RGK Center and RGK Foundation Announce The Ronya and George Kozmetsky Fellowship in Philanthropy and Community Service

Fellows selected from among LBJ School applicants receive two years of tuition assistance

December 10, 2015 – The RGK Center for Philanthropy and Community Service is pleased to announce the creation of a fellowship program endowed by the RGK Foundation for students enrolled in graduate programs at the LBJ School of Public Affairs at UT Austin. The gift is made in honor of Ronya and George Kozmetsky and the 50th anniversary of their establishment of the RGK Foundation. 

The goal of the fellowship is to place competitive graduate students in the nonprofit leadership pipeline by connecting them with relevant coursework, research, professional development and networking opportunities. Fellowship recipients will be selected from among top LBJ School applicants and targeted for their expressed interest in nonprofit management, community service, social innovation and philanthropy. Fellows will enroll in the RGK Center’s Portfolio Program in Nonprofit Studies.

“The nonprofit sector is experiencing a multifaceted leadership challenge: significant new burdens placed on nonprofit organizations to address the most entrenched social policy issues, increasingly sophisticated skill sets required of nonprofit leaders, and a looming leadership pipeline deficit,” said RGK Center Director David W. Springer. “The RGK Center is uniquely positioned to address this challenge and educate the next generation of nonprofit and philanthropic leaders.”

“This fellowship will remove financial barriers for students advancing their nonprofit careers,” said Sr. Program Coordinator Moira Porter. “I look forward to making it more possible for LBJ School graduates to lead the socially innovative organizations that fulfill their passion.”

Ranked #8 among national nonprofit management programs by the U.S. News & World Report, the Portfolio Program in Nonprofit Studies provides opportunities for students to obtain credentials in a cross-disciplinary academic area of inquiry while completing a masters or doctoral degree at The University of Texas at Austin. The Program offers courses focused on philanthropy, volunteerism, nonprofit management, and social entrepreneurship. Program graduates have gone on to assume leadership roles all over the country and world across social, human and foreign policy fields.


The RGK Center wishes to thank the RGK Foundation for its generous support of our programs and students. This endowment gift will initiate a new fundraising effort to build the endowment and increase the number of students served through the fellowship. To contribute to this fellowship, contact Moira Porter.

Dec. 10, 2015