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Every gift counts
When you give to the Texas Academy of Mathematics and Science (TAMS) you help us give intelligent, high ability students an opportunity to gain experiences that will carry them far into their futures. The University of North Texas is a tier-one research university and has 68 academic programs ranked in the top 100 in the country, providing TAMS students with its full complement of resources including world-renowned professors, lab and research space, superior visual and performing arts, stimulating social events and more. Whether you give annually, establish an endowment, or make a planned gift, your support will make a difference in our students’ lives. This is your chance to pay it forward for the next generation of TAMSters.
Greatest Needs in the Academy
TAMS Endowment Fund
The Academy has committed to supporting its students who have demonstrated financial needs beyond what their family can cover. The TAMS Endowment Fund provides critical support for students through need-based scholarships. By supporting the endowment, you are helping a TAMSter in need who may not have otherwise been able to attend the Academy.
Dean’s Excellence Fund
The TAMS Dean’s Excellence Fund is a critical, unrestricted fund that enables the Academy to respond to opportunities and challenges as they occur.
When you support the Dean’s Excellence Fund, you support the strategic vision of the Academy by allowing for the Dean to have flexibility in directing the use of resources to the priorities of the Academy.
Specific Ways to Give
Keerat Baweja Memorial Scholarship Endowment
Keerat Baweja was a member of the TAMS 2015 graduating class finishing with 70 credit hours and a 4.0 GPA. In her first year at TAMS, she began her computer science research and was a recipient of the TAMS summer research scholarship, working alongside Dr. Rodney Nielsen in the computer science department. Complementing her success in the classroom was Keerat’s passion for robotics. As the co-captain for the robotics team, Keerat spearheaded the TAMS 5212 team to their first representation at the FIRST Robotics World Championship in St. Louis, Missouri, in April of 2015. The TAMS 5212 robot was recognized for the unique defensive mechanisms and the TAMS team for independence and ingenuity. In addition to her involvement with robotics, Keerat spent her time in the community helping organizations such as Mentor Denton, Harvest Goals, the Elm Fork STEM Lab, JETS Library Workshop and tutoring students in TAMS and the DISD. Keerat was the recipient of the TAMS Junior Pacesetter award and the DFW regional Aspirations in Computing award from the National Center for Women and Information Technology. After graduating from TAMS, Keerat went on to The University of Texas at Austin graduating in 2019 with a mechanical engineering degree and went on to work full-time in her dream job at Boeing in Seattle working in additive manufacturing. This endowment helps recognize young scholars striving to succeed in TAMS in a similar fashion and continue the amazing legacy of Keerat.
Wendy Boyd-Brown was an Academic Counselor for TAMS starting in August 1998 until she retired in June 2020. During her 22 years of service, she was a tremendous advocate for students across the UNT campus and loved them as her own. Wendy was able “to get students in line” and simultaneously lend a shoulder on which to cry. She was viewed by many students as their surrogate mother. Even parents appreciated Wendy keeping their students on the track of success. In addition to advising students through their academic journey, she wrote a multitude of recommendations for students aspiring to their next institution, applying for a scholarship or seeking employment. Wendy also helped lead the Summer Mathematics Institute which brought students to UNT as early as 7th grade to focus on getting ahead in mathematics. In the final semester at TAMS, Wendy was instrumental in helping develop the TAMS Black Student Union, (BSU). TAMS BSU hosted their first celebration program in February 2020, “Still We Rise” where Wendy was the featured speaker highlighting the obstacles African Americans overcome to succeed
The Dr. Annapurna Pendri Scholarship, endowed by her children Mr. Kiran Reddy Pendri and Dr. Pooja Reddy Pendri, is a permanent fund that provides annual scholarships for students to attend Texas Academy of Mathematics and Science, the nation’s first residential early college program on the campus of the University of North Texas created to educate exceptional students from across Texas. Anna Pendri immigrated to the United States from India to study chemistry at UNT, before a career at the cutting-edge of pharmaceutical research. The Pendri family believes that bright young Texans ought to have access to the best educational opportunities regardless of their financial backgrounds.
Dr. Annapurna Pendri
The TAMS Class of 1994 Scholarship Endowment championed by Kara Garcia Montesano and her husband Joe, is to make TAMS more accessible to students with demonstrated financial need who otherwise may not have access to TAMS. This scholarship fund will remain open for additional gifts in the future.
The TAMS Class of 1996 Scholarship Endowment championed by classmates Sapna Kumar and Matt Sayler, is to make TAMS more accessible to students with demonstrated financial need who otherwise may not have access to TAMS. This scholarship fund will remain open for additional gifts in the future.
The TAMS Class of 1998 Scholarship Endowment inspried by '98'classmate, Ben Stewart, is to make TAMS more accessible to students with demonstrated financial need who otherwise may not have access to TAMS. This scholarship fund will remain open for additional gifts in the future.
The TAMS Class of 1999 Scholarship Endowment one of the early class endowments started witht he help of Albert Ciuksza but has been lanquishing for a bit. The ultimate goal to make TAMS more accessible to students with demonstrated financial need who otherwise may not have access to TAMS. This scholarship fund will remain open for additional gifts in the future.
The TAMS Class of 2000 Scholarship was inspired by Dr. Pooneh Bagher ’00 and the class of 2000 to provide scholarship funding to support students with demonstrated financial need. This scholarship fund will remain open for additional gifts in the future.
The TAMS Class of 2006 Scholarship was inspired by the Fisher family and Nicole Berdy ’06 to help cover the program fee of a student with demonstrated financial need and to encourage younger generations of TAMSters to begin paying it forward by engaging in philanthropy. This scholarship fund will remain open for additional gifts in the future.
For more information about establishing a new scholarship, contact UNT Division of Advancement at 940-565-2900.