EDINBURG— University of Texas Rio Grande Valley officials announced the largest donation to the institution Tuesday morning, a gift of $2 million by the the Vacker family, owners of the local Bert Ogden car dealerships.

UTRGV President Guy Bailey announced the donation during a ceremony at the Performing Arts Center joined by Robert and Janet Vackar. The money will be used for endowed scholarships, he said.

EDINBURG— University of Texas Rio Grande Valley officials announced the largest donation to the institution Tuesday morning, a gift of $2 million by the the Vacker family, owners of the local Bert Ogden car dealerships.

UTRGV President Guy Bailey announced the donation during a ceremony at the Performing Arts Center joined by Robert and Janet Vacker. The money will be used for endowed scholarships, he said.

  • The Robert C. Vackar Endowed Scholarship for Aspiring Entrepreneurs will support students pursuing a degree in the College of Business and Entrepreneurship.
  • The Janet Ogden Vackar Spirit of Philanthropy Endowed Scholarship will provide financial assistance to students pursuing a mass communications degree in the College of Liberal Arts.
  • The Vackars also announced an additional $80,000 for the Susan Lewis Vackar Clark Endowed Memorial Scholarship previously established at the university. The scholarship is named after Bob Vackar’s late sister, a 1963 graduate of then Pan American College and an elementary school teacher.

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