May 1, 2008

Gifts of all sizes to SMU can affect the diversity of programs offered, attract high-quality students and support faculty teaching and research. Examples of some latest gifts follow. Visit for more information about how to make a gift to SMU.

  • A $500,000 gift to Dedman College’s Department of Sociology has been made by William Maynard to establish a scholarship and award in memory of his sister, the late Betty Maynard. She served as associate dean of the college and chair of the Sociology Department and was the driving force behind the Women’s Studies Program for more than two decades.
  • A $500,000 gift from the Ernst & Young Foundation parked the creation of a tax concentration for the Cox School of Business’ Master of Science in Accounting (MSA) program. The gift also will support scholarship and mentoring opportunities for full-time M.S.A. students pursuing the tax concentration.
  • A $174,000 gift from the Wachovia Foundation to SMU’s Meadows Museum and Meadows School of the Arts will fund the development of “Imagine U @ SMU.” The interactive, on-campus arts experience for Dallas middle school students from disadvantaged backgrounds is expected to start in the fall.
  • Gearbox Software has pledged $50,000 in scholarships to become the first donor for a new “fellows scholars” program at The Guildhall at SMU, one of the premier graduate video game education programs in the country. The company also dedicated resources to provide professional mentors for scholarship recipients during their 17 months of study at The Guildhall.