Giving to UTSA

Gifts at Work

Quarri Technologies Executive Chairman Bill Morrow donates to UTSA

Quarri Technologies, a security software company that empowers organizations to keep their sensitive data secure, announced that Executive Chairman Bill Morrow has given The University of Texas at San Antonio College of Business a gift of $10,000 cash and 100,000 shares of company stock to support cyber security research. An alumnus of the UTSA College of Business, Morrow is a strong supporter of UTSA cyber security and has a history of giving to the university, dating back to 2001. Read more about the gift on UTSA Today.

Mary E. McKinney Bequeaths $22 million

UTSA President Ricardo Romo posthumously recognized Mary E. McKinney during his annual State of the University address on October 6, 2010, and announced receipt of the largest single private gift in university history, a $22 million estate gift to fund scholarships for students at UTSA. "Miss McKinney was an outstanding, humble Texan who did not care for fame or recognition," said Romo.

McKinney's estate, which included real estate, personal property and a portfolio of stocks and municipal bonds, will continue to fund the Felix and Elizabeth McKinney Memorial Scholarship Fund at UTSA, established in 1994 by McKinney to honor her parents. The fund offers renewable scholarships up to the full cost of tuition and fees for full-time students who have completed 30 hours of course work and have a GPA of 2.75 or better. Read more about the gift and Miss McKinney on UTSA Today.

Cathy and Jim Bodenstedt ’96 make $1 Million Commitment

Roadrunner Football welcomed its first class of recruits soon with unprecedented, generous support from Cathy and Jim Bodenstedt. The Bodenstedts have made the first million dollar commitment to support scholarships for the new Roadrunner Football team. In recognition of their gift, the student athlete academic center will be named The James and Catherine Bodenstedt Athletic Learning Center. The Bodenstedts are the owners of MUY Brands LLC, a 117-unit franchise restaurant company with locations in Texas and New Mexico. Jim graduated from UTSA with a degree in accounting; Cathy is currently pursuing a degree in art history at UTSA.

Kudla Foundation gives $500,000 for cybersecurity

The Kudla Foundation made a $500,000 gift to create the Nancy and Frank Kudla Endowed Fellowship in Information Assurance and Security with the UTSA College of Business. Alumni Frank, BBA '85, and Nancy Kudla, MBA '87, wanted to support graduate student research and education in cybersecurity. "Our foundation is focused on national security and values-based leadership through partnerships with universities," said Nancy Kudla, president of the foundation. Kudla Fellows will be graduate students studying and conducting research in information assurance and security. The first fellows will begin in fall 2012. Read the full story about the Kudla Endowed Fellowship.

Cathy and Clay Killinger '83 - Giving for High Impact

Cathy and Clay Killinger, longtime friends of UTSA, recently made a gift that will result in more than $75,000 in funding for the university. Clay, an alumnus of the accounting program, is leveraging their commitment by applying for a matching gift from his employer, Valero Energy. Increasing the impact, the Killingers decided to make the gift unrestricted, allowing UTSA President Ricardo Romo to use the gift where it is needed most.

Spencers Step Up for UTSA

San Antonio entrepeneur, David Spencer and his wife, Jennifer ’93, recently committed $250,000 to support UTSA football. Part of their contribution will provide scholarships for players. This gift comes at a critical time for Roadrunner football.

Carlos and Malu Alvarez invest in UTSA, South Texas

For Almost a decade, Carlos Alvarez, president and CEO of The Gambrinus Co., has been showing his appreciation for education through philanthropy.

His gifts to UTSA begin in 2004. Then, in 2006, he and his wife established the Carlos and Malu Alvarez Endowment for Student Success.

Welch Foundation's $1.5 million gift will create endowed chemistry chair

The UTSA College of Sciences has received a $1.5 million gift from The Welch Foundation to establish the Robert A. Welch Chair in Chemistry. With this support, the university will recruit a distinguished chemist who will contribute to research efforts in chemistry and support the university as it strives to attain Tier One research status.

The Welch Foundation gift will be matched by funding available from a university endowment to create a $3 million endowment to attract and recruit a strong leader to teach and conduct research at UTSA. Texas has three Tier One universities, each of which has at least three Welch chairs. Read more about the Welch Foundation's gift to UTSA.