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UT Arlington alumnus establishes endowed scholarships

Dr. 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, Nuñez and his wife Lynda are honoring his mother with the Carmen Trujillo Nuñez Pre-Med Scholarship at UT Arlington. A second scholarship named after Lynda Nuñez’s mother is also planned. The endowment for both scholarships is $50,000, a combination of a $25,000 gift from the Nuñez family and a $25,000 match from the University’s Maverick Match program.

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

“My mother was an avid reader who bestowed upon me several gifts that have served me well. 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, including four years in Japan,” Dr. Nuñez said. “My mother always told me that I was just as capable as anyone else, regardless of race or social standing. I believed her, and I have strived to see everyone through my mother’s eyes.”

Through Maverick Match, the University is using natural gas royalties to leverage major gifts. Philanthropic partners who make endowments of $25,000 or more see their contributions doubled.

The new endowment will provide a $1,125 scholarship for a pre-med student as well as 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 of arts in English.

“Support from alumni like Dr. Nuñez is essential as UT Arlington continues its efforts to attract and retain the most talented and driven students,” said Jim Lewis, UT Arlington vice president for development. “His professional success and dedicated service to the Arlington community serve as examples to our students of what they can achieve.”