Now Luke Medley, a long-time leader in local government, industry recruitment and public service, along with his wife, Pauline, will influence a whole new generation of Putnam Countians and many more yet to come.
A scholarship recently established at Tennessee Technological University in their names will help fund the college goals of select local students. The Luke and Pauline Medley Scholarship Endowment will provide an annual scholarship for a Putnam County high school graduate every year beginning next year.
"The Medleys have conveyed a love for our community and for humankind, and they have demonstrated that dedication throughout their lives," said Tennessee Tech President Angelo Volpe. "They have always been devoted to the betterment of Putnam County, and this scholarship is a lasting recognition of their devotion."
From helping bring electricity to the rural communities in the 1930s to serving as a driving force in organizing the Chamber of Commerce and Upper Cumberland Development District, Luke Medley has always been a visionary with a life-long philosophy of public service. Founder of WHUB, one of CBS' first small-market radio affiliates and the first station to serve the Upper Cumberlands, Medley also served 16 years as County Judge, two-terms as Cookeville mayor and as Justice of the Peace.
His advocacy and influence is partly responsible for some of the defining characteristics of the county - the construction of Cookeville General Hospital, the Putnam County Library, the Cookeville Municipal Building and the County Fairgrounds. He also helped ensure an adequate water supply for Cookeville and much of rural Putnam County, and his representation on the five-member governor's committee to route Tennessee's interstate highway system guaranteed Upper Cumberland's access to I-40. Medley also has an ongoing commitment to excellence in education, reflected by his role in the county's school consolidation and improvement plan.
Through all of his service and accomplishments, Medley remained a devoted family man; he and Pauline celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary last month. The scholarship was created by their family to honor their lifelong dedication to each other and to the betterment of society and civilization.
Recipients of the Medley Scholarship will receive an award to cover the cost of their first-year maintenance fees at Tennessee Tech and funding for work-study. To qualify for the scholarship, a student must be a graduate of any Putnam County high school with a minimum 3.0 grade point average. Recipients will be required to participate in a paid work-study opportunity on campus during the academic year. One scholarship will be awarded each year.
The first Medley Scholarship will go to an entering freshman beginning in the 1999 school year. Students interested in applying for the scholarship should contact the Tennessee Tech Admissions Office at 372-3888.For more information on the Luke and Pauline Medley Scholarship Endowment, or to find out how to contribute to the scholarship fund, call Tennessee Tech's Office of University Advancement at 931-372-3206.