UT’s new Volunteer Scholarship program will provide guaranteed scholarships for high-performing students starting in fall 2015.
Dedicated to students from families making less than $40,000 a year, the program provides a $2,500 scholarship to forty UT students from Knox County annually. The Knoxville-based Regal Entertainment Group’s foundation invests $100,000 each year in the program. For Volunteers from lower-income families, the need-based scholarships help make the dream of earning a college degree from UT a reality.
Denver Broncos quarterback and Vols legend Peyton Manning was on campus Monday to present the Peyton Manning Scholarship to incoming freshman Haslam Scholars Stephen Alexander “Alex” Crockett and Cody Sain. The Peyton Manning Scholarship program is now in its seventeenth year and has benefited 21 students. It is now awarded annually to two incoming Haslam Scholars.
For the third year in a row, the College of Nursing is receiving money from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to provide scholarships for students who are making a career switch to nursing. The college has received a $50,000 grant from the New Careers in Nursing Scholarship Program. The money will fund five $10,000 scholarships for second-career nursing students who are members of an underrepresented group or from a disadvantaged background.
Avery Dobbs, a senior majoring in political science with a history minor, has received a 2014–2015 Fulbright International Scholarship to teach English in Bulgaria.
Alex Houck, a senior, has received a 2014–2015 Fulbright International Scholarship to Spain. Houck will assist in molecular neurobiological research in Madrid, analyzing proteins in the brains of mice to learn more about Alzheimer’s disease. He also will take intensive Spanish courses and volunteer at a university teaching hospital.
Ediobong “Edi” Ebiefung, a senior, has been chosen as one of forty students from the United States to participate in the 2014 Humanity in Action Fellowship. He will be going to Amsterdam. “The opportunity means a lot to me, and I am honored that I was selected,” said Ebiefung, who was born and raised in Chattanooga, the son of parents who emigrated from Nigeria.
UT has established the Harold “Prof” Powers Scholarship for McMinn County, Tennessee, students, thanks to a gift from Athens native and UT alumnus Larry Pratt. The scholarship is designed to enhance access by eliminating financial barriers to attend the state’s flagship research university.
Brianna Rader, a Haslam Scholar and a senior in the College Scholars program from Knoxville, is an alternate for a Marshall Scholarship for graduate study in Great Britain. Rader, a graduate of Halls High School, was one of the top regional applicants for the scholarship. Being an alternate means she could still be awarded a Marshall Scholarship if a slot opens up.
Tom Brokaw, NBC anchor and author, shared his big idea for keeping the U.S. workforce competitive through public service academies at land grant universities created through public/private partnerships. His idea aims to reinvigorate public service across the country and bring people together in a time of deep political divisions. Brokaw headlined the Baker Distinguished Lecture Series hosted by the Howard H. Baker Jr. Center for Public Policy.