The Dr. Dona S. Gower Memorial Endowed Scholarship
The University of Dallas English Department Dona S. Gower Memorial Endowed Scholarship
is made possible by a generous donation from the Athena Foundation, which Dr. Gower
Dona (Spawn) Gower, who graduated from UD with an English Major in 1964, went on to
receive a Ph.D. from Vanderbilt University. She was a passionate and inspiring teacher
of literature at the college and high school levels, and in the last three decades
of her life worked with non-profit foundations in Dallas dedicated to educating teachers.
She created the Athena Foundation solely with this mission--to allow the renewal
and enlargement of purpose for teachers through a communal experience of classic texts
Here is an essay Dr. Gower wrote and presented to the Athena Foundation.
The education Dr. Gower received at the University of Dallas was the foundation for
her love of classic literature and the basis for her passionate belief in the power
of literature to transform the lives of those who study it. Rising senior English
majors may submit an application for the scholarship, including a brief essay reflecting
on the importance of the role of the teacher.
For more information regarding the endowment application please contact the English
Department. If you would like to support the Dona S. Gower Endowment please click
on the link below alumni.udallas.edu/gower.
Gower Scholarship Recipients
2015-16 Ann Kuehl
2016-17 Mary Shannon McFall
2017-18 Anne Elfelt
2019-20 Adrianna Schell