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UTSA Receives $40 Million Gift From MacKenzie Scott and Dan Jewett to Bolster Student Success

The University of Texas at San Antonio has received a transformational $40 million gift from philanthropists MacKenzie Scott and Dan Jewett to support its vision of becoming a model for student success, a great public research university, and an exemplar for strategic growth and innovative excellence. The unrestricted gift allows the university to allocate the funds in ways that will most benefit its student population, now and for generations to come.
MacKenzie Scott and Dan Jewett

UTSA School of Data Science Receives $1 Million from Frost Bank to Support Emerging Research

Frost Bank has committed $1 million to the UTSA School of Data Science (SDS). The gift establishes the Frost Excellence Fund endowment, which will support research-enhancing activities such as graduate research fellowships, undergraduate research activities and other research programs within the school.
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A Caring Mother's Legacy of Creating Positive Change Lives On

Gloria Glenn Reedy was a dedicated and loving mother who found great passion in her career as a social worker. To Gloria, social work was more than a job, it was her calling. She provided for her family and gave everything she could to ensure her children would be able to attend college while she continued to achieve her goal of making a difference in the lives of others. To honor Gloria, her three children, Robert, Ann, and Joe created the Gloria Glenn Reedy Endowed Scholarship for Social Work at The University of Texas at San Antonio. 
Gloria Glenn Reedy

Alvarezes Gift $20 Million to Advance College of Business Research, Programs

Carlos and Malú Alvarez have committed a $20 million gift to UTSA’s College of Business. The gift from the Alvarez family is the first of its kind in the university’s history and will be used to advance research-enhancing activities, including establishing endowed faculty positions, graduate research fellowships and undergraduate research programs. In recognition of the significance of this gift, The University of Texas System Board of Regents has authorized the renaming of the College of Business to the Carlos Alvarez College of Business, making it the first named college at UTSA.

Carlos Alvarez

UTSA Giving Day Exceeds Expectations

For 1,969 minutes on April 6 and 7, the Roadrunner community united for the first UTSA Giving Day. The results exceeded expectations in a number of areas, thanks to participation from across Roadrunner Nation. Approximately $350,000 was raised from almost 1,900 donors. Gifts supported more than 50 programs across the university, including colleges, student activities, athletics, the UTSA Libraries, UTSA Alumni Association scholarships, and much more.

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New Research and Technology Solutions Spur Vast Innovation at UTSA

UTSA has received a technology grant via special discounts from Dell Technologies to support advanced technologies and a new research infrastructure platform at the university. Through the substantial savings to UTSA, this technology grant enables and supports UTSA’s ability to attract leading research scholars and students. With the grant, UTSA invested in a hybrid cloud approach that utilizes solutions from Dell Technologies to help deliver research in data science and cybersecurity.

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Roadrunners Gain Entrepreneurial Tools with Blackstone LaunchPad

There’s no shortage of innovative and entrepreneurial students at UTSA. For years UTSA students have pitched their startup ideas at business plan competitions, participated in tech showcases and attended entrepreneurship boot camps, receiving support primarily through the university’s Center for Innovation, Technology and Entrepreneurship. Beginning today, creative Roadrunners will be able to tap into a new network that will provide additional experiential learning opportunities to improve their career readiness.

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UTSA receives $5 Million Mellon Grant for Racial Justice Efforts

UTSA has been awarded a three-year, $5 million grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to support the university’s community partnerships in advancing racial justice. The grant, administered through the Mellon Just Futures Initiative, supports visionary, unconventional, experimental and groundbreaking projects that address the long-existing fault lines of racism, inequality, and injustice within democracy and civil society. 

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Generosity Lands Alumna at Aerospace Company

First generation college student, Audrey Stipe ’15, found her passion in the field of manufacturing while attending The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA). With the stress that can accompany working multiple jobs and internships, receiving The Ruben M. and Veronica S. Escobedo Endowed Scholarship gave Audrey Stipe ’15 the opportunity to focus on her demanding studies and laboratory work while supporting herself through college.
Audrey Stipe

Young Alumni Couple Create Endowed Scholarship for First-Generation and Transfer Students

The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) transfer student Andrew Hubbard’17 and first-generation college student, Carla Juarez’17 met while attending UTSA and married soon after in 2019. Following their positive university experience, the couple decided to create a fundraising campaign in lieu of a traditional wedding registry. Their campaign supported the UTSA First Gen & Transfer Student Center. More recently, the philanthropic pair took their passion one bold step further and created the Juarez-Hubbard Endowed Scholarship.
Andrew and Carla Hubbard

USAA Awards $1 Million for Student Scholarships and Emergency Support

The University of Texas at San Antonio has received $1 million from USAA to provide 100 UTSA Bold Promise scholarships for low- to moderate-income minority students. This comes after a $100,000 contribution made earlier this year to support student emergency funds following the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.
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UTSA Receives $1 Million Commitment to Create Draper Data Science Business Plan Competition

Venture capitalist Timothy Draper and his wife, Melissa, have committed $1 million to establish the Draper Data Science Business Plan Competition. The competition adds yet another innovative component to the new UTSA School of Data Science. The Drapers also plan to donate a hologram and programming to the university once it becomes available.
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UTSA History Students Receive Greater Opportunities in Research Through $1 Million Commitment from The Nau Foundation

Established in 2013, the Nau Scholars Program celebrates UTSA’s diverse student body and supports deserving students focused on undergraduate or graduate research in History. Thanks to a generous $1 million commitment from The Nau Foundation the program will continue to award scholars who bridge the divide between geographic, racial, ethnic, generational, and socio-economic borders.

UTSA to Establish Preclinical Pharmacology Core and Young Investigator Award with $1.7 Million Gift from Voelcker Fund

The trustees of the Max and Minnie Tomerlin Voelcker Fund have awarded the College of Sciences and chemistry professor Doug Frantz $883,000 to establish the Max and Minnie Tomerlin Voelcker CIDD Preclinical Pharmacology Core for Accelerated Drug Discovery. Another $900,000 will support the Max and Minnie Tomerlin Voelcker Young Investigator Awards, which will help advance two rising superstar faculty members.
Dr. John Frantz

UTSA Professor Dedicates 40 Years to Creating STEM Opportunities for Hispanic Youth

Professor Emeritus of Mathematics, Dr. Manuel P. Berriozábal, joined the faculty of the University of Texas at San Antonio’s (UTSA) College of Sciences in 1976. Just three years into his tenure, Dr. Berriozábal brought a science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) based program, which has earned national recognition and become known as the Pre-Freshman Engineering Program (PREP).

UTSA Receives $3 Million Commitment for Najim Career and Innovation Center

Local entrepreneur and philanthropist Harvey E. Najim has committed $3 million to establish the Harvey E. Najim Innovation and Career Advancement Center at UTSA. The center will drive the university’s Classroom to Career initiative as part of its 10-year strategic vision and mission on student success.

UTSA’s Largest Single Private Donor Gift Continues to Change Lives

Ten years after UTSA inherited the estate of one of its most loyal donors, Mary McKinney, her $22 million bequest remains the largest single private gift the university has ever received. The gift funded the Felix and Elizabeth McKinney Memorial Scholarship, which provides full-ride scholarships to assist low-income students in pursuing a college education.

UTSA launches emergency funds to connect students to resources

To help relieve some of the stress that students might be facing due to coronavirus-related changes to their daily lives, UTSA has created key funds that support Roadrunners' most prevalent needs during this time.

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Special giving campaign underway to match chancellor’s gift

UT System Chancellor James Milliken has stepped up to help UTSA students in a big way. With support from the Chancellor's Council and the Chancellor's Council Executive Committee, Milliken has generously allocated $25,000 to the Student Emergency Fund at UTSA to provide grants to students facing a hardship as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.

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UTSA, Whataburger, S.A. Food Bank partner to address food insecurity

UTSA, Whataburger and the San Antonio Food Bank today announced a partnership to ensure that healthy food, free of charge, is made available to students in need across all of the university's campuses.

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UTSA College of Engineering to receive $500,000 for new Makerspace

The UTSA College of Engineering confirmed a commitment of $500,000 from Ed Whitacre in support of the Science and Engineering Building, currently under construction and slated to open in 2020. The new building will provide 153,000 square feet of laboratory, classroom and meeting space to support students and research in engineering, brain health, biology and chemistry.

Science and Engineering Building

UTSA breaks ground on facility to elevate athletics, provide public space

The University of Texas at San Antonio today broke ground on a state-of-the-art, $41.5 million athletic training facility that will help the university draw world-class student-athletes to its Division I programs and provide recreational sports resources to San Antonio residents.

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UTSA’s Next Generation of Researchers

One of the most important goals for Dr. Doug Frantz is to leave a legacy for his students; they are his reason for dedicating his life to research at UTSA. Dr. Frantz was drawn to UTSA's vast potential for growth in the Department of Chemistry. He credits The Max and Minnie Tomerlin Voelcker Fund Endowed Distinguished Professorship in Chemistry with allowing him to train the next generation of scientists while conducting his own research.

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UTSA receives $15 million gift and parcels of land downtown for construction of proposed School of Data Science and National Security Collaboration Center

UTSA today announced it has received a $15 million gift from San Antonio business leader Graham Weston to support the university's proposed School of Data Science.

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Women and Education: A Life-Changing Combination

Through education, students can change the circumstances of their lives – this remains a grounding principle for the women of the Pan American League who award lifechanging scholarships to students at The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA). Scholarship recipient, Maeanna Miller-Barnard, proves how transformative their support can be.

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Italy Inspires Global Perspective

UTSA senior Civil Engineering major, Crista Cerda, returned to San Antonio from Urbino, Italy in the fall of 2019. She spent her days walking along Urbino's cobblestone streets with fellow classmates in search of Italy's delectable cuisine while experiencing the country's rich culture as they learned to communicate with locals. Regularly, her class traveled to major cities like Rome, Italy where she engaged with lead engineers and discussed multiple development projects in the city.

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