Texas State University is on the rise – in enrollment, size and prestige. Our university’s continued excellence is reliant on the generosity of alumni, faculty, parents, staff and friends. Every gift, no matter how large, helps Texas State provide unparalleled educational opportunities for our next generation.
In many ways, student scholarships are the lifeblood of the university. Academic scholarships make an education at Texas State University possible for passionate, ambitious and intellectual students who may otherwise lack the funding to pursue their dreams and goals.
Karee Berry came to Texas State University ready to play football and study business management, but he wasn't prepared for some of the everyday challenges. The athletic scholarship recipient says scheduling may have been tough to manage at first, but with support from professors, students and other athletes, he stays on top of everything.
Wildlife biology major Leah Cuddeback left her Midwestern life in Illinois to attend Texas State. The recipient of several scholarships, including the Barry G. and Lana K. Andrews Presidential Endowed Scholarship, Cuddeback aspires to become a field biologist to educate people about threatened and endangered wildlife.
Gifts to Texas State enable the university to recruit and retain world-class professors committed to continuing our tradition of excellence in teaching and student success. Philanthropic gifts also fund groundbreaking faculty research that advances our world.
Internationally recognized scholar and associate professor of anthropology Dr. Kate Spradley is an expert in identifying sex and ancestry from human skeletal remains. She uses measurements from the skull and postcranial skeleton to understand biological relationships among various population groups. She has been working on a National Institute of Justice-funded project to develop accurate methods of determining sex and ancestry for Hispanics for the purpose of facilitating positive identifications.
Working with graduate students and leading scientists around the world, Dr. Edwin Piner, professor of physics and materials science, engineering and commercialization, focuses his research and technology development on the fabrication of novel semiconductor materials and device structures. Through principle support from industry, the Department of Defense, and the National Science Foundation, Piner's research group revolutionizes performance to produce more sustainable state-of-the-art devices and faster, more powerful electronics.
State-of-the-art facilities, underwritten by donor gifts, help ensure the university can meet the demands of its growing enrollment and create ideal teaching and learning environments. These contributions also promote research and athletic excellence to the benefit of students, faculty and the entire Texas State University community.
Texas State University’s new Performing Arts Center may have never opened its door were it not for Patti Harrison's generous lead gift of $8 million. The extraordinary new facility houses a 400-seat theatre and a 300-seat recital hall, a grand lobby, rehearsal space, a scenery shop, staging areas and classrooms.
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