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Distinguished Partner Award

The Distinguished Partner Award recognizes non-alumni individuals and/or organizations who have made a significant impact on Rawls College and have a history of: hiring Rawls College alumni, mentoring Rawls College students, contributing monetarily and/or furthering the success of Rawls College.

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2022 Rawls Distinguished Alumni & Awards Event

Honorees for 2022 will be recognized on Friday, September 9, 2022 at 6:30 p.m. at the McKenzie-Merket Alumni Center.

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If you would like to make a donation to the Dean's Excellence Fund in honor of an awardee, you may do so online.

2022 Honoree

Congratulations to the 2022 honoree, and thank you for the dedication you have shown to Rawls College and Texas Tech University.

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The CH Foundation

The CH Foundation owes its existence to the incredible generosity of Miss Christine DeVitt, but the story of her accumulated wealth goes back to 1883 with the formation of the Mallet Land and Cattle Company. Christine's father was David DeVitt. He was a newspaper reporter from New York who first came to Texas in 1880 to seek his fortune. Although he had no practical experience in the livestock business, David DeVitt grew a small investment into a 100,000-acre cattle operation over a period of 20 years. As anyone can imagine, there were many highs and even more lows in the cattle business, but nevertheless, the Mallet Ranch was established in 1895. Today, the Mallet encompasses approximately 50,000 acres of pasture and another 5,000 acres in farmland and is mostly located west of Lubbock in the southwestern quarter of Hockley County. The ranch comprises one of the largest blocks of virgin high plains prairie still in existence. The Mallet Ranch was over forty years old when oil was discovered and the first oil well came into production in 1938, four years after the death of Christine's father. The Ranch is now dotted with more than 1,000 oil wells which have produced millions of barrels of oil. Although the Mallet owes its preservation as a ranch partly to its remote location, it was largely the unique personality of one of its principal owners, Christine DeVitt, who inherited a part of the ranch, as well as a part of its oil royalties, that insured its survival. Christine's insistence that her mother and sister, Helen DeVitt Jones, hold onto her beloved ranch even during the Great Depression brought about the DeVitt family wealth. And, because Christine never married, most of her wealth is now invested in The CH Foundation. The result, of course, has meant that over $190 million in grant awards has been poured back into the Lubbock area. Christine lived to age 98 and died in Lubbock on October 12, 1983. A more detailed history of the DeVitt family is written in the book, Oil, Taxes, and Catsby David J. Murrah.


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