LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center hosted a "Celebration of Generosity" dinner Thursday to recognize the donors who've given to the institution.
TTUHSC President Tedd L. Mitchell, M.D. and Josue Enriquez, Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences student spoke at the dinner at Lubbock Country Club about the importance of scholarships.
According to TTUHSC, the school awarded more than $11.2 million in scholarships and grants to students last year.
Hi and Byron Newby whose family gave to the school in honor of their mother who suffered from Alzheimer's disease and recently passed also spoke.
The Newby family's donation will support Alzheimer's research, the Garrison Institute on Aging Brain Bank and caregiver education.
The institution hopes to to raise $100 million by next year through the Campaign for Your Life, Our Purpose. It has already raised more than $75.6 million in the past three and a half years. These funds will continue to fund health care research, education, scholarships as well as patient care and community outreach efforts.
TTUHSC says it only receives only 21 percent of its budget from state funding, which makes donor support critical in carrying out the university's mission.