Endowments

Endowments celebrate the lives of generous donors’ families or friends, as well as corporations, foundations and other special groups, forever linking their names to the students, faculty and programs of the College of Fine Arts. Endowments are applicable to programs in all areas of the college: Department of Art and Art History, Department of Theatre and Dance, Butler School of Music, Texas Performing Arts, and our newest program, Landmarks, the public art initiative at the university.

There are many endowment opportunities at different funding levels. Donors may pledge payments over five years to fund an endowment, and once it is officially established, the donors—or anyone else—may continue to add to its principal at any time.

Each endowment is publicly recognized by a plaque hung in perpetuity within one of the college’s four fine arts buildings. For more information, please contact Sondra Lomax, assistant dean for development at 512/471-6468 or lomax@austin.utexas.edu

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Faculty Endowments

Faculty endowments enable the college to offer supplemental salary support to faculty and special funds to distinguished lecturers. They also support and reward faculty for exemplary research and scholarly efforts. In the college as in most areas, excellence attracts excellence. Each outstanding faculty member an endowment helps attract or retain enhances the college’s ability to attract the next outstanding scholar.

Chair (Minimum funding amount: $1,000,000) Endowed chairs recognize deans, department chairs and senior faculty.

Professorship (Minimum funding amount: $300,000) Endowed professorships are awarded to outstanding mid-level and senior faculty.

Faculty Fellowship (Minimum funding amount: $150,000) Faculty fellowships support excellent teachers regardless of rank or tenure, including visiting scholars in residence.

Student Endowments

Student endowments encourage students to strive for excellence and they create opportunities for those in financial need. Because the college competes with other fine arts programs at top public and private universities for the very best student scholars, these types of endowments are very important in making the college more competitive.

Endowed Presidential Fellowship (Minimum funding amount: $100,000) Endowed presidential fellowships are awarded to graduate students based on merit and academic performance. Minimum award amount: $3,500.

Graduate Fellowship (Minimum funding amount: $50,000) Graduate fellowships are awarded to graduate students based on greatest need within each academic department of the College. Minimum award amount: $500.

Endowed Presidential Scholarship (Minimum funding amount: $50,000) Endowed presidential scholarships are awarded to undergraduate students based on merit and academic performance. Minimum award amount: $2,000.

Graduate Research Endowment (Minimum funding amount: $40,000) Graduate research endowments support research grants to graduate students based on greatest need within each academic department of the College. Minimum award amount: $500.

Undergraduate Scholarship (Minimum funding amount: $25,000) Undergraduate scholarships are awarded to undergraduate students based on greatest need within each academic department of the College. Minimum award amount: $500.

Undergraduate Research Endowment (Minimum funding amount: $20,000) Undergraduate research endowments support research grants to undergraduate students based on greatest need within each academic department of the College. Minimum award amount: $500.

Program Endowments

Program Support Endowment (Minimum funding amount: $25,000) Program endowments benefit specific areas and programs in the college by enhancing libraries, laboratories, art and history collections, research units, and academic programs.

Endowed Book Fund (Minimum funding amount: $10,000) Endowed book funds are designed to assist the college’s libraries, the lifeblood for faculty, undergraduate and graduate student research. These funds will enable libraries to acquire new resources including books, periodicals and electronic materials. The college will place donors’ and honorees’ names in each book the funds purchase.