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Ezra H. Carwile Scholarship Endowment

The family of Ezra H. Carwile and the employees of Carwile Mechanical Contractors, Inc., Cookeville, Tennessee are proud to establish this scholarship in memory of Ezra H. Carwile.

Ezra H. Carwile was born May 21, 1927, in Jackson County, Tennessee and attended Jackson County High School. After serving in the United States Air Force, he attended Tennessee Polytechnic Institute on the GI Bill, studying refrigeration and heating and air conditioning. After completing these studies, he married Lucille Masters and shortly thereafter started his career in the service department at John E. McCluen Company in Cookeville.

In 1961, he established what is now known as Carwile Mechanical Contractors, Inc. Ezra remained semi-active at the company until his death on September 10, 2005. Ezra was always a strong supporter of education and Tennessee Tech University. He often hired TTU students in the summer months to work at the company with the understanding that they would return to school in the fall. He knew from his own experiences overcoming the odds that an education, coupled with perseverance and hard work, could create success for anyone.

Ezra was proud that so many of his family had graduated from TTU, including his son, Gary W. Carwile; daughter, Janice Carwile Hodum; son-in-law, Dr. Robert L. Hodum; grandchildren, Rachel Carwile McDonald, Josh Carwile, and Erin Carwile; grandson-in-law, Brandon McDonald; and grand daughter-in-law, Emily Heinrich Carwile. Also through the years, Carwile has employed many TTU graduates who contributed to the success of the company.

The family and employees of Carwile Mechanical Contractors, Inc. are happy and blessed to be able to establish this endowment to help carry on the academic excellence at TTU for the young men and women of today who will be the leaders of tomorrow. It is their hope that the heritage of integrity, kindness, and perseverance left by Ezra H. Carwile will encourage them to succeed.
Scholarships associated with Ezra H. Carwile Scholarship Endowment
  • Ezra H. Carwile Endowed Scholarship