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Ted Poe endows political science scholarship at ACU

For immediate release
May 16, 2005

U.S. Representative Ted Poe donated funds for a new scholarship at Abilene Christian University for junior or senior political science majors.  Up to two students every year will receive $1,000 from the newly-created Ted Poe Endowed Scholarship.

While in Abilene recently, Representative Poe credited his experiences at ACU as a political science major as being instrumental in his decision to pursue a career in public service.  He said that he was greatly influenced by longtime faculty member Dr. Gary Thompson, who was a former state representative from Abilene.

Voters in Texas' Congressional District 2 elected Poe, a former district court judge known for his unusual sentencing, to the U.S. House of Representatives in November.  Within a month of his taking office in Washington, D.C., Poe was one of only two members of the House to be chosen by President George Bush to travel to Iraq and observe its elections at the end of January.

"Our department is very fortunate to have people who are willing to give to help our students go on to work in government, and we are very appreciative of the gift from Representative Poe that makes this new scholarship possible," said Dr. Neal Coates, assistant professor of political science and interim department chair.  "I am proud that this scholarship will bear his name and remind our students of his career as a district court judge and now his work in the U.S. House of Representatives."

Poe served on ACU’s Board of Trustees from 1991 until 2004.  He graduated from ACU in 1970 with a degree in political science, and he received his law degree from the University of Houston Law Center.

Anyone interested may donate to the Ted Poe Endowed Scholarship by contacting the political science department at 325-674-2095.


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