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Photo credit Texas Woman's University Texas Woman’s University Chancellor Carine M. Feyten (left) and Doswell Foundation CEO Beverly Fricke hold a check for $1 million, the first payment toward the foundation’s historic $15 million commitment to the Doswell School of Aeronautical Sciences at Texas Woman’s University.

Members of the Dallas-based Doswell Foundation board formally signed an agreement with the Texas Woman’s University System Board of Regents on Aug. 11, marking the foundation’s historic $15 million gift to TWU establishing the Doswell School of Aeronautical Sciences. The school aims to address a nationwide pilot shortage and increase the number of women commercial pilots. Doswell Foundation CEO and Chairman Beverly Fricke and foundation board members celebrated the partnership a day earlier at a special dinner with Board of Regents Chair Stacie McDavid and fellow regents. During the regents’ board meeting, the foundation presented Texas Woman’s Chancellor Carine Feyten with an initial payment of $1 million. The aeronautical sciences program is expected to begin enrolling students in August 2024. The Doswell Foundation and the late philanthropist Florence Doswell have been longtime supporters of TWU's College of Nursing.

About Texas Woman’s University

Texas Woman’s University is the nation’s largest woman-focused institution. In 2021, total student enrollment from its campuses in Denton, Dallas and Houston exceeded 16,300.

Texas Woman’s is recognized for its contributions and leadership in the health sciences, education, business, arts and sciences. The university offers student support, small class sizes and campus esthetics more typically found at a private university. The university’s Jane Nelson Institute for Women’s Leadership focuses on increasing opportunities for women in business, politics and public policy and student leadership.

Male students have been admitted to the university’s graduate programs since 1972 and undergraduate programs since 1994. Texas Woman’s prides itself on providing students with a well-rounded education predicated on experiential learning, service, health and well-being, and integrity.

Respect for diversity in all dimensions (U.S. News & World Report ranked the university tied for fourth in the nation for diversity in 2021) and a safe campus environment (Texas Woman’s is among the safest campuses in the nation) are among the hallmarks of a TWU education. The university consistently is recognized as Military Friendly. 

Committed to transformational learning, discovery and service in an inclusive environment that embraces diversity, Texas Woman’s inspires excellence and a pioneering spirit. For more information, visit

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