Supporting the Center

Learn how your investment in the Schusterman Center for Jewish Studies could support our major funding priorities.

Dean's Circle

The Schusterman Center for Jewish Studies was created by an extraordinary $6 million challenge grant from the Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation of Tulsa, Oklahoma. In 2012, under the directorship of Dr. Robert H. Abzug, the challenge was met thanks to the Gale Foundation and numerous others donors whose gifts secured the Center’s future. 

The Schusterman Center honors and recognizes donors who make contributions towards the Center and its funding priorities by welcoming them into the Dean’s Circle.

The Dean’s Circle is a group of donors who provide critical support that allows the college to seize opportunities as it strives toward its goal of excellence in Liberal Arts.

All members will be invited to an annual Dean’s Circle event each fall. In addition, members are recognized on the Liberal Arts website and will receive periodic updates from the Dean.

All giving, to any area of the College, is counted toward Dean’s Circle membership. Gifts are recognized at the following membership levels:

Gold ($20,000+)

Silver ($10,000-19,999)

Bronze ($2,500-9,999)

Friend ($500-2,499)

How to Make a Gift

You can submit your gift online through our secure online web form or we welcome the opportunity to meet with you in person. If you would like to send in your donation, please mail it to:

Justin Michalka, Executive Director of Development
College of Liberal Arts
The University of Texas
116 Inner Campus Dr., G-6300
Austin, Texas 78712

You may also e-mail Justin Michalka at jmichalka@austin.utexas.edu or call (512) 471-8861 to receive more information.

For more details about these types of giving, including a full list of endowment areas, please see the College of Liberal Arts Alumni & Giving page.

Funding Priorities

Undergraduate Professional Development

Internship opportunities allow students to develop professional skills, explore career avenues, and build networks that will prepare them to make the transition from college to career. As internships are often unpaid, the Schusterman Center aims to create competitive fellowships to support students during their internships.

Ways to support:

Endowed Presidential Scholarship   $250,000
Undergraduate Scholarship   $50,000

Graduate Excellence

Training outstanding future scholars in Jewish Studies is a crucial part of the Schusterman Center’s mission. The creation of graduate student fellowships to attract and support the very best candidates who want to train with our faculty is a key priority. Investing in graduate excellence strengthens the reputation of the Schusterman Center as a hub of Jewish Studies research and education.

Ways to support:

Endowed Presidential Fellowship   $250,000  
Graduate Fellowships   $100,000
Supplemental Graduate Fellowships   $10,000 (every year for five years)                

Holocaust Research & Education

The Schusterman Center has a unique opportunity to become a leader in Holocaust research and education in the Southwest. We intend to pursue this goal through competitive graduate student fellowships, a prestigious visiting scholar program, enhanced resources for research and curriculum development, an endowed Chair in Holocaust Studies. Beginning in September 2018, the Schusterman Center will be the home base of the Texas Holocaust Scholars Network that connects researchers and educators across the state.

Ways to support:

Chair   $2,000,000
Professorship   $500,000
Endowed Excellence Fund   $25,000