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Celebrate Giving

Celebrating the impact of our donors and generous community.

We celebrate the generosity of our community through our giving societies – the Hill Society and the Barrow Founders Circle.  Every year, we welcome new members and celebrate our commitment to the school with the Society Dinner.  In addition, the annual Scholars Luncheon brings students, their parents and scholarship donors together to share camaraderie and connection.  The Distinguished Lectureships Series brings in world-class geosciences speakers and is offered every semester and are available to the public.

We invite you to join in the celebration!  Please call us at 512.471.1282 for more information.


Hill Society
The Hill Society is named after Robert T. Hill, the first professor and chair of the Department of Geology.

L.T. Barrow Founders Circle
The L.T. Barrow Founders Circle is named after Leonidas T. Barrow (1895-1978; B.S., 1921; M.S. 1923), who with his wife Laura helped found, and donated to, the Geology Foundation. He was a geology instructor in the Department (1921-24) and chairman of the board of Humble Oil and Refining Company (1948-55), which later consolidated with Standard Oil to become Exxon.

Texas Leadership Society
The Texas Leadership Society is a special organization created to recognize people who have included the University in their estate plans

Evening of Thanks

In March 2015, we welcomed new Hill Society and Barrow Founders Circle members, as well as introducing two new giving societies, The Katie Society, which recognizes those who have given $500,000 and above to the school and The Flawn Circle of Excellence, recognizing giving of $1,000,000 or more. See photos of this festive event.


Scholars Luncheon

The annual Jackson School Scholars Luncheon is a celebration of philanthropy and scholarship for donors, students and their families, and Jackson School Leadership.  Each fall, this special school event allows donors and their scholars the opportunity to connect in person. For donors, it’s an opportunity to meet the talented students they support; for students, it means a chance to express their gratitude face-to-face. See Fall 2014 photos.

Learn all about our donors through these informative videos:

Tribute to David “Scotty” Holland Sr.

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Moving Forward by Giving Back

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Ina Brundrett

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