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April 14, 2020

Political Science & History Departments Receive Generous Gift from Kuehne to Promote Graduate Research

On March 2, 2020 Ernie Kuehne paid a special visit to the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences to meet with the chairs of the History and Political Science Departments as well as the Executive Dean. Kuehne made a $100,000 donation to the History and Political Science Departments that will be used to support graduate research fellowships. Mr. Kuehne, a Political Science alum and founder of the UNT Kuehne Speaker Series, looks back on his time at the University of North Texas fondly. He feels that undergraduate students are commonly the focus of gifts and scholarships and that he specifically wanted to help graduate students with this gift. Recipients of this fund will be named "Kuehne Scholars."

When asked why Mr. Kuehne chose to make this gift, Ernie stated, "On my journey in helping students at the university, I have discovered that there is a great need concerning graduate student funding that is often overlooked. I created a fund in the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences specifically for graduate and doctoral students in the History and Political Science Departments because I wanted to elevate awareness around the importance of supporting these students in order to reflect UNT's reputation as a Tier One Research University and to ensure that the university continues to attract and retain the best scholars."

We are incredibly grateful for Mr. Kuehne's generosity in helping aid future graduate students of History and Political Science studies.

If you are interested in supporting our graduate students or helping to fund one of our many dynamic research initiatives, please contact our Development Officer Matt Bethea.