Domestic abuse victims encouraged to apply for TTU Wilma Carr Scholarship

The word has come to conjure up images of men and women surviving battles with the nature and nasty competitors, but Wilma Carr's friends and relatives are looking for survivors of even tougher circumstances.

Wilma Carr was a Cookeville wife and mother who died in 1997 as a result of domestic violence. In 2000, Fleetguard/Nelson established a scholarship at Tennessee Tech University in honor of Carr, an employee for more than 20 years.

"Fleetguard has sponsored this scholarship as a lasting tribute to her memory in hope that we can help others break the cycle of violence," said Morris Irby, Fleetguard/Nelson's director of human resources.

The first Wilma Carr Scholarship will be awarded in Spring 2002 to someone who has survived domestic abuse and desires to go to college.

The recipient must be a prospective or current student in good standing in accordance with current institutional policies who has experienced a traumatic domestic event, such as, but not limited to, spousal abuse, child abuse or other unfortunate domestic situation. Both men and women are eligible.

Due to the sensitive nature of the criteria, publicity is kept to a minimum. Unless otherwise specified by the recipient, the names of applicants and recipients and information surrounding their respective cases will be kept strictly confidential.

Applicants need to fill out the scholarship form found on-line at or call TTU's Women's Center at 372-3850.

The application deadline is Feb. 22, 2002. Applicants will be notified by March 22 of their status.