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Dickson native James R. Larkins appreciates and understands the benefits of an education and the dedication of educators. As an encouragement for students of his home county, Dickson County, to pursue an education and achieve their potential, Larkins recently established the Col. Jim and Frances Larkins Educational Scholarship Endowment at Tennessee Tech University.

This scholarship will be awarded to a prospective or current student seeking a degree in education. The student must be a high school graduate from Dickson Co. and in good standing with his/her institution.

Larkins has a long list of educational and career achievements. He earned a bachelor's degree in history and political science from the University of Illinois at Urbana in 1956 and his master’s degree from Georgetown University in 1959. While working on his college education, Larkins served in the Army and Air Force until 1973, moving his way up the ranks from aircrew navigator and pilot to higher level staff and command positions.

After his military retirement, he worked as an account executive with Merrill Lynch until his return to school. He received his law degree from the University of Texas at Austin in 1980 and was admitted to the Texas State Bar. He continued his career in Texas as an attorney for the Texas Water Commission.

Students interested in applying for the Larkins scholarship, which will first be awarded for the Spring 2003 semester, should fill out a scholarship application through ScholarWeb at or call TTU's College of Education at 931-372-3124.

Tennessee Tech was recently ranked by U.S. News & World Report magazine as one of the Top 10 Public Schools in the South and among the Top Tier of Best Universities (Master’s category) for the South. A member of the Tennessee Board of Regents, TTU also ranks first in student satisfaction and alumni satisfaction among all TBR universities. The Cookeville-based comprehensive university offers more than 40 undergraduate degree and 19 graduate degree programs, including the Ph.D. in engineering, education and environmental sciences.