching their lives and nurturing their development as future leaders at The University of Texas at Austin. The Forty Acres Scholars Program will provide recipients with full-ride merit scholarships, covering the full cost of tuition and fees, as well as providing funding for housing, food, books, and living expenses. Additionally, Forty Acres Scholars will receive support for enrichment activities, including a service-learning project after the freshman year, study abroad and research/internships.
Rio Grande Valley Scholars
The Rio Grande Valley community prizes higher education, which makes it a natural fit to team with UT Austin, the state’s premier institution of higher learning, to provide generous scholarships that will bring the Valley’s best students to the University. Finances can sometimes stand in the way, but the Rio Grande Valley Scholars Program will change that for some of the Valley’s most deserving students. The program will provide a number of $10,000 renewable scholarships to Valley residents who demonstrate financial need and show excellence in academics, leadership, and community service.
William C. Powers Graduate Fellowship
The William C. Powers Graduate Fellowship was established in 2009 for graduate students to help support President Powers’ goal of UT Austin becoming the top public research institution in the nation. Powers Fellowships can be awarded to any graduate student in any field of study and are among the most prestigious fellowships awarded by the Graduate School, providing a financial incentive package totaling $36,000 over a nine-month period. Powers Fellows are considered to be among the most academically competitive scholars on our campus and will receive dissertation support in their final year. Currently a privately-funded challenge grant has been provided to the University: Raise $250,000 by June 1, 2012, to receive $250,000 in matching funds. You can help us reach that goal.
The Opportunity Scholars
The Opportunity Scholars program was established to benefit University of Texas at Austin students who face the prospect of serious loan debt. Professor Max Snodderly provided gift funds that will be awarded to recipients who will sign a promissory note pledging to give back to the fund when able. Opportunity Scholars, for their part, will be able to take full advantage of the college experience and the opportunities for personal growth it offers, including extracurricular activities. Rather than take a job off campus, they’ll be encouraged to volunteer or work on campus in ways that will complement their studies.
Invest in Faculty
Faculty Chairs and Professorships
You can’t have a great university without great faculty. The University of Texas at Austin boasts world-renowned scholars and winners of such honors as the Nobel Prize, Pulitzer Prize, and MacArthur “genius grants.” Our 3,000 faculty help us fulfill our duties to our students and to society. That’s because they’re not only stellar teachers, they’re among the top scholars in their fields. But we need more of them.
Competition for the best faculty is fierce, and we often find ourselves in a bidding war with other universities. Professorships and chairs give us the tools we need to recruit and retain the best faculty — faculty who conduct the kind of transformative work we’re already seeing. You can fund professorships and chairs in many colleges, schools, and units, including the College of Fine Arts, the McCombs School of Business, and the School of Law.
Invest in Facilities
Dell Medical Center
Dell Medical School’s impact will be felt deeply in Central Texas, but it doesn’t end there. Research at the school will lead to medical advances and new technologies to benefit all people. As the only medical school in The University of Texas System on an academic campus, Dell Medical School offers the unique opportunity for interdisciplinary research that combines the resources of the medical school with the vast research enterprise already underway in other colleges, schools, and departments throughout UT Austin. Dell Medical School will draw on the university’s existing research strengths, including cell and molecular biology, neuroscience, biomedical engineering, chemistry, sociology, psychology, health care delivery systems, and health care policy.
Engineering Education and Research Center
To make the Cockrell School of Engineering a global center that addresses the grand challenges of society, its facilities must be first-rate. Today the Cockrell School’s facility development lags behind top peer schools. But you can help change that by investing in the first phase of the Cockrell School’s Master Facilities Plan: the Engineering Education and Research Center (EERC). The EERC will be a locus of interdisciplinary interaction and an icon of engineering education.
Invest in Programs & Research
Institute for Computational Engineering and Sciences
The Institute for Computational Engineering and Sciences (ICES) was created to provide the infrastructure and intellectual leadership for strong interdisciplinary academic and research programs in computational science and engineering, computational and applied mathematics, and information technology. Home to nine research centers and five active research groups, ICES is a leader in its field. With the right support, ICES can become the world center for solving the global problems of our time. So far $36 million in gifts and matching funds has been raised, and UT Austin is seeking $12 million to complete funding.
Taking a dynamic approach to education, the Intellectual Entrepreneurship Consortium (IE) helps students discover their true passion and shape their education to pursue that path. IE allows students to explore the academic possibilities UT Austin offers and empowers them to transform not just themselves but the world. Students work with faculty, graduate students, and community partners for firsthand exposure to learning and problem solving. With your help, IE can expand its mentorship program to all students across campus.