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A Lasting Legacy

New scholarship honors alumnus

Photo of Danny Woodward

Photo of Danny Woodward

In April, the Department of Communication began fundraising for a scholarship in honor of one of its outstanding alumni, Danny Woodward.

As a student, Woodward (’03 BA, ’05 MA, Communication) worked on The Shorthorn, serving as the newspaper’s youngest-ever editor-in-chief. The Shorthorn is where Woodward met his wife of 21 years, Monica.

For eight years, he worked as special assistant to former UTA President James Spaniolo. Most recently, he served as executive director of Executive Communications at Virginia Commonwealth University, winning numerous national speechwriting awards.

After the scholarship was announced, those who knew Woodward made generous contributions that fully endowed the Danny Woodward Scholarship in Communication Excellence. He learned of the achievement shortly before he passed away on May 18 after a battle with brain cancer. He was 43.

The Danny Woodward Scholarship honors Woodward’s dedication to the study of communication and his commitment to UTA. It will provide financial support to undergraduate and graduate students in the Department of Communication who, like Woodward, demonstrate excellence.

Those interested in contributing to the scholarship can visit

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