UT Arlington’s donors are dedicated to  building a brighter future for the University community and beyond. They relish  the prospect of making a direct, transformational impact through their gifts.

Strategic contributions from  generous donors advance UT Arlington to new levels of excellence by providing  better educational opportunities for students, enhancing research and teaching  initiatives for faculty, and creating facilities that transform the campus. Such  bold philanthropic support enables the University to change the trajectory of  thousands of lives each year.

Support for Center Aids Pre-law Students


When Jeff Leuschel realized that UT Arlington’s resources for pre-law students hadn’t evolved much since he graduated in 1977, he was motivated to change things.

Every semester for 11 years, Mary Earle Aucutt attended night classes at UT Arlington to earn a college degree. Shortly before she graduated, Aucutt established the C.J. and Clara Earle Student Scholarship in memory of her parents. It was one of the first endowment gifts to the College of Business.




George Pickett and his wife, Elizabeth, have long supported higher education. The couple’s generosity has helped establish the George and Elizabeth Pickett Professorship, which was the first endowed professorship for the Industrial, Manufacturing, and Systems Engineering Department in the College of Engineering.

 Alumnus John Merrill saw a disturbing lack of financial skills among young people. That’s why the Houston-based financial adviser worked with UT Arlington to endow initiatives to promote financial literacy in future generations.




Billy Flores joined the Coast Guard less than a year before his cutter collided with an oil tanker in 1980. To honor his memory, his siblings -all UTA graduates- established the Courage in Adversity: Billy Flores Scholarship for nursing majors. Endowed funds like those pledged by the Flores family ensure the University’s long-term viability.

Like many UT Arlington students, alumnus Ron Cates was the first in his family to attend college. In 2011 he established the Ron L. Cates Endowed Scholarship and recently arranged for a planned estate gift to further fund the scholarship.