One scholarship is open to any Putnam County resident who graduated from a Putnam County high school, is a prospective or current student in good standing with the university and qualifies for financial aid. The post also established a nursing scholarship for a veteran or a veteran's child, spouse, widow or orphan who lives in Putnam County, graduated from a Putnam County high school, is a current or prospective student in good standing and qualifies for financial aid.
"Many of our WWII and Korean War veterans wanted to make a special effort to help Putnam County students who might not pursue a college education for lack of money," said Tony Smith, VFW Post 6296 quartermaster.
The scholarships will be awarded from two $40,000 endowments established by the post. Smith said much of the donated money was collected during the post's annual poppy sale held the Saturday before Memorial Day. First Tennessee Bank will also make an annual contribution to the endowments.For more information or to apply for a scholarship, call Tennessee Tech's financial aid office at 372-3073.