The Development Office is focused on providing scholarships and educational opportunities for more than 19,300 students. The majority of our students are from within the 10 counties in South Texas, approximately 89% are Hispanic. As a Hispanic Serving Institution, UTPA ranks second in the number of bachelor's degrees and third in the number of master's degrees awarded to Hispanics nationwide. The Development Office is uniquely situated in the business of developing partnerships with donors for the purpose of raising funds to benefit UTPA. This endeavor takes on a broad perspective that involves working with individuals, families, public entities, foundations and corporations seeking to make a significant impact on the lives of students. Increasing the University's visibility provides an opportunity to attract new corporate donors, recruiters and foundation donors.