Endowments at The University of Texas at Austin are a sound
investment in a better future. With an endowed gift, you provide
permanent support for the University. Your gift is invested — never spent
— and each year a distribution, like dividends on a mutual fund
account, is made to your chosen program or area. Investment earnings
above the dividend rate help the endowment value grow over time, to
keep pace with inflation and maintain your endowment's spending power.
There are many endowment opportunities and funding levels available
at the University. Choosing what your endowed gift will support is
simply a matter of selecting a program that matches your interests.
From professorships to book funds, from undergraduate scholarships and
graduate fellowships to deans' and presidents' excellence funds, your
legacy can take almost any form.
You may take up to five years to fund an endowment, and once it is officially established, you or anyone else may continue to add to its principal
at any time. Moreover, by selecting the title of your endowment, you
can forever link your name, or that of a family member, friend, or
organization, to scholarly excellence at the University.
Various types of endowments are listed below, but endowments can
cover other purposes that may fall outside of these general categories:
- Student Scholarships and Fellowships enable
UT to attract and recognize the best undergraduate and graduate
students, regardless of their financial circumstances. Your assistance
allows students to concentrate on their coursework while also
participating more fully in extracurricular programs that will enhance
their personal development. The minimum gift level is $25,000 for an
undergraduate scholarship and $50,000 for a graduate fellowship. The
prestigious Endowed Presidential Scholarship, for undergraduates,
carries a minimum gift level of $50,000, and the Endowed Presidential
Fellowship, for graduate students, carries a minimum gift level of
- Program Endowments and Excellence Funds
support excellence in specific or general programs throughout campus.
You can choose to support the area in which you earned your degree or
another program that interests you. The minimum gift level is $25,000.
- Book and Collection Funds
advance scholarship and research at UT, enabling the purchase and
maintenance of books, maps, electronic resources, and special
collections in the arts and sciences, humanities, and professional
schools. The minimum gift level is $10,000.
- Chairs and Professorships
are awarded to deans, department chairs, and outstanding faculty. These
endowments are crucial to the University's efforts to recruit and
retain highly qualified teachers, researchers, and administrators. Gift
levels range from $300,000 to $1 million.