Union University
Union University Dept of Computer Science
Department of Computer Science

Scholarships and Awards

Joe Tucker Interview

  • Birth and early years of his life (3:04)
  • Initial college days at Alabama and army service (1:31)
  • Teaching experience before Union University (2:21)
  • Post-military days and his initial experience with Alabama football (:56)
  • More about his early teaching, National Science Foundation and Auburn degrees, Hiring at UU (4:44)
  • Why math is important for everyone (:47)
  • Upper-level math classes he taught (2:36)
  • UU's first computer; start of the Computer Science program (5:08)
  • His impressions on being an inspiration to many others (1:25)
  • His advice to students (1:09)
  • His advice to faculty (1:09)
  • Words of thanks to him (:59)
  • Listen to Full Interview (25:52)

The Joe Tucker Scholarship

Born and raised in Alabama, Dr. Joe Tucker came to Union University in September of 1969 as the chair of the Mathematics Department. Under his leadership the department grew in size from two members to seven members when he retired in 1991. During Dr.Tucker's tenure the computer science program at Union was added to the Mathematics Department in 1977. In addition to his outstanding leadership as department chair, Dr. Tucker was also known for his excellence in the classroom and received the Faculty of the Year award for 1978-79.After his retirement in 1991, Dr. Tucker continued to serve Union by teaching on a part-time basis for several years. In 2002 , Dr. Joe Tucker and his wife moved back to their home state of Alabama.

Applications are available online (.pdf) as well as from the department secretary’s office (located in the engineering suite). Please return completed forms to the department secretary.

Criteria for Awarding the Scholarship

  1. A student recipient must have junior or senior classification, be a mathematics or computer science major or minor, and have junior or senior standing in the major/minor for which the award is made during the term(s) the scholarship is received. The meaning of junior or senior standing in the major shall be as determined by the scholarship committee.
  2. A student recipient must have completed at least one year of study (two full-length semesters) at Union University.
  3. A student may specify on his/her application for the scholarship the term(s) for which he/she is applying for the scholarship, to include Fall, Winter, Spring, or any Summer term.
  4. A student recipient’s other scholarship and grant funds must not total more than half of tuition and fees during the term(s) for which the scholarship is received.
  5. A student’s total scholarship and grant funds, including this scholarship, must not be more than tuition and fees during the term(s) for which the scholarship is received.
  6. A student recipient must have a GPA of 3.00 or higher in the major/minor for which the award is made, and 2.75 or higher overall, through the term(s) immediately preceding the receipt of the scholarship.
  7. Applications shall be received in the spring semester (application process and deadlines to be determined by the scholarship committee) for awarding of scholarship(s) during the following academic year (fall through summer).
  8. Before the fund grows to the point where multiple scholarships can be granted, priority for awarding scholarships shall be established as follows (for academic years in which the students receive the scholarships):
    • Odd-year fall through even-year summer: a. MAT major, b. CSC major, c. MAT minor, d. CSC minor
    • Even-year fall through odd-year summer: a. CSC major, b. MAT major, c. CSC minor, d. MAT minor
  9. After the fund grows to the point where multiple scholarships can be granted, scholarships shall be granted to students in both disciplines in an equitable manner as determined by the scholarship committee and the department(s) of mathematics and computer science.
  10. When determining the recipient(s) of the scholarship from among the applicants, the committee shall consider the applicants’ GPA/academic success, financial need, leadership or leadership potential in KME, ACM, or other departmental activities, and character.

The Bill Truex Award in Computer Science

This award is presented to the outstanding senior in the department as selected by the CS faculty based on demonstrated creativity, enthusiasm, and academic achievement. Alumnus Bill Truex served as founding faculty member in Computer Science from 1975-1987 and as the first director of Union's Computing Center.


First Place in Major Field Achievement Test

Dr Joe Tucker Scholarship recipients

Bill Truex Award recipients

First Year Programming Award: This award is given to a computer science student by The Department of Mathematics and Computer Science. A student is selected for excellence and expertise in first year programming courses.

Outstanding Research Award from the Center for Scientific Studies

Academic Excellence Medal: A medal is given for each major offered by the department. This award is given to the graduating major who has the highest academic average in each discipline, provided the average grade in the subject is not less than 3.5 and provided the student has completed, before Awards Day, a minimum of 15 credit hours in the major discipline at Union University in courses for which precise grades are computed (as distinguished from courses graded pass or fail). If there is no eligible major in the discipline, or a major is not offered in the discipline, the medal will be given to the minor with the highest average if the above qualifications are met.

  • 2013-2014: Ben Horne
  • 2012-2013: Jordan Haskins
  • 2011-2012: Grayson Hardaway
  • 2010-2011: Mikias Seid and Jordan Hatchel (DMS)
  • 2009-2010: Jacob White
  • 2008-2009: Matt Stimmel
  • 2006-2007: David Moses
  • 2004-2005: Willie George
  • 2003-2004: Allen Smith
  • 2002-2003: Amy Miller
  • 2001-2002: Katie Miller (Dec) and Bethany Key (minor)
  • 2000-2001: Brian Glas
  • 1999-2000: Elvis OChieng (Dec) and Brandy Faughn and Erica Shankle (CIS)
  • 1998-1999: Brad Bell (Dec) and Sam Green
  • 1997-1998: Allison Smith
  • 1995-1996: Jonathan Miller and Brad Powers (CIS)
  • 1994-1995: Oliver Dossmann and Kelly Jankovsky (CIS)
  • 1993-1994: Cristina King (CIS)
  • 1992-1993: Pam Harrisson and Sherry Hinson (CIS)
  • 1991-1992: Debra Wagoner and Jeff Blankenship (CIS) and Tiffany Ayers