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2017 Student Awards Celebration Recipients Continued

Established in 1992, this scholarship was created in celebration of the life of Andrew Charles Robinson by his grandparents, Ron and Kathy Moore. Andrew did not survive infancy, dying at the age of two months. Rather than simply being a sad moment in the lives of those who loved this child, it was the hope and intention of the family that his death would create an opportunity to enrich the lives of other children. To reach this ideal, recipients of this scholarship will dedicate themselves to improving the lives of children through teaching, nurturing, and modeling an example by which to live. The scholarship is awarded annually to a fifth-year intern majoring in Elementary Education.

  • Sarah Grace Jones

The Rocky Top Institute Fellowship provides students with experiential learning opportunities in areas such as product development, brand management, and marketing while strengthening their leadership, creativity, and business skills.  The Rocky Top Institute was established in 2011 as a partnership between the Bryant family and the University of Tennessee to develop the Rocky Top brand. Students in the Retail and Consumer Sciences program develop Rocky Top designed products and have the responsibility to strategically grow the brand. Royalty proceeds from the sale of Rocky Top products are divided between the Bryant family and the University of Tennessee, with the university’s portion directed to The Pride of the Southland Band and the Retail and Consumer Sciences program.

  • Sally Brink
  • Amanda May
  • Kara O’Malley
  • Bailey Rankin
  • Ashley Sullivan
  • Taylor Thomas

See Beautiful is a philanthropic company with a mission to provide inspiring,ethically-sourced products that create more beautiful through empowerment, education, and strategic giving initiatives. Founder and CEO, Dr. Lydia Criss Mays is a former Educator and University Professor of Early Childhood and Elementary Education with a focus on equity, empowerment, and care. The students chosen to receive this award must, among other criteria, demonstrate a desire to see and create more beautiful in the world during and after their UTK academic experience.

  • Kristiana Moore
  • Rebecca Mansy
Lyn Shafer Overholt and Elisabeth Shafer Sansom with their husbands, Gene Overholt and Bill Sansom, established this endowment to honor their mother for the legacy of love and family which she has given to each of her children. All three women are graduates of the former College of Human Ecology. This scholarship is given to students who are residents of Tennessee or have graduated from a Tennessee high school and are majoring in Child and Family Studies.

    • Emily Dodson
    • Constance Jamison
    • Amanda Kuipers
    • Hailey Lavender
    • Hayley Robinette
    • Amanda Tennille

Andrea Sharp and Whitney Sharp Gibson have created the Sharp Family Scholarship to honor the dedication ever present in the work of their family. Andrea and Whitney are cousins who come from a family of public school teachers. They understand how difficult it can sometimes be to support a  family (and send a child to college) on a  teacher’s salary. Therefore, Andrea and Whitney felt it was important to create a scholarship to assist the child of a K-12 teacher. The Sharp family has received a total of nine degrees from the University of Tennessee.

    • Lacy Adorante

Patricia Grubbs Sherwood is a native of Blount County. In 1960 she graduated from the former College of Home Economics. Mrs. Sherwood taught Home Economics at South High School in Knoxville. Her love for the University and her field brought about the establishment of the Patricia Grubbs Sherwood Scholarship Endowment. Students majoring in disciplines formerly in the College of Human Ecology who are from Blount County and have demonstrated successful academic performance receive this scholarship.

    • Aleigha Welshan
    • Brooke Williams

R. Bruce Shipley and Sara Swann Shipley of Johnson City, Tennessee established five charitable remainder trusts with the University of Tennessee between 1989 and 1999. When Mr. Shipley passed away in 2002, Mrs. Shipley terminated the trust and activated the Shipley-Swann Endowment. This fellowship is to award returning students who demonstrate academic excellence.

    • Tanner Kilpatrick

Thomas A. and Darla Skelton established this fellowship to assist students in the fifth-year teacher internship program or other graduate students preparing tobecome administrators, counselors, or researchers in the field of education, with preference to those from Meigs County, Tennessee. For the first six years of their marriage, Mrs. Skelton was an elementary teacher in various public school systems around the country and saw the difference teachers can make. This fact, in addition to the severe shortage of good teachers today, prompted the Skeltons to want to assist and encourage young, energetic people who want to enter the teaching profession.

    • Paige Clark
    • Cayci Coleman
    • Alexis Monroe
Johneta Lewis Smith graduated in 1934 from the University of Tennessee with a bachelor’s degree in mathematics and spent the next forty years working for TVA. In honor of her years as a student and then a teacher in Van Buren County, Johneta established this scholarship for fifth-year education students with first preference given to graduates from any Van Buren County, Tennessee High School.

    • Mary Brown
    • Sarah Primm
    • Brandon Swayze
Dr. Hazel Taylor Spitze earned her doctorate at the University of Tennessee.  She and her husband, Bob, are lifelong contributors to the area of Family and Consumer Sciences and are nationally recognized for their strong commitment and dedication to education. This fellowship is awarded to doctoral students in a program focused on family, children, home, and parental development, which is presently known as Child and Family Studies.  The recipient shall have an outstanding academic ability and record, a proven commitment to these areas, full-time student status, and shall hold a Master’s degree in a related area.

    • Jennifer Cornwell
This award was established in 1981 through a bequest from Sadie K. Stanton to provide scholarships to worthy and needy students in the areas of the former College of Human Ecology. Preference is given to students from Tennessee.

    • Aaron Armstrong
    • Emily Heal
    • Marissa McElrone
    • Lauryn Palgut
    • Morgan Sowers
J. Donald Steele created this scholarship in honor of his mother, with additional support from Dr. Connie Steele and Mr. Kenneth Hobbs. It is awarded to an undergraduate or graduate student who shows professional promise and talent. Students from any major in the areas formerly in the College of Human Ecology are eligible.

    • Summer Smith
In 1983, Mr. and Mrs. Manfred Steinfeld established this scholarship to assist students majoring in Hotel Restaurant Administration. Preference is given to students who attended high school in the Morristown, TN area, specifically the Lakeway area.

    • Chelsea Blind
    • Mikayla Burchnell
    • Michelle Cosse
    • Nicolas Hacker
    • Emily Hicks
    • Peyton Jones
    • William Kennedy
    • Samantha Oleniak
Edith Smith Stevens graduated from the University of Tennessee with a B.A. in English in 1926. She was a respected and admired teacher of English at Rule High School in Knoxville, TN and was also recognized for her artistic abilities. Members of the Knoxville community remember her as a delightful, somewhat spiritual person who lifted the spirits of others. She left a bequest for teacher-interns in the College of Education with preference being given to students preparing to teach in a central city environment.

    • Rachel Schell
William Stokely was a 1922 graduate of the former College of Education who went into his family’s food canning business in Newport and worked his way from a floor laborer in the plant to the president of Stokely Van Camp, Inc. Under Mr. Stokely, the business grew to national prominence, and following his death in 1996, this fund was established between UT and the William B. Stokely, Jr. Foundation. Scholarships are awarded to fifth-year interns with preference given to those from Cocke, Loudon, and Monroe counties.

    • Kristiana Moore
    • Lacey Sharp
This is a new $4 million fellowship program, administered by the Graduate School, designed to help UT recruit top graduate students from around the world. The fellows come from 31 states and nine countries. There are students chosen for ten of our colleges, including the College of Education, Health, and Human Sciences.

    • Brenna Berry
    • Paula-Marie Ferrara
    • Elizabeth Garcia
    • Lauran Gieske
    • Collom Gresham
    • Nicholas King
    • Lucia Miranda
    • Alexander Price
    • Aubrey Ray
    • Lauren Schroeder
    • Ashlyn Schwartz
    • Meagan Shideler
    • Anisha Singh
    • Zachary Smith
    • Jennifer Ward
In 2003, Wilma Chalkier Thomas, an alumna of the former College Of Education, wishing to provide assistance to students preparing to enter the teaching profession, provided a generous endowment to fund fellowships for teacher interns in the College of Education, Health, and Human Sciences.

    • Kevin Gideon
    • Emily Webb
    • Nancy Welch
Family and friends established this award in 2006 in his honor.  Charles L. Thompson was a professor of Counselor Education and Educational Psychology at the University of Tennessee from 1967 to 2005.  According to his friends and colleagues, Thompson’s star shone brightest in the classroom and in his relationship with his students.  This recipient shall have similar interests.

    • Christina Nesbit
    • Mary Wynn
Mr. R. R. Vance was an alumnus of the University of Tennessee and a dear friend of the University’s President Andy Holt. Mr. Vance was the first full-time Executive Secretary of the Tennessee Retired Teachers Association (TRTA). During his tenure the TRTA became a model for other state associations. This endowment was the result of contributions from almost every TRTA member and was presented as a retirement gift in recognition of his career on behalf of educators. Since that time the fund has also benefited from gifts from other friends and family members and from Mr. Vance’s estate. Recipients must maintain a 3.0 or higher and be native Tennesseans.

    • Jennifer Tate
Alberta Lowe Wantling and Dale Wantling met as faculty members at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.  In 2004, the estate of Alberta Lowe Wantling established the endowment for this scholarship for deserving master’s degree students in the field of elementary education.

    • Christina Brothers
Charles F. Whiteside, a real estate investor and philanthropist, had been unable to attend college himself, but he wanted to help future educators with the cost of obtaining a college degree. In 1977 he passed away and left a sizeable gift to the University in his will to fund this scholarship. The recipients are undergraduate or graduate students in the areas formerly in the College of Education who are deserving of and in need of this funding.

    • Rachel Schell
    • Lacey Sharp
    • Alexandra Webb
    • Katherine Wein
Richard McCleary established this fellowship in 1998 to honor his mother, Louise Manning Wiley, who received a B.S. in Education from the University of Tennessee in 1913 and an M.A. in English in 1917. She was reportedly a bit apprehensive waiting to begin her first teaching job in Byington, but wrote in her diary, “I’m going into it with the spirit that Mrs. Vaughn (the home economics expert for the Knoxville News-Sentinel) advises. She said, ‘Just forget all about the salary and what hard work it is, and remember that they need you out there’.” Later, she taught English at UT. This fellowship will be for students in the areas of the former College of Education with preference to fifth-year interns seeking initial teacher licensure.

    • Robyn Byard
Donald E. Williams established this scholarship to assist full-time upper-class undergraduate students in the Teacher Education Program at the University of Tennessee. He hoped that this fund would help to retain students who are pursuing careers in the teacher profession, as he recognized their inadequate compensation for such an important role in society. Mr. Williams was a 1961 alumnus with a B.S. degree in Animal Science.

    • Douglas Graves
Reba Davis Williams followed in the footsteps of her father and grandfather teaching in Cocke County and Newport, Tennessee. She created this endowment from a bequest for fifth-year interns seeking initial teacher licensure because she believed that when you choose teaching as a profession, you extend your reach and influence beyond a single life span and touch the lives of the next generation.

    • Staci Parvin
In memory of Eleanor Waters Wilson, members of her family, Ray and Ron Sherrill, Tandy Wilson III, Connie and Tandy Wilson IV, Judy and Steve Wilson, and Malicia and Jeff Wilson, established this scholarship. Recipients of this scholarship have demonstrated successful academic performance and are majoring in a discipline formerly in the College of Human Ecology.

    • Erin Dunleavy
    • Mia Kesler
    • Megan Pence
Dr. Richard W. Yoakley’s wife, Carol, and other friends and family established this fellowship to honor his memory. Dr. Yoakley was a longtime Director of Pupil Personnel Services for Knox County Schools.  He served as Director of Knox County’s Special Education programs for 24 years. He was a widely respected leader in special education at both the state and national level. His leadership was guided by sincerity, warmth, compassion, and common sense in providing special education services to public education. This fellowship is awarded to graduate students from Knox County who are in the Psychology program and have demonstrated successful academic performance.

    • Jonah Ruddy


Dr. and Mrs. Zirkle established this award because of their strong belief in education and their desire to benefit future generations of students pursuing their educational dreams. The recipient of this scholarship is a student who demonstrates successful academic performance majoring in an area of the former College of Human Ecology and is a deserving student who needs assistance to attend college.

  • Jared Walker