Cole STEM Scholarship established at SFA
Aug. 27, 2013
NACOGDOCHES, Texas – The Ed and Gwen Cole STEM Scholarship has been established through the Stephen F. Austin State University Alumni Association.
The new scholarship benefits students enrolled in the SFA College of Sciences and Mathematics who are pursuing careers in the STEM disciplines – science, technology, engineering and mathematics.
Ed Cole was born in Homer, La., grew up in Longview and served in the U.S. Air Force in England during World War II. Gwen Cole was born in Hamburg, Ark., was raised in Shreveport, La., and attended business college. Ed started his own oil field equipment rental and blow out preventer business in south Louisiana in 1958. Gwen worked at Home Federal Savings and Loan in Shreveport, La., for 26 years.
The couple retired in Nacogdoches in 1978. Since that time, they have been dedicated supporters of many areas of the university, including fine arts, biotechnology, nursing, audiology, alumni and student affairs, and athletic programs. Most recently, the Ed and Gwen Cole Student Success Center was named in their honor in 2011. The Coles are members of First United Methodist Church, Friends of Music and the College of Fine Arts Dean’s Circle of Excellence. In addition, they are avid fans of SFA athletic teams.