It was a happy occasion for faculty and staff at Texas A&M University-Kingsville Thursday as the university announced it will use proceeds from the sale of land to enhance its programs.

The land was donated by the J.R. Welhausen estate in 1980 and reportedly sold for an estimated $6 million.

$500,000 will be used to establish endowments for each of the University's academic colleges. The endowments are designated to provide more scholarships and enhance student recruitment.

TAMUK President Stephen Tallant said although the State helps with funding, the University has been able to provide a better education thanks to donations that are being made to by the community.

Although the Welhausen family invested a substantial amount of money into the University, Tallant said any donation can change a student's life.