Sometimes, the sky isn’t the limit. It’s the goal.
That’s what officials at Texas Woman’s University are saying after receiving a $15 million gift from the Doswell Foundation that will lay the groundwork for a new aviation program.
The Doswell School of Aeronautical Sciences is expected to begin enrolling students in fall 2024, according to university officials, who note the school will initially train 25 students each year.
The university is seeking authorization from the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board to offer a Bachelor of Science in Aviation Sciences with two tracks: One in professional pilot training and the other in aviation management.
The Doswell gift is the largest, single gift in Texas Woman’s history and will provide seed money to hire faculty, buy equipment, and provide scholarships for incoming students. The foundation has had a longtime relationship with Texas Woman’s, and gave its very first gift — $3 million ― to support nursing at the university.
Texas Woman’s is seeking partnerships with major airlines and flight training schools to help support the aviation program, officials noted.
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