The University of Nevada, Las Vegas has announced a $12.9 million bequest from the estate of philanthropist Kitty Rodman to fund scholarships and fellowships for students in the field of special education.
The largest-ever gift to the College of Education and the largest single source of funds for doctoral fellowships at UNLV, the bequest is expected to generate more than $400,000 a year in awards, enabling the university to boost its efforts to recruit students to the field, which is critically short of teachers.
Rodman, who died in February, had been a partner in Sierra Construction Corporation, a founding member of the UNLV Jean Nidetch Women's Center, and a member of the UNLV Foundation board. Her previous gifts to the school helped support scholarships, established a physical therapy program, and funded the construction of campus residence halls, one of which is named in her honor.
"Special education is one of UNLV's longest running programs," said College of Education dean Kim Metcalf. "It is a great honor to our institution that Kitty Rodman would recognize the College of Education’s commitment to producing teachers who are dedicated to helping children with special needs. Additionally, this financial support will assist graduate and doctoral students in conducting research that is vital to improving classroom instruction."