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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

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Four-Time Alumna and Faculty Member Gives Back for More Than 50 Years

“I want other people to have the same opportunities that I’ve had. This money helps students with scholarships and other expenses. I know how important it is and I want to pay it forward.” Make a Gift The door to Sandra Thomas’s office on the third floor of the College of Nursing features a menagerie …
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Third Annual Alumni Scholarship Challenge

On February 25, 2019, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, alumni chapters and councils from around the country will compete in the third annual Alumni Scholarship Challenge. The weeklong campaign is an exciting time to see the Volunteer family come together to support current and future students in their area. Last year, over $60,000 was raised from …
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With Financial Support, Shooting for the Stars

Benjamin Barnhill, a senior from Memphis, is thankful for the role donors and scholarships have played in his education at UT. Make a Gift In a scene straight out of the movie October Sky, Benjamin Barnhill and his design project partner Drew Nickel place their hybrid rocket on the launch platform at the UT Cherokee …
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Working Back Toward College Baseball’s Top Echelon

Baseball pitcher Garrett Stallings has benefitted from the support of athletic scholarships. He also had the opportunity to participate in the unique VOLeaders program, an initiative made possible by private donations. Make a Gift Last June, 6’ 2” right-handed pitcher Garrett Stallings journeyed north to play in the Cape Cod League, the oldest and most …
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Understanding Students’ Needs

Clay Culp, licensed therapist and suicide prevention coordinator, is grateful for the impact the Bush Family Fellowship had on his experiences at UT and in his career. Make a Gift As a licensed therapist and suicide prevention coordinator at the Student Counseling Center, Clay Culp works with UT students when they need help the most. …
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Private Support Prepares Students to Coordinate Engineering and Business

Named for Ralph Heath, a retired president of Lockheed Martin Aeronautics, the Heath Integrated Business and Engineering Program unites students and knowledge in the Tickle College of Engineering and Haslam College of Business. Make a Gift The Heath Integrated Business and Engineering Program welcomed its first cohort of students in fall 2017. Each group of …
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Design Excellence at the Crossing of Architecture, Ecology, and Materials

As the 2018 BarberMcMurry Professor, Billie Faircloth taught an interdisciplinary design studio made up of students from all three schools in the college: architecture, interior architecture, and landscape architecture. Make a Gift In her professional and academic research, Billie Faircloth seeks to answer the question, “Why do we build the way that we do?” As …
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Movies As Art

For 41 years, Chuck Maland has exposed UT students to the cultural nuances of film. “It still seems like a privilege to me to have worked with young adults who are trying to figure out what they want to do in life and what kind of citizens and community members they would like to become.” …
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A Planned Gift Sparks Student Success

The Courtney Lyle Endowment for Journalism Excellence Scholarship was established in 2017. Two scholarships have since been awarded. Make a Gift The Courtney Lyle Endowment for Journalism Excellence Scholarship was established in 2017 by S. Paul Lyle, III to benefit students in the College of Communication and Information, specifically students in the School of Journalism …
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