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Student Campaigns

Student campaigns are a way to leave a legacy to future students—just like alumni left a legacy for you.

Have questions about the legacy campaigns?

Please contact Colin Haymes at 512-471-3992 or

BBA/MPA Legacy


Inspired by the MBA Legacy Campaign and a campus wide effort to increase student involvement, Shara Ma, BBA '10, and Scott Parks, BBA ’10, created an undergraduate student campaign. They shared their vision with the Undergraduate Business Council, which formed a committee led by Kelly Pallini, BBA ‘10.

In 2013, the campaign divided their efforts to become BBA Legacy and MPA Legacy, two independent, yet highly coordinated campaigns focused on the respective needs of each program and student body. Since its inception, the BBA Legacy Campaign has continually increased student participation achieving an impressive 29 percent in 2013.


For the inaugural 2010 campaign, the committee focused on creating a buzz about the importance of student giving. They raised $5,500 from more than 200 students. In 2011, the campaign raised $10,232 and the BBA/MPA Alumni Board matched all student contributions. In 2013, BBA Legacy raised over $12,000 toward the BBA Alumni Endowed Excellence Fund in support of student programs.

BHP Make a Mark Campaign


The Make-a-Mark tradition was started by the Business Honors Program (BHP) class of 2000 and the BHP Advisory Committee. The goal was to create a merit-based scholarship that could be used to recruit the top students in the nation to the BHP. The Make-a-Mark Scholarship Campaign is a chance for graduating seniors to support the BHP program and make their mark for the students who follow them. For the past few years, the graduating class from 10 years prior has worked with the students from the current graduating class to raise funds from their class as well, adding to the total raised each year during the campaign.


Since its inception, The Make-a-Mark Scholarship has proven to be a successful recruiting tool, and it has helped the BHP compete with other nationally ranked schools. The generosity of each senior class and matching alumni class allow the program to continue to improve, grow, and attract top talent.

For the first time ever, 100 percent of students from the Class of 2013 gave to the campaign. Students, staff, faculty, and alumni collectively raised a total of $48,309 for the BHP Make-a-Mark Endowed Presidential Scholarship.

MBA Legacy


Since 1996, the Development and External Relations Office has collaborated annually with committees of second-year, full-time MBA students on a student-run campaign designed to allow MBAs to give back to the McCombs School of Business. The Class of 1996 provided this opportunity with the inaugural campaign, creating a strong MBA tradition and fueling the momentum for future campaigns. 


 Class  Gift  Class Participation  Dollars Pledged
 2017  The Class of 2017 Rowling Hall Branding Gift   90%   $100,300
 2016  MBA LALEEF & Moontower Cafe Meeting Nook  95%  $103,456
 2015  Admissions Endowed Scholarship Fund  92%  $105,717
 2014  McCombs Entrepreneur Summer Fellow Scholarship  91%  $122,875
 2013  Rowling Hall Building Fund  98%  $100,731
 2012  MBA Building Improvement Fund  88%  $187,310
 2011  "Close the Gap" Case Competition Fund  92%  $316,700
 2010  McCombs Social Enterprise Fund  99%  $156,473
 2009  Upgrades to the Carpenter Center  99%  $152,214
 2008  Atrium Media Wall  52%  $146,258

EMBA Legacy


The Executive MBA Legacy campaign started in 2010 and fully launched in 2011.


Congratulations to Co-Chairs Orlando Zayas and Don Kramer and EMBA students for raising $106,200 with 32% participation.

Funds raised from the campaign will create an endowed scholarship for Executive MBA students to assist with tuition and travel expenses associated with the program.

TEMBA Legacy


The Evening MBA Legacy Campaign started in 2010 and fully launched in 2011,


Congratulations to Co-Chairs Matt Streif, Will Wilson, Jett Winders, and students from the Evening MBA program for raising $19,537 with 64% participation.

Funds from the campaign will create an endowment to support Evening MBA students and initiatives.