“Fundraising for the program has already begun. According to Texas Tech, $17.4 million was requested from the Texas Legislature with an additional $13.2 million in appropriations, along with $4.2 million in current base funding for appropriation.
“Another $1.75 million has been committed to support scholarships, but we need to continue to work to raise scholarship support and to raise funds to help attract some of the best faculty to the program,” Loneragan said.
Moreover, the university has raised $90 million in non-state funds for infrastructure costs.
“The support of Amarillo has been absolutely critical in this regard,” Schovanec said. “Others have contributed, but the city of Amarillo and the Amarillo Development Corporation stepped up in a big way and we couldn’t be more appreciative of what they have done.”