East Tennessee Foundation Announces New Scholarship Opportunity for Students with Intellectual or Developmental Disabilities

November 26, 2019

A new scholarship, the Haley Elise Van Pelt Scholarship, has been established to benefit students of any age seeking post-secondary education who have a permanent intellectual or developmental disability and/or functional impairment.  This may include, but is not limited to, brain injury, musculoskeletal impairment, multiple traumas, neuromuscular disorders such as multiple sclerosis or cerebral palsy, or stroke.

Recipients may enroll in an accredited two-year or four-year college or university, Tennessee College of Applied Technology, vocational program, trade school, or programs that help individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities gain skills, and make a successful transition from high school to adult life and/or empower students to achieve gainful employment in the community. The Post-Secondary institution must be located in Tennessee. 

Scholarship information, including detailed descriptions and application instructions, as well as 2020 applications, are now available on our website, http://www.etf.org/scholarships. The scholarship application must be completed and submitted online and the deadline is February 15, 2020.

East Tennessee Foundation currently administers 69 active scholarship programs assisting 203 students within its 25-county service area and beyond. Scholarships established through East Tennessee Foundation by individuals, groups, families, and friends help fulfill the dreams of those wishing to pursue post-secondary education.

For more information, please contact Beth Heller, Vice President for Scholarship Programs at

(865) 524-1223 or via e-mail at bheller@etf.org.