Texas Tech University

Donor Recognition


The Graduate School is extremely grateful to our generous donors for establishing these endowments for the recruitment and retention of our graduate students.


American Mexican Friendship -- Waterman Scholarship

Mr. Arthur Waterman recognized the major role Texas Tech University performs in developing bright minds to be culturally aware and multi-nationally literate.  He believed that Texas Tech's investment and innovation in academic programs with neighboring Mexico should be advocated by directly supporting students who graduate from Mexican universities and who wish to take advantage of studying in graduate programs at Texas Tech University. 


AT&T Chancellor's Fellowship

AT&T is committed to advancing education, strengthening communities, and improving lives. Through its philanthropic initiatives and partnerships, AT&T and the AT&T Foundation support projects that create opportunities, make connections, and address community needs where they and their customers - live and work. Supporting education has been a major focus for AT&T for more than a century and education is their key philanthropic focus. They are driven to help students succeed -- in school, in the workforce, and in life. 


Joshua D. Britt Memorial Fellowship

Dr. Sonya Britt-Lutter established the Joshua D. Britt Memorial Graduate Fellowship in 2015.  Sonya and Josh attended Texas Tech University for Graduate School from 2007-2010.  This fellowship supports full and part-time graduate students in Personal Financial Planning. 


Cash Family Endowed Fellowship

The Don-Kay-Clay Cash Foundation was established to provide general and operating support for the arts, health organization, higher education, and human services.  It was established by Don and Kay Cash and their son, Clay, all graduates of Texas Tech University and natives of the Texas Plains.


The CH Foundation Graduate Fellowhship

The CH Foundation owes its existence to the incredible generosity of Miss Christine DeVitt.  The story of her accumulated wealth goes back to 1883 with the formation of the Mallet Land and Cattle Company.  The foundation was founded in 1976 “to promote, encourage, and perform educational, scientific, literary, and charitable endeavors.”  Through The CH Foundation, Miss Devitt's legacy continues to improve the quality of life on the South Plains.  This fellowship is awarded to recipients who are pursuing research that is unique to the West Texas region.


Covenant Health and Social Services Fellowship

Covenant Health System's mission is to extend Christian ministry by caring for the whole person – body, mind and spirit – and to bring people together to provide compassionate care, promote health improvement, and create healthy communities. Their ongoing desire to be a community partner was the impetus in establishing the Health and Social Services Fellowship to support graduate students pursuing health and social-work related fields.  


Carl H. Gelin Scholarship Fund

The Mr. and Mrs. Carl H. Gelin Scholarship Fund was endowed by the estate of Mr. Carl H. Gelin, who studied Engineering at Texas Tech University from 1939-1941. During their lifetime, Mr. and Mrs. Gelin were members of the Texas Tech Alumni Association and avid supporters of the University. They strongly believed in education and, through their modest living, were able to give their estate to the Graduate School of Texas Tech University.  


James D. and Mary Hazlewood Memorial Fellowship

J.D. Hazlewood followed in the footsteps of the Hazlewood family tradition of recognizing the value of and actively supporting continued education.  He passed away in 1997 and was preceded in death by his wife, Mary, in 1990.  The J.D. and Mary Hazlewood Memorial Fellowship was established in support of graduate students and he gave the money in honor of his brother, Emmett, who was a long-time professor in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics.  


Helen DeVitt Jones Graduate Fellowship

The Helen DeVitt Jones Part-Time Graduate Student Fellowship was established by the Helen Jones Foundation in support of our growing population of part-time students.  It is the only scholarship dedicated to part-time graduate students on campus and is only one of a few even found at other institutions across the country.  


Helen DeVitt Jones Part-Time Graduate Fellowship

The Helen DeVitt Jones Part-Time Graduate Student Fellowship was established by the Helen Jones Foundation in support of our growing population of part-time students.  It is the only scholarship dedicated to part-time graduate students on campus and is only one of a few even found at other institutions across the country.  


Peggy Gordon Miller Graduate Fellowship

Dr. Lou Dunn Diekemper, long-time friend and supporter of Texas Tech University, funded this fellowship in honor of Dr. Peggy Gordon Miller (former Interim Dean of the Graduate School).  Dr. Miller began her career in higher education at Indiana University Northwest teaching in the English Department and was later named chancellor of the campus where she served in that capacity for a number of years before being named president of the University of Akron. She later served as president of South Dakota State University from which she retired as president emerita. 


Preston and Ima Smith Graduate Fellowship

This scholarship honors former Texas Governor Preston Smith and First Lady Ima Smith, the first woman to be named a distinguished alumna of Texas Tech University.  Always staunch supporters of higher education and Texas Tech University, the Smith's believed college graduates were the foundation of the nation's future.  Mrs. Smith passed away in 1998 and Governor Smith passed away in 2003.  Their legacy lives on through scholarships such as this one for students pursuing research that is unique to the West Texas region.


Sigma Kappa Corporation of Lubbock Graduate Fellowship

The Sigma Kappa Corporation of Lubbock is an organization comprised of Sigma Kappa alumnae who oversee property and lease management for their property on Greek Circle. This philanthropic group also provides support for Sigma Kappa collegiates at Texas Tech System schools:  Midwestern State University and Angelo State University. They have also supported a Gamma Iota Scholarship through their national organization and matching grants for the Walk to End Alzheimer's. This is their first fellowship, and they are proud to provide support for eligible recipients.


Step Toward Assisting Graduate Education (STAGE) Scholarship

The STAGE scholarship was established to attract, recruit, and retain top quality graduate students.  It was the first graduate student led scholarship initiative that focused entirely on the growth and development of the graduate student body at Texas Tech University.  Created under the direction of Dr. Fred Hartmeister, former Dean of the Graduate School, as a collaborative fund-raising effort between the Graduate School and the Student Government Association.


J.T. and Margaret Talkington Graduate Fellowship

J.T. and Margaret Talkington were well-known as the founders and owners of Margaret's, a premier, high fashion store that opened its doors in Lubbock in 1946, and attracted women from near and far for 48 years.  Both she and J.T. had a strong work ethic dedicated to customer service and quality.  They were model entrepreneurs who understood the importance of building not just a business, but the community as well.  The J.T. and Margaret Talkington Foundation was established in 1997 to honor the history of the couple's philanthropy and dedication to the city of Lubbock.


United Supermarkets Graduate Fellowship 

The United Family ®, is a Texas-based grocery chain with stores in 54 communities across Texas and New Mexico, operating under five banners, totaling 96 stores.  Since its founding in 1916, the United Family has adhered to its founder's philosophy of growing and expanding into markets in order to “build up” communities – one of the greatest privileges they enjoy is to be able to give back to the communities they serve.


Elo and Olga Urbanovsky Endowment

Professor Urbanovsky was a national leader in public park design and administration. This fellowship represents a commitment of Professor Urbanovsky and Texas Tech University that include educators and researchers in fields of growing importance, land-use planning, management and design areas of study.  The Urbanovsky Endowment was established from the generosity and vision of Horn Professor and Mrs. Elo J. Urbanovsky and Mr. Laurance S. Rockefeller. Former Professor Urbanovsky served for many years as the Chair of the Department of Park Administration and Landscape Architecture at Texas Tech University. 


Water Conservation Research Scholarship

The Sandy Land Underground Water Conservation District, located in Plains, Texas, is committed to providing for the conservation, preservation, protection, recharge, and prevention of waste of groundwater within the boundaries of the water district, now and in the future.  The district is responsible for activities from well permitting and monitoring water quality and quantity to public education programs.  This scholarship supports students conducting water conservation research.


Ed and Linda Whitacre Graduate Endowment

Mr. Whitacre is a Texas Tech alumnus, former chairman of the board and CEO of General Motors, and chairman emeritus of AT&T. One of the university's most distinguished alumni, Whitacre was appointed to the Texas Tech University System Board or Regents in 1993 and served as chairman from 1995-1998. He was named a Distinguished Engineer by the Edward E. Whitacre Jr. College of Engineering in 1985 and received the Outstanding Executive award from the Rawls College of Business in 1996.  The Ed and Linda Whitacre Endowment proudly supports graduate students receiving the Whitacre Graduate Recruitment Fellowship, and  Distinguished Graduate Student Assistantships.