A Howard Payne University senior has been awarded a $2,000 scholarship by the Texas Federation of Republican Women.

Elizabeth Davidson, who will graduate in May with a degree in political science and public policy, is a resident of Georgetown. She has worked part-time in the Brown County Elections Administrator's office since September 2010.

"The group gives one scholarship a year," Davidson said. "I was fortunate to be able to receive it. The scholarship will help a lot."

Davidson said she came to Howard Payne based on the reputation of the political science program at the university's Douglas MacArthur Academy of Freedom.

"I heard good things about the department," Davidson said. "I like that this is a small Christian university."

Davidson said even though she expects to receive her bachelor's degree in May, she plans to stay in Brownwood at least through November 2012, when the general election will be held. Her long-term plans are still undecided, although she is interested enough in the work of a county elections office to consider that as a fulltime job.

She is also considering pursuing a master's degree in international relations or public policy.

The scholarship was awarded during a luncheon at the state federation's convention in Fort Worth last month.