UTRGV Foundation allocates funds to supplement expansion of spirit programs and the establishment of marching band, women’s swimming and diving, and football

  Friday, February 18, 2022
  Around Campus, Athletics

By News and Internal Communications

RIO GRANDE VALLEY, TEXAS – The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley announced Friday that the UTRGV Foundation is allocating $1 million to the university to help support campus life initiatives that were approved last year by a student referendum.

Last November, UTRGV students voted to approve an increase to the athletics fee that will help fund the expansion of spirit programs and the establishment of a marching band, women’s swimming and diving, and football. The allocation by the UTRGV Foundation will be used to provide additional financial support for all four initiatives.

UTRGV President Guy Bailey said one of UTRGV’s priorities is to enhance the campus life experience for students. This allocation, he added, will play a major role in UTRGV meeting that goal.

“As always, we are extremely grateful for the UTRGV Foundation’s longstanding support of UTRGV’s mission and priorities,” Bailey said. “From allocating funds for student scholarships to helping fund faculty research, the foundation remains committed to the success of all our students, faculty and staff. We can’t thank them enough for their support.”

Members of the UTRGV Foundation Board will be recognized for their contributions at halftime of the UTRGV Men’s Basketball game against Sam Houston State on Saturday at Bert Ogden Arena. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m.

The fee increase is subject to approval by the UT System Board of Regents later this year.

For more information on the progress of the new campus life initiatives, please visit RallyTheValley.com.



The UTRGV Foundation is an independent non-profit organization incorporated in the State of Texas under the Revenue Code Section 501(c)(3).

The Foundation exists solely for the benefit of UTRGV and operates under a Memorandum of Understanding. By maintaining an independent Board of Trustees, the Foundation can involve volunteers in its fundraising efforts. All funds raised and managed by the Foundation are used in accordance with donor wishes to build the academic, research and public service programs of the University. 


The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV) was created by the Texas Legislature in 2013 as the first major public university of the 21st century in Texas. This transformative initiative provided the opportunity to expand educational opportunities in the Rio Grande Valley, including a new School of Medicine, and made it possible for residents of the region to benefit from the Permanent University Fund – a public endowment contributing support to the University of Texas System and other institutions.

UTRGV has campuses and off-campus research and teaching sites throughout the Rio Grande Valley including in Boca Chica Beach, Brownsville (formerly The University of Texas at Brownsville campus), Edinburg (formerly The University of Texas-Pan American campus), Harlingen, McAllen, Port Isabel, Rio Grande City, and South Padre Island. UTRGV, a comprehensive academic institution, enrolled its first class in the fall of 2015, and the School of Medicine welcomed its first class in the summer of 2016.