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Providing scholarships for Tennessee Tech University math majors is a family affair now with a donation honoring Emeritus Mathematics Professor Richard P. Savage Sr.

Don and Marion Savage, brother and sister-in-law to Savage Sr., recently provided a generous financial gift to fund the scholarships.

“It’s a testament to TTU’s reputation to see someone who didn’t even attend the university donate to it,” said TTU President Bob Bell.

Savage was a member of the TTU mathematics department faculty for 30 years until his retirement in 1992. Over the years, Savage taught a number of courses including the modern algebra sequence. He directed the master’s thesis for several students in the area of number theory. Savage chaired the committee established to bring the Phi Kappa Phi honor society to TTU, and he served as that organization’s first president.

Savage’s son, Richard P. Savage Jr., is currently mathematics professor at the university.

TTU Director of Development Jim Brock said endowments can be established at TTU for as little as $10,000. Brock also says TTU is experiencing record endowment growth.

“The money is invested and grows. This particular endowment has already grown to more than $20,000,” Brock said.

Richard P. Savage Sr. Endowment scholarships are available to students who are prospective or current undergraduates majoring in math with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better.

For more information about the scholarships, contact TTU’s mathematics department at (931) 372-3441 or visit the departmental web page.

For information about establishing an endowment, contact Brock at  (931) 372-3055 or e-mail