Endowments

Several endowments currently benefit the Women in Engineering Program (WEP) and students involved in WEP initiatives. Contact WEP to learn more about how you or your organization can create an endowment to support WEP and WEP students with funding for initiatives and scholarships.

Betsy Ancker-Johnson Endowment for Women in Engineering

The Betsy Ancker-Johnson Endowment for Women in Engineering was established in 2002. Through this endowment, Ms. Ancker-Johnson, a member of the Cockrell School of Engineering Foundation Advisory Council, hopes to help correct the underrepresentation of women studying and working in engineering. Ms. Ancker-Johnson received her Ph.D. in Physics and has contributed to the scientific knowledge of plasma physics and discovered the pinch effect in semiconductors. In 1975, she was the fourth woman elected to the National Academy of Engineers, considered the highest honor an engineer may receive.

Catherine M. Deans Endowed Scholarship in Aerospace Engineering

The Catherine M. Deans Endowed Scholarship in Aerospace Engineering was established by the Board of Regents of The University of Texas System on March 19, 2013 to benefit The University of Texas Cockrell School of Engineering. Funds distributed from the endowment shall be used to provide scholarships to undergraduate students at any level in the Department of Aerospace Engineering and Engineering Mechanics who are involved in the Women in Engineering Program. The endowment honors Catherine M. Deans. Gift funds were provided by Mr. Daniel Michael Deans.

Friends of Alec Women in Engineering Fund

A campaign was initiated by WEP in 2000 to establish an endowment for recruitment scholarships to encourage women to pursue engineering at The University of Texas at Austin. Alumni were encouraged to designate a gift to WEP through the Friends of Alec Annual Giving Program and the endowment was established in the Fall of 2003. Contributions to the endowment continue today through Friends of Alec gifts designated to WEP, providing funds for recruitment and retention scholarships as well as WEP initiatives.

Join WEP's campaign to fund the Friends of Alec Women in Engineering Fund program support and student scholarships. Donate online today.

Karen D. Hagedorn Endowment

The Karen D. Hagedorn Endowment was established to provide financial support for WEP and scholarships to outstanding women engineering students. Karen Hagedorn (B.S. Petroleum Engineering 1986) actively participated in a variety of engineering organizations while a student at the university, including Tau Beta Pi, the Student Engineering Council and the Society of Petroleum Engineers and was honored as an Endowed Presidential Scholar. She received her Ph.D. from Stanford and works for ExxonMobil.

Lillian C. Ho Memorial Endowment in Women in Engineering

The Lillian C. Ho Memorial Endowment in Women in Engineering was established by the Ho family to honor Lillian's commitment, strength, and creativity in the field of engineering. As an active member and officer in the Society of Women Engineers and an Engineering Student Ambassador, Lillian (B.S. Electrical and Computer Engineering 1995) worked hard to ensure a positive educational experience for women in engineering as well as all prospective and current students. The endowment provides funding for WEP programs and scholarships for student mentors, serving as a testament to Lillian's work to better the mentoring, community building and retention of women in the field of engineering. It is this legacy that, despite her being taken from us at such a young age, will live on for generations to come.

Lewis Family Scholarship for Women in Engineering

Lewis Family Scholarship for Women in EngineeringLewis Family Scholarship for Women in EngineeringThe Lewis Family Scholarship for Women in Engineering was established to benefit an engineering student involved with the Women in Engineering Program. Preference is given to first and second year students majoring in Petroleum and Geosystems Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, or Chemical Engineering.

Ross Q. Smith & Wade Lowdermilk Knowledge Is Good Endowed Scholarship

The Ross Q. Smith & Wade Lowdermilk Knowledge Is Good Endowed Scholarship provides scholarship support to undergraduate students, with preference given to students pursuing a degree in Electrical or Computer Engineering who are involved with the Women in Engineering Program and/or Society of Women Engineers, and who are United States Veterans.

Sabina Elizabeth Excellence Fund for Women in Engineering

The Sabina Elizabeth Excellence Fund for Women in Engineering was established to provide programmatic support for retention related activities for the Women in Engineering Program at the discretion of its director in consultation with the dean, or the dean’s designee, of the Cockrell School of Engineering. To the extent allowable under state and federal law and University policy, distributions may also be used for undergraduate scholarships for participants of the Women in Engineering Program.

Robert and Carol Viktorin Endowed Presidential Scholarship in Mechanical Engineering

The Robert and Carol Viktorin Endowed Presidential Scholarship in Mechanical Engineering shall be used under the guidelines of the Endowed Presidential Scholarship Program. To the extent permissible under law and University policy, the donor's preference is that awards be limited to recipients who have graduated from a Texas high school, are involved in the Women in Engineering program, and who are in their sophomore, junior, or senior year of study.

Lisa and Michael Waters Scholarship in Mechanical Engineering

The Lisa and Michael Waters Scholarship in Mechanical Engineering shall be used to support undergraduate students, with preference given to students majoring in Mechanical Engineering and who are involved with the Women in Engineering Program. 

Sun and Yim Yip Endowed Presidential Scholarship in Mechanical Engineering

The Sun and Yim Yip Endowed Presidential Scholarship in Mechanical Engineering shall be administered under the guidelines of the University's Endowed Presidential Scholarship Program and used to award scholarships to undergraduate students involved in the Cockrell School of Engineering's Women in Engineering program who are studying mechanical engineering.

WEP Initiatives

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WEP Contact

Tricia Berry, Director
Women in Engineering Program

Phone: 512-471-5650

E-mail: tsberry@mail.utexas.edu

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