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Because Vols Help Vols.

By supporting the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, you are changing lives. Your generosity ensures hardworking Volunteers are able to achieve their dreams. Your support creates a better future for our Volunteer community through exceptional student experiences, access to expert faculty, top-ranked academic programs, and enhanced learning environments.

We are grateful for your thoughtful demonstration of the Volunteer spirit.

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Your Impact

Connor Fox
Giving, News

Connor Fox Finds His Big Orange Welcome

Alumni and Donor Impact on Belonging and Student Opportunity at UT “I was actually planning on going to the University of Alabama,” says Fox. “I already had a roommate and paid for my enrollment deposit. I was super confident to go until—I don’t really know how to explain it—it’s just that I wasn’t ready to …
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David and Vickie Rigby
Giving

David Rigby (’67) Establishes Scholarship Endowment in Memory of His Late Wife

By Yvonne Ratledge (Class of 2024) Had I not gone to the University of Tennessee, I would not have had the exciting and rewarding career that I’ve had. I want to give that same opportunity to a student in a similar position as Vickie. David Rigby (’67) In 1982, Vickie passed away after a courageous …
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Giving

Loyal to a T, a Power T

When Loyal Vols Come Together, It Ignites Something Greater than Their Sum Ryan Sowell (’11) didn’t know how he was going to find $25,000. But when one of his former UT professors had a health scare, he knew it needed to happen. Sowell visited the recovering professor emeritus, David Schumann, and left with a newfound …
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Giving

Funding Washington Fellows for the Emerging Baker School of Public Policy and Public Affairs

Georgiana Vines had encounters with Senator Howard H. Baker, Jr. (for whom the Baker School is named) throughout her journalistic career. Vines developed an interest in politics and journalism as a student, even successfully running for a campus-level office, and it launched a career that carried her to the Knoxville News Sentinel. She retired after …
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Giving

A New Standard for the New College of Music, With Support by Retired Faculty

November 20, 2023 By Brooks Clark Last spring Natalie L. Haslam Founding Dean of the College of Music Jeffrey Pappas spoke at the retired faculty luncheon. “We are becoming a college of music because of your legacies. Your students. Their achievements. A tradition of excellence in instruction,” said Pappas. “All we can leave is our …
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Giving

11th Annual Big Orange Give Surpasses 11,400 Gifts and Supports Access and Engagement

The Volunteer community once again demonstrated its support for the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, during the 11th annual Big Orange Give. Held Nov. 8, the annual day of giving spurred an outpouring of generosity from Volunteers around the globe, with more than 11,400 gifts supporting all areas of the university. Gifts arrived at a rapid …
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Giving

New Peyton Manning Scholars Recognized for Academic Excellence and Community Involvement

Peyton Manning and Chancellor Donde Plowman recognize the newest Peyton Manning Scholars. Pictured from left to right are Ellie Housley, Ariel Thompson, Coleman Bain and Ava Foley. The University of Tennessee, Knoxville’s four newest Peyton Manning Scholars were honored along with their families at an event on Aug. 29 where they met the namesake and …
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Giving

Tee Off with Tee Martin Golfers Raise $110K for Knoxville Student Scholarships

Tee Martin (’00) hosted the second Tee Off with Tee Martin Golf Tournament at Avalon Country Club on Friday, June 23, with help from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Office of Alumni Relations and the Chancellor’s Associates in Lenoir City, TN. Tournament golfers raised over $110,000 for last-dollar Tri-Star Scholarships to benefit incoming Knoxville students …
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Giving

UT On the Rise with Surging Base of Supporters

More than 67,320 alumni, supporters, and friends of the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, rallied in philanthropic support during the 2022-23 fiscal year, surpassing last year’s number of donors and raising more than $264 million in contributions. This record number of donors to the state’s flagship land-grant institution comes at a time when the university has …
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