Senator Robert Duncan Texas Legislative Internship Endowed Scholarship
The Senator Robert Duncan Texas Legislative Internship Endowed Scholarship was created by Tech agricultural economics alumnus and Chancellor of the Texas Tech University System, Robert Duncan. Funds generated by the endowment will be used to give scholarships to students participating in the long-running CASNR government internship program. Specifically, recipients of this scholarship will intern for Texas' 28th Senatorial District.
Duncan, a distinguished alumnus from Tech's Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics (1976), was approved as Chancellor in June during a specially called meeting by the Board of Regents of the Texas Tech University System. He began his duties as the system's fourth chancellor in July.
"When we initiated this program early in my Senate career, our goal was to expose students to the broad set of issues challenging West Texas legislative leaders and provide them with an opportunity to actively engage in a process aimed at developing workable solutions," said Duncan. "As a graduate of the college, I am excited that this endowment will solidify a partnership between Senate District 28 and the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources and will continue for perpetuity a program that has sought to seed future leaders for the State of Texas."
While completing his undergraduate degree at Tech, Duncan served as student body president. He went on to receive his law degree from the Texas Tech University School of Law in 1981. He was elected to District 84 in the Texas House of Representatives in 1992. In 1996, he won a special election to the Texas Senate. During his more than two decades in the Texas Legislature, Duncan crafted major legislation impacting public and higher education, water rights, health care transparency and affordability, the integrity of public investment funds, eminent domain, and the efficiency and effectiveness of the civil justice system.
Established in 1998, the CASNR government internship program has turned out to be one of the most significant programs the college has ever put into place. Since its inception, more than 100 students have served as interns in congressional and legislative offices in both Washington, D.C. and Austin.
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- Natural Resources Management
- Plant & Soil Science
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