TCU Advancement

University Advancement

Giving Stories

A Profound Effect - TCU alumni Bob and Mary Jane Sunkel met a significant need when they established an endowment grant to enable art history graduate students to travel to conduct research for their theses. Their generous gift immensely enhanced the graduate school experience of Auriel Garza, Dawn Hewitt, Taylor Day, Alejo Benedetti and many others.

Creating New Opportunities - A transformative gift from the Davies family of Houston allows communication sciences and disorders majors at TCU to benefit from new experiences with hearing impaired populations.

Scholarships: The Top Priority - It is essential to keep the University's doors open to the students who can benefit most from the TCU experience, regardless of family income - students like Joan Fernandez. A Chancellor's Scholar, Joan's plans include medical school.

Estate Gifts Shape the Future - Abbie Ruff '16, Gabrielle Bullock '15 and Kyle Cox '15 have vastly different career plans but they all became Horned Frogs thanks to the generosity of donors who funded scholarships through planned gifts.

Internships: The New Interview - TCU Career Services recommends students complete multiple internships to maximize their competitiveness in the job market. But what happens when a coveted internship doesn’t provide a paycheck? A new scholarship program comes to the rescue. 

Enduring Excellence - Holders of endowed chairs and professorships bring originality, innovation and key professional networks to augment TCU’s academic environment. As Davis Entrepreneur-in-Residence, Brad Hancock takes his mission seriously. “We honor the entrepreneurial journey,” he says.

Transformational - The TCU Institute of Child Development is transforming lives of harmed children across the globe, while building the University’s academic reputation here and abroad. Now a $20 million gift to endow the Institute will ensure this vital work continues. 

Investing in Students - A former Community Scholar, Margaret Oaikena is topped a stellar undergraduate career with a master’s degree in counseling. She has already helped other students succeed as she has.

Famously Challenging - One of TCU's toughest - and most inspirational - faculty members ever, Frank Woodall Hogan, "had very strong principles and preached them, as well as taught a great course that stood me well through medical school," says Dr. David R. Brown. Dr. Brown recognized Mr. Hogan's influence upon hundreds of pre-med hopefuls by making a gift in the late professor's honor.

Reimagining TCU's Future - How can TCU most effectively prepare Horned Frogs for life in an environment that changes at warp speed? New investments in students, faculty and innovative programs can elevate the University’s academic reputation and make a difference in the world.

Manufacturing Innovation - TCU's IdeaFactory designs educational products including Playtectonics, which teach middle school students about plate tectonics. Designed by a team of undergraduates, the products are being used by thousands of middle schoolers and are getting rave reviews from educators. Six TCU students are identified as inventors on the patents.

Return on Investment - Endowed positions, such as a chairs and professorships, have helped the Neeley School rise in prominence and its faculty to be recognized as the best in the world by The Economist. Donors who established these positions deserve an A+ for making contributions that have had an outstanding ROI.



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