The Center for Political Communication awards
scholarships to undergraduate students who minor in Political
Communication and demonstrate strong commitment to public service and civic engagement.
The Center for Political Communication is honored to award the J. Caleb
Boggs Scholarship since 2011, commemorating the service of former Delaware
Governor, U.S. Senator and Congressman "Cale" Boggs. The scholarship is
supported by the family of J. Caleb Boggs, and is awarded annually to an
undergraduate student minoring in Political Communication.
As U.S. Congressman (1947 to 1953), Governor (1953 to 1960) and U.S. Senator (1961 to 1973) representing the people of the State of Delaware, J. Caleb Boggs
embodied the spirit of public service. He lived it and encouraged it,
and never forgot the blessings that he and many others enjoyed even
during time of war and the Great Depression, when so many others
Cale Boggs was raised in a caring family with a strong
faith that recognized the value of a good education. He graduated from
the University of Delaware in 1931, having been an active participant
in athletics and holding leadership positions in student government.
Later while working in Washington, DC for Delaware’s Senator John
Townsend, he earned his law degree from Georgetown University. In 1941,
then Army Captain Boggs was called to active duty and served under
General George S. Patton in Normandy, the Rhineland, the Ardennes and
central Europe with the U.S. Army’s 6th Armored Division, and earning
the Bronze Star and the Croix de Guerre.
Cale Boggs’ tenure at the University of Delaware marked one of
the early steps in a long road of opportunities that he met with
determination and enthusiasm. And while he went on to do great things as
a soldier and elected official – he was forever grateful for the
opportunity to attend the University of Delaware – where he made a mark,
and an even larger mark was made on him.