Students Benefit from Regal Scholars Program

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For Angela Kirkpatrick, a freshman at UT Knoxville on a pre-med track, the $2,500 Regal Scholarship made it possible for her to further her education and pursue her dreams of becoming a pediatric doctor.

The Regal Scholars program, in its third year, provides $2,500 annual scholarships for up to forty Knox County students at UT—ten freshmen, ten sophomores, ten juniors, and ten seniors.

From left to right: Regal Scholarship recipients Nicole Galante and Cameron Hensley; Greg Dunn, President and COO of Regal Entertainment Group; Amy Miles, CEO and director of Regal Entertainment Group; and scholarship recipients Kwaku Yeboah, Danny Vo, and Angela Kirkpatrick.

To be eligible for the Regal Scholars program, students must be either admitted to attend or currently enrolled at UT, and they must meet the same income guidelines as those for the need-based Tennessee Pledge Scholarship. Regal Scholars are awarded on an annual basis, and this is the third year that Regal has donated $100,000 to support the scholarship program.

“We are grateful for the partnership with Regal Entertainment Group,” said Chancellor Jimmy G. Cheek. “One of our primary goals is increasing access for all students who want to be Volunteers. Generosity from our great supporters like Regal makes that possible.”

The scholarship program is just one of several gifts that Regal Entertainment Group and its foundation made as part of the Campaign for Tennessee, which concluded in 2011.

“This is one of my favorite things at Regal that we do,” said Amy Miles, UT alumna and CEO of Regal Entertainment Group. “As part of the corporate culture at Regal, it is important for us to give back to the communities in which we live and work. We are extremely proud partners of UT and it’s all because we care so much about this university and its value to our community.”

Regal’s other gifts to the university include:

  • College of Business Administration—A gift to establish the endowed Regal Entertainment Group Distinguished Professorship and a gift to support the CBA Technology Fund, which helps maintain state-of-the-art computers, software, and other technology in classrooms in the James A. Haslam II Business Building. A second-floor team room in the building was named the Regal Entertainment Group Team Room to recognize the gift.
  • Athletics—The Regal Soccer Stadium, named in honor of Regal Entertainment Group’s legacy of support for UT Athletics, was dedicated in 2008. The $7.5 million facility was paid for by private donations. An additional gift by Regal Entertainment Group will help build a new state-of-the-art football training center adjacent to the Brenda Lawson Athletic Center and Haslam Field. Regal also is a leadership donor to the Football Training Center and Lindsey Nelson Stadium renovations.

Headquartered in Knoxville, Regal Entertainment Group is the largest and most geographically diverse theater circuit in the United States, operating 6,621 screens in 524 locations in 37 states and the District of Columbia.

To learn more about applying for the Regal Scholars program, as well as other UT scholarships, visit the university’s financial aid website. The site lists criteria and important deadlines and for scholarship awards. Students applying to UT for admission for fall 2013 are encouraged to visit their high school guidance counselor for information on the Regal Scholars and other scholarship programs.

Regal Scholars for the 2012–13 academic year are:

Brandon Brackman
Christopher Bright
Cassandra Cardwell
Molly Chaffin
Laurel Christian
Toni Cloninger
Jarrod Drury
Hayden Eidemiller
Jordan Ellison
Keith Ferrell
Nicole Galante
Cameron Hensley
Chasity Hobby
Chelsey Holloway
Grayson Hunley
Carter Jersey
Ember Kao
Angela Kirkpatrick
Mitch Kleiber
Michael Lamacchia
Morgan McPheeters
Nancy Murray
Samantha Myers
Nezar Omari
Tyler Parker
Neha Patel
Savannah Pressley
Milton Proctor
John Ridley
Lauren Ridley
Alexis Riggs
Merry Sheffer
Beverly Simpson
Abby Story
Jessica Swihart
Danny Vo
Danielle Watson
David Wells
Kwaku Yeboah
Priyanka Zaveri

C O N T A C T :

Ashley Cole (865-974-3011, acole7@utk.edu)

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