Endowments

With an endowed gift, you provide permanent support for the university. An endowed gift is:

  • A sound investment: An endowed gift is invested, never spent. 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.
  • A choice you make: Your gift can take almost any form. From professorships to scholarships and more, choosing what your endowed gift will support is simply a matter of talking with us about your interests and finding (or creating) a program that matches them
  • An ever-growing legacy: You may take up to five years to fund an endowment to the minimum required level. Once it is officially established, you or anyone else may continue to add to its principal at any time.
  • A lasting imprint: By selecting the title of your endowment, you forever link your name — or that of a family member, friend, or organization — to scholarly excellence at The University of Texas at Austin.

Current Minimum Funding Levels to Establish Endowments

  • Chair $2,000,000
  • Professorship $500,000
  • Endowed Presidential Graduate Scholarship or Fellowship $250,000
  • Graduate Fellowship $100,000
  • Undergraduate Scholarship $50,000
  • General Excellence / Program Support Endowment $25,000

Types of Endowments

  • Student Scholarships and Fellowships enable the School 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

To find out more about creating an endowment, contact Laura Turner, Director of Development (512) 232-8376