Parents Association Encourages Student Excellence with New Scholarships

KNOXVILLE — Through member contributions, the University of Tennessee Parents Association is offering scholarships for current students to provide the financial resources they need for successful academic and professional careers.

Scholarships in the amount of $1,000 are available to students who have achieved excellence in one of the following areas: academic, service or leadership. The Association can award up to 12 total scholarships annually.

The application period for these scholarships is April 1-27, concluding on the last day of classes for the 2007 spring semester. To be eligible for all scholarships, at least one of the students’ parents or guardians must be members of the Parents Association.

“The Parents Association is committed to recognizing students who contribute to making a positive difference on campus,” said Emily Parker, interim director for the Association. “We are really excited about being able to offer the leadership and service scholarships this year.”

A scholarship committee of staff and students will select recipients through a competitive selection process.

Academic Scholarship

Academic Scholarship applicants must be enrolled as full-time students and have completed 24 semester hours of coursework by May 2007.

Current UT students and transfer students must have a cumulative grade-point average of 3.5.

Leadership Scholarship

The new Leadership Scholarship is available to sophomores, juniors and seniors.

Applicants must be enrolled as full-time students, have completed 48 semester hours of coursework by May 2007 and have a cumulative grade-point average of 3.0.

Students who apply for the Leadership Scholarship must have demonstrated leadership potential and established involvement in leadership activities while at UT.

Service Scholarship

As with the Leadership Scholarship, the Service Scholarship is available to sophomores, juniors and seniors.

Applicants must be enrolled as full-time students and have completed 48 semester hours of coursework by May 2007. Applicants must have a cumulative grade-point average of 3.0.

Students who wish to apply for the Service Scholarship must have demonstrated interest in service and established involvement in such activities at UT.

Funds will be distributed to students in 50-percent increments for the fall and spring semesters during financial aid disbursement.

For more information about the scholarships, contact the Parents Association at (865) 974-4546, by e-mail at parents@utk.edu or visit the Association’s Web site at http://parents.utk.edu/scholarships.html.

Contact: Emily Parker (865) 974-4546