TTU HEC raising funds for 4-H scholarship to honor late Extension worker

A new scholarship being created for Tennessee Tech University’s School of Human Ecology will provide financial assistance to former 4-H members while honoring the memory of a late University of Tennessee Extension agent and district supervisor.

The school needs a total of $10,000 to endow the Geary-Bailey Scholarship, which will be named for the late Extension employee Virginia Ruth Geary and TTU’s current Human Ecology Director Sue Bailey. The endowment will fund scholarships awarded to former 4-H members, with a preference given to students from specific counties of former Extension districts III and IV.

About $7,500 has been raised toward that goal, with the latest donation — for $1,500 — coming from the Putnam County Family Community Education Clubs, whose sole fund raiser is the Country Store, which sells homemade food and craft items on consignment at the Putnam County Fair each year.

“Our donation to this scholarship fund is just one of the projects that Putnam County FCE Clubs support,” said President Pat Grimes.

The idea for the scholarship came about, Bailey said, when Grimes approached her with about $4,000 of uncommitted funds that FCE officers had chosen to donate for the purpose of a scholarship honoring the memory of the long-time Extension employee.

“I had been thinking about the possibility of starting a 4-H scholarship, and I thought this would be an excellent opportunity to do that while honoring Ms. Geary’s memory at the same time,” Bailey said.

“4-H has had a tremendous impact on students throughout rural Middle Tennessee, and giving donations to ensure that this scholarship is endowed would be an opportunity for those who have strong beliefs in family and youth programs to continue that kind of positive impact,” she said.

To make a donation toward the endowment of the Geary-Bailey Scholarship, send checks — made out to TTU’s School of Human Ecology — to P.O. Box 5031, Cookeville, Tenn., 38505. For more information, call 931/372-3157 or visit the HEC web site at www.tntech.edu/hec.