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Giving Priorities

Tech's continued prominence as leader in innovation and in helping meet nation's demand for a highly skilled workforce depends on the strength of our graduate programs.

We must continue to recruit and support the very best students and assure that they acquire the skills they need to succeed while at Tech and after they graduate. To make this happen, we must grow our scholarship and fellowship offerings and continue to enhance our professional and career development programming.

Fund for Excellence

Preparing our graduate students with the professional skill set to be successful while pursuing their degree program and making them more marketable upon graduation is a signature element of the graduate experience at Tech. Gifts to the fund for excellence support professional and career development activities as well as travel to professional meetings and research/scholarly activities for graduate students across all academic disciplines.

Graduate Scholarships and Fellowships

Competitive stipends are essential to attracting the most talented individuals to our graduate programs. Adequate financial support also is critical for students to complete their degree. At present, Tech only supports about 30% of its graduate students. Increased support for scholarships and fellowships is paramount for Tech retaining its national competitiveness. Gifts are used to provide scholarships, summer support, and recruiting fellowships. Endowed fellowships provide a lasting legacy.

 Ways to Give

Outright Gifts

Gifts may be cash/checks, securities, investments, or appraised estate. Gifts may have a designated purpose and may be permanently endowed or for current use.

Options for Outright Gifts

  • Endowed funds – the minimum to establish this permanent fund is $25,000 and may be paid over 5 years – the annual payout for the designated purpose is 4.5% of earnings, the remainder of earnings are added to the corpus, growing the fund in addition to any additional donations.
  • Non-endowed funds – can be designated to a specific purpose or may be given to a discretionary fund to be used for unfunded needs.
  • Annual Giving – your annual gifts support student scholarships, graduate fellowships, research and other academic pursuits across graduate programs within Texas Tech University. To contribute: click here.

Deferred Gifts

Based on financial, tax, and philanthropic objectives, there are many options when choosing a deferred or planned gift type. These gifts may be for unrestricted use by the Graduate School or designated for a specific purpose. Once you have a documented planned or deferred gift to Texas Tech, you will become a member of the Matador Society and will be invited to the annual gala.

Options for Deferred Gifts

  • Designation gifts – name the Texas Tech Graduate School in will, retirement account, annuity, insurance policy or other account.
  • Annuity gifts – this funds TTU today while giving guaranteed income for life.
  • Charitable trusts – support TTU and get tax benefits while continuing to support yourself.
  • Property – real estate, art or other property.

Texas Research Incentive Program

This program provides matching funds for private gifts given to enhance research activities at Texas' emerging research institutions, which includes Texas Tech. Gifts to support research and fellowships are matched: 50% if gifts is between $100,000 - $999,000: 75% if between $1M - $1,999,999: and 100% if $2M or more.

How to establish your gift

The development officer for the Graduate School, Kim Klotzman, will be glad to work with you on developing the gift that matches your interests. We also have specialists to assist with planned gifts. Gifts may be made by individuals and families as well as groups such as advisory boards and associations. Please contact Kim at 806 786-1830 or kim.klotzman@ttu.edu for assistance.

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Thank you for your support of the Texas Tech Graduate School!