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Johnny and Nena Cavazos are joined by several of the students who have benefitted from their generous endowment scholarship.

Establishing an endowment is an act of great generosity and vision.  Donors who decide to create an endowment do so because they understand the importance of supporting the institution not only during their lifetime, but for generations to come. These visionary individuals, families and organizations build an extraordinary resource. Many donors chose to establish an endowed fund in order to honor a loved one or to memorialize an important figure in their life, ensuring that their name and generosity will forever be a guiding force in our institution’s success.

An endowment is a university’s financial cornerstone, the core of its ability to fuel progress in scholarships, research and teaching. By allowing an institution to be less dependent on unpredictable sources of funding, such as government aid, endowments ensure that promising programs, individuals, and initiatives have the continual, steady support they need to build a future in education.

The endowment consists of funds given to The University of Texas at Brownsville that are invested in perpetuity. Endowed funds can be unrestricted, providing a resource that can be used to meet current university priorities and exciting new opportunities as they arise, or they can be designated for specific purposes, including scholarships and fellowships; professorships, academic research or programs and facility maintenance.

A portion of the return is distributed to the university priorities and designated programs, while the remaining portion of the return is reinvested back into the principal for market growth. This allows for the endowment to provide both immediate funding and long-term financial support. If you would like more information, please contact Laurie Howell from the Office of University Relations at (956) 882-4334 or


Laurie Howell
Executive Director
Cueto Building, 2nd Floor

Phone: (956) 882-4334Fax: (956) 882-7999


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