Making a Gift

There are many ways to make a gift to the School of Nursing. Some have added benefits for the donor depending on his or her age, type of asset contributed, and the form of gift selected. The school works with each donor to establish the most beneficial gift for the donor, for the donor's family, and for the nursing school.

Gifts to the School of Nursing are tax deductible, but please contact your tax advisor regarding the circumstances of your particular contribution. Please review our contribution programs and consider where you can best make a personal impact on nursing education. Questions about giving to the School of Nursing? Contact: Director of Development Matt Perkins, 713-500-2006.

Dean's Excellence Fund

This unrestricted gift fund to the School of Nursing allows donations to be applied to the greatest need or to achieve the best outcome for our students. Administered directly by the dean, this fund supports recruitment, unbudgeted research innovations, travel and other expenses that arise during the course of the year that add to the value of a School of Nursing education.

Scholarships / Student Assistance Fund

Your donation to scholarships ensures that UT School of Nursing will attract exceptional students to serve as the future leaders in healthcare. Your support means that qualified students can complete the graduate education and specialized training required of those committed to serving our communities even when the cost of graduate education may be beyond their personal means.

The Rodney C. Lester Nurse Anesthesia Endowed Scholarship

At the occasion of Dr. Rodney Lester’s retirement, we conducted a successful campaign to help establish the Rodney Lester scholarship. After many conversations within the nursing community, it was decided to establish an endowed scholarship to ensure the longevity of Dr. Lester’s legacy here at the UTHealth School of Nursing.

We turn to you to help us increase the funds already raised to reach the necessary minimum of $25,000 in order to endow the Rodney Lester scholarship. Please click the link above and complete the resulting form, or use the contact information provided below. You may pledge a certain amount over a number of months; for instance you may pledge $1,000 over one year, payable on a monthly basis, which is just $84 per month.

Your gift will help sustain the legacy of Dr. Rodney Lester’s dedication and passion for all aspects of nurse anesthesia and his commitment to excellence in nurse anesthesia education, and most importantly your gift will allow nurse anesthesia students at UTHealth to receive financial support that offsets the increasing costs of graduate education.

The Mary Joe White Scholarship Fund

This endowment was established in memory and to honor Dr. Mary Joe White, a much-beloved faculty member of the UTHealth School of Nursing for 36 years. Dr. White first joined the UTHealth School of Nursing as an instructor in 1977. Starting in 1998, Dr. White effectively served in the important role of RN/BSN/MSN track director. When she retired from the nursing school in early 2014, she was an Associate Professor of Nursing, holding tenure since 1987.

Her colleagues in the school’s Department of Nursing Systems agree that Dr. White, as an educator, “had a habit of finding good traits in a student’s capabilities and celebrating them – she empowered students to succeed.” Dr. White was selected by the School’s graduating students for the 2005 McGovern Outstanding Teacher Award. She received the Dean’s Teaching Excellence Award more years than anyone can remember. To celebrate one of our own, your gift will be a tribute in Dr. White’s honor and fund nursing scholarships to students.

The Duck-Hee Kang Scholarship Fund

This scholarship fund honors the memory of Dr. Duck-Hee Kang, a beloved and productive UTHealth School of Nursing faculty member from 2009 until her unexpected death on Sept. 20, 2016. Dr. Kang was the Lee and J.D. Jamail Distinguished Professor and director of the Biosciences Laboratory. She also was an adjunct professor in the Department of Palliative Care and Rehabilitation Medicine of The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center. Honored for her outstanding research mentorship of junior faculty, she was among the “20 Outstanding Nurses of 2014” selected by the Texas Nurses Association District 9 Foundation. Specializing in psycho-neuroimmunology, Dr. Kang studied how a variety of psychosocial and behavioral factors influence physiological responses to ultimately change health outcomes. She published widely in both nursing and non-nursing journals, but she always found time to impart guidance, encouragement and high professional standards to students and others whom she mentored.

To contribute to Dr. Kang’s scholarship fund at the UTHealth School of Nursing, click MAKE A GIFT to access an online donation form. At the bottom of the form, indicate that this is a gift “in memory of Dr. Kang” – all funds submitted in memory of Dr. Kang will support the student scholarship in her name. Or, checks can be mailed to the address below with “Dr. Kang scholarship” in the comment line.

UTHealth Office of Development
7000 Fannin Street, Suite 1200
Houston, Texas 77030
713-500-3200 phone