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2012 Endowments

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Lee and Joseph D. Jamail Chair in African American Studies
Created by Joe Jamail of Houston, TX, this chair will be used to recruit outstanding faculty and doctoral students to the Department of African and African Diaspora Studies. Mr. Jamail and his late wife, Lee, are long-time benefactors of the University, supporting nearly every area of the Forty Acres during the last 30 years. Jamail earned his bachelor's degree in history in 1950 and his law degree in 1953 from the university, before continuing on to a very successful career as a trial attorney.

Gale Family Foundation Endowments
The Gale Family Foundation of Beaumont, TX generously established three new endowments to support programming at the Schusterman Center for Jewish Studies. The Gale Family Foundation Professorship in Jewish Arts and Culture and the Professorship in North American Jewish Life will allow the center to recruit and support top faculty and the Gale Family Foundation Annual Lectureship in Jewish Studies will bring renowned scholars and speakers each year, providing an outstanding intellectual experience for our students and the university community.

Foundation for Religious Studies in Texas Excellence Fund
Created by the Foundation for Religious Studies in Texas, this fund will provide support for the Department of Religious Studies to enhance teaching and scholarship about religion in a way consistent with the goals of a public university, explore the interconnected disciplines in which religion plays a role, and foster communication between scholars of religion and the people of Texas. 

R Gordon and Louise Appleman Graduate Fellowship
Created by Gordon and Louise Appleman of Fort Worth, this endowment will be used to support graduate students who are studying Jewish or related topics from various college and schools at UT Austin. Funds may support graduate student travel for research and conferences and provide books and other necessities to further research at the Masters or Ph.D. levels. Mr. and Mrs. Appleman created this endowment with the intent to encourage graduate students at the university to study Jewish literature, history and culture and to also further the expansion of the Schusterman Center for Jewish Studies graduate program. Mr. Appleman received his B.A. in Economics in 1959 from the university. Both are long-time volunteers and advocates for the university serving on a number of volunteer councils over the years.

Elio and Susana King Excellence Endowment
Created by Elio and Susana King of Austin, this endowment will be used for the benefit of the Teresa Lozano Long Institute for Latin American Studies. Funds distributed from the endowment shall be used to provide tuition support and other awards for full-time undergraduate students who are pursuing a degree in Latin American Studies. Mr. King received his B.A. in Economics from the university in 1975.

Jordan Family Foundation Endowed Scholarship
Created by the Jordan Family Foundation of Dallas, funds from this endowment will be used to support undergraduate students involved with the Teresa Lozano Long Institute for Latin American Studies, including awards for tuition and fees, as well as funds for student travel to conferences, study abroad, expenses incurred for honors thesis research, an annual prize for the best honors thesis and other undergraduate student expenses as determined by the director of the institute.

Frederic Clarke Morse and Estelle Klett Morse Endowed Scholarship
Created by the Loan Committee of the Frederic Clarke Morse and Estelle Klett Morse Student Loan Fund, funds from this endowment will be used to award scholarships to students in the College of Liberal Arts. Mr. Morse received his MA in Government from the college in 1906.

Burke and Elizabeth Baker Memorial Scholarship
This endowed scholarship was created in May by Robert and Sharon Baker, in memory of Mr. Baker's parents Burke and Elizabeth Baker. Funds from the endowment will be used to provide scholarships to students in the College of Liberal Arts. Dr. and Mrs. Baker are both alumni of the university. Mrs. Baker received her B.S. in Interior Design in 1979 and Dr. Baker receive both his M.A. and Ph.D. in English in 1969 and 1979 respectively. 

The Honorable John Wildenthal Endowed Presidential Scholarship
John Wildenthal entered the university's Naval ROTC Program in 1942, graduated with highest honors in business and served in the Pacific. After the war, John returned to UT and graduated from Law School in 1950. He had a long distinguished career in law, serving in roles ranging from an attorney on the staff of-then Senator Lyndon B. Johnson in Washington to City Attorney of Houston and finally as a Municipal Judge. He passed away in 2010 at the age of 87. His wife, Carolyn, established this endowment in March to honor her husband's memory. Funds will benefit Naval ROTC students.

Melvin J. Hinich Excellence Fund for Graduate Students in the Department of Government
The Hinich Excellence Fund was established in March by friends and colleagues of Melvin Hinich who passed away in 2010. Hinich was a professor of political science and economics at the University of Texas, where he was the Mike Hogg Professor of Local Government. He was the very definition of a polymath, having made seminal contributions to multiple fields of study. Funds from this endowment will be used to support graduate students in the Department of Government.

Stuart Stedman 40 Acres Scholarship in Plan II
Through his family foundation, the Stedman West Foundation, Stuart Stedman established this scholarship to support undergraduate students in the Plan II Honors Program who have also been admitted to the 40 Acres Scholarship Program. Recipients will receive full-ride, renewable scholarships to cover their tuition, fees, books and living expenses as well as enrichment activities including internship and study abroad opportunities. Stedman said his undergraduate experience as a Plan II major changed his life and doing something significant for the program has always been something he wanted to accomplish in life. He graduated in 1979 from Plan II and went on to receive a master of business administration and law degree from the university. Stedman is president of the Houston-based Stedman West Interests, Inc., a family investment company that manages securities, oil and gas properties, coal properties, ranches and real estate. 

Carolina Alcocer Endowment for Scholarship and Creativity in the Arts
Established in February by Sergio Alcocer Pous in honor of his wife, Carolina Alcocer, funds from this endowment will be used to support the Teresa Lozano Long Institute for Latin American Studies. Scholarships will be awarded to full-time undergraduates and graduate students majoring in Latin American Studies or the fine arts.