Support Students

Increased funding for graduate fellowships and undergraduate scholarships will allow the Cockrell School to attract the best and brightest students. 

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The real leaders of the Cockrell School of Engineering are the alumni, parents, corporate partners and friends who provide financial support to our students.  Thanks to annual gifts and endowment earnings, the Cockrell School awarded more than $9 million in fellowships to graduate students and scholarships to undergraduate students last year.   

Our Top Student Funding Priority:  Graduate Fellowships

Over the last two decades, the role of graduate students has changed from that of apprentice to co-creator. Graduate students play a crucial role in the development of new technologies under the guidance of a supervising professor. In addition, graduate students support undergraduate education by helping faculty in both laboratories and classrooms as tutors, advisors and lab instructors.  Your investment will help the Cockrell School recruit the next generation of inventors, entrepreneurs, researchers, teachers and leaders who will go on to change the world.

Dean’s Graduate Fellow:  Fully Endowed Graduate Fellowship – Minimum $750,000
A Dean’s Graduate Fellow is the Cockrell School’s premier graduate fellowship program, helping to attract the most talented graduate students.  An annual distribution from your endowment will provide approximately $30,000 to fully support a graduate student’s work.  This critical funding will be part of a multi-year offer of which your fellowship will be part.  This caliber of funding will enable us to compete with peer institutions as we work to recruit these exceptional minds.  Endowment investments above the $750,000 minimum will help us better leverage additional matching funds.

Foundation Graduate Fellow – Minimum $250,000
An annual distribution from your endowment will provide approximately $10,000 to support graduate students, and the endowment will grow over time supporting graduate students in perpetuity.  Your gift will create a solid foundation to attract and recognize the best graduate students.

Endowed Presidential Fellowship (EPF) -- $100,000
An annual distribution from your endowment will provide approximately $4,000 as a partial stipend to support graduate students, and the endowment will grow over time supporting graduate students in perpetuity.  Every year, the Cockrell School hosts a dinner to connect EPF donors and their recipients, so our graduate students can personally express their gratitude.  

Endowing Undergraduate Scholarships

Establishing an endowed scholarship offers donors the opportunity to create a lasting legacy that supports engineering education for generations to come, and enables the Cockrell School to compete nationally for the best undergraduate students. 

The Cockrell School's first Endowed Presidential Scholarship was created in 1956.  Since then, more than 100 alumni, corporations and friends of the Cockrell School have created endowments to recognize the most outstanding undergraduate and graduate students in engineering.

Endowed Presidential Scholarship (EPS) -- $50,000 or more
An annual distribution from your endowment will provide approximately $2,500 to support undergraduate students, and the endowment will grow over time supporting undergraduates in perpetuity.  Considered one of UT’s most prestigious scholarship programs, Endowed Presidential Scholars have a strong academic record and exhibit a consistent employment history through paid or volunteer work.  Every year, the Cockrell School hosts a dinner to connect EPS donors and their scholarship recipients, so our students can personally express their gratitude.   

Endowed Undergraduate Scholarship -- $25,000 or more
An annual distribution from your endowment will provide approximately $1,200 to support undergraduate students, and the endowment will grow over time supporting undergraduates in perpetuity.

Making a Difference in the Lives of our Students

Privately funded graduate fellowships and undergraduate scholarships are critical for the Cockrell School to recruit and retain exceptional students who seek admission to nationally prominent programs.  The Cockrell School’s merit-based fellowships and scholarships are given in addition to the grant, loan, and student-work packages provided through UT’s Office of Student Financial Services.  With the rising cost of education across the U.S., fellowships and scholarships help ease the anxiety our students and their families face about how to pay for school, and allow our students to focus on their coursework and participate more fully in extracurricular programs that will enhance their personal development.  A single gift can make an enormous impact on a student’s life.

You may designate your endowment for students within the Cockrell School or for students in a specific department or departments.  Your gift is invested and distributions are made from the endowment each year.  Annually, you will receive an investment report detailing the growth of your gift over time from The University of Texas Investment Management Company (UTIMCO).

Additionally, you will receive profiles and thank you notes from the students who receive your fellowship and/or scholarship, and also have the opportunity to become acquainted with them.  Your gift in support of students will be a gift of lasting power, one with the potential to transform the Cockrell School today and the world tomorrow.

Learn more about establishing an endowment.

Felix Gutierrez

“Last year, my Ph.D. student Felix Gutierrez began exploring the idea of embedding directional antennas on integrated circuits to incorporate complete wireless transceivers on a small microchip – antenna and all. I am thrilled to tell you that our first-ever 60 Ghz on-chip antennas have just arrived from the foundry, and Felix and several other students are now testing these new devices.” -- Theodore S. Rappaport, Founding Director of Wireless Networking and Communications Group (WNCG) and William and Bettye Nowlin Chair in Electrical Engineering


Sean Carroll

“I’ve always been curious and self motivated, and my family has always encouraged those traits and their constructive development through public education.  Since coming to the Cockrell School as a graduate student in Biomedical Engineering, I have begun work on important projects in antibody engineering in the Georgiou-Iverson lab.  My eventual goal is to develop important biological pharmaceuticals to improve people’s lives.” – Sean Carroll, Engineering Foundation Fellow


John Ruiz

“Being the youngest of seven children, my family tries to encourage me and give me the best advice they can, but since I am the first to go to college the only advice they feel qualified to give me is to not drop out and to study, study, study.  None of my family really knows what an electrical engineer is or does and I try to explain to them as best I can but I know they are proud of me and what I have accomplished.  I am honored that the Greater Texas Foundation feels I am worth scholarship support.”  -- John Ruiz ’11, Greater Texas Foundation Scholarship Recipient