Dr. Melvin Owen Smith Memorial Scholarship Endowment
Dr. Melvin Owen Smith was an important part of the Tennessee Tech family until his passing in 2005. He was the fourth of eight children born into a rural Kentucky family and left home without attending high school. He emerged from serving in the Navy in WWII wanting to better his life. He earned a high school equivalency certificate, and was accepted to the University of Kentucky where he earned a Bachelor's degree and a Master of Science degree. He eventually earned a Ph.D. from the University of Tennessee. In 1967, at the request of his friend Dr. Walter L. (Pete) Helton, Dr. Smith joined the energetic Tennessee Tech geology faculty. When not in the classroom, he was often seen helping students in his office, on the front porch of the Rock Lodge (Kittrell Hall), or at the campus grill. Dr. Smith taught geology and some geography classes from 1967-1985. Following his retirement, he maintained an active role consulting until his death in 2005. He touched lives not only as a teacher, but as a friend and a family member. Following his death, one student wrote, Not only did he teach me some things about geology but he mentored me and told me how to look for employment... He gets a lot of credit for where I am today. He will be missed. Dr. Smith's achievement would not have been possible without the generous assistance of friends and benefactors who supported him along the way. His dedication to education and self-improvement changed not only his life, but the lives of the generations that followed. Dr. Smith was a beloved husband, father, grandfather, friend and professor, and because of this status this scholarship has been created to honor his memory. His family hopes to provide assistance, like the assistance he received, to future worthy students, to help them along their way.
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