The spring 2007 phone-a-thon has just wrapped up, and we'd like to thank all of you who took a few minutes to talk to one of our "Comet Callers" about UT Dallas. We especially appreciate all of you who renewed your commitment to UTD by making a gift this semester. Your support is appreciated!
There are many ways to stay involved and give back to our university. Brandon Worsham (BS '00, MS '02) is one young alumnus who gives back in several ways: he donates through the Loyalty campaign, volunteers his time, and serves as a community advisor to the student group, FOCUS.
When asked why he stays so involved, Brandon says,
"UTD has been a very important part of my life for the past ten years, first as a student and then as a community advisor to one of the student organizations on campus. I came to UTD because I was inspired by our vision of becoming one of the premier universities in the country. I've seen so many steps taken towards that — the campus grows year by year, we draw more and more outstanding faculty and students, and our name is increasingly heard in publications and competitions around the globe. I continue to give back my time and my money because I know realizing UTD's vision serves all of us. I encourage all my friends and all the students I work with to give to the university so that we can keep on making great strides and have an even greater impact on our country and our world. Go Comets!"
Prepared by Barbara Seale, Director Endowment Services
The gift that keeps on giving...
Most of you recognize and appreciate the direct, individual benefit of scholarships for students who are pursuing undergraduate and graduate degrees. Many of you are the direct beneficiaries of these scholarship grants. You know first hand that scholarship support, made available through individual and philanthropic gifts to The University of Texas at Dallas (UTD), reduces student loan debt and makes higher education accessible to a greater number of otherwise qualified individuals.
However, you may not have thought about the direct and indirect benefits to society of these scholarship grants – from the university level to the region, state, and society as a whole. Scholarships benefit UTD by facilitating the university’s ability to recruit and retain the very best students - students just like you. UTD alumni have direct positive economic impact on the city, region and state. There is a consistent positive correlation between the percentage of college graduates within a state and the per capita income for that state according to the U.S. Census Bureau. Yes, you as UTD alumni are contributing to the greater good; even if that was not one of your top goals upon graduation.
... even in perpetuity.
Endowed scholarships are established through a process of investment of a designated sum of money ($10,000 minimum at UTD) which generates quarterly cash distributions for scholarship support in perpetuity – a very long time! These endowed scholarships provide UTD with the ability to make and meet long term strategic goals. They also provide you with the opportunity to give future deserving students an opportunity for higher education at the same time that you invest in the future of UTD, the region, and the state.
You can give a gift that keeps on giving and make a powerful investment in the future through a contribution of any amount to an established endowed scholarship, or you may establish one of your own with a minimum gift of $2,000 and a pledge of $2,000 for four additional years.
Make one of the best investments you can make in the future - at the best price around ($10.00 and up). Make a gift that makes a difference ... in perpetuity. Contact the Alumni Relations Office for more information at 972.883.ALUM or www.utdallasalumni.com.