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Philanthropic gifts play a crucial role in the progress and continuing success of the College of Education. Accomplishing our vision to become the preeminent education program in the country depends on the continued and generous support of our alumni, friends and corporate stakeholders. Giving to the college, at any level, is a wonderful way to say thank you for an outstanding education, transformative experiences and a great network of friends.

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Providing for the Next Generation of Teachers, Researchers and Leaders

Our alumni and staff alike support future generations of students through the endowed scholarship funds they created... more

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Susana Alemán - BS Secondary Education, ‘75, MEd Math, Science and Foreign Language ‘78, JD ‘84

Susana Alemán, who holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the College of Education and a doctor of jurisprudence degree from UT Law, is a loyal and dedicated alumna. She regularly... more

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Cory & Priscilla Redding

Gridiron glory is not all that motivates former Longhorn football standout Cory Redding. The Indianapolis Colt and his wife, college alumna Priscilla (B.S. '03), recently announced their donation of $100,000 to establish the Cory and Priscilla Redding Family Scholarship in the College of Education. The gift is the University’s... more

How Donor Contributions Make a Difference

  • Faculty

    S. Natasha Beretvas

    M. K. Hage Fellow and Professor in Educational Psychology

    Photo of Natasha BeretvasNatasha Beretvas, professor in the Department of Educational Psychology, is a fellow in the M. K. Hage Centennial Professorship in Education. Faculty fellowships are designed to recognize faculty in the College of Education who have established a record of excellence in teaching, scholarship research and contribution to the college. Beretvas is an accomplished researcher and instructor in the college. Her interests center on the evaluation of statistical and psychometric models for social and behavioral science research. In 2009, her teaching was recognized when she was honored as a recipient of The University of Texas SystemRegents’ Outstanding Teaching Award. Reflecting on her teaching, Beretvas said, “There are two kinds of rewards I enjoy as a teacher. The primary benefit involves helping students learn. This is especially the case in a topic area that seems intimidating to many. The second reward is a purely selfish one. Teaching provides me with an incentive to learn. The only way that I can explain a topic is if I manage to obtain a deep understanding of it.”

  • Students

    To compete with peer institutions for the best students, we must offer competitive undergraduate scholarships and graduate fellowships.

    Undergraduate Scholarships

    With the rising cost of education across the U.S., scholarships help ease the anxiety our undergraduates and their families face about how to pay for school, allowing students to focus on their coursework and participate more fully in extracurricular programs that will enhance their personal development.

    Graduate Fellowships

    Graduate students are indispensable to the research and education process at a great research university like UT Austin. These students mentor undergraduates, push the limits of research and bring new ideas and challenges to traditional beliefs. Fellowships provide graduate students with funding that enables them to pursue their own education and research objectives on a full-time basis, free of other responsibilities.

    Benjamin R. Pollack
    Powers Fellow and Doctoral Student in Kinesiology

    Photo of Ben PollackBen Pollack is pursuing his Ph.D. in Kinesiology in the College of Education. Receiving the Powers Fellowship affords Ben the flexibility to conduct research, broaden the scope of his curriculum, and be a part of the H.J. Lutcher Stark Center family. He is grateful for the opportunity he has here to take classes that are most valuable to him while also planning his dissertation, contributing to Stark Center events, and assisting with the publication of Iron Game History: The Journal of Physical Culture. All of that would not be possible without the help of the Powers Fellowship.

    Ben is examining the history of the fitness industry, with emphasis on physical culture and entrepreneurship. He hopes to identify factors that drive success and failure in the industry as a whole. He strongly believes that understanding the historical, economic, and cultural trends of physical fitness can help us combat rising healthcare costs in the United States. In particular, his goal is to establish a comprehensive framework for gyms of any size and scope to contribute to physical education and fitness participation programs while remaining financially viable. He plans to research and write about Gold’s Gym, the largest commercial fitness chain and one of the best-known and most important sports landmarks in the world. Gold’s Gym was the first to broaden awareness of bodybuilding and physical culture in the 1960s, and has helped millions of people discover fitness and redefine strength in their lives. Its history has crucial lessons for many Americans struggling to improve their health and fitness today.

    To learn how you can make a gift to support students, contact Stacey Oliver at (512) 471-8178.

  • Research and Programs

    Research and program support provides funding for research centers, special seminars and symposia, guest lectures, teaching excellence awards and other unique educational experiences for students and faculty alike. Such activities would not be possible without private support from alumni and friends of the college.

    Texas Child Study Center

    painting of a city scapeIn 2008, Dean Justiz asked longtime College of Education supporters Jeanne and Mickey Klein to seed a new initiative being spearheaded by professor Kevin Stark. With that gift from the Kleins, the Texas Child Study Center (TCSC), the first formal collaboration between the University of Texas at Austin and Dell Children’s Medical Center, was established to meet the mental health needs of the youth of Central Texas. In addition to providing comprehensive evidence-based mental health services in both hospital and outpatient settings, TCSC trains future pediatric psychologists and psychiatrists and advances the science of mental health services through research. TCSC is internationally-recognized for state-of-the-art treatment programs for trauma victims, parents of children/adolescents with behavioral disorders, obese adolescents and their families, as well as for providing social skills training for children with autism spectrum disorders and cognitive remediation for children with ADHD. TSCS has distinguished itself in the field as a leader in the prevention of anxiety and depressive disorders and is recognized for designing what is now considered the gold standard for the psychological treatments of children with depressive and anxiety disorders.

    Since its inception, TCSC has become a valued and trusted resource within Austin’s pediatric healthcare community—providing families with holistic services that address both the physical as well as psychological and emotional effects of injury, cancer, disease and other medical disorders. Through their work at the TCSC, college faculty and students are receiving invaluable experience —pushing the boundaries of knowledge, developing novel treatments and establishing new protocols as they work alongside clinicians to serve the mental health needs of children and young people in Central Texas.

  • Facilities

    Facilities support assures that students and researchers always have access to the latest technology and best classrooms, laboratories and learning spaces. These funds also provide for repair and upkeep, ensuring appropriately maintained surroundings for our students. Facilities support funds the “behind the scenes” work of the College of Education, providing for technology infrastructure upgrades as well as enhancements to the public face of the college.

    The H.J. Lutcher Stark Center for Physical Culture & Sports

    The Stark Center Lobby The H.J. Lutcher Stark Center for Physical Culture & Sports was founded by UT faculty members Terry and Jan Todd who began collecting materials about physical culture and sports well before their arrival at The University of Texas in 1983. Their collection, known as the Todd-McLean Collection, was housed at UT for many years, but was open to researchers only on a limited basis because of their lack of space and staff support. A desire to see this major research collection housed in more suitable quarters, and to utilize the resources of the collection for museum exhibits about the history and benefits of exercise and sports, resulted in a search for funding to build a world-class facility dedicated to scholarship in the fields of physical culture and sports. Major gifts from the Nelda C. and H.J. Lutcher Stark Foundation and Joe and Betty Weider, have covered the costs of the Stark Center construction and allowed us to open the H.J. Lutcher Stark Center to support scholarly research and to educate the public.

    To learn how you can make a gift to support facilities, contact Stacey Oliver at (512) 471-8178.