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The following scholarships are made possible by individuals who have made gifts of sufficient size to fund a scholarship each year from the investment income. Such gifts will help our students for years to come and provide a lasting memorial to the donor’s generosity and to an individual they would like to have remembered. These scholarships are currently being managed by Legacy Wealth and First Citizens Financial Plus investment managers.

The following individuals, businesses and organizations made contributions to endowed scholarships:

Family, friends and the business community have established the Dr. Carlton H. Bowyer Memorial Endowed Scholarship Fund in his memory. Income from the endowment will be awarded to deserving students. Dr. Bowyer served as a professor of Philosophy of Education from 1949 to 1995 at the following institutions: Stephens College in Missouri, Emporia State University in Kansas, the University of Texas, the University of Alabama, and the University of Memphis. At the University of Alabama, he was Director of International Programs and at the University of Memphis, he was Chairman of the Department of Foundations of Education. He served in the Second World War and was one of the first troops to liberate Dachau. Carlton was married to Dr. Karen Bowyer in 1972. He was born in 1926 in Norfolk, Virginia and passed away in Little Rock, Arkansas in 1995.

The Duke Brasfield Memorial Endowed Scholarship was established by the Board of Directors of Patriot Bank, of which Duke was a member, to fund scholarships for Tipton County students attending the Jimmy Naifeh Center. Duke served his country honorably in the United States Air Force from 1969 – 1972. He received his Juris Doctorate in 1975 from the Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law at Memphis State University and practiced law in Covington for 33 years. Duke was an outstanding leader in Covington’s First United Methodist Church where he served on the Board of Trustees and numerous other committees. Duke’s role as a community leader included serving as the County Attorney for Tipton County for 35 years, attorney for the Tipton County Industrial Board, board member and president of the Covington Lions Club and board member and president of the Tennessee County Attorneys Association. Duke was a member of the Tipton County Education Task Force that spearheaded the purchase of the 64-acre site that is now the home of the DSCC Jimmy Naifeh Center at Tipton County. He was also a founding member of the Tipton County Advisory Committee. Throughout the years, Duke worked with the DSCC Annual Fund campaign and served on the DSCC Foundation Board. He provided timely and thoughtful guidance by being a member of the DSCC Foundation Executive Committee and the Investment Subcommittee. In June of 2008, DSCC presented Duke with its Pinnacle award. This award is given to members of the community to acknowledge extraordinary service to the College. Duke was a loving and dedicated husband to Martha, father to Ben, Sarah and Charles and son to Reba Nell and Charles B. Brasfield. Recipients of this scholarship will be selected by the DSCC Financial Aid Office chosen from Tipton County students attending classes at the Jimmy Naifeh Center who have unmet financial need.

This scholarship is being established in loving memory of Brian D. Burrow, March 6, 1974 to September 7, 2005, in order to fulfill a dream that he always had in his heart -he wanted to become a Conservationist. Brian was a lover of the outdoors and animals. He had a very creative mind, a natural ability to draw and a wonderful way with words. We loved his poetry as it represented the true person that he was – loving and very caring. We know in our hearts that God has him in His embrace now. So “In His Memory” hold your head high, dream big and pray large. Reach far, because with God’s help, nothing is impossible. This is what he would tell you if he were here.

Family and friends have established this scholarship in memory of Robert and Aleta Carlin. Mr. and Mrs. Carlin were residents of Dyersburg for over forty years. Mr. Carlin was Vice President of sales at Heckethorn Manufacturing Company. Selection of the recipient of this scholarship will be made by the Financial Aid and Scholarship Committee.

The Caterpillar Foundation established an endowed scholarship. Interest from this scholarship will be awarded to deserving students.

Mr. Robert E. Cloar was born in 1906 and passed away in 2000. He was employed by Dyersburg Fabrics in 1929 as Plant Superintendent and retired in 1986 as Vice President for Manufacturing. Mr. Cloar was a member of First Baptist Church in Dyersburg, TN. He started Boy Scout Troop 88 in 1940, served as Scout Master and was active in scouting for many years. He was married to Jennette Cloar. They had one son, Bill Cloar. Mr. Cloar established this scholarship to help educate deserving students from this area.

The Trustees from the Cobb-Parr Memorial Park in Covington have established an endowed scholarship. Income from the scholarship will be awarded to Tipton County students.

The Dr. Loren A. Crown Healthcare Endowed Scholarship Fund was established by Dr. Crown to fund scholarships for students in the Emergency Medical Technician/Paramedic Program. Dr. Crown served for many years on the Dyersburg State Community College Foundation Board. He received his medical degree from Washington University of St. Louis School of Medicine in 1972 after attending the University of Kansas. Dr. Crown was Board Certified in Family, Emergency and Sports Medicine. He established the first Chest Pain Center in West Tennessee and the first Level II Trauma Center in Memphis and also directed the first ATLS and ACLS courses in West Tennessee. He was a Fellow of the American Academy of Emergency Physicians (FAAEP), Fellow of the Association of Emergency Physicians (FAEP), Fellow of the American College of Emergency Medicine (FACEP) and Fellow of the American Academy of Family Physicians (FAAFP). In 1991 he joined the faculty of the University of Tennessee Health Sciences Center and moved to Tipton County to establish the UT-Tipton Family Practice Program and an Emergency Medicine Fellowship Program in Covington to prepare doctors for family and emergency practice in rural communities. At UT he achieved tenure and the rank of full Clinical Professor. During the next quarter of a century, he trained many dozens of Fellows, Residents and medical students in Family and Emergency Medicine. He gave lectures both throughout the country and internationally, published over a hundred journal articles, wrote textbook chapters, served as editor of medical journals, presided over conferences and moderated a medically oriented television program. He was the Medical Advisor for Dyersburg State Community College (1998-2019) and Southwest Tennessee Paramedic (1978-2019) programs. The Emergency Medical Services Program at Dyersburg State Community College would not have received regional and state approval without the support of Dr. Crown in 1997 and 1998. Among the many accolades he received Dr. Crown was elected by the Academy of Emergency Medicine peers as Physician of the Year, by the Tennessee Rural Health Association as Practitioner of the Year and by his hospital as Doctor of the Year. Active in professional societies he was Chairman of the Board of Certification of Emergency Medicine, President of the Tennessee Academy of Emergency Physicians and President of the Memphis Academy of Family Physicians. In the community besides the DSCC Foundation Board, he served as President of the Memphis branch of the American Heart Association and as Vice President of the Alumni of Leadership Memphis. He also sat on the boards of United Way, the Memphis Chapter of the American Red Cross, Art Today, The Tipton Arts Council, and the Boys and Girls Club of Hatchie River. He and his wife Elaine are both originally from Kansas City and did medical volunteer work together for many years on Native American reservations throughout the United States.

The Dr. Walter E. David Endowed Scholarship was established to fund a scholarship for a needy student who is interested in nursing or wildlife management.

The Dick and Martha Donner Endowed scholarship was established by Dick and Martha Donner to fund scholarships to students. Mr. Richard Donner was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and received his education at Rugby School in England. He served in the U.S. Air Force where he flew 50 missions over enemy territory during World War II. His military service earned him the Distinguished Flying Cross, Air Medal, and the Presidential Unit Citation. He retired as Chairman of the Board of Dyersburg Fabrics in 1986 after a career that spanned 42 years. In 1945, he joined Dyersburg Fabrics as a member of the company’s management training program. Later that year he was elected to the Board of Directors, becoming the youngest person ever to hold the position on the Board. Two years later, he was elected as Secretary, and was elevated to the office of Executive Vice President in 1959. In 1960 he was elected as President, a position he held until he was named Chairman of the Board in 1981.

Mr. Donner took an active role in the community. He was Chairman of the Board of McIver’s Grant Public Library, a board member of the First American National Bank, and a board member of Selby Botanical Gardens in Sarasota, Florida. Dyersburg State Community College gratefully remembers his service as Foundation Board Member, trusted advisor, and generous benefactor.

Mrs. Martha W. Donner is well known for her concern and dedication to scouting, her church, and college scholarships. She is a dedicated member of St. Mary’s Episcopal Church where she has served as a Sunday School teacher. Mrs. Donner helps many people attend college including a number of students who attend Dyersburg State.

The Donners are the parents of Suzanne E. Donner, Betsy Donner Bloch and Richard W. Donner, and the grandparents of Cheraton Donner, Mary Anna Donner, Elliot Bloch and Nina Bloch.

The Administrative Professionals of Dyersburg State Community College established a scholarship fund for deserving students in honor of Founding President E.B. Eller and in loving memory of members of the Council, Mrs. Nell Armstrong, Mrs. Bonnie F. Jones, and Mrs. Deborah Morgan. This scholarship will encourage students who plan to enter the secretarial field by assisting them with college expenses. The scholarship amount is determined each year by the Council. The recipient must be full-time, seeking a degree or certificate and maintain a 2.0 cumulative GPA. Preference will be given to students majoring in Administrative Office Management or Business. Children/stepchildren of APC members will be given priority.

Mr. William W. Farris of Memphis, TN, a prominent attorney, member of the State Board of Regents and DSCC Foundation Board Director Emeritus, has established a scholarship fund as a memorial to his late sister, Allene Farris, who died in 1941 of meningitis. She was a 20 year-old senior in the Methodist Hospital School of Nursing. The scholarships are for Dyer County residents enrolled in the associate degree nursing program at Dyersburg State and in the bachelor of nursing program at Memphis State.

First Citizens National Bank and its Board of Directors, believing that education is vital to the economic development of the community, established a $500,000 endowed scholarship fund in 1993. This fund will help students attend college for generations to come.

The Forcum-Lannom Endowed Scholarship was created by a generous gift from Mr. and Mrs. E. H. Lannom, Mr. Hilton Buckner Forcum, Mrs. Lucianne Ezell, and the late Mrs. Donna Forcum Williams. The scholarship is open to students pursuing any field of study.

The families of William Kent Ford, Sr. and Ford Construction Company have established an endowed scholarship in memory of Mr. Ford. The scholarship is open to students who demonstrate financial need. Students in any field of study are eligible to apply.

This scholarship has been established by her daughter, Mrs. Nancy Cardozier, in memory of Mrs. Fyfe, an accomplished musician as well as devoted wife, mother, and homemaker. Her love and concern for young people was expressed through her many years of teaching Sunday School and leading the youth in special musical programs for worship. Qualified graduates of Tipton County high schools are eligible to apply, and students who plan to pursue a baccalaureate degree in Elementary Education are encouraged to apply.

Mrs. Nancy Cardozier of Austin, Texas, and a native of Covington, Tennessee, has established The Peter Fyfe Endowed Scholarship in memory of her father. Mr. Fyfe, born in 1883 in Gilby, North Dakota, died in 1981 in Covington, TN. Mr. Fyfe built a career of sixty-one years with the same bank, serving thirty-three of those years as chief executive officer. He oversaw the development of a system of six out-of-county branches, unique among Tennessee banks at that time. Maintaining farming and ginning interests as well, Mr. Fyfe earned a widespread reputation for initiative, integrity, and fairness, which the scholarship recipient would be wise to emulate. Income from this scholarship will be awarded to a qualified graduate of a Tipton County high school who plans to major in a business-related field.

A lifelong supporter of better education for Tennessee, Dale Glover and his wife Elizabeth, of Obion, Tennessee, generously endowed a scholarship in 1985. Income from this scholarship is awarded to a deserving student from Obion County who plans to pursue a higher education. Mr. Glover spent 29 years in the capacities of Director, President and Chairman of Commercial Bank in Obion. Mr. Glover was a member of the Tennessee Board of Regents from 1972 until 1984. He also served ten years on the State Board of Education, eight years in the Tennessee Legislature and as a trustee of Union University in Jackson. The classroom building on our campus is named the “Dale F. Glover Education Center.”

Mr. and Mrs. Harold Greenberg and Mr. and Mrs. Edward Greenberg have established a scholarship in memory of their parents, Mr. and Mrs. Ben Greenberg, to be awarded to a deserving student.

The Dyersburg- Dyer County Chamber of Commerce, members of the business community, family, and friends have established this scholarship in memory of Mr. Eddie Gregory.

Mr. and Mrs. William P. Heckethorn established an endowed scholarship. Interest from this scholarship will be awarded to a graduate of Dyersburg High School.

Members of the Newbern Lions Club have established an endowed scholarship in memory of Stanley Hulme. Mr. Hulme was a dedicated member of the Newbern Lions Club. This scholarship will be awarded each year to an incoming freshman who is a Dyer County High School graduate. Selection of the recipient of this scholarship will be made by the Financial Aid and Scholarship Committee.

Wayne Karlgaard established this scholarship in memory of his wife Doris. Doris Karlgaard was a lifelong resident of Dyer County and was a graduate of DSCC and UT Martin in Business Administration. She was employed at Oldberg Manufacturing for 18 years and at Colonial Rubber/Colonial West/PolyOne for another 18 years. Her son, Tracy Allen Voss is a graduate of the DSCC Nursing Program. Income from this scholarship will be awarded to a deserving second year student.

The Mr. and Mrs. E. H. Lannom, Jr. Endowed Scholarship was established to fund scholarships to students.

The Maude M. Latta Scholarship was created in a bequest to Dyersburg State Community College from Mrs. Latta. Interest from this scholarship will be awarded to deserving students in the education field.

Ken Leeth and his family have established a scholarship in which the student would attend Dyersburg State for two years and then transfer to the University of Tennessee at Martin. The scholarship will pay for tuition and books.

Mrs. Maude Latta established the Deetrice Mathews Scholarship in memory of her sister in a bequest to Dyersburg State Community College. Interest from this scholarship will be awarded to deserving students in the Business Administration field.

A scholarship has been established in honor of Dr. Mary Frances Seibert McCauley for her many years of dedicated teaching and her love for education. Dr. McCauley joined Dyersburg State as Instructor of English in 1969. She retired from DSCC in 1994 as Professor of English. Dr. McCauley received her B.S. Degree from A & I University in Nashville with a major in English and history and earned the Master’s degree from the same institution with a major in English. She received her doctorate degree from George Peabody of Vanderbilt University in 1983. Prior to her employment at DSCC, Dr. McCauley taught English at Roosevelt High School in Gary, Indiana, Bruce High School and Dyersburg High School in Dyersburg. Dr. McCauley died on July 2, 2002, after an extended battle with cancer.

Miss Ermine McNeely was for more than 60 years a loved and respected teacher of piano and organ. Her own classical training included study with nationally recognized musicians. By her example of high ideals, in music as in life, she influenced countless devoted students – inspiring them with a love and appreciation of music. This scholarship is endowed by her nephew, Peter McNeely Fyfe, who was one of her students.

Friends and members of the business community have established this scholarship in memory of Mrs. Judy Peel to be awarded to deserving students from Dyer County.

Bill and Mary Adcock have established this scholarship in memory of their granddaughter, Margo M. Petersen. Margo was born on November 17, 1988 to Dr. and Mrs. Ronald Petersen. She contracted a rare blood disorder at the age of 3 1/2 months and died on June 12, 1989. During Margo’s illness and after her death, the family felt special gratitude to the nurses who cared for her through their consistent love, care, and concern. This scholarship was established to continue to express their love for Margo and their thankfulness to the nursing profession. In this way Margo’s brief life can continue to touch and bless the scholarship recipient as well as other deserving nursing students in the future.

This scholarship is awarded to a qualified student who meets the criteria of enrolling in the Dyersburg Community Orchestra. The Music Department will select the recipient.

Scholarships have been established in memory of Mr. King W. Rogers, Jr. and Mrs. Essie M. Rogers. They have been funded by Mrs. King W. Rogers, Jr. and by Mr. and Mrs. King W. Rogers, III.

Security Bank, Bank of Halls, Gates Bank and Trust and Bank of Crockett established a $450,000 endowed scholarship fund in 1994 to be paid over the next ten years.

The children of William Len and Virginia D. Shipman have established an endowed scholarship in memory of their parents.

The Maggie Lou Sudbury Scholarship Fund was established through a generous gift from the estate of Miss Maggie Lou Sudbury. Miss Sudbury was a teacher whose career spanned sixty years. The scholarship is available to students who are graduates of a high school in Dyer County.

This scholarship was established to honor Dr. Buck Tarpley by the DSCC Foundation Board for his many years of service to DSCC and its students. This scholarship will serve as a reminder of Dr. Tarpley’s dedication to our community and our students, and it will serve as a means to assist those who are experiencing difficulty in paying for college

Dyersburg Fabrics, Inc., its Corporate Board of Directors and friends of Mr. Hugh M. Todd, Jr., have established an endowed scholarship in his honor. Proceeds from this fund will be used to award scholarships to deserving students.

The West Tennessee Chapter CPA Endowed Scholarship is established through the generosity of the chapter membership to provide an opportunity for deserving citizens of West Tennessee to pursue an associate degree or professional certification at Dyersburg State Community College. The award will be $250 per semester or $500 a year. Applicants for this scholarship must be enrolled as a full-time student with a major in business and an emphasis in accounting. The recipient must maintain a 2.5 grade point average. Application must be made through the Financial Aid Office at DSCC.

Contributors to Endowed Scholarships

Mr. and Mrs. Bill Adcock
Mr. Jeff Agee
Ms. Olean Anderson
Ms. Linda Baker
Mr. William Boehmler
Mr. Jack Bomar
Dr. Mark Bowers
Dr. Karen Bowyer
Chancellor Martha Brasfield
Ms. Charlotte Kelley
Cannon Chiropractic Center
Mr. William Thomas Cheairs, Sr
The Clayton Family Foundation
Covington Electric System
D and B Properties Inc Sonic
Mr. Jerry DuPriest
Mr. Joe Emery
Mr. and Mrs. Charles Ennis
Ms. Patsy Fee
First Citizens National Bank
FMC Foundation
Mr. and Mrs. Barry Frazier
Mr. Peter Fyfe
Ms. Glendora Greenway
Mr. and Mrs. Joe Griggs
Mr. James Hardin
Mr. David Hayes
Mr. and Mrs. William Patrick Heckethorn
Mr. Lowell Hoffmann
Industrial Development Board of Covington
Jamieson and Fisher Inc.
Ms. Susan Jicha
Mr. Wayne Karlgaard
Mr. David Landgraf
Mr. John Lannom
Mr. Russell Lindsey
Patriot Bank Millington
Rick And Claudia Peeler
Ms. Peggy Rice
Mr. Milton Rice
Mr. Paul Rose
Mr. Rowlett Scott
Mr. Tim Sloan
Mrs. Percy Smith
Mr. David Taylor
Tipton County Farm Bureau
Tipton Farmers Co-op
Mr. John Weedman
Mr. Larry White
Whitehorn Tankersley Company
Ms. Darnisha Williams
Ms. Katie Winchester
Dr. Michelle Woodward, DDS
Mr. James Wyatt