July 13, 2012

Clarence A. “Buck” Iles Scholarship

The Clarence A. “Buck” Iles Scholarship was lovingly established by his wife of 65 years, Carrie, to enable a deserving young person to pursue his/her education in the electrical field. Mr. and Mrs. Iles established a successful family-owned and operated electrical contracting company – serving the Saginaw area for more than 25 years. It was in this tradition of hard work, honesty and quality service that the Iles Electric Company, Inc., was founded.

Mr. Iles grew up in rural Gratiot County at a time when few families had electrical power. Mr. Iles was forerunner in his professional life and a consummate life long learner who pursued dreams which few could envision. Coming to the Saginaw area with little more than a dream, Mr. Iles, after having served in the U.S. Army during WWII, began his quest to become a journeyman electrician and later an electrical contractor. Honesty, hard work, patriotism and integrity were the pillars of Mr. Iles’ character. Family, service to his community and willingness to help others were the foundation of his life. An avid trap shooter and conservationist, Mr. Iles, through his efforts as chairman of the Saginaw Field and Stream Club Scholarship Committee, generated thousands of dollars which were awarded to deserving students entering the field of conservation.

Mr. Iles’ only regret was that he was not able to pursue a formal college education, but he enabled his children and grandchildren to accomplish their educational goals and dreams. Education, combined with dreams and hard work, will create realities. It is hoped that the values, determination and ambition demonstrated by Mr. Iles will be passed on to future generations of electricians as they realize their dreams.


  • Minimum 2.5 GPA
  • Saginaw County resident
  • Graduating high school senior
  • Pursuing an undergraduate or associate degree or Career and Technical Education (CTE) training in any building trade or field
  • Part- or full-time enrollment

Evaluation Critiera

  • Essay (30)
  • Scholastic record (30)
  • Special skills/interests (building trades) (20)
  • Overall involvement (10)
  • Financial need (10)