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A Tradition Since 1905

For over 100 years the Pioneer Alumni Association has been a volunteer-run organization with one simple goal: to celebrate and support excellence at Texas Woman’s University. Whether through fundraising, social events, alumni awards, or student scholarships, our organization is committed to our great tradition of service.


Supporting TWU and Making Connections

The Pioneer Alumni Association first and foremost is an independent support apparatus for TWU’s mission, vision, core values and strategic plan.

We support major initiatives of the University, including monetary support for student success, capital improvement, and legislative advocacy.

TWU has a vast and diverse alumni population and it is our goal to keep alumni connected as a point of contact, providing opportunities to engage with each other at events, awards ceremonies, and local alumni chapters.

The Pioneer Alumni Association in Your Inbox

Stay connected with us virtually by subscribing to our quarterly newsletter. A showcase of alumni news, features, and events, it’s the perfect way to stay engaged on all things PAA.

We Love to Give

Scholarship and award giving are key to the mission of our organization

We annually recognize significant achievements and service of alumni — those Pioneers who truly embody the spirit of TWU and have made significant contributions to their field of study and community — with a number of prestigious awards. We also support future TWU alumni with generous student scholarships throughout the school year, made available through our fundraising. We are proud to offer academic, merit-based, and need-based scholarships to all current TWU students.


Betty Ruth Johnson, ’47

Betty Ruth Johnson was a chemistry major who put her love for science to work in the real world after she graduated from Texas State College for Women in 1947. As a First Lieutenant in the United States Army she tested biological and chemical weapons on a base in rural Utah. Upon her death she left the PAA a generous gift, a portion of which was used to commission and erect a sculpture honoring her memory and inspiring women in chemistry. READ MORE


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Congresswoman’s gift launches TWU scholarship program

U.S. Congresswoman Sylvia R. Garcia today announced a $50,000 gift to Texas Woman’s University to launch a scholarship program aimed at supporting students who aspire to careers in public service and come from traditionally…

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Alumni, friend giving jumps for TWU Foundation

By the end of the first half of their fiscal year, advancement officials at Texas Woman’s University had commitments for nearly $6.5 million for the TWU Foundation. One of the secrets to bringing in new donations? Have students…

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Kelli Connell Awarded 2022 Guggenheim Fellowship for Photography

Columbia College Chicago is pleased to announce Kelli Connell, Professor and Graduate Program Director of Columbia’s Photography Department, has been awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship for 2022…

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Supporting Educators

Angie Liss, ’89

To honor TWU’s strong legacy of producing some of the best educators in the state and our commitment to impactful giving, the Pioneer Alumni Association on an ongoing basis awards a TWU alumni who is a primary school teacher up to $250 towards their Amazon Teacher’s Wish List. We are happy to announce that the third recipient of this award is Angie Liss, who graduated in 1989 with a degree in Music Therapy and has been teaching generations of students as a band director at Howe High School. We caught up with Angie to find out what she loves most about being a teacher and how she used her “early Christmas present” to support her students. READ MORE

Stay in Touch!

Whether you graduated 50 years ago or two, you are one of us and we’d love to keep in touch. Together we are part of an incredible legacy of graduates, standing on each other’s shoulders, supporting one another in all of our endeavors and successes.

So how can we help you?

We can try to find that roommate with whom you lost contact, put you in touch with a local chapter, discuss starting a new scholarship, or even just chat with you about all the amazing things you’ve been up to since graduation. We’re always looking for amazing alumni who have stories to tell.