Our Donors

From recent graduates to corporate supporters, Naveen Jindal School of Management donors are as unique as the programs and funds they support. Yet each donor plays a transformational role at the Jindal School, contributing to the educational experience of future business leaders. Gifts of all shapes and sizes exemplify a shared desire to help our students achieve their goals.

Fellowships, Opportunity Funds and Scholarships

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Dr. Jasper Arnold III

Dr. Jasper Arnold III made great strides toward accomplishing the Naveen Jindal School of Management’s goal of building the preeminent Executive MBA program in the Southwest at UT Dallas. When he died unexpectedly in 2008, Arnold’s family, friends and colleagues came together to create a fellowship endowment to honor his memory. It is awarded each year to a highly qualified student in the Executive MBA program at the Jindal School. Arnold had served since 1999 as director of the EMBA program. Twice under his leadership, in 2007 and 2008, Financial Times ranked it the top EMBA program in Texas and among the top 20 EMBA programs in the world. “We were grateful for the leadership Jasper provided in helping us achieve our goal to make the UT Dallas EMBA program one of the best in the nation,” said Dr. Hasan Pirkul, Jindal School dean and Caruth Chair.

Read more on the EMBA Scholarships page.

Ashok Opportunity Fund

Observing his own family’s generosity motivated Avi Arora, BS’12, MS’12, to establish the Ashok Opportunity Fund at the Naveen Jindal School of Management. Arora gave the gift in honor of his father; however, he also cited inspiration from many remarkable professors at UT Dallas. “My goal is to reduce the financial burden for students so they can focus on their schooling,” he said. Arora moved to the United States in 2009 to complete two master’s degrees, in supply chain management and in information technology and management, at the Jindal School. He began his career as an intern at Ericsson, and he joined CBRE as a senior consultant in 2016. Even at a young age, Arora said, he believed in paying it forward. “You don’t have to wait until you’re further along in your career to give back. You can start now, and even small, positive actions can change the trajectory for someone in need.”

Read more on the Aspire Fall 2017 and Endowments opportunity funds.

Angelica Barriga Scholarship

For Angelica Barriga, BS’03, MBA’08, it was not enough to express her gratitude for the help she received as a college student. Channeling her appreciation, Barriga established the Angelica Barriga Scholarship to pay forward the financial assistance she received and to honor those who provided backing years earlier. “The collective support I received was instrumental in my success,” Barriga said. “I was extremely fortunate to receive scholarship support.” Barriga, a solutions management lead at Google, said she utilized the lessons learned from her Naveen Jindal School of Management coursework on a daily basis, another reason why she wanted to establish a scholarship assisting students in business education. She was honored with the UT Dallas Green and Orange Award in 2019.

Read more on the Summer 2014 Aspire.

Bate Family Scholarship/Fellowship

Bate Bate, MBA’03, is a director at ING, a global bank with a strong European base. He had worked at several companies prior to ING, and he credited his time at the Naveen Jindal School of Management as refining his understanding of organizational behavior and management — lessons he said he uses today. He began his career as a field engineer for Schlumberger. “I was based in the Rocky Mountain region and was eventually transferred offshore to Port Harcourt, Nigeria. During that time, I decided to attend graduate school, relocated to North Texas and enrolled in the Full-Time MBA program at the Jindal School. While taking graduate classes, I interned at Halliburton Investor Relations and was an instrumental part of the team that took Dave & Buster’s Inc. (among other companies) public,” he recalled. Both Bate and his wife, Leyla, credit their upbringings as contributing factors in the decision to create a scholarship. “It was not just one experience that motivated us to give back but rather the combination of our backgrounds, the support we received throughout our own educational pursuits and the positive experiences we both had while students,” he said.

Read more on the UTD Aspire Spring 2015 and Alumni Spotlight.

Diane and Hal Brierley Marketing Fellowship

Hal Brierley, a marketing icon, was honored at the Naveen Jindal School of Management in 2015 for extensive work that included creating the concept of customer loyalty programs. His career included being the innovator who created the groundbreaking American Airlines AAdvantage frequent flyer program. At the 2015 event, Brierley offered his perspectives on “share of attention” versus “share of wallet;” the building blocks used to make a loyalty program a profit center; and maintaining customer attention and loyalty. Brierley and his wife, Diane, who are noted philanthropists nationwide, established the fellowship in their names to support the education of highly qualified students pursing a master’s degree in marketing analytics. One additional goal was to encourage the recruitment and development of Texas-based analytics talent. Brierley wanted to encourage candidates with an engineering background to consider the marketing analytics profession, with a focus on loyalty programs, as an equally rewarding quantitative business discipline.

Read more on the Loyalty programs and why they work.

Gigi Edwards Bryant Champions Scholarship

“My most indelible lessons from the Jindal School during my time there were to form teams early in the process, respect each other’s strengths, address the weaknesses together and include the present as well as the future in every decision,” said Gigi Edwards Bryant, GLEMBA’02, founder and president of GMSA Management. After reengaging with UT Dallas through the Institute for Excellence in Corporate Governance and seeing the changes and improvements to the Naveen Jindal School of Management, Bryant was inspired to give back. The Gigi Edwards Bryant Champions Scholarship is awarded to undergraduate or graduate students who have previously been in foster care and/or have made a positive impact on the lives of children in the foster-care system through volunteerism or advocacy. “I wanted the scholarship to be specific to children in the foster-care system and the people who support them because that support is lacking for our children,” Bryant said. “I am committed to their well-being and supporting their education, but, mostly, I believe that ‘foster’ is not an indicator as to what children are born for — it’s a very expensive indicator as to how we are failing our children. Education can and will change the mindset and the dynamics, if not for the past, then certainly for the future. It did it for me, and I was thrilled to find out that this was the first of its kind for UT Dallas.”

Read more on the UTD Aspire Fall 2016 and Alumni Spotlight.

Peter Buffett Scholarship/Fellowship

In honor of Peter Buffett’s appearance at the Naveen Jindal School of Management’s 2015 Scholarship Breakfast, the school established the Peter Buffett Scholarship/Fellowship. The son of billionaire investor Warren Buffett, Peter Buffett is an Emmy Award-winning musician, social entrepreneur, author and philanthropist. NoVo Foundation, which the younger Buffet and his wife, Jennifer, founded, targets adolescent girls and women, specifically tackling violence against women, and works with indigenous communities in North America. Peter Buffett’s multimedia performance at the Scholarship Breakfast, “Life is What You Make It: A Concert and Conversation with Peter Buffett,” included him playing the piano and singing, a cellist as an accompanist and videos. His appearance was based on his book Life Is What You Make It: Find Your Own Path to Fulfillment (New York: Crown Archetype, 2010).

Read more on the Novo Foundation.

Debi and George Carter Opportunity Fund for Real Estate

Debi Carter, BA’93, and George Carter wanted to make a meaningful contribution in support of the Naveen Jindal School of Management’s real estate program. After Debi became one of the first female partners in a commercial real estate development firm in Dallas, she felt compelled to help pave the way for others in the industry. The couple established the Debi and George Carter Opportunity Fund for Real Estate, the first endowed fund in support of the then-new program. Debi is with Capstone Commercial Real Estate; George is president of Omega Prototypes Inc.

Read more on the Endowment Opportunity Funds.

Chalak Mitra Life Scholarship

Ron Parikh, BS’01, a principal of CMG Companies who earned a business administration degree at the Naveen Jindal School of Management, uses his time and capital to help those less fortunate than himself. Parikh serves on the advisory board for Pratham USA, Dallas-Fort Worth chapter, a nongovernmental charity working to provide quality education to underprivileged children in India. He also helped guide CMG as it established the Chalak Mitra Life Scholarship for undergraduate students in Jindal School. Parikh was chosen a “40 Under 40” honoree in 2019 by the Dallas Business Journal. The award recognizes young business leaders who are making a mark on North Texas. “My friends and I started our entrepreneurial journey at a young age with a billiards parlor,” Parikh said. “We all went to full-time school and had jobs to pay for bills and expenses, and in the evening and nights, we worked in the billiards parlor.” After selling the parlor in early 2000s, Parikh and his partners ventured into the restaurant industry by becoming a Genghis Grill restaurant franchisee. In 2004, three years after Parikh earned his undergraduate degree, the group bought the Genghis Grill brand. At the time, there were six locations in the United States, with three in Dallas. Today, there are more than 90 locations in 15 states. Parikh is married to Pinky Parikh, BS’01, who also earned a business administration degree at the Jindal School.

Read more on the Jindal School Alumnus News.

Chinese Entrepreneurship Scholarship/Fellowship

Dr. Li (Sunny) Sun, PhD’10, is an associate professor of entrepreneurship and innovation at the University of Massachusetts-Lowell. His research interests include entrepreneurial firm growth, new-venture creation and financing, business models, internationalization and corporate governance. Sun completed his doctoral program in international management studies at the Naveen Jindal School of Management and was recently back on the UT Dallas campus to speak at a workshop. Sun established this scholarship to help students who have completed all or part of their preparatory education in China, Hong Kong, Macau or Taiwan. (Sun completed his undergrad degree in Beijing and his master’s degree in Hong Kong.) Sun also wanted this scholarship to benefit students involved in UT Dallas student organizations that promote entrepreneurial activities and are open to all UT Dallas students. Sun was co-founder of NewTimeFly, a management consulting firm, and co-founder of Miaxis Biometrics, a startup company focusing on the innovation of fingerprint pattern-recognition algorithms..

Terry W. Conner Leadership and Service Scholarship

Terry Conner, a retired managing partner of Haynes and Boone LLP, proves that one need not be an alumnus to have an impact on UT Dallas. Decades after Conner’s introduction to UT Dallas and the Naveen Jindal School of Management, his contributions to JSOM are as numerous as they are influential. He has taught business law to EMBA students and served as chairman of the school’s advisory council. Most importantly, he has become a self-proclaimed UT Dallas ambassador, touting its excellence and innovation throughout the region’s business community. “The impact of public universities like UT Dallas on the region cannot be overstated,” Conner said. In honor of Conner’s volunteer leadership, JSOM Dean Hasan Pirkul established a $20,000 scholarship endowment in Conner’s name. Rather than simply accept the honor, however, Conner chose to make a personal commitment of $25,000 to this endowment. “Supporting the University is both a responsibility and a privilege,” Conner said. “It’s a win-win for everyone.”

Dallas skyline in the early evening

CoreNet Southwest, the North Texas chapter of the international commercial real estate association CoreNet Global, established this fund to support scholarships and fellowships for Naveen Jindal School of Management real estate students. With more than 8,000 members, CoreNet Global is among the world’s leading associations for corporate real estate professionals, service providers and economic developers. “This donation confirms that the Jindal School’s Real Estate Concentrations are catching the attention of key leaders in the real estate industry,” said Dr. Randall Guttery, director of real estate curriculums and director of the Herbert D. Weitzman Institute for Real Estate at the Jindal School. “Our classes are preparing the next generation of real estate leaders, and many in the industry are eager to connect with our students.”

Read more on the Aspire Winter 2014.

Desai Family Fellowship

Establishing the Desai Family Fellowship is just one thing Sejal Desai, MBA’99, has done to improve the lives of others. As a passionate advocate of philanthropy and entrepreneurship, Desai serves as business engagement director at CFT for Business, a Communities Foundation of Texas initiative that assists in the foundation and growth of companies’ giving and community engagement programs. While Desai was a Naveen Jindal School of Management student, she received scholarships that helped her finance her studies. The primary reason for establishing the Desai Family Fellowship was to offer similar opportunities to other young students who are beginning to pursue their dreams. “Relatively speaking, it’s a small drop in the ocean. However, if these fellowships are able to impact the lives of a few worthy yet needy students, and their careers and lives can be changed, then it’s a positive impact,” she said. Desai was recognized with a 2019 Women in Business Award from the Dallas Business Journal.

Read more on the Alumna Sejal Desai News.

EMBA Class of 2011 Scholarship

Members of the Executive MBA Class of 2011 and a matching gift from the Naveen Jindal School of Management established this endowed scholarship to provide an annual award to qualified full-time undergraduate students in the Jindal School. One of the requirements is that the scholarship recipient show an affinity for community service. The idea of establishing a scholarship was a natural fit for the 2011 class, which had already displayed a passion for philanthropy during the 21-month program. “This is a remarkably generous gesture,” said Dr. Hasan Pirkul, Jindal School dean and Caruth Chair. “While this was our 18th EMBA class, they were the first to leave their legacy in the form of an endowed scholarship.” The first scholarship was awarded in 2012.

Read more on the Executive MBA Newsletters.

EMBA '95 Opportunity Fund

Grateful for his experiences at the Naveen Jindal School of Management, Meade Monger, EMBA’95, MS’13, said he never considered accepting a paycheck when he was asked to help develop a new curriculum for information technology in the Executive MBA program. Monger serves as a managing director and global leader of the Information Management Systems group at AlixPartners LLC. Monger donated his teaching salary to create two opportunity funds for the EMBA program: the Meade Monger EMBA ’95 Opportunity Fund and the EMBA ‘95 Opportunity Fund. “This is a great opportunity to really give back to the school that gave me so much,” Monger said. To honor the 20th anniversary of the EMBA ’95 class, Dr. Hasan Pirkul, dean of the Jindal School and Caruth Chair, agreed to match donations designated to the EMBA ‘95 Opportunity Fund.

Read more on the Aspire Winter 2014.

FEI Connie Konstans Scholarship

The Dallas chapter of Financial Executives International established the FEI Connie Konstans Scholarship in memory of a Naveen Jindal School of Management accounting faculty member and to deepen its ties with UT Dallas. The endowment honors the memory of Dr. Constantine (Connie) Konstans (1935-2013), a longtime Jindal School faculty member who founded and served as executive director of the Institute for Excellence in Corporate Governance. IECG continues Konstans’ work by offering educational programs focusing on board dynamics, company governance and research. “The work Connie Konstans did benefited so many people — in the Jindal School, the FEI and beyond,” said Dr. Hasan Pirkul, Jindal School dean and Caruth Chair. Konstans served as president of FEI’s Dallas chapter. “The ability for us to attain the enrollment levels that we have attained in the chapter were greatly due to the policies and procedures that were put in place by Connie,” said Robert (Bob) Walker, career service chair at FEI Dallas. “A great deal of our success stems from his administration.”

Read more on the Financial Executives International Honor.

Freshbenies Scholarship for Entrepreneurship

Heidi Rasmussen, BS’91, a former JCPenney retail executive, and her husband, Reid Rasmussen, a former employee benefits company manager, knew healthcare was expensive and complicated for everyone. Their idea about how to simplify the process evolved into freshbenies, which they started to help employers offset health insurance costs and help consumers save time, money and frustration on their healthcare. “When we started our company, we decided to give a percentage of profits to charity,” Heidi said. “While I graduated from UT Dallas, I wasn’t involved at all. (Naveen Jindal School of Management) staff reached out to us early on after we started freshbenies. We were able to plug into a number of different activities. In one case, we presented our marketing plan to the undergrad and graduate marketing students. They gave us some great feedback that we implemented. Later, we helped judge some JSOM contests. Because we’ve been so thankful for the opportunities to engage students, learn from them and help them, we loved the idea of establishing our own freshbenies scholarship.”

Read more on the Aspire Summer 2017.

Ann and Jack Graves Foundation Scholarship for Global Business

This scholarship, underwritten by the Ann and Jack Graves Foundation Global Business Scholars Fund , provides assistance for students who are taking part in international travel and study abroad experiences, with a particular focus on Africa. Naveen Jindal School of Management students studying global business are required to complete one study abroad experience during the course of their degree program, which may be fulfilled through a semester-long exchange program, an international fellowship or by taking two global experience courses at UT Dallas. Mike Redeker, MBA’97, MA’01, a Graves family member who helps administer the foundation, was inspired by his own experiences as a student to support study abroad efforts at the Jindal School. “The first semester of my MBA program, my professor announced a trip to Vietnam, Singapore, Indonesia and Hong Kong. Having never been outside the United States, I signed up for the adventure,” Redeker said. “When we arrived, we met with high-ranking government leaders and multinational business executives. The experience opened my eyes not only to the unique opportunities of emerging markets but also to an appreciation for efficient markets. Most of all, it helped me to see people not as ‘other’ but as fellow human beings who want the best for their children.”

Read more on the Aspire Spring 2015.

Dr. Stephen E. Guisinger Memorial International Management Fellowship

Dr. Stephen E. Guisinger (1941-2001), co-founder and director of the Naveen Jindal School of Management’s master’s degree in international management studies program, joined the faculty in 1976, the first year the School of Management was recognized as a UT Dallas school. He was a prominent international business economist and scholar, and he pioneered the concept of internet-based distance learning. He was the school’s first professor to offer his classes online. The master’s degree in international management studies, MIMS, later became the Global Leadership MBA program. A scholarship was established in Guisinger’s memory by his colleagues and former students, and in 2015, JSOM dedicated a classroom in his memory. The GLEMBA Class of 2016 established the Guisinger Globe as a peer recognition of class leadership.

Read more on the EMBA Scholarships.

Yancey Hai Scholarship

Yancey Hai, MA’78, is chairman of Delta Electronics in Taipei, Taiwan. A self-professed “poor student from Taiwan,” Hai came to the University :with very limited resources,” he said. A UT Dallas 2012 Distinguished Alumni Award honoree who earned his degree in international management studies, Hai said, “The support and education I received made so much of my career success possible. I just wanted other students to have the same opportunity given to me.” Under Hai’s leadership Delta Electronics became a global leader in switching power supplies and a major player in state-of-the-art green technologies and energy management solutions.

Read more on the Delta and Alumni invests in Future.

Dallas skyline in the evening with sunset

Ebby Halliday Realtors established this scholarship to support aspiring students in the Naveen Jindal School of Management real estate concentrations. Distinguished alumna Jefflyn Williamson, BS’83, owner of Jefflyn & Company Commercial Real Estate, which manages a majority of Ebby Halliday’s commercial buildings, generously agreed to match the firm’s gift.

Read more on the UTD Aspire Summer 2014.

Haynes and Boone Opportunity Fund for IIE

Haynes and Boone LLP, an international corporate law firm headquartered in Dallas, established an opportunity fund in support of the Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, whose academic programs are based in the Naveen Jindal School of Management. “We believe the opportunity fund helps the IIE to grow the ecosystem for innovation and entrepreneurship in the North Texas region,” said Julie Nickols, partner at Haynes and Boone. “The IIE plays an important role in developing the ideas of UT Dallas students and faculty and in creating a culture of innovation that is critical to our regional economy.”

Read more on the Endowments opportunity funds.

Robert and Gloria Hewlett Opportunity Fund

Robert (Bob) Hewlett, BS’82. and his wife, Gloria, (both deceased) established the first Opportunity Fund for the Naveen Jindal School of Management to reflect his appreciation for his educational experience at UT Dallas. From 1953 to 1958, he served in the U.S. Air Force as a special agent in the Office of Special Investigations. A 30-year career in the petroleum industry in plant operations and consulting followed. After he retired, Bob served as president and treasurer of the Hunt Oil Retirees group. In 2001, he was honored as a Distinguished Alumnus by JSOM, where he served as a mentor to students in the Cohort MBA program. Bob was awarded the University’s Green and Orange Award for Alumni Service in 2009. He served as an executive committee member of the University’s former alumni association and the association’s historian.

Read more on the Endowments Opportunity Funds.

David L. Holmberg Scholarship/Fellowship

David Holmberg, EMBA’00, established the David Holmberg Scholarship/Fellowship to support graduate and undergraduate students in the Naveen Jindal School of Management. According to Holmberg, who serves as president and CEO of Highmark Health, the problem-solving skills and core disciplines he learned as a student come into play daily. “Students need to be prepared to adapt to the changes in today’s business climate,” Holmberg said. “The Jindal School does remarkably well in that area, as evidenced by its prominent rise in national rankings. Giving back to the school is a significant way that I can continue that momentum and ensure students’ future success.”

Read more on the UTD Aspire Spring 2013.

Greg Lewis Family Scholarship for Professional Sales

Greg Lewis did not attend the Naveen Jindal School of Management or any program at The University of Texas at Dallas. Yet he made a personal contribution to a Jindal School scholarship fund. “When I see a great investment, I love to be a part of it,” said Lewis, executive vice president for strategic sales and marketing with Texas Capital Bank and a member of the Jindal School’s advisory council. “I don’t view my giving as a donation, but as an investment in the future of our business community in North Texas. I believe UT Dallas has some of the best and brightest students and hands-on professors that I have experienced.” Happenstance first led Lewis to the Jindal School. “I had a meeting with my sales representative from Tom James [a custom suit and shirt maker]. He brought a young lady along on the call, and she exhibited very strong sales and networking skills and asked questions beyond her years,” Lewis recalled. At the meeting’s end, Lewis asked where she learned how to sell, and she told him about JSOM’s Professional Sales Concentration and introduced Lewis to its director, Dr. Howard Dover.

Read more on the UTD Aspire Spring 2016.

John Macaulay Family Opportunity Fund

UT Dallas is a family tradition for the Macaulays. Before Susan, BA’93, MPA’94, became a student and later a teaching assistant, John taught an MBA accounting class in the ’70s. Their son Craig earned his bachelor’s degree in business administration in 2010 and a PhD in 2014. The Macaulays recently named UT Dallas as a beneficiary in their wills, stating that a planned gift to the University symbolized the important relationship between their family and the school. “We have been giving every year and wanted to support UT Dallas as a long-term investment. The University is widely respected,” Susan said. “Education is so important to all of us, and UT Dallas is a great place to support for its success and bright future.”

Read more on the Endowment Opportunity funds.

Isha and Mohit Malhan Opportunity Fund

Isha, MS’15, and Mohit Malhan, MS ’10, wanted to give back to the Naveen Jindal School of Management and pay forward the scholarship support Mohit received as a student. Both Isha and Mohit work at Ericsson and attribute much of their success to their positive experiences at the Jindal School. Isha, a master data management specialist, and Mohit, an operational governance manager, said they knew that by establishing this fund they would support many Jindal School students and continue a cycle of giving.

Read more on the Endowments Opportunity Funds/.

Lynne Manilla Opportunity Fund

The Rev. Lynne Manilla, MS’83, first heard of noblesse oblige — a concept in which those who have been blessed have a duty to be generous to others — as a young girl. Since she became old enough to understand it, she has sought to live out the phrase. After earning a degree in French studies, Manilla worked in New York City at Girl Scouts of the USA. In 1979, she transferred to Dallas and decided to pursue a master’s degree at the Naveen Jindal School of Management. Manilla studied management science with a concentration in organizational behavior, eventually going on to earn a master’s of divinity degree elsewhere. She faithfully served as pastor of Presbyterian churches in several states, and she now regularly serves as a substitute pastor and on church committees. Manilla was proud to give back to UT Dallas, using an individual retirement account and other assets to set up an opportunity fund to benefit the Jindal School.

Read more on the UTD Aspire Fall 2015.

Jennie McCament Opportunity Fund

Growing up in Wisconsin, Jennie McCament, BS’86, didn’t consider herself college material, opting instead to attend Prospect Hall Secretarial School after high school. She then put her newly acquired skills to work for the U.S. Navy in Washington, D.C., where she met her husband, Harry. McCament’s salary enabled her husband to earn his college degree, sparking a desire in McCament to pursue her own collegiate path. She took courses at various institutions as the couple moved around and eventually enrolled at UT Dallas. With family responsibilities, McCament took at most two courses per semester, even taking years off to raise young children. More than 20 years later, McCament had a degree in business administration from the Naveen Jindal School of Management. Grateful for her time here, McCament wanted to leave a legacy by establishing the Jennie McCament Opportunity Fund for the Jindal School through a bequest. “It’s so important that young people are equipped for the world to be contributing, self-sustaining adults,” she said.

Read more on the Endowment Opportunity funds and UTD Aspire Winter 2014.

Ruben (Ben) Mesa EMBA’15 Memorial Fellowship

Memories of the late Ruben (Ben) Mesa, EMBA’15, will live on thanks to a fundraising effort led by the Executive MBA Class of 2015. Ben’s classmates raised funds for a scholarship to honor the dedicated father who died in a boating accident on Grapevine Lake just two weeks after his spring 2015 graduation. Thanks to their hard work and generosity, $34,000 was raised; $25,000 is needed to establish an endowed scholarship. The EMBA 2015 alumni used the University’s crowdfunding platform, Impact UTD, for the fundraiser. said. “Ben was a big part of the personality of our class and one of the people that really made our class weekends an unforgettable experience. We felt that the best way to preserve his legacy was to establish an endowment that would continue to assist students who are furthering their education at UTD,” said classmate Jeff Steele, EMBA’15.

Read more on the UTD Aspire Spring 2016.

Clint and Lacey Miller Opportunity Fund

Both Millers are UT Dallas graduates. Clint, BS’00, MS’02, completed his business administration and management science degrees at the Naveen Jindal School of Management. Lacey, BA’08, holds an undergraduate degree from the School of Interdisciplinary Studies. After Lacey earned an MBA from the San Francisco Institute of Architecture, she was inspired to work at a green technology firm. The couple lives in Austin, where their passions include entrepreneurship within the rapidly growing tech community and working with local charities.. The couple dedicates their free time to philanthropic organizations in Austin such as I Live Here, I Give Here; Citizen Generation; and Big Brothers Big Sisters. Clint and Lacey agreed that their experiences at UT Dallas have brought great value to their careers, which was their motivation for establishing an opportunity fund. The couple wanted to give back to UT Dallas to help future students.

Read more on the Endowment Opportunity funds.

Meade Monger EMBA '95 Opportunity Fund

Grateful for his experiences at the Naveen Jindal School of Management, Meade Monger, EMBA’95, MS’13, said he never considered accepting a paycheck when he was asked to help develop a new curriculum for information technology in the Executive MBA program. Monger serves as a managing director and global leader of the Information Management Systems group at AlixPartners LLC. Monger donated his teaching salary to create two opportunity funds for the EMBA program: the Meade Monger EMBA ’95 Opportunity Fund and the Executive MBA Class of 1995 Opportunity Fund. “This is a great opportunity to really give back to the school that gave me so much,” Monger said.

Read more on the Endowments Opportunity Funds.

Skip Moore Leadership and Service Scholarship

When asked to explain why his company values its relationship with the Naveen Jindal School of Management, Skip Moore, who retired as a partner at Deloitte Services LP, described the students his company recruited. “I’ve been around the Jindal School for 10 to 15 years,” Moore said. “Their output in terms of students is very, very consistent. Three characteristics stand out: high-quality people that have a great work ethic and are high on the maturity scale when it comes to work and life experience.” Moore has served on the Jindal School advisory council and was a past council chairman. His involvement gave him an opportunity to build relationships with faculty and to suggest curriculum changes. He also was instrumental in forming the school’s Institute for Excellence in Corporate Governance.

Palomino Capital Opportunity Fund

Chuck Butler, BS’91, a 2018 Distinguished Alumni Award recipient , reflected on the path set before UT Dallas graduates. “I don’t think I’m any different than any of the people I graduated with,” he said. “We were all looking for an opportunity like the (Naveen Jindal School of Management) gave to me. When you take opportunity and preparedness and put them together, greatness will happen.” Butler, founder and managing partner of Palomino Capital LLC, said his successful career has enabled him the time and resources to support causes near to his heart, such as cancer research, his temple and his children’s schools. “My career isn’t what I do — these activities and nonprofits and mission-based organizations are who I am,” he said. “Without this University, I would never have been able to take this path.”

Read more on the Distinguished UT Dallas Alumnus built his own network of success.

R. Carter and Angela Pate Scholarship/Fellowship

R. Carter Pate, MS’03, a retired PwC executive, valued the decades-long relationship between the Big Four accounting firm and his alma mater. PwC has hired student interns and more than 100 graduates from UT Dallas, supported University programs and provided expert speakers for campus events. Thanks to Pate’s lobbying efforts with the company, PwC extended its support by matching donations up to $10,000 to the University from current and retired employees. Pate, a 2015 UT Dallas Distinguished Alumnus, put these matching funds to use. In a 2018 appeal to fellow alumni, he secured $50,000 in new donations. Those donations formed the bedrock of an endowment that will provide up to five $1,000 scholarships annually for Jindal School accounting students.

Read more on the UTD Aspire Fall 2017 and PWC Matches contributions to jindal school mutiplying impact of giving blog .

Robert J. Potter Opportunity Fund

“I’ve been involved with the University since 1984, and contributed both personally and in my capacity as a corporate officer,” said Dr. Robert J. Potter, president of R. J. Potter Co. and a member of the University’s Executive Board. “Even though I am not a graduate of UT Dallas, I am proud to have helped this institution grow to be a strong and diverse university.” Potter is a member of the Legacy Society, a group of generous individuals who have made gifts to the University using their wills, stock contributions or other planned gift commitments. “Desiring to continue strengthening UT Dallas indefinitely, I have made a planned gift to support the Institute for Excellence in Corporate Governance in the Naveen Jindal School of Management, which provides a legacy contribution without giving up any assets during my lifetime,” Potter said.

Read more on the Legacy society provide lasting impact.

Charles and Christina Quinn Award for Jindal School Veterans

Charlie Quinn, EMBA’08, and Tina Quinn, BS’12, established the Charles and Christina Quinn Award for Naveen Jindal School of Management veterans in order to combine their love of the Army and their desire to give back. “Tina and I believe our education from the Jindal School greatly contributed to our current success, so we are honored to pass those same experiences on to someone who has given so much for our country,” said Charlie, the son of a retired Army sergeant major. He spent almost a decade in the U.S. Army in numerous combat command and staff positions, including as commander of two light-infantry companies that served as part of the Rapid Deployment Force. Tina’s brother, brother-in law and nephew all serve in the armed forces in either infantry or special operations units. Charlie now serves as vice president of recruiting solutions at HumCap, and Tina is a business intelligence and operations manager at Dr Pepper Snapple Group.

Read more on the Aspire Winter 2014.

Eddie W. and Nanette D. Rhea Opportunity Fund for Energy Management

Eddie Rhea, BS’88, won the 2019 OWLIE Award for Jindal School’s Amazing Alum. Rhea’s presence is felt in multiple areas, including the establishment of the Eddie W. and Nanette D. Rhea Opportunity Fund for Energy Management. He also volunteers in the community. Rhea is CEO of Foundation Energy Management.

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Hazel Elise Rogers Scholarship/Fellowship for Finance

The master’s degree in finance that Judy Hendrick, MS’86, chief financial officer for Aimbridge Hospitality, earned at UT Dallas directly impacted her career. “My undergraduate degree is in psychology from Kansas State University, but I could not afford to continue going to school full time, so I accepted a position with Chase Manhattan’s loan office in Dallas in office administration and contract administration,” Hendrick said. “I soon realized that it would be helpful if I had more understanding of financial statements, and by taking classes at night for several years, I was able to earn my master’s degree and advance my career further than I ever thought possible.” In 2019, Henrick earned a Women in Business Award from the Dallas Business Journal. Hendrick decided to help others by establishing the Hazel Elise Rogers Scholarship/Fellowship for Finance, the first endowed scholarship/fellowship in finance, in honor of her mother. “My mother has always inspired me to pursue education and a rewarding career,” Hendrick said. “I feel like it is my way of showing her how much that means to me by establishing this scholarship in her name.”

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Kevin and Cristi Ryan Scholarship

Kevin Ryan, MBA’95, attributes part of his professional success, including at his current position as CFO of Merit Energy Co., to his educational experiences. He and his wife, Cristi, initially earned accounting degrees from The University of Texas at Austin’s McCombs School of Business in 1984. Kevin then earned an MBA from the Naveen Jindal School of Management. Today, Kevin, Cristi and their two children live close to campus, where Kevin is still active. He has served as chair of the Jindal School advisory council and on The University of Texas System Chancellor’s Council Executive Committee . Through continued donations, the Ryans converted their opportunity fund to a scholarship to help JSOM students in perpetuity.

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Hasnain and Rashida Saboowala Scholarship

Hasnain, MS’11, and Rashida Saboowala established this scholarship to assist JSOM students. Hasnain, an improvement and performance manager at Ericsson, and Rashida, a physical therapist, co-founded and co-own Pearlz Concierge Therapy in McKinney.

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Mark Salamasick IT Auditor Fellowship

The Dallas Chapter of the Institute of Internal Auditors graciously started the Mark Salamasick IT Auditor Fellowship in 2015 with an initial donation of $50,000. The endowment honors Salamasick, former director of the Center for Internal Auditing Excellence at the Naveen Jindal School of Management, and has continued to grow, providing scholarships for students in the Internal Audit program. JSOM’s graduate-level audit program is one of only nine globally and six in the U.S. endorsed by the IIA as a Center for Internal Auditing Excellence. “The idea was to build a program that provided top-notch internal auditors for positions around the country,” Salamasick said at the time. “Without the support of the Dallas Chapter of the Institute of Internal Auditors, the program wouldn’t be where it is today.”

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Henry Schein Dental Opportunity Fund

Dean Kyle established the Henry Schein Dental Opportunity Fund after meeting students in the Naveen Jindal School of Management’s Professional Sales Concentration. Kyle, a zone general manager for Henry Schein Dental, was impressed by the caliber of talent produced at the Jindal School and wanted to help support the sales program. Kyle said he knew by investing in sales education at the Jindal School, Henry Schein Dental also would be investing in future leaders of the sales industry. Through financial support from the Henry Schein Dental Opportunity Fund, the Professional Sales Concentration continues to grow and develop talented sales students.

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Monica Scott, BS'87, MBA'97, Opportunity Fund

Widely involved in civic activities across Richardson, Monica Scott, BS’87, MBA’97, has a long history of giving back to the community — and to her alma mater. “I loved my time at the University, learning from some of the most interesting and committed faculty,” Scott said. “The (Naveen Jindal School of Management) is such an integral part of the community I truly love, and it just made sense to give back to the place where I learned so much.” Scott became a member of the UT Dallas Legacy Society in 2015 by making a planned-gift commitment to the Jindal School. “I hope that my contributions will help future Comets and faculty create unique learning opportunities,” Scott said.

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Saadia Sheikh Scholarship/Fellowship for Entrepreneurship

Saadia Sheikh, BS’09, credits the Naveen Jindal School of Management with teaching her lessons that she continues to use today. “One lesson that I have applied to my career is focusing on accomplishing my goal,” she said. “I have achieved many milestones in my career by having a clear, concise plan.” Part of that plan clearly was giving back. She established the Saadia Sheikh Scholarship/Fellowship for Entrepreneurship. This was the first endowed scholarship/fellowship at the Jindal School specifically for undergraduate or graduate students studying entrepreneurship. For Sheikh, success and philanthropy go hand in hand. “I truly believe philanthropy comes from the good intentions and goodwill to serve others,” she said. “It is important to have the balance of philanthropy in your life with the natural human instinct to win and be successful. We are all only as successful as the community and environment around us.”

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Sorath Lion Opportunity Fund/Scholarship

Mayur, MS’10, and Nutan, MS’13, Ranoliya wanted to help empower students at the Naveen Jindal School of Management, so the couple established the Sorath Lion Opportunity Fund. The fund provides financial support to eligible students, while honoring the Asiatic lions that inhabit the Sorath region of India. The Sorath lions are the last of the Asiatic breed and have had to adapt to new surroundings to avoid extinction. Today the Sorath lion population is thriving. The Ranoliyas hope to help students, like the lions, overcome extreme adversity while pursuing a degree. Nutan, co-founder and CTO of TechRover, a software and web development company, and Mayur, a director of operations at Ericsson, said they wanted their opportunity fund to inspire student achievement and encourage creative thinking.

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David Springate Scholarship/Fellowship

Dr. David Springate, the founder of the Naveen Jindal School of Management Executive MBA program, has served executive education for more than 30 years. He also is co-founder and director of the Jindal School’s Center for Finance Strategy and Innovation. Springate, an associate professor of finance, focuses his teaching on private equity, corporate renewal, international finance and innovation in all areas of finance. In the past, he has been selected as the Outstanding Graduate Teacher in the School of Management and as Outstanding Professor in the Executive MBA program. This endowment was funded by grateful colleagues, alumni and students. Each year, this fund honors a current Jindal School student with a scholarship bearing Dr. Springate’s name.

Dr. Walter Sutton Jr. and Beverly D. Sutton Fund for JYSP

Walter L. Sutton Jr., PhD’89, has a list of career highlights that could fill several résumés. He was appointed to a senior role in the Federal Highway Administration by President Bill Clinton; pursued a legal career in oil and gas and at one of the nation’s largest retailers, Walmart; held a cabinet-level position at The University of Texas at Dallas; and started his own consulting company. He has supported a number of philanthropic endeavors, including the Jindal Young Scholars Program, which helps Dallas Independent School District graduates reach for a university diploma. Sutton and his wife, Beverly, established the first individual endowment to JYSP, which admitted its first four scholarship recipients in fall 2018. All were first-generation college students. They received a full scholarship, renewable for four years as long as they maintained academic eligibility.

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Tera Scholarship Fund

Deep Singh, BA’09, MBA’11, said that while he was still in the early stages of his career, he knew he wanted to give back. “There is a charity based in the United Kingdom called Everything’s 13, which explains the meaning of the word tera,” he said. “The number 13 is pronounced tera in Punjabi, which sounds the same as the Punjabi word for yours. So from a Sikh standpoint, tera means yours, acknowledging God. In essence, this is his fund.” Since he has been working, Singh has thought more about global issues and how they relate to his faith. “Equality and humbleness are easy concepts to understand but hard to actually put into practice,” Singh said. “This (Jindal School Tera Scholarship Fund) could be one of many ways to help out those individuals who aren’t as fortunate.” Singh said he hoped recipients would use this asset and be inspired “so that they can better themselves and eventually, humanity. … At the end of the day, what will matter is how you impacted a person for the better. Then, you would hope that person will do the same for someone else, thus creating the ripple effect.”

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Gary L. Tillett '82 Scholarship

Gary Tillett, BS’82, joined Tampa, Florida-based Walter Investment Management Corp in 2014 as executive vice president and chief financial officer. Prior to that he had worked at PwC for more than 31 years. He most recently served as a partner in the U.S. Financial Services sector and as the New York Metro Deals Leader. He led the PwC advisory team in assisting Walter Investment with the acquisition in 2011 of Green Tree, a Minnesota-based business services company. Tillett earned an MBA from the University of Manchester and is a certified public accountant.

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Karen Van Wagner Health Leadership Fellowship

The North Texas Specialty Physicians Charitable Fund established this endowment for graduate students in healthcare management who plan to work in the Dallas-Fort Worth area after graduation. The Karen Van Wagner Health Leadership Fellowship honors the memory of Dr. Van Wagner who earned her doctorate at the age of 22. Van Wagner performed social research in connection with Operation Push; taught at Trinity University (Chicago) and the University of Kansas; engaged in city management and founded a doctoral city management program; served as director of the Oklahoma Health Systems Agency; and served as director of planning and marketing for Children’s Hospital in Los Angeles. Ultimately, Van Wagner served as a hospital administrator at Harris Hospital, Fort Worth. She and three doctors formed the North Texas Specialty Physicians, a business that would impact the Fort Worth health management, provider and general healthcare system in and far beyond Fort Worth. NTSP is an independent physician association. Since its founding in 1995, NTSP doctors have delivered high-quality medical care to more than 15,000 patients. NTSP established the North Texas Specialty Physicians Charitable Fund to partner with community organizations to improve healthcare in North Texas.

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Lin Wang, MS'18, Fellowship

Lin Wang, MS’18, who earned her master’s degree in accounting at the Naveen Jindal School of Management, died tragically at her Dallas apartment in September 2018. In honor of her life, a memorial tribute campaign was launched to establish an endowed fellowship in her name. “This fellowship will provide an opportunity for Lin Wang’s name to always be remembered and for her to always be a permanent part of our University family,” said Jindal School Dean and Caruth Chair Hasan Pirkul. Born in Shandong, China, Wang excelled as a student throughout her educational career. She also was skilled in playing the guzheng, a traditional Chinese string instrument. While at UT Dallas, she served as treasurer for the Accounting Leadership Association, was awarded several scholarships and was inducted into Beta Gamma Sigma, the business honorary society. She had passed 13 of the 14 Association of Chartered Certified Accountants qualifications exams, the global version of the Certified Public Accountant Exam, and was studying for the final section when she died. Wang was an only child and is survived by her father, Wang Peng; mother, Zhang Chong; and her fiancé, Xiaorui Li; all of China.

Herbert D. Weitzman Fund for Real Estate

North Texas real estate icon Herb Weitzman and his wife, Donna, said mentorships, an entrepreneurial mindset and a customer-centric focus are the keys to building a successful real estate career. Their $3 million gift, made in 2018, to the Naveen Jindal School of Management, helps ensure that real estate students learn those lessons and put them into action in their careers. Weitzman is founder and executive chairman of Weitzman, which operates full-service corporate real estate offices in all major Texas markets. Donna Weitzman, an entrepreneur, author and podcaster, also has had an accomplished real estate career. She is a former Colleyville mayor and city council member. The Weitzmans’ gift established the Herbert D. Weitzman Institute for Real Estate for eligible undergraduate finance and business administration students pursuing a concentration in real estate. “The (Jindal School) is one of the best in the country,” Donna Weitzman said. “So why wouldn’t we want to be associated with winners? That’s the way we looked at it.” Weitzman expressed gratitude for being able to build a career in Dallas and to build and maintain professional relationships with the visionaries who helped form the city. The couple’s vision for the institute, he said, is a “phenomenal opportunity” to show real estate students and graduates how to continue building “the greatest city in the country.”

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Noelle and Michael Wheeler Scholarship

“When Noelle and I decided to start the scholarship, we did so with the objective of charity begins in your own backyard,” said Michael W. Wheeler. “We’ve traveled extensively and lived outside the U.S. and see how many resources other countries provide to their students.” Wheeler said he and his wife believed that their duty was to first take care of those in the U.S., in addition to helping on a global scale. “There are many talented students unable to afford a college education in the U.S. or are fearful of the debt that they will accumulate in getting their education,” he said. “This scholarship is a small token of our willingness to help out those U.S. students get an excellent education from UT Dallas.” Wheeler is the chief procurement officer for Fluor’s supply chain organization, has done extensive volunteer work with local nonprofits and is a member of the Jindal School advisory council.

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The Jefflyn Williamson Endowed Scholarship

After decades of a successful real estate career, Jefflyn Williamson, BS’83, did what she thought was best — give back to those who made her career possible. Her list included helping the Naveen Jindal School of Management, where she had secured grants and scholarships to pay for school. “I am thrilled to know my legacy will live on through the Jefflyn Williamson Endowed Scholarship,” she said. “Long after I’m gone, students will still benefit from an education at UT Dallas.” For Williamson, a gift to the University was also an investment in the success of the region. As UT Dallas students graduate and pursue rewarding careers of their own, she said she hoped they, too, would give back to help future students in need. “There is a multiplier effect when you give,” Williamson said. “Your gift doesn’t stop when you write a check. It keeps going. You may never realize the full impact your gift can make.”

Wyly Family Opportunity Fund in Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Innovation served as the catalyst for David and Laurie Matthews to establish the endowed Wyly Family Opportunity Fund in Innovation and Entrepreneurship at the Naveen Jindal School of Management. This generous gift provides critical support for the Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (IIE)trepreneurship we see coming out of the University and what this holds for current and future times,” said David Matthews, member of the IIE Entrepreneurship Council and a managing partner at Trailblazer Capital, a venture capital fund. Laurie Matthews also credits her father and mentor, Sam Wyly, for the inspiration, and named the fund to reflect that appreciation.

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YES Club at UT Dallas - Murthy Scholarship/Fellowship

Geetha Hathikal, MBA’13, is one of several people who helped set up this scholarship, named in honor of Murthy Ganapathibotla, a fellow YES club member who died in a tragic accident in 2016. Hathikal, now at Ericsson, was active at UT Dallas, holding roles in the JSOM Consulting Club and Entrepreneurship Club. As an alumna, she has mentored members of the JSOM YES Club, a student chapter of the International Association for Human Values. The club aims to create a socially responsible community that can impact humanity holistically. Members also aim to decrease their own stress and anxiety and improve their focus and productivity by learning yoga and meditation. Hathikal said the three-day YES+ Workshop was a favorite memory from UT Dallas. “The workshop provided me with techniques to manage stress, stay positive and improve my productivity. … The scholarship has been a result of this thought process.”

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Ginny Urban, petroleum engineer at Gaedeke Energy, and Andy Long, assistant vice president of national energy finance at East West Bank, are both active in the energy industry. Neither has direct ties to the Naveen Jindal School of Management, but both are committed to the school’s MS in Energy Management program as a source of high-quality talent for the energy industry. These officers in the Dallas chapter of Young Professionals in Energy helped YPE establish the first endowed opportunity fund to provide support for the MS in Energy Management program. The endowment fulfills two missions, Urban said, giving back to the community and supporting energy-centric educational programs. “I am a huge supporter of anything UT Dallas,” Long said. “This is Texas. UT Dallas should have a thriving oil and gas presence attached with the school.”

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