Gifts and Endowments

Leonard M. Pike Endowment

Established by the VFIC, industry partners, colleagues, family, and friends recognize Dr. Pike’s success as a research scientist and teacher, continuing his efforts in preparing the best graduate students.

Dr. Pike pursued three major goals:

  • Training the next generation of plant breeding scientists
  • Developing new varieties of vegetables with optimum levels of health-promoting compounds and
  • Pioneering the concept of interdisciplinary research by working toward a common goal, now known as the Foods for Health research program.

Dr. Pike’s ┬áconcept and efforts created the Vegetable and Fruit Improvement Center in 1992. He was also instrumental in the re-establishment of the Department of Horticultural Sciences in 1976.

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Gifts

Members have given gifts to continue research efforts within the Center.
Gifts have been received from:

J&D Produce
Texas Sweet Potato Council
Griffin and Brand of McAllen, Inc
Outback Steakhouse

VFIC Endowment Fund

A permanent endowment fund was created in 1993 to provide a base for long-term
commitment to research in the Center. The goal is to endow a fund providing
a continuous source of funding for graduate assistantships, postdoctoral fellowships and
other high priority needs.

The following companies have made pledges totaling $320,000:

Elmore & Stahl, Inc.
Griffin and Brand of McAllen, Inc.
McManus Produce
Starr Produce, Inc.

If you are interested in contributing to these areas please contact us.

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