Office of Development


The University of Texas-Pan American provides tomorrow’s leaders with skills to help overcome society’s challenges. Through critical thinking and hands on innovation, UTPA students are taught to explore all possible solutions for today’s complex problems.

We need your help in keeping this momentum going. Your gifts are deeply appreciated as it helps our university to serve the community through education, public service and research. The University of Texas-Pan American maximizes the impact of your gifts by utilizing it where it is needed most, our students.

We invite you to join us in making a difference! Contact the Development Office at (956) 665-5301 or via e-mail at: to discuss the many ways to become a part of the UTPA family. Together, we can enrich student lives in this multi-cultural world.



Student Stories

Rosa Ybarra

COBA student awarded national “Latina of the Year”

Rosa Ybarra, a 20-year-old senior at The University of Texas-Pan American, has become the first UTPA student to land the coveted “Latina of the Year” award from the Association of Latino Professionals in Finance and Accounting (ALPFA), earning her a $10,000 scholarship from the Big Four CPA firm Deloitte.

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Donor Stories

Zapatas Couple

Zapatas giving back by joining UTPA President's
Circle as Founding Members

Zapatas giving back by joining UTPA President's Circle as Founding Members When Rosa and Gustavo Zapata call themselves educators, they are talking about more than their careers. Education became their life-long commitment. As members of The University of Texas-Pan American President's Circle members, the two UTPA alums have committed to making education possible for future generations of UTPA students.

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Alumni Stories

Dr. Norma Iglesias and her husband Alvaro

UTPA alumni overcome adversity and pay it forward

Dr. Norma Iglesias and her husband Alvaro know the struggles of supporting a family and pursuing an education. That is why the couple has now stepped forward to provide much-needed summer scholarships to The University of Texas-Pan Americanís Physician Assistant Studies Program (PASP).


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Faculty Stories

Dr. Layne Jorgensen

Longtime UTPA professor puts service first

The UTPA graduate program coordinator recently received a Faculty Excellence Award in recognition for his outstanding contributions to the College of Education. The honor is given to faculty members who have given their best to advance the success of students and the University. Jorgensen was selected for his years of service to the University and his commitment to student advisement.

 “I do not like being singled out and recognized for work that in most cases was not done by me alone. There are many who have contributed to my success and I wish they too could be recognized,” he said. “Life today is more complex than in my generation. Students need all the mentoring they can acquire to be successful.”

Jorgensen said he decided to pursue a career in athletic education to follow in his father’s footsteps.

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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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