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TWU receives $1.1 million for scholarships, fellowships


DENTON — Texas Woman’s University recently received two estate gifts totaling $1.1 million that will establish an endowment for nursing scholarships and also create two graduate teaching fellowships – one in health studies and the other in dance.

Ruby Dean left $785,000 to TWU to establish the Ruby Dean Endowment, which will provide scholarships for students pursuing a nursing degree.

Mrs. Dean was born in Carthage, Texas, in 1922. She and her husband David were married in 1953 and were lifelong residents of Fort Worth. Mrs. Dean and her husband supported many scholarships at various colleges and schools. While they had no children of their own, they were instrumental in the lives of many young people, helping them receive a college education with their generosity.

Mrs. Dean passed away in 2010. Mr. Dean passed away in 2001.

TWU alumna Dr. Janice C. Williams left $340,000 to the university to establish two graduate teaching fellowships. The Williams Health Studies Fellowship will support graduate students in the TWU Health Studies Department. The Langston Dance Fellowship will assist graduate students in the TWU Dance Department.

Dr. Williams, who received her Ph.D. in health studies from TWU in 1973, taught in public schools in Texas and Louisiana. She also developed programs on teaching health at Texas State University, Virginia Tech University and Texas A&M-Kingsville.

Dr. Williams passed away in 2011.

For more information on estate or planned giving at TWU, contact the TWU Office of Institutional Development at, email or call (940) 898-3863.

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