Donald D. Harrington Fellows Program
Don and Sybil Harrington
Over the next ten years, the endowment grew from royalties received on the mineral interests, the planned reinvestment of LTF endowment distributions, and additional cash gifts from Mrs. Harrington through the Sybil B. Harrington Living Trust. In 2001 the fund reached the level needed to support the program, and Fellowships commenced in the fall of 2001. The endowment distributed over $1,058,000 for the year ended August 31, 2002, and supports the work of distinguished faculty members and promising graduate students.
Graduate student fellows are selected on the basis of their academic performance, character, and leadership. Faculty fellows are chosen based on the originality and creativity of their work, the anticipated benefit of the award to their discipline or research area, and the potential to make significant contributions to the global community. An annual Donald D. Harrington Symposium provides an opportunity for Harrington Faculty Fellows to share the results of their research with the academic community and the general public.
The first such symposium was held on the UT campus in November 2001, and in April 2002 the Harrington Fellows and University officials traveled to Amarillo to brief the Harrington Foundation and citizens of Amarillo on their progress at the University. The Donald D. Harrington Fellows Program has helped to raise significantly UT Austin's profile in the international academic community.