New endowment promotes environmental education

As part of its mission to protect Arlington’s natural environment through education, service, and advocacy, the Arlington Conservation Council (ACC) has established an endowment for scholarships and research at the University of Texas at Arlington.

The endowment was launched with a donation of $33,956 from the ACC and will be administered by the UTA Vice President’s Office for Research. The funds distributed will support students whose scholarship and research further the mission of ACC.

“It is a pleasure to partner with UTA to promote environmental integrity and climate resilience,” said Dick Schoech, Chairman of the ACC Board. “We are proud to support students and researchers committed to fostering a sustainable future.

Scholarships awarded from the endowment will support student scholarships, graduate scholarships, or grants and research-related expenses.

The scholarships will go to undergraduate students who have attended the University for two consecutive semesters immediately prior to the application deadline. Cross-disciplinary activities that benefit the City of Arlington and engage multiple organizations will be given priority.

“The generous initiative of the Arlington Conservation Council is a testament to the strength of UTA’s partnerships in our community,” said UTA President Jennifer Cowley. “This endowment will allow young researchers to think big when addressing issues of climate change and environmental sustainability.”

James Grover, UTA’s acting vice president for research, said the endowment will strengthen the university’s impact in the community.

“We would like to thank the Arlington Conservation Council for their desire to establish an endowment fund to support scholarships and advance research related to conservation and preservation,” Grover said. “Community service and commitment are pillars of UTA’s research mission, and this generous gift will deepen that commitment.”

To contribute to the endowment, visit

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