Robert and Jewell Buck have two of the best seats in the house at TTU basketball games. And rightfully so. The Cookeville couple, who have bought season tickets to the Golden Eagles and Eaglettes games for 46 years now, may well be two of the university’s biggest fans.
Soon they’ll have some fans of their own.
The Bucks recently endowed a scholarship for the Tennessee Tech Uuniversity basketball program, providing annual funding to cover fees and expenses for a student in good standing and involved with either the men’s or women’s basketball program.
"We love the Tennessee Tech teams," said Robert Buck. "We enjoy sports, and we’re proud to support this university. We both graduated from Tennessee Tech, and we decided we wanted to do something more to show how much we appreciate this university and the quality athletic programs."
Robert Buck is a native of Cookeville and a 1950 TTU graduate with a degree in agricultural science. He served 39 years in the Tennessee National Guard and retired as a colonel. Both of his parents also graduated from Tennessee Tech, and his father, James P. Buck, served in the campus library for many years.
Jewell Buck, who graduated from TTU with a degree in elementary education, taught school in Putnam County several years. She works with the Pilot Club, which also provides scholarships to TTU students.
Members of the TTU President’s Club, the Bucks have a long tradition of support for TTU. They have two children, both of whom attended Tennessee Tech.
Scholarships can be endowed and named at TTU with a minimum gift of $10,000. For more information on how to fund a scholarship, or to contribute to an existing endowment, contact University Advancement at 372-3206.