The Poes are one of the many spirited families that make up the sea of orange and purple at Clemson’s Death Valley during football season. Tailgating outside of the stadium and clapping along to the beat of “Tiger Rag” are two traditions David and Jade Poe have been participating in since they were students. But when the chips and dip are gone and the Cadence Count has come to an end, the couple’s beloved alma mater is not forgotten. The Poe’s blood runs orange, and they take pride in supporting Clemson in numerous ways.

David Poe graduated from Clemson in 1994 with a Bachelor of Science degree. During his time here, he found the University’s environment to be the perfect place for him to grow both intellectually and socially. David Poe got involved in many campus organizations including Greek life and Student Alumni Council where he formed lifelong relationships.

For Jade Poe, a 2004 alumna, “I was raised by a single mother, so I didn’t know if I would be able to afford college. Thanks to Clemson’s generous alumni, I received a scholarship and was the first in my family to graduate from college,” she said. “Clemson was more than the friendships I made and the football games. It was an opportunity I didn’t think I would have.”

It is important to the Poes that they do their part to provide future Tigers the same memorable experience they had as students. Not only does the couple support the Clemson Fund annually. They have also included Clemson University in their will. “Clemson was founded based on a gift from Thomas Green Clemson. I think it is neat that we can contribute to Clemson using the same method, and it is a great way to make Clemson part of our legacy,” said David Poe.

Jade and David Poe with their son, Noah, at the Wake Forest game in 2013.

Jade and David Poe with their son, Noah, at the Wake Forest game in 2013.

Each gift — no matter how big or how small — provides opportunities for Clemson students, faculty and staff. “Every dollar counts. The money donated can help improve the campus, the facilities and the classrooms. It can give students the chance to receive an education they otherwise would not be able to have,” said Jade Poe.

Clemson gave so much to David and Jade Poe — lifelong memories, friends, and of course, it helped jumpstart their careers. Giving back only seems natural. Contributing to IPTAY and the Clemson Fund are two ways they “pay it forward.”

“I was able to attend Clemson because of the scholarships I received, and donating allows me to give that same opportunity to students who were in my position. Knowing that my donation can help students continue their education so they can have a successful career is very rewarding,” said Jade Poe.

Thanks to these generous donors, Jade found a home at Clemson — a place to learn and thrive, and she is thrilled to say she is back at her alma mater pursing a Masters in Business Analytics.

To the Poes, Clemson also means family. “We love being a part of the Clemson Family,” said David Poe. “We love meeting other Clemson people. We love helping other Clemson people. Clemson will always be an important part of our lives.”