Patricia and Don Edwards

Scholarship to honor alumna, retired staff member

Donald Edwards and Patricia Edwards '77, MS '79, PhD '98, have been advocates and supporters of Texas Woman's for the last four decades. Donald Edwards, chair and professor of mathematics and computer science emeritus, now has created the Dr. Patricia J. Edwards Scholarship Endowment in honor of his wife. The new scholarship will support students enrolled in library science who are seeking their master's degree.

Patricia, a three-time alumna, retired TWU staff member and active TWU board member, has deep roots here at her alma mater.

Patricia came to study at Texas Woman’s as a first-generation college student. She is the daughter of a veteran and grew up in a bi-cultural household. While her life experiences were varied and expansive, she was somewhat anxious about her decision to further her education. However, the opportunities and faculty mentors at Texas Woman’s had a tremendous impact on her. The library science program caught her interest and ultimately inspired her career path. After working in the field of librarianship for almost 10 years, she decided to pursue advanced coursework in library administration. She continued working but returned to Texas Woman’s as a part-time student and completed her PhD in 1998.

Patricia's career as a librarian included working in corporate, private schools and college and university libraries. After 17 years in the field, Patricia was invited to join the Information Technology department at Texas Woman’s. After she retired from the university as associate vice president emerita, she began serving as an alumni leader and currently serves as an emeritus member of the TWU Foundation. This new scholarship endowment honors Patricia’s connection to Texas Woman’s and links her to future graduate students who strive to follow a similar path.