Alumna Honors Her Mother's Memory With a Gift to UT Dallas

Oct. 19, 2012

Nicole Tucker

Nicole Tucker’s bequest will benefit students at the University and serve as a tribute to her mother.

Studying for a bachelor’s degree in psychology and working full time was sometimes overwhelming for Nicole Tucker BA’04. But the memory of her late mother helped motivate her.

“Though it was a struggle finding the time and money while working, I was determined,” said Tucker. "It took many years, but with the reassuring memories of my mother  – who completed her degree while raising two children alone and working full time – and some financial aid during my last year, I graduated in 2004."

Now Tucker, 37, is focused on honoring the memory of her mother, Diane Milot Tucker, who died suddenly when Nicole was a teenager.

The real estate professional set up a campaign gift recently in her mother’s name through her will. The University is currently engaged in its first comprehensive fund-raising campaign, Realize the Vision: The Campaign for Tier One & Beyond, which seeks to raise $200 million by 2014.

Tucker hopes her gift provides peace of mind for other young students worried about paying for college and their futures.

“I learned at a young age to be prepared by having your finances in place. So, when revising my will last year, I contacted UT Dallas to get the information I needed to set up a scholarship in my mother’s honor.”

The bequest that Tucker established will eventually be used to create a scholarship that will benefit students. “I am proud to be able to help support an aspiring UT Dallas graduate with the money I leave behind. This way, my mother and I will have a role in another person’s future.”

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For more information on gift planning, contact Anna LeBlanc at 972-883-6023 or visit


Media Contact: Sara Mancuso, UT Dallas, (972) 883-6507, [email protected],
or the Office of Media Relations, UT Dallas, (972) 883-2155, [email protected]
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