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UTPA Nursing Program Receives Largest Donation from Forty and Eight Organization in Texas

In the Fall of 2014 The Society of Forty Men and Eight Horses, better known as the Forty and Eight, awarded $10,000 in scholarship funds to the UT Pan American Nursing Program. This is the largest donation made in the history of the Forty and Eight organization in Texas. To top that off, Forty and Eight made an additional contribution of $7,500 in March, which will be awarded to nursing students over the next five years.

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United Launch Alliance continues its support for UTPA’s College of Engineering and Computer Science

For five years, United Launch Alliance (ULA), the nation’s most experienced and reliable space launch service providers, has partnered with The University of Texas-Pan American to support student organizations and programs in the College of Engineering and Computer Science (CoECS). On Oct. 20, Ralph Luaces of ULA presented a $3,000 check to CoECS Dean Dr. Miguel Gonzalez. Pictured from left to right are Veronica Gonzales, vice president for University Advancement; Ralph Luaces, ULA manufacturing engineering senior manager; Dr. Miguel Gonzalez, dean of the College of Engineering and Computer Science; and Velinda Reyes, director of Corporate and Foundation Relations.

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Starr County Memorial Hospital makes $10,000 contribution toward UTRGV medical school

On Thursday, August 21, 2014 Starr County Memorial Hospital (SCMH) generously donated $10,000 in support of future UTRGV Medical School students. SCMH is the first hospital to make a contribution toward the future medical school. The donation is being matched by the UTPA Foundation, which issued the UTRGV Medical School Challenge Grant earlier this year.

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Students encouraged to dream big at ExxonMobil camp at UTPA

They may have kept an astronaut alive in a makeshift spacecraft, but for four Rio Grande Valley middle school students, making new friends who share their love of math and science was the most rewarding part of participating in the ExxonMobil Bernard Harris Summer Science Camp at The University of Texas-Pan American.

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Texas Bar Foundation grants $16,000 to UTPA’s Law School Preparation Institute

More students at The University of Texas-Pan American will get an extra boost toward achieving their dream of a law career thanks to a generous grant from The Texas Bar Foundation to support the University's Law School Preparation Institute (LSPI).

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UTPA Foundation Board meets in Dallas to recognize Board chairman and UTPA president

Members of The University of Texas-Pan American Foundation Board and key representatives from the University traveled from across the country to meet in Dallas, Texas May 29-30 for the Board of Trustees meeting. The UTPA Foundation Board meets three times per year to discuss its philanthropic services to support the University's greatest needs.

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State Farm and UTPA unite to bring financial literacy training to Valley students

Students from three Rio Grande Valley high schools had a chance to gain valuable financial literacy education this spring thanks to a generous grant provided by State Farm to The University of Texas-Pan American.

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WalMart Foundation Teams Up with UTPA to Empower Young Women

The Walmart Foundation presented a check in the amount of $25,000 to the UTPA Mother-Daughter Program

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Communities in Schools Makes an Impact that will last

CIS made the decision to endow a $100,000 scholarship fund with The University of Texas-Pan American

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Aetna Foundation supports CHECK Program hosted by UT Pan American

The Aetna Foundation gives $35,000 supporting the Creating Healthy Eating Choices for Kids (CHECK) program.

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Spirit of Philanthropy:

LACKS Furniture believes in giving back and has partnered with UT Pan American for over two decades to support higher education in the RGV.

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A Family of Tradition:

Over 60 years, the Martin family has served the city of Edinburg and supported The University of Texas-Pan American. Today, their tradition continues.

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The Peña Brothers: A spirited journey from the fields of America to corporate America

Gilberto Peña and his younger brother Alfredo Peña attribute their success to their father and grandmothers, who always supported their endeavors to “get ahead” in life. As a migrant family, they worked in the fields every summer.

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Drapers' estate will provide scholarships in perpetuity

The late Margaret L. and Louis Copeland "L.C." Draper have left a lasting legacy at UT Pan American that will in perpetuity benefit students in Engineering, ROTC and the Premedical Honors College

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A ‘Xanadu state of mind’

Like Coleridge’s poem Kubla Khan and his mythical “Xanadu,” Rick and Diane Teter hope to help make dreams come true. Their true appreciation for life and the Rio Grande Valley has inspired them to do just that.

Making a world of difference for UTPA students

Carol Rausch, who retired after 25 years of service to UTPA, decided the best thing she could do for the University that gave her so much was to create a study abroad endowed scholarship to ensure students had the chance to experience a whole new world outside of South Texas.

End of year giving

It happens every year. We know the holidays are coming. We say we won’t get too caught up in the holiday season. But we can’t help ourselves, as we’re beckoned to join in the celebration by the sensory-filled delights of the holidays.

Mother’s compassionate legacy remembered through gift to University

In honor of his mother’s selfless devotion in helping others, John C. Cantu, established the Canas-Cantu Endowed Memorial Scholarship at UT Pan American to help South Texas students fulfill their dreams of a college education.

Siblings memorialize parents with UT Pan American endowment

González siblings establish endowed scholarship for pre-medicine and/or education students to help others reach their goals and honor their parent’s belief that a higher education equals success in life.

Educator’s life inspires South Texas family to create endowed scholarship

The enthusiasm and love that Rodolfo “Rudy” Silva, Jr. felt for his students, teachers and parents at Weslaco ISD prompted the Robert A. and Margaret Looney McAllen family, one of the Rio Grande Valley’s founding families, to establish an endowed scholarship in memory of the late educator.

Adolfo and Bertha Martinez commit $100,000 for UTPA endowed scholarship

Adolfo and Bertha Martinez, owners of Art’s Trucks and Equipment in McAllen, recently committed $100,000 to create an endowed scholarship at The University of Texas-Pan American.

Family Legacy Offers Opportunity for UTPA Nurses

Deep historical ties to The University of Texas-Pan American inspired Marie Louise Sawyer of McAllen to continue her family’s legacy at the university through a generous $100,000 bequest to the Nursing Program in the College of Health Sciences and Human Services.

“Guiding stars” meet with “rising stars” to share their stories at Donor Scholarship Luncheon

For benefactors Hermelinda and Baldemar Zuniga established a scholarship to benefit Rio Grande Valley students seeking higher education like their own daughter once did.

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Leave a legacy of learning at UTPA and become a part of the exclusive Heritage Society, which celebrates those individuals who have included the University in their estate plans.

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