The Impact of Giving

University of Houston Libraries offers incredible value to the University, to the community in which we live, to our fellow Texans, and to the nation. Through the generous support and advocacy of our partners and donors, we are able to empower students and faculty providing the resources necessary for success in teaching, learning, and research. We are introducing new spaces, services, and collections that fulfill our vision of a community nurtured by curiosity and creativity that drives lifelong learning and scholarship.

A number of exceptional leaders have stepped forward to lend their support to the University’s historic “Here, We Go” Campaign. As members of the UH Libraries Campaign Committee, they volunteer their time and talents to support advancing the mission of UH Libraries.

Shelley Gottschalk established the first endowment to support the Digital Research Commons.

Notable Gifts and Events

  • A grant from the John P. McGovern Foundation enabled UH Libraries to begin a thesis and dissertation digitization project.
  • Diane Rudy donated an original piece by the conceptual visual artist Mel Chin.
  • Judy Reeves donated the Charles W. Botts and Jimmy Carper Memorial Research Library of GLBT Studies, which will enhance the LGBT History Research Collection.
  • Deborah M. Colton hosted an event featuring the Performing & Visual Arts Research Collection at Deborah Colton Gallery.
  • Annise Parker and Kathy Hubbard hosted a salon highlighting the LGBT History Research Collection at their home. Leigh Owen hosted a White Glove Salon featuring the Rare Books Collections.

UH Libraries
Campaign Committee

  • Irma Brindis
  • Deborah M. Colton
  • Shelley Gottschalk
  • John Hofmeister
  • Kathy Hubbard
  • Carol McDavid
  • Leigh Owen
  • Annise Parker
  • Dana Rooks
  • Carey Shuart

In FY18, UH Libraries awarded nine scholarships to student library assistants, totaling $22,000 for FY19.

Livia Garza is a senior pursuing a BA in liberal studies with concentrations in economics, history, and women’s studies. “Through the John P. McGovern Library Scholars Endowment award, I will be better equipped to focus less on the cost of attendance and more on the wonderful educational and experiential opportunities the University of Houston has to offer. The time I have spent working in the UH Libraries Special Collections has been both an invaluable and formative experience. The projects I have worked on have not only strengthened my skillset but also increased my enthusiasm for one day working full time at a library or archive.”

Daniella Olakpe is a senior studying computer engineering technology with a minor in mathematics. “Receiving the Belle Griggs Scholarship Endowment was a blessing to me and my family. My financial burden was lightened, because of this I can focus more on the most important aspect of school, learning. Being a recipient of the Belle Griggs Johnson scholarship has inspired me to help others and give back to the community. I certainly hope that one day I will be able to help other college students achieve their goals as well.”

Alma Nwajei is a senior at the Valenti School of Communication who is majoring in advertising with a minor in graphics communication technology. “I am incredibly honored to be a recipient of the John P. McGovern Library Scholarship! This scholarship means so much to me because it really contributes to that extra motivation I needed to face my senior year head on. I am grateful to the McGovern Foundation and I will endeavor to put this honor to good use and give it my all to make sure I make a positive difference in the lives of others.”

Kathrine G. McGovern visited UH Libraries to meet with this year’s McGovern scholarship recipients.

From left to right: Jasmine Ali, Jennifer Maza, Kathrine G. McGovern, Ashley Garcia.

Jennifer Maza is an undergrad in Health and Human Performance. “The scholarship is a wonderful stepping stone towards realizing my goal of becoming a physical therapist. The generosity of the McGoverns is a blessing and helps to support my aspirations in helping others. Before attending the University of Houston, I was attending the United States Military Academy at West Point. I endured many serious injuries and the kindness and compassion of the physical therapists that worked with me were the only reasons I recovered. I came to understand the importance of physical therapy in someone’s life, and that therapy could completely change one’s life for the better. My painful experiences inspired me to give back and help others.”

Ashley Garcia is finishing her M.Ed in counseling while working at UH Libraries Information and Access Services. “Being selected as a scholarship recipient has given me the security to complete my degree on time without worrying about how I would pay my tuition in time. I am grateful for this opportunity to focus on my classes and my professional development as a counseling intern.”