Olson Endowment Fund
When beloved Director of the School of Physical Therapy announced her retirement from Texas Woman's University, Sharon Olson, PhD, wanted to find a way she could stay connected to the program she loved. So using her own funds to lay the foundation, Dr. Olson set up an endowment fund that would become known as the Olson Endowment Fund.
Dr. Sharon Olson first came to TWU as a student in 1981 to complete her advanced master’s degree in physical therapy. Seeing the value in continuing her education, she went on to pursue her Doctor of Philosophy degree in Physical Therapy at TWU. During her time as a student, she worked in the supplemental learning lab helping to train new PT students. That’s where she caught the teaching bug.
Soon after she earned her PhD, Dr. Olson signed on to become a faculty member. She spent 30 years teaching new entry-level and post-professional PT students. When the university sought a new program director of the school, Dr. Olson was an obvious choice. Her love for the students, the profession and TWU carried over to her new role and under her direction the program continued to grow.
In 2014, wanting to spend more time with her family, Dr. Olson announced her retirement. She used her own financial resources to lay the foundation for an endowment fund that could be used by the school in any way that might benefit the students, faculty and program in general. An initial fundraiser was held to increase the base of the fund and many of the school’s greatest supporters, including alums and faculty, have contributed since the creation of the fund. However, more is needed in order for the school to be able to rely on the earnings from the base donation.
Please consider donating
Thank you for considering a donation to the Olson Endowment Fund. Checks may be made out to the TWU Foundation with “Sharon Olson Endowment” identified in the memo line and sent to:
Dr. Ann Medley, Director of the School of Physical Therapy
Texas Woman’s University
5500 Southwestern Medical Ave.
Dallas, Texas 75235
If you prefer to give by credit card, please call the TWU Office of University Advancement at 940-898-3863.