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Help the Calvin Lin Turing Scholars Endowment

The campaign may be over, but you're still welcome to support this endowment! Click here to make your gift today! 

About the Calvin Lin Turing Scholars Endowment

Over fifteen years ago, Dr. Calvin Lin wanted to create a tight knit community of emerging computer scientists that fostered lifelong success and friendships.  He accomplished this by building the Turing Scholars program in the Department of Computer Science at UT Austin.

In honor of his unwavering commitment to the Turing Scholars program, former and current students, parents, and colleagues are working to recognize his hard work and achievements through the creation of an endowment in his honor. This new endowment will provide ongoing financial support to the Turing Scholars program with the resources needed to elevate the program to the next level.  

How will the endowment help the program?

This endowment would be used to both enrich the student experience in ways like improving courses for upper classmen, and to provide funds for getting into high schools and encouraging the best and brightest to come to UT Computer Science. Unlike most other honors programs at UT Austin, the Turing Scholars Program lacks funding for staff support and student activities. 

Dr. Lin has dedicated over fifteen years to growing the Turing Scholars program. Help us elevate the Turing Scholars Program by making a gift today!



What is an endowment?

Endowments are a sound investment in a better future. With an endowed gift, you provide permanent support for the University. Your gift is invested — never spent — and each year a distribution, like dividends on a mutual fund account, is made to your chosen program or area. Investment earnings above the dividend rate help the endowment value grow over time, to keep pace with inflation and maintain your endowment’s spending power.

What is a pledge?

 A pledge is a promise to pay a specific amount over a set period of time. Pledges for the Calvin Lin Turing Scholars Endowment can be made over a 5-year window.  For example, if you make a $2,000 pledge today (matched by the Kodosky Foundation) you can pay off the pledge by making a $400 gift each December for the next four years.  We will send you a reminder each December. If you would like to make a pledge today, click here.

Can I utilize my company match? 

YES!  Many employers sponsor matching gift programs (Apple, Google, Microsoft, etc.) and will match any charitable contributions made by employees.  To find out if your company has a matching gift program, please click here.  

About the Turing Scholars Program

The Turing Scholars Program is an honors program for outstanding Computer Science undergraduates. Housed in the nation's 9th-ranked Computer Science department, the program's mission is to provide a computer science education that is second to none. The program combines the advantages of a small college—small class sizes, close interaction with faculty, and honors housing—with the advantages of a large research university, including a wide variety of undergraduate and graduate courses, and ample opportunities for interdisciplinary studies. Only the top 4.5 percent of the computer science class is admitted into The Turing Scholars Program. Graduates of the program are recruited by and work for some of the top technology firms in the world, including Amazon, Apple, Google, IBM, and Microsoft.


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Programmer Level

The current class of freshmen Turing Scholars has 50 students, 84% of whom are Texans. 22% of these students are women.


Turing Test Level

The median SAT Score for admitted Turing Scholar students is a 1560 out of 1600. The median SAT Quant score--800 out of 800. Turing Scholars also graduate in the top 1% of their high school class.


Turing Machine Level

The Turing Scholars Program is excited to announce a new partnership with the McCombs School of Business Honors Program, the honors program for outstanding Business undergraduates at UT Austin. This endowment will help further support enriching experiences for our Turing Scholars. Learn more at


The Bombe Level

The percentage of Turing Scholars students who graduate with the thesis is steadily growing. Almost all that have gone on to graduate school for a PhD attend top 10 departments like Cornell, Stanford, UIUC, Berkeley, CMU, MIT, Northwestern, Oregon, and UW.


The Enigma Level

Not only does the Turing Scholars program enhance these student's technical skills, but gives them a robust interdisciplinary experience, producing exceptional and well-rounded computer scientists.

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