Growing up in West Columbia, Texas, Betty Bird developed a love for history. When she enrolled at The University of Texas at Austin, she knew she wanted to be an educator. She combined her passions for a more than 30-year career as a high school U.S. History teacher.
After graduating from the College of Education in 1963, Bird started her career in Victoria, Texas. After five years, she returned to Austin and she taught U.S. History at McCallum, where she had done her student teaching. From there, Bird went to Austin’s Crockett High School, where she taught the subject for 27 years. “It was exciting to see my students learn, to know that many of them developed a love for history, too,” she says.
Bird’s love for education and her experience in the College of Education has inspired her to make a gift to the College through her estate to establish The Betty S. Bird Endowed Scholarship in Education. She chose scholarship support because, “when I was on the faculty at Crockett, I was on the scholarship committee for more than 20 years. You see the need that students have when you’re in a situation like that.”
Bird wants to benefit generations of future graduates. “I hope new teachers enjoy teaching as much as I did. I hope I made an impact on my students and that future College of Education graduates have an impact on theirs,” she says.
For 15 years, Richard Mattingly worked with College of Education students as assistant dean for student affairs. He guided them in course choices and helped them navigate decisions about their careers. When he retired in 2012, he didn’t want his support for students to end, so he established the Richard A. Mattingly Endowed Scholarship. “I loved working with students and I wanted a way to help those who really needed it. I thought, ‘How else can I give back?’ A scholarship seemed like a great solution,” he says.
Benjamin Schwertner is a sport management major in the Department of Kinesiology and Health Education (KHE). “I really appreciate Mr. Mattingly’s generous support. Like many other students, I struggle to completely afford the cost of such a great educational opportunity. This scholarship is helping me continue with a little more peace of mind. His support is really meaningful to students like me and I truly am grateful for it.” Chastity Chov is another beneficiary of Mattingly’s vision and is a senior studying athletic training. “Mr. Mattingly’s support is giving me the momentum to pursue my goal to be the first person in my family to earn a master’s degree and of being a female athletic trainer for a professional sports team. I am so grateful for his generosity and support.”
Make Your Will Known
Consider making a gift that lasts beyond your lifetime. A gift through your will or estate plan is a simple way to make a meaningful and lasting donation to support students and faculty in the College of Education.
Sample Will Language
To give to the College of Education through your will, this is the language we suggest: I hereby direct $ ______________ (or percent of my residual estate) in cash, securities or other property to the Board of Regents of The University of Texas System for the benefit of The University of Texas at Austin. This donation shall be for the further benefit of [college, program, fund, scholarship or endowment] __________________________ and shall be used to _________________________.
As with any decision involving your assets, we urge you to seek the advice of your professional counsel when considering a donation to The University of Texas at Austin.