National Endowment for the Humanities - Chapman Legacy Society
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Gifts Established:

  • National Endowment for the Humanities I | Est. 1985
  • National Endowment for the Humanities II | Est. 1985
brick engraved with name National Endowment for the Humanities

National Endowment for the Humanities

The University of Tulsa has long been noted for academic excellence in the humanities, a field of study which includes language, literature, history, philosophy, anthropology, comparative religion, ethics, and other areas within the social sciences. In 1985, several prominent TU donors joined together to create two generous funds for the humanities. These endowments provide financial support for academic programming and for specific departments within TU, including McFarlin Library.

The two-fund gift builds on an earlier recognition in 1983 from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), an independent federal agency dedicated to funding programs in the humanities. At that time, the NEH recognized TU as a role model for other universities due to TU’s excellent core curriculum, an honor that included only two other schools nationwide.

In 1985, the NEH matched the gift from the unnamed TU donors with two grants of its own, and the funds were therefore named the National Endowment for the Humanities I and II. These gifts combining donations from private individuals and a federal agency successfully multiplied the funds’ values.

The TU community greatly appreciates these unnamed major donors and the NEH for creating these two significant sources of perpetual support for the humanities. This funding assists TU in providing undergraduates with interesting and academically significant classes exploring diverse areas of study.