Office of Development


The Division of University Advancement provides assistance to donors in achieving their philanthropic goals. UTPA has been able to have a broad impact in higher education due to the generosity of donors who see the future in educating our young generation.


UTPA Foundation Medical School Challenge Grant

In an effort to support the new UT Rio Grande Valley, The University of Texas-Pan American Foundation has agreed to match funds raised by both UT Pan American and UT Brownsville, up to $250,000, in order to establish a $500,000 scholarship endowment for students accepted into the UTRGV medical school. The UTRGV Challenge Grant funds will be disbursed by the UTPA Foundation upon completion of the challenge requirements by both institutions, and serve as an investment in the future of UT Rio Grande Valley and the new medical school. Click here to learn more.


UT System Research Incentive Program for the Comprehensive Universities

The UTrip-CU Program was created to incentivize research-oriented gifts for the Comprehensive Universities of the UT System, including UTPA and UTB, and UT System has made provisions for UTrip-CU to benefit the new UTRGV. UTrip-CU will provide a total of $1 million in matching funds to assist the Comprehensive Universities in leveraging private gifts for the enhancement of research productivity and faculty recruitment. Private gifts that are made for research-oriented purposes will allow the University to receive the benefit of a match from UT System, with the match rate determined by the size of each gift. Click here to learn more.


President's Circle

The President’s Circle at The University of Texas-Pan American is truly that – a “circle” of very special friends who are dedicated to ensuring a bright future for the University while at the same time giving the gift of education to the many talented students who choose to study here.

By encouraging the exploration of the wonders of anthropology and the arts, technology and teaching, engineering and English, mathematics and modern languages, sociology and the sciences, UTPA is inspiring the next generation of thinkers and dreamers whose invention and courage will transform our region and our world.

Membership at the levels noted below may be held by an individual, jointly by a couple, or by a foundation or corporation, which will designate a representative to be listed on the membership roster. Corporate matching gift programs may be used to qualify for membership.

Membership Levels  
Gold Circle $5,000
Silver Circle $2,500
Bronze Circle $1,000


Benefits of Membership
To show our appreciation for your generous annual support, we offer the following benefits:

  • Invitation to annual President’s Circle events and other special gatherings
  • Inclusion on the Wall of Honor in the Visitors Center, Student Services Building
  • Annual President’s Circle progress report, detailing the impact of your investment
  • Within the President’s Circle, a series of messages from the President exclusively for President’s Circle members
  • Los Arcos magazine, published three times a year by UTPA
  • Invitations to select cultural and athletic events
  • VIP Parking on campus (for gifts of $1,000 and above)
  • UTPA Library privileges

Your membership in the President’s Circle qualifies as a tax-deductible gift to UTPA, less any fair market value of any benefits received.

Angel Investors

Making an Investment in Student Excellence
This scholarship program is funded solely by UTPA faculty and staff whose generous donations provide scholarship funds for UTPA staff members who are nearing completion of their degrees.

The Angel Investors program provides scholarships for expenses not covered through the Employee Educational Benefit Program at UTPA.  Funds awarded to scholarship recipients are used at their discretion to assist with expenses such as lab fees, books, child care, etc. Join now.

These initiatives represent some of the key areas where the University seeks to grow its support from donors. Please contact us for more information.

Yvette Padilla
Director of Stewardship and Annual Giving
Development Office
(956) 665-5301

Elia Lerma
Assistant Director of Annual Giving
Development Office
(956) 665-5301

Make a gift
There are many ways to support UTPA’s students, faculty and future with your philanthropy. Your support can benefit any college, program or scholarship of your choice.


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UTPA’s vast network of supporters embraces a strong culture of philanthropy. Take a look at the many opportunities our University community has had to engage with our supporters.


University Scholars
University Scholars
The University Scholars Tiered Scholarship Program offers opportunities for our most dedicated students to reach new heights and provide them with the tools to be successful in life.


President's Circle
President's Circle
A “circle” of very special friends dedicated to ensuring a bright future for UTPA, while giving the gift of education to the many talented students who choose to study here.


Donor Stories
Donor Stories
Every day we see the impact gifts make to the University. We see it in the achievements of our students and faculty, and in the growth of our campus. Every day, your gifts are at work.


Office of Development
The University of Texas-Pan American

1201 W. University Drive, ITT 1.210
Edinburg, TX 78539
(956) 665-5301
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