Sook Family Foundation

Sook Family Foundation

The Sook Family Foundation has donated $500,000 to honor the late Cornaro Professor Phyllis J. Bridges. Dr. Bridges served Texas Woman’s as a faculty member, administrator and historian for 50 years. She passed away in April 2022 at the age of 80.
Dr. Bridges mentored countless students as an English professor. Alumna Sandy Sook ’15, who earned her Doctorate in Rhetoric, was one of the many students who was positively impacted by the mentorship of Dr. Bridges and who became a dear friend.
The Dr. Phyllis J. Bridges Arts and Sciences Endowed Scholarship will provide funding for students pursuing a degree in the College of Arts and Sciences and who share Dr. Bridges’ passion for the arts and humanities. Dr. Bridges knew of the Sook Family Foundation’s gift before she passed away and requested the scholarship endowment impact as many students as possible.

In recognition of the Sook’s generosity and in honor of Dr. Bridges’ dedication to her students and the university, the auditorium in the Student Union at Hubbard Hall has been named the Dr. Phyllis J. Bridges Auditorium.


This generous gift will help future students achieve their academic and career goals while honoring the great legacy of Dr. Bridges and her decades of contributions to Texas Woman’s through the Dr. Phyllis J. Bridges Arts and Sciences Scholarship Endowment.