Family establishes scholarship in memory of Hazel Wheeler

Hazel Wheeler dedicated most of her life to teaching young people and helping her community. Now, as they mourn her death, her family is carrying on that tradition by funding a scholarship in her memory to help Fentress County students do the same.

The Hazel Wheeler Scholarship Endowment at Tennessee Technological University will provide a $1,000 scholarship to select graduates of either York Institute or Clarkrange High School who enroll at the Cookeville university and pursue a degree in education.

With some 42 years of service at the Fentress County Board of Education, Wheeler, a Jamestown native who passed away last March, regarded teaching and education as a vital part of life. More than 30 years of her life was spent teaching in Fentress County. She, herself, was a graduate of Tennessee Tech, receiving a permit to teach from the institution (formerly known as Tennessee Polytechnic Institute) in 1931 and later earning a bachelor of science degree in education in 1956.

She is also remembered for the books she published about Jamestown and its communities, including "Jamestown, Then and Now," a pictorial book of the town and people over a 100-year interval, with descriptions and explanations of each photo. The book was included in the Fentress County time capsule buried at the Bicentennial Capitol Mall. Wheeler was a member of the Jamestown United Methodist Church, United Methodist Women, Fentress County Historical Society, Fentress County Retired Teachers Association, Supervising Teachers and Alpha Upsilon Delta Kappa Gamma.

Scholarship recipients must be prospective or current students in good standing at Tennessee Tech, graduates of a Fentress County high school, and incoming or current freshmen enrolled full-time and majoring in education. Applicants must be recommended for the award by their respective high schools. The first Hazel Wheeler Scholarship will be awarded for the 1998-99 school year. Students interested in applying for the scholarship should contact the Tennessee Tech Admissions Office at 615-372-3888 or 800-255-8881.

For more information on the Hazel Wheeler Scholarship Endowment, or to find out how to contribute to the scholarship fund, call Tennessee Tech's Office of University Development at 615-372-3055