Your legacy, our future


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“Creating an endowment in our School of Nursing means
I can continue to make a difference in the school’s success
even after I’m gone. I couldn’t think of a better way to make
this happen than through a legacy gift.”

—Kay Avant, Ph.D., RN, FNI, FAAN

Dr. Kay Avant treasured her career in the Department of Family and Community Health Systems in the School of Nursing where she served from 2005 to 2015 as a professor, researcher and department chair. Now retired, Dr. Avant said she wants to ensure the faculty who follow in her footsteps have the resources to flourish and continue making a positive impact on students and the community.

“Federal funding for programs isn’t always guaranteed,” Dr. Avant said. “That’s why an endowment gift is so beneficial. When department funds dwindle, an endowment gift can fund a researcher to travel to work on an important discovery. Or it can fund a scholarship for a brilliant student who just can’t afford the high cost of tuition,” she said.

Dr. Avant knows the benefit firsthand as she was, herself, the holder of a named endowment—the Roger L. & Laura D. Zeller Distinguished Professorship. “I was privileged to be the holder,” she said. “It made a difference for me and now I want to pay it forward.”


Your gifts will create a healthier future for generations to come.

Estate gifts provide for:
• Education of the next generation or health care professionals
• Innovative educational environment
• Compassionate care and community health initiatives

Support to the School of Nursing may be provided in many ways. Perhaps you would like to create a scholarship fund for deserving students, provide funds for research, or honor a loved one with an endowment in his or her name.

We are here to help you with sample language for specific goals such as creating an endowment or scholarship fund through your will or trust. Two of the most frequently made gifts are gifts made in a will or those that appoint the UT Health Science Center San Antonio as the beneficiary of an insurance policy or retirement plan.

We also offer the free resource “Provide & Protect: Will and Trust Planning Guide” and companion workbook to help as you record and organize your family information and make your estate distribution plans. To download your free resources online, visit

For more information or to receive the free guide, contact Gwen Notestine at or call 210-567-5313.

The best way to give depends on your own personal situation and should be discussed with your professional adviser.

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In the 2016 issue of Tribute

Tribute is the official magazine for the alumni and friends of the School of Nursing at The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. Read and share inspiring stories highlighting our alumni, faculty and students who are revolutionizing education, research, patient care and critical services in the communities they serve.

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