UTRGV receives $1 million to help fund athletic expansion and improve campus life

GREAT RIO VALLEY – The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley announced Friday that the UTRGV Foundation is allocating $1 million to the university to help support campus life initiatives that were approved last year in a student referendum.

Last November, UTRGV students voted to approve an athletics fee increase that will help fund the expansion of spiritual programs and the establishment of a marching band, women’s swimming and diving, and soccer. The allocation from the UTRGV Foundation will be used to provide additional financial support to the four initiatives.

UTRGV President Guy Bailey said one of UTRGV’s priorities is to improve the campus life experience for students. This allocation, he added, will play a major role in achieving this goal by the UTRGV.

“As always, we are extremely grateful for the UTRGV Foundation’s longstanding support of the UTRGV’s mission and priorities,” Bailey said. “Whether it’s allocating funds for scholarships or helping fund faculty research, the foundation remains committed to the success of all of our students, faculty and staff. We can’t thank them enough for their support.

Members of the UTRGV Foundation Board of Directors will be recognized for their contributions at halftime of UTRGV’s men’s basketball game against Sam Houston State on Saturday at Bert Ogden Arena. Tipping is set at 7 p.m.

The fee increase is subject to approval by the UT System Board of Directors later this year.

For more information on the progress of new campus life initiatives, please visit RallyTheValley.com.

About the UTRGV Foundation

The UTRGV Foundation is an independent, nonprofit organization incorporated in the State of Texas under Section 501(c)(3) of the Tax Code.

The Foundation exists solely for the benefit of the UTRGV and operates under a memorandum of understanding. By maintaining an independent Board of Directors, the Foundation can involve volunteers in its fundraising efforts. All funds raised and managed by the Foundation are used in accordance with donor wishes to build the University’s academic, research, and public service programs.


The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV) was established by the Texas Legislature in 2013 as the first major public university of the 21st century in Texas. This transformative initiative provided the opportunity to expand educational opportunities in the Rio Grande Valley, including a new medical school, and enabled area residents to benefit from the Permanent University Fund – a public endowment helping to support from the University of Texas. System and other institutions.

UTRGV has campuses and off-campus research and teaching sites throughout the Rio Grande Valley, including Boca Chica Beach, Brownsville (formerly the University of Texas campus at Brownsville), Edinburgh (formerly the University of Texas-Pan American campuses), Harlingen, McAllen, Port Isabel, Rio Grande City, and South Padre Island. UTRGV, a comprehensive academic institution, enrolled its first class in the fall of 2015 and the School of Medicine welcomed its first class in the summer of 2016.

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