College of Liberal Arts

Endowed Presidential Scholarships and Fellowships

Endowed Presidential Scholarships and Fellowships are prestigious, merit and need based awards with recipients among the best and brightest in the student body. In the College of Liberal Arts recipients of an Endowed Presidential Scholarship (EPS) must be undergraduate students who have completed at least forty-five semester hours of coursework in residence at the University, including one semester in the college. Students must have a University grade point average of at least 3.25 and must provide evidence of achievement in leadership and service to the college and community. The minimum award for an EPS is $2,500. Endowed Presidential Fellowships (EPF) are awarded to graduate students with a minimum award of $3,500. Listed below are the Endowed Presidential Scholarships and Fellowships in the College of Liberal Arts. For information on how to apply for scholarships, please visit the Liberal Arts Scholarship page.

Todd and Dawn Aaron Endowed Presidential Scholarship in Jewish Studies

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Summary: Established on August 29, 2008 to benefit the College of Liberal Arts. Gift funds were provided by Todd and Dawn Aaron and the Dallas Jewish Community Foundation. Mr. and Mrs. Aaron are both former students of the University and Mrs. Aaron graduated from The University of Texas at Austin with a B.S. in 1984.
Benefitting: Undergraduate students majoring in Jewish Studies. Recipients will be known as Aaron Scholars.

Aggarwal Endowed Presidential Scholarship in Indian Studies

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Summary: Established March 11, 2010 for the benefit of the College of Liberal Arts. Gift funds were provided by J. K. Aggarwal, Ph.D. of Austin, Texas and Shanti J. Aggarwal, Ph.D. of Austin Texas
Benefitting: Undergraduate students majoring in the liberal arts specifically relating to Indian Studies.

Janet Guthrie Andrews Endowed Presidential Scholarship in English

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Summary: Established on February 14, 1991 for the benefit of the College of Liberal Arts. Gift funds were provided by Mr. Bolivar C. Andrews of Houston, Texas, a 1961 graduate of The University of Texas at Austin School of Law. The endowment honors Mrs. Janet Guthrie Andrews of Houston, Texas.
Benefitting: Undergraduate students in the Department of English, with preference to students studying English literature.

Michelle K. Brock and Sophia and G.W. Brock Endowed Presidential Scholarship in the Plan II Honors

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Summary: Established on October 13, 2009 to benefit the College of Liberal Arts. Gift funds were provided by Michelle K. Brock and Sophia and G.W. Brock.
Benefitting: Undergraduate students in the Plan II Honors Program. Financial need as a factor in the selection of recipients may or may not be used at the discretion of the scholarship committee.

Betty Yarnell Brown Endowed Presidential Scholarship in English

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Summary: Established on February 14, 1991 for the benefit of the College of Liberal Arts. Gift funds were provided by Mrs. Barbara B. Munford of Dallas, Texas, a 1969 graduate of the College of Liberal Arts. The endowment honors Ms. Betty Yarnell Brown of Longview, Texas, a 1967 graduate of the College of Liberal Arts.
Benefitting: Undergraduates and graduate students in the Department of English; with preference to young women who demonstrate intellectual promise and an interest in teaching English at the secondary school level.

Karyn Diane Cameron Endowed Presidential Scholarship

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Summary: Established on March 12, 1996 for the benefit of the College of Liberal Arts. Gift funds were provided by Mr. George H. Cameron of Saint Ignatius, Montana, Guy N. Cameron, Ph.D. of New Richmond, Ohio, and Ms. Sharon M. Cameron of Houston, Texas. The endowment honors Ms. Karyn Diane Cameron of Austin, Texas, a 1992 graduate of the College of Liberal Arts.
Benefitting: Undergraduate students in the Humanities Honors Program on the basis of merit, with preference given to a student with interests in the biological sciences, particularly conservation biology or environmental biology.

Scott Chamberlain Memorial Endowed Presidential Scholarship

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Summary: Established on December 16, 2009 to benefit the College of Liberal Arts. The endowment honors Mr. Scott Chamberlain. Gift funds were provided by Mr. David A. Chamberlain and Mr. John H. Chamberlain.
Benefitting: Undergraduate students with a preference for students with a major in History.

Mr. and Mrs. Marvin K. Collie Endowed Presidential Scholarship

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Summary: Established on August 4, 1978 for the benefit of the College of Liberal Arts. Gift funds were provided by Mr. Marvin K. Collie, Jr. of Houston, Texas, a 1941 graduate of the College of Liberal Arts and Mrs. Nancy M. Collie of Houston, Texas.
Benefitting: Undergraduate students in the humanities.

Joan F. Curry Endowed Presidential Scholarship

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Summary: Established on February 29, 2008 to benefit the College of Liberal Arts. The endowment honors Mrs. Joan F. Curry. Gift funds were provided by Mr. Keys A. Curry, Jr., P.E.
Benefitting: Undergraduate students in the Plan II Honors Program.

John F. Curry Endowed Presidential Scholarship

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Summary: Established on August 18, 2009 to benefit the College of Liberal Arts. The endowment honors Mr. John F. Curry. Gift funds were provided by Mr. Keys A. Curry, Jr., P.E., Mr. Keys A. Curry III and Ms. Margaret A. Curry.
Benefitting: Undergraduate students in the Plan II Honors Program. Recipients will be known as John Curry Scholars.

Linnet F. Deily Endowed Presidential Scholarship

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Summary: Established on March 11, 2010 to benefit the College of Liberal Arts. Gift funds were provided by The Honorable Linnet F. Deily.
Benefitting: Undergraduate students in the College of Liberal Arts.

Florence Durrett Endowed Presidential Scholarship

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Summary: Established on February 15, 1985 for the benefit of the College of Liberal Arts. Gift funds were provided by Mr. John D. Booker of Houston, Texas, a 1941 graduate of The University of Texas at Austin Cockrell School of Engineering. The endowment honors Ms. Florence Yarrell Durrett of San Antonio, Texas, a 1917 graduate of the College of Liberal Arts.
Benefitting: Graduate students majoring in English language or literature.

Louise J. Faurot Memorial Endowed Presidential Scholarship in Chinese Studies

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Summary: Established on February 4, 2005 for the benefit of the College of Liberal Arts. Gift funds were provided by Jeannette L. Faurot, Ph.D. of Austin, Texas. The endowment honors Mrs. Louise J. Faurot of Pasco, Washington.
Benefitting: Undergraduate students with a focus in Chinese Studies.

Ann Grabhorn Friday Endowed Presidential Fellowship in Middle Eastern Studies

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Summary: Established on January 27 1998, for the benefit of the College of Liberal Arts. Gift funds were provided by Mr. Philip C. Friday, Jr. of Austin, Texas, a 1969 graduate of The University of Texas at Austin School of Law. The endowment honors Mrs. Ann Grabhorn-Friday of Austin, Texas, a 1979 graduate of The University of Texas at Austin College of Education.
Benefitting: Graduate students with a preference for those studying the Arab world.

Bettie Johnson Halsell Endowed Presidential Scholarship in Liberal Arts

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Summary: Established on February 12, 1987 for the benefit of the College of Liberal Arts. Gift funds were provided by Ms. Harriet Halsell of Dallas, Texas, a 1960 graduate of the College of Liberal Arts. The endowment honors Mrs. Bettie J. Halsell of Bonham, Texas.
Benefitting: Undergraduate students with a preference for those who demonstrate financial need.

Ralph and Caroline Helmreich Endowed Presidential Fellowship

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Summary: Established on March 26, 1998 for the benefit of the College of Liberal Arts. Gift funds were provided by Robert L. Helmreich, Ph.D. of Austin, Texas. The endowment honors Mrs. Caroline Helmreich and Mr. Ralph L. Helmreich.
Benefitting: Graduate students working in the area of human factors in the Department of Psychology.

Kyle Hilliard Endowed Presidential Scholarship

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Summary: Established on January 26, 2006 for the benefit of the College of Liberal Arts. Gift funds were provided by Mrs. Betsy N. Hilliard of Killeen, Texas, a 1959 graduate of The University of Texas at Austin School of Nursing. The endowment honors Mr. M. Kyle Hilliard of Killeen, Texas, a 1952 graduate of the College of Liberal Arts.
Benefitting: Undergraduate students majoring in either English or History.

Louise and Ira Iscoe Endowed Presidential Scholarship

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Summary: Established on March 7, 1996 for the benefit of the College of Liberal Arts. Gift funds were provided by Ira Iscoe, Ph.D. of Austin, Texas and Ms. Louise K. Iscoe of Austin, Texas.
Benefitting: Undergraduate students in the Plan II Honors Program who demonstrate a financial need with preference to those with a concentration in Psychology.

Elva J. Johnston Foundation Endowed Presidential Scholarship

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Summary: Established on October 17, 1997 for the benefit of the College of Liberal Arts. Gift funds were provided by the Elva J. Johnston Foundation of Houston, Texas.
Benefitting: Need based scholarships for academically deserving undergraduates in the College of Liberal Arts with preference given to students from the Houston, Texas, metropolitan area.

Bill and Tomiko Kennedy Memorial Endowed Presidential Scholarship

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Summary: Established on December 4, 2008 to benefit the College of Liberal Arts. The endowment honors Bill and Tomiko Kennedy. Gift funds were provided by the Kennedy Family.
Benefitting: Upper-level undergraduate students studying Chinese language, literature, culture or history. Recipients must have completed at least two years of Chinese classes at the college level. Preference will be given to students who are learning Chinese as a second language. The ideal candidate will have national or community service in their backgrounds.

Robert D. King Dean's Distinguished Graduates Endowed Presidential Scholarship in the Liberal Arts

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Summary: Established on October 13, 1989 for the benefit of the College of Liberal Arts. Gift funds were provided by friends and colleagues of Robert D. King. The endowment honors Robert D. King, Ph.D. of Austin, Texas.
Benefitting: Awarded annually to an upper-division student majoring in liberal arts who demonstrates outstanding achievement in the areas of scholarship, leadership and service to the college.

Michael Kuhn Endowed Presidential Scholarship in Plan II

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Summary: Established   on February 29, 2008 to benefit the College of Liberal Arts. Gift funds were provided by Mr. Michael C. Kuhn of Houston, TX.
Benefitting: Undergraduate students in the Plan II Honors Program with preference given to alumni of the Kinkaid School in Houston, TX.

McIlhany Endowed Presidential Fellowship

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Summary: Established on December 19, 2003 for the benefit of the College of Liberal Arts. Gift funds were provided by Dr. Mary Lou McIlhany of Baltimore, Maryland, a 1939 graduate of the College of Liberal Arts. The endowment honors Mr. William R. McIlhany of Austin, Texas, a 1983 graduate of The University of Texas at Austin School of Law.
Benefitting: Graduate students pursuing a degree in the liberal arts. Recipients will be known as McIlhany Fellows.

Republic of Mexico Solidaridad Endowed Presidential Scholarship

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Summary: Established on October 11, 1991 for the benefit of the College of Liberal Arts. Gift funds were provided by friends of the university.
Benefitting: Students from the Republic of Mexico.

Edmund Thornton Miller Endowed Presidential Scholarship

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Summary: Established on November 30, 1998 for the benefit of the College of Liberal Arts. Gift funds were provided by Mr. J. W. Bartholow, Jr. of Dallas, Texas, a 1940 graduate of The University of Texas at Austin Cockrell School of Engineering, Mrs. Mary M. Bartholow of Dallas, Texas, a 1946 graduate of the College of Liberal Arts, Mr. Edmund H. Miller of Dallas, Texas, a 1950 graduate of The University of Texas at Austin Cockrell School of Engineering, and Mrs. Emily M. Wells of Houston, Texas, a 1942 graduate of The University of Texas at Austin College of Fine Arts. The endowment honors Mr. Edmund T. Miller of Austin, Texas, a 1901 graduate of the College of Liberal Arts.
Benefitting: Undergraduate students majoring in Economics who demonstrate financial need.

William Negley Endowed Presidential Scholarship in Plan II

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Summary: Established on April 11, 1986 for the benefit of the College of Liberal Arts. Gift funds were provided by friends of the university, the President's Associates of Austin, Texas, and Mrs. Adele B. Smith of Austin, Texas. The endowment honors Mr. William Negley of San Antonio, Texas, a 1935 graduate of the College of Liberal Arts.
Benefitting: Undergraduate students in the Plan II Honors Program.

Richard L. Nelson Memorial Endowed Presidential Scholarship in Plan II

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Summary: Established on May 3, 1996 for the benefit of the College of Liberal Arts. Gift funds were provided by family, friends, and colleagues, Mrs. Barbara N. Hinds of Houston, Texas, a 1962 graduate of the College of Liberal Arts, and Mrs. Melinda Nelson Jackson of Dallas, Texas, a 1993 graduate of The University of Texas at Austin McCombs School of Business. The endowment honors Mr. Richard L. Nelson II of Houston, Texas, a 1962 graduate of The University of Texas at Austin College of Liberal Arts.
Benefitting: Undergraduate students in the Plan II Honors Program who demonstrate financial need with preference given to those pursing study abroad opportunities.

Douglas Samuel and Amali Runyon Perkins Endowed Presidential Scholarship

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Summary: Established on September 16, 1999 for the benefit of the College of Liberal Arts. Gift funds were provided by Mrs. Judith W. Perkins of Houston Texas, a 1966 graduate of The University of Texas at Austin College of Education and Mr. Richard D. Perkins of Houston, Texas, a 1966 graduate of The University of Texas at Austin Cockrell School of Engineering. The endowment honors Mrs. Amali R. Perkins of San Antonio, Texas, a 1936 graduate of the College of Liberal Arts and Mr. Douglas Samuel Perkins of San Antonio, Texas, a 1939 graduate of the College of Liberal Arts.
Benefitting: Undergraduate students in the liberal arts who have shown academic achievement, character, interest and potential for success.

Plan II Alumni Endowed Presidential Scholarship in Plan II

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Summary: Established on December 5, 1986 for the benefit of the College of Liberal Arts. Gift funds were provided by alumni and friends of Plan II and the President's Associates of Austin, Texas.
Benefitting: Undergraduate students in the Plan II Honors Program.

Frances Rather Seybold and Frances Randolph Rather Seybold Endowed Presidential Scholarship

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Summary: Established on June 12, 1987 for the benefit of the College of Liberal Arts. Gift funds were provided by William D. Seybold, M.D. of Dallas, Texas. The endowment honors Mrs. Frances Randolph Rather Seybold of Houston, Texas, a 1937 graduate of the College of Liberal Arts and Ms. Frances Rather Seybold.
Benefitting: Undergraduate students in the liberal arts on the basis of scholarship, financial need, leadership and good citizenship.

Gregory George Shia Memorial Endowed Presidential Scholarship in Plan II

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Summary: Established on September 20, 2001 for the benefit of the College of Liberal Arts. Gift funds were provided by Mrs. Monica S. Amparo of Arlington, Virginia, a 1988 graduate of The University of Texas at Austin School of Law, Mrs. Adrienne S. Draper of Bellaire, Texas, a 1988 graduate of the College of Liberal Arts, Mrs. Sylvia S. Jabour of Austin, Texas, a 1990 graduate of the College of Liberal Arts, Mrs. Claire Shia of Austin, Texas, and George J. Shia, D.D.S. of Austin, Texas, a 1984 graduate of The University of Texas at Austin McCombs School of Business. The endowment honors Mr. Gregory George Shia.
Benefitting: Undergraduate students in the Plan II Honors Program with preference given to those demonstrating financial need and from Texas high schools that are traditionally underrepresented at the University.

Mrs. Sidney Burleson Smith Endowed Presidential Scholarship in Plan II

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Summary: Established by the Board of Regents of The University of Texas System on June 6, 1986 for the benefit of the College of Liberal Arts. Gift funds were provided by Mrs. Adele B. Smith of Austin, Texas.
Benefitting: Undergraduate students in the Plan II Honors Program.

Stacie Maureen Sowell Endowed Presidential Scholarship

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Summary: Established on June 19, 1996 for the benefit of the College of Liberal Arts. Gift funds were provided by Mr. Vernon H. Sowell of Hondo, Texas. The endowment honors Ms. Stacie Maureen Sowell of Austin, Texas, a 1995 graduate of the College of Liberal Arts.
Benefitting: Upper-division undergraduate students pursuing a degree in Spanish and who demonstrates financial need.

Irwin Spear Memorial Endowed Presidential Scholarship in Plan II

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Summary: Established on September 24, 2004 for the benefit of the College of Liberal Arts. Gift funds were provided by family, friends, and colleagues and Mrs. Helen C. Spear of Austin, Texas. The endowment honors Irwin Spear, Ph.D. of Austin, Texas.
Benefitting: Undergraduate students in the Plan II Honors Program who demonstrate financial need.

Thomas A. Sullivan Endowed Presidential Scholarship

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Summary: Established on October 22, 2007 to benefit the College of Liberal Arts. Gift funds were provided by the Estate of Mr. Thomas A. Sullivan of Houston, TX.
Benefitting: Undergraduate students in the liberal arts who demonstrate financial need and/or academic merit.

Paul and Tish Szurek Endowed Presidential Scholarship in Liberal Arts

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Summary: Established on January 28, 2003 for the benefit of the College of Liberal Arts. Gift funds were provided by Mr. Paul E. Szurek of Asheville, North Carolina, a 1981 graduate of the College of Liberal Arts and Ms. Tish W. Szurek of Asheville, North Carolina.
Benefitting: Undergraduate students pursuing a major in liberal arts from El Paso County, Texas. Preference will be given to students who are studying Government or Economics and exhibit a need for financial assistance.

Nenetta Carter Tatum Endowed Presidential Scholarship in Plan II

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Summary: Established on January 4, 2001 for the benefit of the College of Liberal Arts. Gift funds were provided by Mrs. Nenetta C. Tatum of Fort Worth, Texas, a 1976 graduate of the College of Liberal Arts and Mr. Stephen L. Tatum of Fort Worth, Texas, a 1979 graduate of The University of Texas at Austin School of Law.
Benefitting: Undergraduate students in the Plan II Honors Program.

Louann Atkins Temple Endowed Presidential Scholarship in American Studies

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Summary: Established on February 11, 1993 for the benefit of the College of Liberal Arts. Gift funds were provided by Mr. J. Douglas Bacon of Chicago, Illinois a 1983 graduate of The University of Texas at Austin School of Law, Mrs. Allison T. Bacon of Chicago, Illinois, Mr. J. Lawrence Temple of Austin, Texas, a 1991 graduate of The University of Texas at Austin School of Law, Mr. Larry E. Temple of Austin, Texas, a 1959 graduate of The University of Texas at Austin School of Law, and Ms. Margaret R. Temple of Austin, Texas, a 1988 graduate of the College of Liberal Arts. The endowment honors Mrs. Louann Atkins Temple of Austin, Texas, a 1990 graduate of the College of Liberal Arts.
Benefitting: Graduate students in the Department of American Studies.

Arthur J. Thaman and Wilhelmina Dore' Thaman Endowed Presidential Scholarship in English

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Summary: Established on November 16, 2000 for the benefit of the College of Liberal Arts. Gift funds were provided by the Arthur J. Thaman Estate of Baytown, Texas. The endowment honors Mr. Arthur J. Thaman of Baytown, Texas and Mrs. Wilhelmina D. Thaman of Baytown, Texas.
Benefitting: Undergraduate students in the Department of English.

Joanne Marye Thaman Endowed Presidential Scholarship for the Department of English

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Summary: Established on April 9, 1992 for the benefit of the College of Liberal Arts. Gift funds were provided by Mr. David McMeans of Washington, DC, a 1959 graduate of the College of Liberal Arts, Mr. Arthur J. Thaman of Baytown, Texas, and Mrs. Wilhelmina D. Thaman of Baytown, Texas. The endowment honors Ms. Joanne Marye Thaman of Baytown, Texas, a 1955 graduate of the College of Liberal Arts.
Benefitting: Undergraduate students in the Department of English who demonstrate financial need.

Kirstin Torgerson Endowed Presidential Scholarship in Plan II

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Summary: Established on April 9, 1992 for the benefit of the College of Liberal Arts. Gift funds were provided by Mr. James R. Street of Houston, Texas and Mrs. Judith T. Street of Houston, Texas. The endowment honors Ms. Kirstin Torgerson of Houston, Texas.
Benefitting: Undergraduate students in the Plan II Honors Program.

Tucker Family Endowed Presidential Scholarship in the College of Liberal Arts

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Summary: Established on March 17, 1998 for the benefit of the College of Liberal Arts. Gift funds were provided by Mrs. Dianne D. Tucker of Houston, Texas, a 1969 graduate of the College of Liberal Arts and Mr. Eliot P. Tucker of Houston, Texas, a 1970 graduate of The University of Texas at Austin School of Law.
Benefitting: Undergraduate students in the Plan Ii Honors Program who demonstrate financial need.

Frances Brannen Vick Endowed Presidential Scholarship

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Summary: Established on October 13, 2003 for the benefit of the College of Liberal Arts. Gift funds were provided by Dr. Frances B. Vick of Dallas, Texas, a 1958 graduate of the College of Liberal Arts and Mr. Ross Wm. Vick Jr. of Lakeway, Texas.
Benefitting: Undergraduate students in the College of Liberal Arts.

Wombwell Family Endowed Presidential Fellowship

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Summary: Established September 29, 2009 to benefit the College of Liberal Arts. Gift funds were provided by Mrs. Robin Wombwell, a 1984 graduate of The University of Texas at Austin School of Education and Mr. John F. Wombwell of Houston, Texas, a 1987 graduate of the University of Teas at Austin School of Law.
Benefitting: Graduate students in the College of Liberal Arts.

M.B. & Edna Zale Endowed Presidential Scholarship

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Summary: Established on June 18, 1998 for the benefit of the College of Liberal Arts. Gift funds were provided by the M. B. & Edna Zale Foundation of Dallas, Texas. The endowment honors Mrs. Edna Lipshy Zale and Mr. Morris Bernard Zale.
Benefitting: Undergraduate students enrolled in double majors.