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The Nunezes

The Gift of Scholarship

Igna­cio Nuñez’s par­ents taught him the value of a good edu­ca­tion long before he was a suc­cess­ful Arling­ton doc­tor or a UT Arling­ton Dis­tin­guished Alum­nus. Now, Dr. Nuñez and his wife, Lynda, are hon­or­ing his mother with the Car­men Tru­jillo Nuñez Pre-Med Schol­ar­ship. The couple also has estab­lished a sec­ond schol­ar­ship named after Lynda Nuñez’s mother. The endow­ment for both schol­ar­ships is $50,000, a com­bi­na­tion of a $25,000 gift from the Nuñez fam­ily and $25,000 from the University’s Mav­er­ick Match pro­gram.

Through Mav­er­ick Match, the Uni­ver­sity uses nat­ural gas roy­al­ties to lever­age major gifts. Phil­an­thropic part­ners who make endow­ments of $25,000 or more see their con­tri­bu­tions dou­bled. The endow­ment will pro­vide a $1,125 schol­ar­ship for a pre-med stu­dent and a $1,125 schol­ar­ship for an Eng­lish major. The sec­ond schol­ar­ship is called the Eve­lyn Anita Sawyer Ray Endowed Schol­ar­ship in Eng­lish. Lynda Nuñez grad­u­ated from UT Arling­ton in 1991 with a bachelor’s degree in English.

“My mother was an avid reader who bestowed upon me sev­eral gifts that have served me well,” Dr. Nuñez says. “First is a shared love of read­ing, sec­ond an insa­tiable curios­ity, and third an adven­tur­ous life as a child trav­el­ing with my fam­ily to wher­ever my father was sta­tioned. My mother always told me that I was just as capa­ble as any­one else, regard­less of race or social stand­ing. I believed her.” 

Dr. Ignacio Nunez

Igna­cio Nuñez has prac­ticed obstetrics/gynecology in Arling­ton for 27 years, and he served as pres­i­dent of the med­ical staff at Texas Health Arling­ton Memo­r­ial Hos­pi­tal from 2008 to 2010. He grad­u­ated from UT Arling­ton with a bachelor’s degree in biol­ogy in 1975 and went on to attend UT South­west­ern Med­ical School at Dal­las.