Ruth and Tom Black Scholarship Endowment


Monday’s Scholarship of the Week features a new scholarship, the Ruth and Tom Black Scholarship Endowment established by David and Marty Black. (David and Marty Black are pictured above.)

Ruth Baylesss Black was born on a farm in Monroe County, Tennessee on December 26, 1911, She was one of six children, four sisters and one brother born to Margaret Cannon Bayless and James Bayless. She attended Hiawassee College, Maryville College and graduated from the University of Tennessee with a B. S. in Education. She started her long teaching career in an elementary school at Coker Creek in Monroe County. Upon the family’s move to Maryville in 1950, Mrs. Black accepted a teaching position with the Blount County School system and taught second grade at Fairview Elementary school for over 30 years.

 Tom J. Black was born on a farm in Loudon County, Tennessee on March 6, 1904. Tom was one of six children born to Carrie Pearson Black and Frank H. Black. Two children died in their infancy. Because of the work needed on the farm, education was delayed and limited to five months per year. Mr. Black graduated from Greenback high school at the age of 21. His work history included employment with the R. J. Reynolds tobacco company, work in the coal fields of Anderson County, Tennessee, on a survey crew in Chattanooga, and for TVA as a sheet metal worker on the construction of the Fontana Dam. He started Black’s Radiator Services in Maryville, and completed his work life as a machinist.

 Mr. and Mrs. Black had two children. Ron Black recently retired from Delta Airlines after 60 years of employment, and David Black, recently retired as an attorney with Kizer & Black, attorneys in Maryville.

In order to qualify for a scholarship provided from the Ruth and Tom Black Scholarship Endowment Fund, a student must be a full or part-time Pellissippi State student who lives in Blount, Loudon or Monroe County and attends the majority of their classes at the Pellissippi State Blount County Campus. Preference will be given to students majoring in Engineering Technology or Education who have at least a 3.0 GPA and demonstrated financial need. A letter of recommendation from a guidance counselor or college faculty advisor, teacher, or recognized professional person such as the student’s employer is required.

The scholarship will provide a $500 award each year to a student meeting these qualifications.


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