Texas Tech University announced today a gift of $15 million for graduate student fellowships from alumnus Edward E. Whitacre Jr. and his wife, Linda. Whitacre is former chairman of the board and CEO of General Motors and chairman emeritus of AT&T.
The couple’s gift will establish the Ed and Linda Whitacre Graduate Fellowship Endowment and fund an estimated 30 doctoral fellows per year. The donation is eligible for state matching funds through the Texas Research Incentive Program (TRIP), which are expected to double the gift’s total impact on the university.
“Ed has been a friend of mine since we attended Texas Tech together,” said Chancellor Kent Hance. “As chairman and CEO of two of the top companies in the world, Ed is one of our most notable alumni and has been a great supporter of Texas Tech over the years. This gift will greatly impact graduate student enrollment and research. We are so thankful for Ed and Linda’s generosity.”