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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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Tee Martin Golf Tourney Raises Over $90K for Knoxville Students’ TriStar Scholarships

In partnership with the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Office of Alumni Affairs and the Chancellor’s Associates, alumnus Tee Martin (’00) hosted his first namesake golf tournament on Friday, June 24, at Avalon Country Club. The Tee Off with Tee Martin Golf Tournament raised over $90,000 for UT’s Flagship Scholarship, one of three last-dollar Tri-Star Scholarships …
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Record Number of Donors Invest in Student Success

Volunteers from across the state, nation, and world stepped forward together in support of students at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, during the 2021–22 fiscal year. A record number of 60,142 donors committed more than $264 million to enhance educational opportunities and provide the resources students need to succeed. Of those totals, 18,859 donors chose …
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UT Donors Invest in Students, Set Scholarship Record

More than 51,000 generous alumni and friends of the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, invested in students during the 2020–21 fiscal year, committing more than $202 million and transforming the student experience. The donations resulted in the record-setting awarding of student scholarships, the establishment of a student emergency fund, and the founding of the Big Orange …
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Remembering a Pioneering Woman in Physics

Estate gift of Elizabeth and James Bains to support diversity in the Department of Physics and Astronomy. The Department of Physics and Astronomy was recently surprised to receive the largest unrestricted gift in its history from Elizabeth and James Bains, who earned their PhD degrees from UT in the 1970s. One of exceedingly few women …
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Mentorship Is Key in Tri-Star Scholarship

The Tri-Star Scholarship Program helps Tennessee residents have access to the state’s flagship land-grant university, ensuring UT truly reflects the population of the state and is educating as many Tennesseans as possible. While nearly 90 percent of Tennesseans who apply to UT are offered a pathway to admittance, family finances can be a barrier to …
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Alum Matt Dirsa’s Legacy Lives on Through Scholarship and Award Established by His Family

(This article was originally published by the College of Communication and Information.) Tombras School of Advertising and Public Relations alumnus Matthew (Matt) Dirsa was a man of many interests—he loved outdoor activities such as rock climbing, golf, and snowboarding, but he and his friends also taught themselves how to knit stocking caps and he trained …
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Bruce and Nancy Sullivan to Establish Named Deanship for UT Libraries

The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Libraries is proud to announce a commitment by Bruce (’71) and Nancy (’73) Sullivan to establish the Bruce and Nancy Sullivan Dean of UT Libraries endowed position. Through contributions from their estate and a cash pledge to be fulfilled during their lifetime, the Sullivans’ generosity will enable UT Libraries to …
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Carlos and Winnie Simpson and John Tummins Memorial Scholarships Recognized

Recipients of the Carlos and Winnie Simpson and the John Tummins Memorial Scholarships recently gathered for a luncheon to learn more about the inspirations behind their scholarships. Representatives of the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, also shared the special connection between these two scholarships. UT Chancellor Donde Plowman told students, donors, and guests that extending UT’s …
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Donor Establishes Student Award to Honor Popular Business Analytics and Statistics Lecturer

Students of Brian Stevens, senior lecturer in the Department of Business Analytics and Statistics (BAS) at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville’s Haslam College of Business, have described him as “engaging,” accessible” and “responsive.” Stevens, whom students have called the best teacher they’ve ever had, has won multiple teaching awards and is known for inspiring students …
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