When Nadine Arrington left the gift of $1.3 million of her remaining estate to be donated to Texas A&M University-Kingsville, she raised the bar for what it means to be proud of your alma mater. Nearly a year to the day since the announcement of the Arrington Match, the alumna would be pleased to know her gratitude has inspired so many others.
On Sept. 14, officials and the Texas A&M-Kingsville Foundation held a luncheon in the Founder’s Room annoucing the completion of the Arrington Match. $2 million has been raised in the last year and will lead to new faculty endowments and student scholarships.
Originally announced on Sept. 17, 2015 by President Dr. Steven Tallant, the Arrington Match offered donors the opportunity to have their gratitude matched.
The results of the Arrington Match include $1 million supporting faculty endowments, $900,000 supporting student scholarships, as well as $100,000 supporting academic programs. A total of 18 donors contributed to the new endowments, which will impact both faculty and students—both at the undergraduate and graduate-level.
“This is a very exciting day for our university,” said Bradley A. Walker, CEO and Chief Development Officer for the TAMUK Foundation. “Dr. Tallant offered our donors a wonderful opportunity—to double the impact of a gift. Probably the best thing about Mrs. Arrington’s gift is that it really will support the entire university.”
Walker also confirmed the donations would also benefit the TAMUK Citrus Center which is located in Weslaco, TX.