Making a world of difference: Carol Rausch

Carol Rausch loves to travel…and if she had one wish for every student at UT Pan American, it would be for them to be able to visit another country and experience a whole new world. That’s why she created the Carol Rausch International Studies Abroad Endowed Scholarship in the UTPA Foundation.

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A Texas Legacy: The Montgomery/Looney Family

It seems that a member of the Montgomery/Looney Family has been connected to The University of Texas-Pan American since its inception…starting with W. R. Montgomery, who carried the legislation that allowed for the formation of Edinburg College in 1927, and continuing today with Cullen and Carol Lynn Looney.

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Enduring Dedication: Margaret and L.C. Draper

The late Margaret L. and Louis Copeland “L.C.” Draper will long be remembered as two of UT Pan American’s most generous and dedicated friends. They gave cheerfully and abundantly to the University during their lifetimes, establishing numerous scholarships, and also included the UTPA Foundation in their estate plans.

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A Xanadu State of Mind: Rick and Diane Teter

Since graduating from Baylor University, Diane and Rick Teter have been moving hand-in-hand from one great adventure to another. They’ve operated a cattle ranch in East Texas, been part-owners of a ranch in northern Mexico, studied nursing together, earned master’s degrees, and taught at the college level.

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Gifts in Action

Stories of how generous gifts are changing lives at UTPA


Portraits of Philanthropy

Stories of philanthropy in action through the UTPA Foundation



Photo Gallery

Highlighting UTPA Foundation programs and events


Video Gallery

Spotlighting UTPA Foundation partners and programs


The much anticipated – and oft-delayed – renovation of the University’s fine arts facilities will soon get underway after construction of a nearly $42.7 million Fine Arts Academic and Performance Complex was approved by The University of Texas System Board of Regents on August 25, 2011.


Theresa Barrera

"Dream Big"

Theresa Barrera

Vice Chair, UTPA Foundation Board
Vice President of Supplier Diversity
Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.

Theresa Barrera, who rose from part-time cashier at Sam's Club to become a top executive at Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., sent a strong message of empowerment to hundreds of young girls and their mothers during HESTEC's Latina Day Sept. 28. Her message: "Dream big." Barrera stressed the importance of having an education, trusted mentors and parental support.


Vertical-UTPA-Logo Founded: 1927, merged with The University of Texas System in 1989
Location: Main campus in Edinburg, Texas; satellite sites in McAllen, Starr County and South Padre Island
Enrollment: 19,302 in Fall 2012, 89% Hispanic
Academic Offerings: 56 bachelor’s, 56 master’s, 3 doctoral and 2 cooperative doctoral degree programs
Colleges: Arts and Humanities, Business Administration, Education, Engineering and Computer Science, Health Sciences and Human Services, Science and Mathematics, Social and Behavioral Sciences

UTPA is ranked fifth largest within The University of Texas System, and is the 10th largest of 38 public universities in the State of Texas.

According to The Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education 2012, UTPA is among the top 100 best U.S. colleges for Hispanics.  UTPA ranks second in the number of bachelor's degrees and third in the number of master's degrees awarded to Hispanics nationwide.

Dec 13 2011

To the Michael and Susan Dell Foundation for the generous gift of $650,000 to UTPA’s GEAR UP program to expand AVID, a proven college readiness program, to several elementary and middle schools in the Rio Grande Valley.

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