Ed and Pat Polite
Ed and Pat Polite

Pat and Ed Polite

Lives well lived. Simply stated, Pat and Ed Polite have been quietly helping others achieve their dreams for many years at Augusta University. Ed is a proud alumnus and, after graduating in 1969, went on to distinguish himself as a highly sought-after and successful business leader.

He attended the Advanced Studies and Executive Training Institute at Harvard Business School; but, it could be argued that his strength of character, his integrity and his good old-fashioned business sense – as well as his great undergraduate education – contributed just as much to his success.

Ed is a former Augusta University Foundation Board trustee, having served from 2005 – 2013, and received the Augusta University President’s Award in 2009.

Pat served as a respected educator – training countless generations of thinkers and leaders, both locally and in states including Illinois, New Jersey, Connecticut and Pennsylvania. She and Ed also reared two sons – both highly successful businessmen in their own right.

In 2006, Ed wanted to present Pat with a meaningful gift. He could think of nothing she would appreciate more than a scholarship established in her name. The Estelle Patricia Berry Polite endowment was formed and has been benefitting students since that time. The scholarship gives preference to non-traditional students – those who may not fit neatly into the definition of a newly-graduating high school student. Those who may need a little more support based upon their life circumstances.

That same year, Ed was asked to speak at our 2006 Spring Commencement – providing him with an opportunity to impart the wisdom and knowledge that he had gleaned from so many years in a leadership role.

More recently, the Polites established an additional scholarship to benefit students in the James M. Hull College of Business. Though not a graduate of that college, Ed recognizes and appreciates the strong business education offered at the Hull College; thus, the Edward B. and Estelle Patricia Berry Polite scholarship was formed.

The Polites have not lived in Augusta for a number of years, settling most recently on the west coast. But their appreciation for the value of a strong education, Ed’s love for his alma mater and his wife, and their combined desire to help students access a quality education here at Augusta University motivates the Polites to continue to give back. Our students and our University are inspired and thankful for their philanthropy.

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