Scholarship & Award Funds
Scholarship funds provide competitive scholarship programs for students to obtain post secondary education. These funds can memorialize a family member, commemorate a graduating class, assist with a particular field of study, benefit students from disadvantaged areas, support students from a particular county, and more. The following is a listing of all Scholarship and Award Funds as of 1/10/2020:
This fund benefits students enrolled in a program teaching the skills required for a job in a skilled trade.
This fund benefits graduating high school seniors from 10 counties in East Tennessee wishing to pursue careers in science or pre-engineering fields.
Established by Senator Nancy Kassebaum Baker, Darek Baker and Cissy Baker in memory of Senator Howard H. Baker, this fund provides scholarship assistance to Tennessee residents attending medical school in Tennessee.
Established in memory of Josey Baker to assist students from Northeast Tennessee and Southwest Virginia.
Established by Scott Niswonger to honor Coach Jack Blair for his more than 26 years of outstanding service as coach of the Lady Devils basketball team, this fund benefits members of the Lady Devils Basketball Team.
Established in memory of Lori Blankenship, beloved teacher and coach, to benefit graduating seniors at Greenback High School pursuing post-secondary education.
Established by Mr. Carroll Brown in memory of his wife, Ruby A. Brown, who served East Tennessee for 25 years as a public health nurse, this fund benefits current public health nurses wishing to continue their nursing education.
Established to assist students pursuing a career in any of a broad variety of fields within pediatric oncology.
Established to memorialize the life of Hal Canfield, the founding member of the Knoxville Track Club, this fund benefits participants of the Youth Athletic Program of the Track Club.
Established by Donald K. Carson, Thomas M. Carson, Robert L. Carson, and Jane Carson Lewis to honor their parents, this fund benefits graduates of Oneida High School in Oneida, Tennessee.
Established by Karolyn’s family to honor her dedication to and love of the visual arts, this fund benefits graduating seniors from Greenville or Greene County high schools who plan to major in fine arts, commerical arts, or media arts.
Cherish the Child Scholarship Fund was established by Cherish the Child, Inc. to provide scholarship assistance to eligible students, age 25 or younger, who were served by Smoky Mountain Children’s Home as residents or as foster care participants.
Established by friends of Gail Clay as a tribute to her outstanding career as Director of the Carolyn P. Brown University Center at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, this fund benefits the spouse or children of a full-time, non-exempt employee of the University of Tennessee or other state-supported, public higher education institution located in East Tennessee Foundation’s 25-county service area.
This fund was established through a bequest left by Agnes P. Cobb Yoakum as a tribute to her late husband, Gordon Cobb, and to the field of medical science. Agnes was one of the first female pharmacists in Knoxville, Tennessee, and the Cobbs believed in the power of determination, opportunity and education, and bringing out the best in every individual. This fund benefits students who have graduated from high schools in either Blount, Knox, or Loudon Counties, Tennessee, and are pursuing a medical-related degree.
Established by Pat and David Coffey in honor of their son, Steven L. Coffey, a talented and successful business and family man, this fund provides assistance to students who may not display the highest scholastic rankings, yet still possess great potential and motivation. This fund also administers the Steven L. Coffey Middle College Memorial Scholarship, which provides assistance for high school students enrolled in the Roane State Community College Middle College Program.
Established by the C. S. Sands family, this fund benefits graduates of Sequoyah High School in Madisonville, Tennessee.
This fund, established by the family of the late R.G. Crossno, benefits graduating seniors of Anderson County High School. Mr. R.G. Crossno, past mayor of Norris, Tennessee, and 21-year member of the Anderson County School Board, dedicated his life to promoting better education throughout the state of Tennessee. Upon the death of R.G.’s wife, Ruth, the Crossno family added her name to the scholarship to memorialize her lifelong commitment to education.
Established by family and friends of Michael D. Curtin, this fund benefits graduating seniors of Anderson County High School.
Established to assist veterans from ETF's 25-county region and Bradley County pursuing a bachelor's degree.
Established for the benefit of members of traditional choral ensembles at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.
Established to benefit graduating high school seniors from Chuckey-Doak High School who intend to pursue a career related to animal science.
Established in 2018 in memory of Etowah native and graduate of Central High School of McMinn County, Ed Frazier, to benefit students attending Central High School of McMinn County.
Established by Nancy Forrester in memory of Mickey Forrester, this fund benefits graduates of Sullivan East High School in Bluff City, Tennessee.
Established by the family of James K. Goldston, this fund provides assistance for students from Tennessee to pursue undergraduate programs of study with a National Security Agency (NSA)-approved Information Security (INFOSEC) curriculum.
Established by the Board of Advisors of the Fund for Greene County, this fund benefits the residents of Greeneville and Greene County.
This fund was established in memory of Michael David Greene by David, Janet, and Jennifer Greene to provide scholarships to talented students who exhibit Michael’s qualities of real and fervent effort, kindness, courage, determination, and dignity, and who are or have been members of the Farragut High School (FHS) band.
Angie Grubb Scholarship Fund
Established in memory of Angie Grubb, a McMinn County High School student leader and athlete, by her parents, Johnny A. and Glenda Grubb, this fund benefits students from McMinn County.
This fund was established by John Grubb and Louise Sumner initially to provide scholarships to Hiwassee students and Hiwassee graduates going on to a 4-year college or university. The scholarship has been expanded to include any Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) accredited public or private, non-profit college or university in Tennessee, and benefits graduating seniors, graduates of a Monroe County high school, or current college students.
Established by Edith Updyke Harmon in memory of her husband, Jack, this fund provides scholarship assistance to students from 5 high schools, attending 1 of 4 specific colleges, and planning to pursue 1 of 5 specified majors.
Established by Kenneth and Leyanne Harper in memory of their daughter, Abbie Jane Harper, to benefit graduating seniors of Maryville High School.
Established by Logan Chittum Heck in memory and in honor of all persons in Claiborne County who carry the name Logan or Chittum or are related to that name by family connections and, especially in memory of her parents Mary Ruth (Logan) Chittum and Joe Lovelace Chittum, to assist East Tennessee students, with preference given to female residents of Claiborne County.
This fund was established by Jim Hollingsworth to honor his parents, who placed a high value on being supportive of family and friends in the community as they pursued and achieved their dreams and goals. The fund benefits graduates of Clinton High School in Clinton, Tennessee who plan to study business, engineering, or a medical-related field of study.
Calvin Howard Agricultural Scholarship Fund
Established by Tamara Howard in memory of her husband, Calvin Howard, this fund benefits graduating seniors, current students and adults planning to study agriculture.
Established in 2002 through a gift from the Levi Strauss Foundation with support from Johnson County businesses, banks, individuals, and the Johnson County Community Foundation, this fund benefits Johnson County residents.
This fund was established by anonymous donors to provide Johnson County High School graduates the opportunity to continue their education. In creating this scholarship program, the donors chose to support students from Johnson County to promote the positive impact that higher education can have in enhancing the economic and sociological climates within Johnson County communities. The fund benefits students who may not have the highest scholastic rankings, but who have the potential to complete college successfully.
Brittany Johnson Memorial Fund
This fund was established in memory of Brittany Johnson to provide scholarships for student athletes with financial need, with preference given to promising student athletes at Maryville College.
Established by friends and family of Dr. and Mrs. Richard Kelsey as a tribute to their lifetime commitment to community service in their respective fields, this fund is intended to benefit graduating seniors of Collierville High School in Collierville, Tennessee.
Established by Brian King in honor of his parents, Dorsey and Betty King, this fund benefits graduating high school seniors from Claiborne and Campbell Counties who intend to study either business or registered nursing.
Established in 2016 through a bequest from Carl Kirkpatrick, II as a tribute to his late wife, Barbara, this fund benefits single-parent students pursuing undergraduate programs of study at East Tennessee State University.
Established by the Knox Central High Class of ’50 Alumni Association, this fund benefits Central High School graduates.
This fund was established to provide scholarship assistance to students at Central High School who may not display the highest scholastic rankings, yet still possess great potential and motivation, and who would not otherwise qualify for financial assistance based upon academic achievement.
This fund, established by the Knoxville Business Association, a group of business professionals in the Knoxville area whose purpose is to promote business from within and to positively impact the community through its efforts, benefits students pursuing a business-related degree from the University of Tennessee-Knoxville.
Established to benefit students who are members of and/or are directly associated with (e.g. cheerleader, team manager, team trainer) their high school football team.
This fund was established to assist non-traduational aged "women in transition" to pursue a Bachelor of Social Work at East Tennessee State University.
Established by Danny Maples and Laura Boring in memory of their daughter, Brandy Dana Maples, a Carter High School student leader and athlete from 1992-1995, this fund benefits graduates of Carter High School in Strawberry Plains, Tennessee.
This fund was established in 2020 for the benefit of students who require financial assistance to pursue a post-secondary education in a medical-related field.
Established by A. David Martin in memory of his father, Hugh B. Martin, this fund benefits graduating seniors who attend Smithwood Baptist Church in Knoxville, Tennessee.
This fund was established to assist qualified students (with preference given to female students) pursuing graduate study in veterinary medicine at the University of Tennessee.
This fund was established in 2020 to provide financial assistance to students who may not display the highest scholastic rankings, yet possess potential and motivation, as they pursue their dream of obtaining a college education.
Established in memory of Carrie Wolf McConnell, much loved guidance counselor at McMinn County High School, to benefit graduating seniors at McMinn County High School pursuing post-secondary education.
Established by Martha Fine in memory of her father, Elman McCutchen Merritt, this fund benefits graduates of Campbell High School in Campbell, Missouri.
Established by McMinn County High School Alumni, this fund benefits graduating seniors at McMinn County High School in Athens, Tennessee.
Established by friends and family of J.C. “Rip” Miller and John Vicars, two leaders who served the community as lifelong coaches and educators, this fund benefits graduating seniors of three high schools in Scott County, Virginia.
Established by a bequest made by Dr. Sam Mount to the Junior Service League of Blount County in remembrance of his wife, Louise Mount, this fund benefits graduating seniors, adult students, or GED recipients of Blount County.
Established by a bequest from Dr. E.E. Perry to assist graduating seniors from Elizabethton/Carter County who may require additional financial support in achieving their educational goals at an institution in the state of Tennessee.
Established in memory of Spenser F. Powell, brilliant University of Tennessee College of Law graduate, leader, and law clerk, to benefit University of Tennessee College of Law students.
Established to provide scholarship assistance for Oak Ridge High School students.
Established in 2017 to commemorate the 200th anniversary of Knoxville’s Second Presbyterian Church and the longtime commitment of the church to education. The scholarship provides assistance to students attending Maryville College or the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.
Established to assist students who possess the potential for excellence, but may require some additional support in achieving their educational goals, this fund benefits graduates of Rye Cove High School in Clinchport, Virginia.
Tammy Smith Memorial Scholarship Fund
This fund was established in memory of Tammy Smith, an alumna of Jefferson County High School, to provide scholarships to graduating seniors at Jefferson County High School with a demonstrated commitment to community service or plans to pursue a career in public service, with preference given to students planning to pursue a degree in K-12 education.
This fund was established to assist promising young people from Knox and Laurel Counties in Kentucky to pursue higher education. Having grown up in Knox and Laurel Counties, the donors are committed to giving something back to the communities of their youth.
Established by Randall's brother, Steven, this fund serves as a tribute to Randall's outstanding career as an architect, after graduating from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.
Established in 2010, this fund provides scholarship assistance to low-income members of Boy Scouts of America, Great Smoky Mountain Council.
This fund was established to provide scholarship assistance to graduating seniors of Fort Scott High School in Fort Scott, Kansas, who may not display the highest scholastic rankings, yet still possess great potential and motivation, and who would not otherwise qualify for financial assistance based upon academic achievement.
This fund was established by Melvin and Fran Sturm, in memory of their son Brad Sturm, a graduate of Oak Ridge High School, a successful local businessman, a devoted family man, and a tireless community volunteer, to encourage Oak Ridge High School seniors to learn more about the economy of the United States and of other countries and to assist students in continuing their educations.
Established to honor of all Johnson City residents who contributed their time, guidance, and financial support to the establishment of Johnson City Teen Town, Inc., this fund benefits graduating seniors at Science Hill High School.
This fund was established to recognize advanced law students who have demonstrated community involvement and/or a commitment to public service.
Established to provide scholarship assistance to rising undergraduate junior and seniors pursuing a sports related field of study.
This fund was established in 2015 to provide scholarship assistance to talented students studying theatre arts.
Established in memory of Debbie Van Cleave, an East Tennessee award-winning artist whose talent in pottery was not diminished by the fact that she was blind, this fund is intended to benefit legally blind students in the ETF service area who possess the drive, motivation, work ethic and self-efficacy exhibited in Debbie’s life.
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.
Established in memory of Gregory Weber to benefit graduating high school seniors from a Knox County public high school pursuing a bachelor’s degree in computer science.
Established by the parents of Vanessa Williams to honor her kindness, adventure, and love of the National Parks, this scholarship provides assistance for graduating high school and current college students from Blount, Knox, and Loudon Counties.
This fund was established to assist graduates of Hancock County High School and Grainger County High School in pursuing programs of study leading to certification as a Registered Nurse.