Texas A&M-Kingsville announces $1 million gift from alumna Nadine Arrington, for scholarships, faculty endowments

KINGSVILLE - September 17, 2015

Contact: Julie Navejar
Email: julie.navejar@tamuk.edu
or Phone: 361-593-2590

Nadine Rucker was part of the Class of 1946 of the Texas College of Arts and Industries—now Texas A&M University-Kingsville.

She was an active student, serving terms as president of the Beta Gamma Sorority, the Pot ‘O Gold club, and the B.B.A. Club. The El Rancho university yearbook said that she “…maintained her gracious poise on all occasions…Kingsville claims this lovely senior with the invigorating smile.” 

Rucker would become Nadine Arrington, and later work in Washington, D.C. as Chief Clerk of the United States Senate Committee of Health, Education, Labor and Pensions for more than 20 years. She passed away in February 2009, with a lasting dedication to her country and her alma mater. 

That dedication to her university took center stage Thursday, September 17, when Texas A&M University-Kingsville revealed a monetary gift of nearly $1.3 million from the estate of Nadine Arrington. 

The university is dedicating $1 million of the gift as endowed funds, to establish the Arrington Match. 

Donors may have their gifts matched, with the following guidelines: 

  • $500,000 will be available for new faculty endowments
  • $500,000 will be available for new scholarship endowments
  • Gifts must be made to the Texas A&M-Kingsville Foundation 

“We are truly humbled by the generosity of this wonderful lady,” Bradley Walker, CEO and Chief Development Officer of the Texas A&M University-Kingsville Foundation, Inc. said. “We are honored to have such passionate alumni all across the country, and Mrs. Arrington will be remembered forever as one of our best examples of that passion. We ask all of our Javelina Alumni to give, and Mrs. Arrington just raised the bar. 

“President Tallant has made a fantastic decision to double the impact of Mrs. Arrington’s gift and to share that with other donors. The Arrington Match ensures that her gift will make a direct impact for both our students and our faculty. This really will be a gift that affects multiple areas of the university.”