McDole's memory honored through scholarship for area students

As a student at Tennessee Technological University, the late Brendon McDole embodied a spirit, a drive and a love of learning. Now that spirit is kept alive through an endowed scholarship established by family and friends in his memory.

The McDole Family Scholarship Endowment in Memory of Brendon Shane McDole will provide an annual scholarship for an Upper-Cumberland area student who plans to enroll at Tennessee Tech and study engineering.

McDole, who graduated from White County High School with a 4.0 grade point average, enrolled at Tennessee Tech after earning a university academic scholarship in 1989. He received his bachelor's degree with honors in electrical engineering in 1994 and had been awarded a graduate assistantship to pursue a master's degree when his battle with cancer forced him to withdraw from the university.

"Brendon had a passion for learning," said Paul Isbell, executive director for University Advancement at the Cookeville campus. "Tennessee Tech was a special place to him, and he wanted to complete his educational goals, including a Ph.D. at Tech. Brendon set an example which made everyone who knew him proud. He was well liked and respected across the entire campus."

McDole excelled on campus, both academically and as a member of several student organizations. He was a member of Alpha Lambda Delta freshman honor society, Eta Kappa Nu electrical engineering society, Tau Beta Pi honorary engineering society, and Phi Kappa Phi national honor society. While obtaining his undergraduate degree, McDole also participated in the Cooperative Education Program, working for the Naval Surface Warfare Center (NSWC) for a year.

"Brendon will be missed by Tennessee Tech and everybody who had the good fortune to know him," Isbell said. "This scholarship will keep his spirit alive and help other young students to follow his outstanding example."

McDole's family members include his parents, Jane Arlene and Horace C. McDole Sr. of Sparta, a brother and sister-in-law, Patsy and Horace C. (Butch) McDole Jr., and two sisters and brothers-in-law, Belinda and Tom Deal and Sheree and William Wood. Recipients of the McDole Scholarship must be prospective or current students in good standing at Tennessee Tech, pursue a degree in engineering, and must have graduated from a high school in the 14-county Upper Cumberland region. While financial need is not a requirement for the award, it may be considered. Preference will be given to graduates from White County High School.

The first McDole Scholarship will be awarded to an entering freshman beginning in the 1998-99 school year. Students interested in applying for the scholarship should contact the Tennessee Tech College of Engineering at 615-372-3172.

For more information on the McDole Family Scholarship Endowment in Memory of Brendon Shane McDole, or to find out how to contribute to the scholarship fund, call Tennessee Tech's Office of University Advancement at 615-372-3206.