Message From the President

University of Houston Magazine - Spring 2009

$7 Million Donation is a Vote of Confidence for UH Another Step Toward Tier One


As I’m sure you know, we have been working diligently to elevate the University of Houston to national Tier-One status. You will see in this issue of the magazine many examples of our progress toward that goal, including the recruitment of world-renowned researcher Dr. Jan Åke Gustaffson, our football team’s exciting bowl game win, our designation as a top-tier university for community engagement, and the growing support we have from many of our elected officials in the city, county, state, and nation.

One vital factor for achieving national Tier-One status—along with increased research funding, faculty accomplishments, annual giving, and degrees awarded—is the academic excellence of an institution’s freshman class. I am thrilled to share with you that we have another powerful vote of confidence from an anonymous donor who has given us $7 million to support our student success priorities.

Thanks to this generous gift, we have created a new UH TierOne Scholarship Fund. I also have issued a challenge to spark additional Tier-One scholarship support: Any new scholarship contributions of $25,000 or more will be matched dollar for dollar with funds from this remarkable $7 million gift. This would create a powerful $14 million scholarship endowment that will allow us to offer 200 new merit- and need-based scholarships for outstanding freshmen each year.

Our UH TierOne Scholarship recipients will have the funding support they need to participate directly in research projects with faculty, study abroad and develop a global network of contacts, and make a difference right here in Houston through innovative community service initiatives. I’m sure you will agree that nurturing Tier-One-caliber students at UH will create a brain trust that benefits all of Houston now and in the future. These scholarships will create a legacy of excellence. By helping the brightest minds overcome today’s economic challenges, we will ensure that our students are well-prepared leaders who can help our society overcome even greater challenges in the future.

Sincerely,

Renu Khator
UH System Chancellor and UH President