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The Legacy Project

The Legacy Project collects and shares meaningful stories, providing a historical record of philanthropy at UT Austin, and helping link donors to the student, faculty, or program that benefit from their generous endowed gifts. By featuring these stories, the meaning behind endowed gifts is preserved, illuminating the shared heritage of giving. As an endowment provides funding in perpetuity, the Legacy Project ensures the legacy of an endowment is never forgotten.

Endowments Honoring McCombs Faculty

Faculty chairs, professorships, and fellowships build the reputation of the school and are evidence of strong commitment to academic achievement.

Bates Family with Hadden Kim at the Scholarship Dinner

The University of Texas at Austin relies on its many alumni and friends to maintain its stature as a world-class university. Endowments established by friends of the McCombs School of Business are invested in perpetuity to support the four fundamental building blocks of any great educational institution – faculty, students, programs, and facilities.

Often described as “gifts that keep on giving,” endowments leverage your gift across time and provide tangible, lasting benefits. The UT System invests your funds, using distributions from the investment for the purpose you wish to support – financial aid or merit awards for students, faculty support or research productivity, academic programs, or renovation or operation of facilities such as classrooms and centers of excellence for targeted curriculum and research Zlotniks at Leadership Society Dayinitiatives. A portion of the total income and capital gains is reinvested each year, enabling the endowment to continue to grow and provide a predictable, stable stream of income over time. 

For information on endowments, please contact Holly Hazlett in the McCombs School at (512) 475-8144. 

For information on corporate and foundation endowments, please contact Wendy Elder at (512) 475-8133.

Areas for Support

Students: "Educating the Business Leaders of Tomorrow"

Currently, the McCombs School is able to provide scholarship packages to 5% of incoming freshmen. We have set a goal to establish a community of scholars built on a tiered McCombs Scholars Program. Long-term, this ambitious initiative seeks to equip the McCombs School with 375 total scholarships—enough to ensure that the very brightest young minds in business have every reason to call the McCombs School home.

McCombs Scholars Program Levels

  • Forty Acres Scholarship: TBD, Historically $500,000
    Recipients receive four years of tuition and fees, housing and food, a living stipend, books, and summer enrichment activities including a service-learning experience, a study abroad placement, and internships.

  • McCombs Endowed President's Scholarship: $250,000
    Recipients receive four years of tuition and fees. At this time, there are not enough President’s level McCombs Scholars Program endowments to cover all Business Honors Program admission offers.

  • McCombs Endowed Dean's Scholarship: $125,000
    Recipients receive half of tuition and fees for four years.

Read more about the McCombs Scholars Program.

Additional Scholarships

  • Endowed Presidential Fellowships are merit-based and are awarded to graduate students who meet the criteria set forth by the donor.

  • Endowed Graduate Fellowships are awarded to deserving graduate students based on criteria set forth by the donor. 
  • Endowed Undergraduate Scholarships are awarded to deserving undergraduate students based on criteria set forth by the donor.

  • Endowed Excellence Funds support specific or general programs, initiatives, or centers in the McCombs School of Business.
Please contact Director of Development, Holly Hazlett at 512-475-8144. For corporate endowments, please contact Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations Wendy Elder at 512-475-8133.

Faculty: "Recruiting and Retaining Top Scholars"

Endowed faculty chairs, professorships, and fellowships constitute some of the highest academic awards that the University can bestow on a faculty member, and they last as long as the University exists. Thus, it is both an honor to the named holder of the appointment and also an enduring tribute to the donor who establishes it. These endowments build the reputation of the school and are evidence of a strong commitment to academic achievement. They foster a sense of tradition, and reward our best faculty with the tools to become more productive. In addition to providing year-round salary incentives for our most elite faculty, chairs, professorships, and fellowships provide for support staff, research assistance, conference travel, and continuing education allowances.

Rebecca Nelson Davis with Professor Jim Fredrickson at the Annual Faculty Endowment Appreciation Lunch“Thank you for the funding provided by the Jack R. Crosby Regents Chair in Business Administration that is so vital to advance research at the McCombs School of Business. I have personally benefitted from your generosity and was able to write an article that has recently been conditionally accepted in our premier academic journal in management, Academy of Management Journal.”

Ethan R. Burris, Associate Professor and Graduate Advisor, Department of Management 
Jack R. Crosby Regents Chair in Business

To help us recruit, retain, and reward the faculty excellence that increases our reputation, benefiting our constituents, please consider supporting one of the following options: 

  • Endowed chairs are awarded exclusively to deans, department chairs, and elite faculty to enhance their scholarly efforts and research. They are crucial for recruiting and retaining the highest-quality faculty, across the nation. 

  • Endowed professorships are awarded to outstanding faculty members to reward and enhance scholarly efforts. These endowments recognize senior-level faculty making a substantial impact on business education. 

  • Endowed faculty fellowships support excellent teaching faculty regardless of rank or tenure, including visiting scholars in residence. They are essential in funding summer support and research.

For more information, please contact Director of Development, Holly Hazlett at or (512) 475-8144.

Programs: "Creating a World-Class Learning Experience"

Department and Program Campaigns

Department of Accounting
Support faculty, students, and curriculum in the No. 1 accounting program in the nation.

Department of Finance 
Support the department or invest in one of the five centers in the McCombs Department of Finance.

BBA Program
Put a Texas education in reach for tomorrow's business leaders.

Business Honors Program
Supports outstanding students seeking leadership and professional opportunities in business.

Endowed Excellence Funds

These endowments support excellence in specific or general programs throughout the McCombs School of Business. You can choose to support the area in which you earned your degree or another program that interests you. These gifts allow our academic leaders to address the ever-changing needs and demands, as they arise.

Centers of Excellence

To complement, unify, and strengthen our many research centers, we are establishing two new centers focusing entrepreneurship, technology, and globalization. Our Centers attract top scholars, foster partnerships, and produce research that garners national attention. McCombs centers include:

For more information, please contact Director of Development, Holly Hazlett at or 512-475-8144.

Facilities: "Technology-Driven Learning Centers"

How to Give to Facilities

Gifts to facilities ensure that the McCombs School of Business can offer a first-rate learning environment with access to the latest business technology for students, faculty, and researchers. Funds from these endowments support both the repair and maintenance of existing buildings, as well as infrastructure upgrades, new technology, and other building enhancements.

Naming Opportunities

Contributions to the facilities of the McCombs School may be honored by a naming designation of a specific space. Currently, naming opportunities exist in both the James J. and Miriam B. Mulva Hall, which will house the Undergraduate School of Business, and Robert B. Rowling Hall, which will house the Graduate School of Business after its completion in 2018.

For more information, contact Director of Development, Holly Hazlett at or (512) 475-8144.