Scholarship

East Tennessee UA Scholarship Program

Nothing distinguishes ETUA more than our passionate pursuit of scholarship. Our chapter:

  • Raises funds, through generous endowments of our members, and with Riverboat Cruises held when the Alabama football team plays Tennessee in Knoxville
  • Actively recruits local area students through college fairs and other activities
  • Awards scholarships

Scholarships are typically $10,000 each. They are given to incoming freshmen who have a minimum high-school grade point average (GPA) of 3.5, ACT score of 29 through 31, and have not received scholarship assistance directly from the University totaling more than two-thirds of their tuition. In addition, East Tennessee sometimes provides support for our scholarship recipients who maintain at least a 3.0 grade point average through their sophomore, junior and senior years.  The ETUA scholarship award program is part of the University’s direct award programs. 


To be considered for ETUA scholarships, incoming freshmen must complete the general University of Alabama scholarship application in a timely manner.

Funds raised from the Riverboat Cruises, donations, and other special program are used for recruitment and scholarship.  Most revenue is deposited into our scholarship accounts at the University. In addition, chapter members have created their endowed scholarships by making very generous contributions to the alumni fund.  All chapter and individual deposits are then matched by the University at a percentage determined each year.  The actual amounts available each year for ETUA scholarships are determined by a complex calculation that takes into effect fund balances and economic performance among other things.

ETUA currently has eight scholarship funds at the university and all are endowed, meaning they have attained a balance that will generate revenue for our club scholarships in perpetuity.  ETUA has the largest corpus balance of any chapter outside the state of Alabama, which allows the chapter to award some of the largest scholarships in the nation to students in the Chapter’s area.

ETUA Chapter Endowed Scholarship Funds:

Col. Joe and Claire Shepherd Endowed Scholarship  
Dr. & Mrs. Bill Stallworth Endowed Scholarship  
Hoyt & Margie Turbyfill Endowed Scholarship  
ETUA Chapter Endowed Scholarship  
Jim Bogan Memorial Endowed Scholarship  
Edmond B. Lester & Roberta J. Evans Endowed Scholarship  
Virginia K. & William E. Morrow Endowed Scholarship
Mark and Elaine Heinrich Endowed Scholarship


Scholarship recipients 

2020   Madison Hullett (Farragut) Shepherd
    Katherine Dansereau (West) Stallworth & Turbyfill
    Ruthanne Carter (West) Morrow
2019   Kathryn Rose White Shepherd
    Andrew Tyler Engebretsen Stallworth, Turbyfill, ET Endowed
    Mitchell Deeson Morrow
2018   Gracie Benevicz (Bearden High School) Stallworth, Turbyfill 
    Jacob Wall (Maryville High School) Shepherd 
    Tanner White (Hardin Valley Academy) Morrow, Bogan 
2017   Emma Karen Gentile (Hardin Valley Academy) Shepherd, Turbyfill 
    Sierra B. Hall (Halls) Stallworth, Morrow
2016   Elijah Scarce (Morristown Hamblin W) Shepherd
    Brittany Alysse Tolson (Powell) Stallworth 
    Lindsay Howard (Bearden) Turbyfill 
    Kaylee R. Dillon (Karns) Bogan 
2015   Anna Lee Hawkins (Jefferson County) Shepherd 
    Hunter Harmon (Seymour) Stallworth 
    Brooke Jepko (Sevier County) Turbyfill & Bogan 
2014   Addalee Cantrell (West) Shepherd & Bogan  
    Taylor “Rayne” Riden (William Blount) Stallworth  
    Zachary Rayborn (Maryville) Turbyfill 
2013   Sarah Cottingham (Oak Ridge) Shepherd
    Maycie Cochram (Halls) Stallworth
    Olivia Davis (Bearden) Turbyfill
2012   Mary Beth Lewis (Farragut) Shepherd
    Rebecca Stover (Bearden) Stallworth
    Rachael Bower (Webb) Turbyfill
2011   Samuel Carden (Farragut) Shepherd
    Caleb Felker (Hardin Valley Academy) Stallworth
    Lucas Earl (Knoxville Catholic) Turbyfill
2010   Rebecca E. Fleenor (Christian Academy of Knoxville) Shepherd
    Abigail Begovich (Farragut) Stallworth
    McKenzie Pope (Home Schooled) Turbyfill
2009   Julia Gardial (Knoxville Catholic) Shepherd
    Paul Toth (Farragut) Stallworth
    Emily Bithorn (Bearden) Turbyfill
2008   Patrick Cady (Knoxville Catholic) Shepherd
    Amanda Lewis (Farragut) Stallworth
    Christine Earl (Knoxville Catholic) Turbyfill
2007   Kelsey Soloman (Dobyns Bennett) Shepherd
    Sydney McWaters (Maryville) Stallworth
    Seth Nelson (Dobyns Bennett) Turbyfill
2006   Callie McCamy (West) Shepherd
2005   John Ellis (Jefferson County)   Shepherd
2004   Lauren Bell (Knoxville Catholic) Shepherd
2003   Katrina Maggi (Knoxville Catholic) Shepherd
    Tracy Steed (Knoxville Catholic) Shepherd
2002   Leanne Gentry (Anderson County) Shepherd
2001   Anna Lynn Hanson (Clinton) Shepherd
2000   Alyson Cantrell (Farragut) Shepherd
1999   Melody Nicole Johnson (Dobyns-Bennet) Shepherd
1998   Jennifer Angela Bibby (Oak Ridge) Shepherd
1997   Michael Wayne Missagia (Oak Ridge) Shepherd
1996   Brian Edward Sparks (Karns) Shepherd
1995   Carrie Elizabeth Gaddis (Oak Ridge) Shepherd
1994   Patrick Lynn Bullock (Halls) Shepherd
1993   Sarah Anne Mezga (Farragut) Shepherd
1992   Mack Bradley Sparks (Karns) Shepherd
1991   Christi Renee Morris (Loudon) Shepherd
1990   Valerie Eby (Maryville) Shepherd
1989   Amy Elizabeth McManus (Bearden) Shepherd
1988   Elizabeth Ann Hendon (Farragut) Shepherd
1987   Karen Elizabeth Bryant (Webb) Shepherd
1986   Paige Whetstone (Farragut) M.J. Langley Memorial Scholarship
1985   Christopher Carr Ackerson (Farragut) Bill Huddleston Memorial Scholarship
1984   Tracy Monique Russell (Farragut) Gift, Col. Joe & Claire Shepherd
1983   Anna Katherine Smith (Maryville)  
1982   Robin Lynn Latham (Oak Ridge)  
1981   Anna Katherine Smith (Maryville)  
1980   Beverly Ann Bradford (Greenville)  
    Celia Ann Jackson (Bearden)  


ETUA Scholarship Information Assistance 

ETUA club officers and members are pleased to assist area students in their quest to become students at the University of Alabama.  We can often refer students to the correct University staff members to provide information about scholarships, or to answer questions about attending UA. In addition, we can help set-up customized campus visits for highly qualified students. Please reach out to any ETUA officer for information.



Academics at the University of Alabama

UA is the South’s premier student-centered, research university and one of the top 50 public universities in the country. Since 1831, The University of Alabama has supported the aspirations of its students. The University of Alabama has ranked among the top 50 public U.S. universities in U.S. News and World Report’s annual college rankings for more than a decade.

Helpful University of Alabama scholarship links:

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