Jacob Montgomery Cole stands in a UNT graduation cap and gown, posing with his diploma frame in front of a UNT backgroundA new scholarship fund at UNT College of Engineering has been set up in honor of computer science alumnus Jacob Montgomery Cole.

Cole (’16) came to North Texas in the fall of 2012 after graduating from Corsicana High School. Although he could have attended any college of his choosing, he had strong familial connections to UNT and to Denton. Both of his parents, Monty and Stacey, and every one of his aunts and uncles – even a great aunt and uncle – attended North Texas, creating deep roots and strong family bonds to North Texas.

Cole seemed to have been well prepared to succeed in his chosen major. He was continuously named to the dean's or president's list each semester and went on to graduate magna cum laude.

While pursuing his bachelor’s degree, he also worked for the UNT College of Music, where he was on-call to assist the faculty with computers, software, and information technology. After the first semester, Cole was able put himself through college using his scholarships and on-campus job. Through his frugality and wise choices, he put money in the bank over time and graduated from UNT debt-free.

Cole was a protective and loving big brother to his sister, Macy, and little brother, Sam. Together with Macy, they would tackle any adrenaline rush possible – from go-karting and dirt-biking to jet skiing and sky diving. With Sam, they would stay up late playing video games. To his father, Cole was a sports talk buddy and fellow movie/tv show quote master.

Cole passed June 1, 2021, and his family has created the Jacob Montgomery Cole Endowed Memorial Scholarship in Computer Science at the UNT Foundation to award one or more scholarships annually in perpetuity in Cole’s honor. They invite friends, family and classmates to make memorial contributions in honor of Cole to this fund.

Contribute to the fund:

Checks should be made out to UNT Foundation and may be mailed to: UNT Gift Administration, 1155 Union CIR, #311250, Denton, TX 76203-5017. Please designate Jacob Montgomery Cole Memorial Scholarship on the memo line.

Secure online gifts may be made through UNT’s secure online gift portal. Please select “Other” and designate Jacob Montgomery Cole Memorial Scholarship.

Donors may also want to consider that many companies will match gifts to universities made by their employees or retirees. Please contact Angus McColl, Executive Director of Development, at 940-565-2180 or angus.mccoll@unt.edu for assistance or questions.