Foyt Family Endowment for Student Affairs
Some students arrive at The University of Texas with little more than a handful of belongings. These students are the focus of Horns Helping Horns, a program devoted to providing the neediest of Longhorns with items that will help them feel comfortable in their new home at UT. The program matches Longhorns with a mentor who helps them shop for items to furnish their rooms and also provides funds for books, tuition and fees, room and board, and travel. The Foyt Family Endowment for Student Affairs positively affects highly motivated UT students by providing for their material needs so they can concentrate on their educations.
With only six hours needed to complete his BA, Arthur left UT to become a barber and later an entrepreneur so he could support his three sisters while they earned UT degrees, putting aside his own ambitions to be a lawyer. Arthur was the oldest of 10 children, and when his father died in 1921 Arthur took over the barbershop to support the family. He had even worked as a barber after he moved to Austin to attend UT in 1933. Carol recalls that men would come to their house well into the ’60s to have her father give them a trim.
Foyt’s store on the Drag sat next to the Texas Theater in a building owned by the University Co-op. In 1965 the Co-op wanted to rent the space occupied by Foyt’s, so Arthur moved his store to the Littlefield Building in downtown Austin. When the store moved, Arthur donated the shelving to the University. Harry Huntt Ransom, the University president, wrote Arthur a letter thanking him for his donation. In the letter, Dr. Ransom wrote, “We shall miss the landmark of your shop by the theater. In the years when I had time to move about and shop, I always enjoyed a visit to your bailiwick. We shall miss you.”