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The Ligon-Lamsam Study Abroad Challenge

Plan II Alumnus Austin Ligon Gives $200,000 for Study Abroad, Encourages Others to Give

Auastin Ligon and Pam Lamsam

University of Texas at Austin alumn us and CarMax founder Austin Ligon and his wife, Samornmitr “Pan” Lamsam, have committed $200,000 to the Plan II Honors program over the next four years to support students studying abr oad and encourage other alumni to support the cause as well.

Five years ago, the Ligon-Lansam International Study Abroad fund was created by the couple with a $1 million gift, one of the largest single donations ever given to Plan II.  The gift has helped more than 500 Plan II students study abroad. It was intended to be spent outright over five years and is expected to run out this year.

“Studying abroad had a transformational impact on my life,” says Ligon, when the Ligon-Lansam fund was first created. “It opened my eyes to the fact that my perspective on the world was just one tiny little portion of the ways in which the world could be viewed.”

Ligon studied abroad in Peru while he was a student at The University of Texas at Austin, where he graduated from Plan II in 1973 and earned his master’s degree in economics in 1978.

Ligon now challenges his fellow Plan II alumni to give. His principal aim is to encourage many contributions of varying amounts, which, together with his new gift, will have a direct and noticeable impact on the lives and academic careers of current Plan II students.

“I have to tell you, it was amazing for me to see just how many times I heard from Plan II students, thanking me for the opportunity to study abroad,” he says of his 2005 gift. “It has been very rewarding and I want to share that feeling with other Plan II alumni.”

Plan II is a 75-year-old program that offers an interdisciplinary honors major. The core curriculum requirements include the study of literature, philosophy, society, the arts, math and natural sciences.

“This challenge provides the opportunity to all Plan II alumni who can to give even a small amount and see their gift used in one of the most positive and direct ways possible — studying abroad,” says Michael Stoff, Plan II director. “We’d like to see every Plan II student with a passport.”

Online Giving: Plan II Alumni Funds and other Annual and One-Time Gifts

At the UT Online Giving secure website you may use American Express, Discover, Master Card or Visa to make an electronic one-time gift or divide your annual gift into two, four or twelve monthly payments.

In the first section of the online form, verify that "Liberal Arts, College of" has been selected.

  1. Verify that "Plan II" has been selected in the menu that appears under "Liberal Arts, College of".
  2. Enter the gift amount.
  3. If you wish to further specify or direct the gift to the Ligon-Lamsam Study Abroad Fund, please make a note in the box provided that appears above the "Payment Schedule" portion of the on-line form.

Questions concerning Plan II support: Contact Phillip Dubov


At the UT Online Giving secure website you may use American Express, Discover, Master Card or Visa to make an electronic one-time gift or divide your annual gift into two, four or twelve monthly payments.



If you wish to further specify or direct the gift to the Ligon-Lamsam Study Abroad Fund, please make a note in the box provided that appears above the "Payment Schedule" portion of the on-line form.

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