Jack Pope Fellows Program

"Public service, in all its many forms, is a noble calling.  It is so important that we must not leave it to chance.  We should, instead, actively search for and recruit young men and women who have good minds and character.  We must then provide them the training they can use to solve the complex problems of our times.  If we fail to do this, we will leave important civic matters to untrained, indifferent or unprincipled people.  We must begin now." -Judge Jack Pope

The Jack Pope Fellows Program offers scholarships to outstanding Abilene Christian University students pursuing careers in public service.

In honor of Judge Jack Pope’s considerable contributions to his state and nation in his career as a public servant, the Board of Trustees of ACU established the Jack Pope Fellows Program. Jack Pope Fellows Program scholarships are awarded on the basis of merit to full-time ACU students who will be college juniors in the following academic year.

The Program gives students opportunities to learn about public service in the classroom, attend special lectures, gain practical experience in public service, and participate in service activities. The Jack Pope Fellows Program is interdisciplinary and applicants are drawn from all majors and fields of study offered at Abilene Christian University.

The Pope Fellows program is intended for those who will shape the culture and provide a Christian influence in an area of public service. Public service is broadly defined as careers at all levels and in all functions of government as well as related public service sectors.  

Acceptance into the program requires students to complete an interdisciplinary 24 hour Minor in Public Service (PDF), which is administered by the Department of Political Science & Criminal Justice (see Admission/Course Requirements for more information).