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Be Bold campaign raises $380 million

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Kayla McCutcheon

UTSA released its midpoint Impact Report for Be Bold: A Campaign for Our Future, a $500 million fundraising campaign, on Oct. 24. The report revealed that the campaign has raised a total of $380 million so far. This number represents 46,137 donors from 22 countries who have made 142,501 gifts and pledges.

The Be Bold campaign officially launched in 2022 and supports the university’s strive to continue its growth as a model for student success. It now boasts 91 endowed student scholarships that foster academic excellence for students, bringing UTSA’s total to 391 endowments for student support. 

President Taylor Eighmy said he is “immensely proud of this extraordinary milestone and [remains] deeply grateful to our generous alumni, donors and friends, as well as our dedicated faculty and staff, who remain committed to advancing our great university.”

Among the donors is Harvey Najim, a UTSA Campaign Leadership Council member, who gave $2 million to the Najim Center, which he established to further experimental learning. The Hector and Gloria Lopez Foundation also awarded $2.4 million to benefit Latino and first-generation students. Meanwhile, H-E-B made a $2 million donation to support workforce development programs. 

Carlos and Malu Alvarez, Margie and Bill Klesse and Graham Weston have also contributed toward this campaign by giving gifts that directly support student scholarships, student success programs and enhanced research activity. The gifts made by the Alvarezes’ and the Klesses’ opened UTSA’s first two named colleges, while Weston’s gift was huge to the launch of the UTSA School of Data Science

The Be Bold campaign also highlights the standings of UTSA Athletics in the American Athletic Conference through the Bold Champions in the American campaign. This campaign has raised $43 million through more than 7,000 total donors and has helped many student-athletes excel in their studies while maintaining their athletics. 

Mia Sorensen is a volleyball player at UTSA studying neuroscience thanks to a full-ride athletic scholarship. “Because of UTSA’s donors, I can pursue my passion for volleyball and neuroscience. I wouldn’t be here without my scholarship, and I am so incredibly grateful,” Sorensen said.

To learn more about UTSA’s Be Bold campaign, visit utsa.edu/giving/be-bold/.

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