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Parents & Families Fund

The Parents & Families Fund is a special gift-giving program for parents of undergraduate students. The deep interest and generous support of parents have made a significant difference in helping UT maintain its position as an international leader in higher education and in enhancing students’ out-of-class experiences.

Your Support Matters!

You may also call our office during business hours (8:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.; M–F) to speak with a staff member about giving a gift. Thank you for your support of the Parents & Families Fund.

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The Parents & Families Fund directly supports programming for UT students and parents as well as funds numerous scholarship opportunities available exclusively to students of Parents Association members. The Parents Association has awarded more than 170 scholarships to students in the areas of academics, leadership, service, and international study/travel since 2003 and funded thirteen grants to offices in the Division of Student Life to support student programs. See the impact we’ve made in 2015.

The Clinton C. Boyd, Jr. Memorial Scholarship

In September 2014, a the UT Parents Council lost a dear friend and fellow “UT Dad”. Clinton C. Boyd, Jr. was a alumnus of UT’s College of Engineering; he valued family, service, leadership, and the University of Tennessee. In 2015, the Office of New Student & Family Programs created the Clint Boyd Scholarship to honor Clint’s memory and recognize his commitment to UT. The scholarship will be awarded each spring to an engineering student who values education and service, and will be funded by the Parents & Families Fund.

2015 Scholarship Recipients

Ashley Campeaux from Chattanooga, TN

Zachary Dye from Grandview, TN

Brennan Galbraith from Brentwood, TN

Olivia Hysinger from Cleveland, TN

Angela Kirkpatrick from Knoxville, TN

Annabel Large from Jonesborough, TN

Monil Mehta from Oak Ridge, TN

Sierra Moses from Tellico Plains, TN

Riley Richardson from Shelbyville, TN

Lexi Steinhaus from Mequon, WI

Gregory Day from Knoxville, TN

Travelling to Tokyo, Japan

Adam Hubler from Lebanon, TN

Travelling to Urbino, Italy

Olivia Hysinger from Cleveland, TN

Travelling to Cape Town, South Africa

Austin Mullen from West Chester, OH

Travelling to Cambridge, England

Matthew Scott from Piney Flats, TN

Travelling to Alicante, Spain

Paige Scrivener from Lakeland, TN

Travelling to Amsterdam, Netherlands

Teresa Slade from Knoxville, TN

Travelling to Cambridge, England

Hannah Willoughby from Fort Mill, SC

Travelling to Osaka, Japan

Collin Gatlin from Mount Juliet, TN

Alex Hwang from Knoxville, TN

Lauren Kataja from Concord, NC

R.J. Little, Jr. from Liberty, SC

Megan O’Malley from Saint Charles, IL

Joseph Perry from Chattanooga, TN


2016-2017 Grant Recipients

Take Back The Night (TBTN) is an annual event organized by the Women’s Coordinating Council. It is a multi-part event with a Silent March through campus, a keynote speaker who has experienced sexual or domestic violence, a Speak Out where survivors can share their experiences in a safe and supportive environment, and finally a candlelight vigil to remember those who have died due to sexual or domestic violence. Participants can also view the Clothesline Project, a display of t-shirts made by survivors of domestic or sexual violence. In addition, the event hosts a resource fair where both campus and community partners can share the resources and services they offer for survivors or those interested in helping eliminate this kind of violence. The goal of this event is to bring attention to domestic violence and sexual assault as well as support survivors of sexual violence. TBTN is a night of solidarity where the campus community can come together to support survivors and pledge to make campus a safer place.

Contact: Center for Student Engagement 865.974.5455

V2V will host a series of nine Lunch & Learn seminars to educate the student body on a variety of health & wellness related topics. The V2V will partner with offices across campus and the greater Knoxville community (i.e. Student Health, CHEW, Student Counseling Center, Knox County Health Department, and the Sexual Assault Center of East Tennessee) to provide speakers for each Lunch and Learn. One Lunch & Learn will be scheduled each month. The series will run from March 2016 to April 2017.

Contact: Center for Health Education & Wellness 865.974.5725

This project is to help raise funds for the Vol Night Long Program for the Campus Entertainment Board for the 2016-2017 Academic year. This program has grown tremendously over the past few years and we now host 6 programs a year with 3 in the Fall semester and 3 in the Spring semester. The events are always hosted on a Friday night, usually once a month and feature themed activities, entertainment and food. These events are late night programs that provide an alternative on campus activity for students on weekends. The program has become a big hit with average attendance running between 400-500 students. The Board has a goal to break 1000 attendees at a single event this year and I believe wholeheartedly they can accomplish that. They have come close a few times now reaching nearly 900 students at an event on several occasions. The primary goal of this project is to secure more funding for an ever growing program that has evolving needs to help keep students interested in the program and to continue to provide unique entertainment.

Contact: Center for Student Engagement 865.974.5455

Big Orange Organization Training (BOOT) Camp is an overnight retreat for approximately 50-60 student organization leaders. The overnight retreat will help Student Organization Presidents or Leaders to have extensive leadership training, team building, and develop connections with other student organization leaders. The Student Organization Leaders attending the retreat would then take the skills learned back to their student organizations.

Contact: Center for Student Engagement 865.974.5455

Students at UT Knoxville juggle multiple priorities including attending class, studying outside class, getting involved on campus, and other extra-curricular activities. Unfortunately, some students also worry about where they will get their next meal. Big Orange Meal Share allows students to donate funds or unused guest meals to students in need. Students who need the meals will then have the ability to apply for supplemental meal(s) to assist them throughout the semester. This partnership between the Office of the Dean of Students, Student Government Association, Office of Family Engagement, and Volunteer Dining brings the Volunteer spirit to UT dining locations.

Contact: Family Engagement 865.974.4546

UT 2 West TN provides transportation for students that live in West TN (specifically Memphis and Jackson) a safe and reliable mode of transportation. With TN being such a large state that serves all students, the distance for many of the students is a challenge. In order to enhance the student experience and safety, UT 2 West TN provides a charter bus to Memphis and Jackson, TN during Thanksgiving, Winter, and Spring breaks.

Contact: Off-Campus and Commuter Services 865.974.4656

Growth of the Parents & Families Fund

The Parents & Families Fund has grown significantly over the past five years! From 2008 to 2013, tax-deductible gifts to the fund skyrocketed from $44,140 to more than $125,000 annually. Thank you to the more than 4,400 families who have supported the fund in the past six years.

Support the Parents & Families Fund

  1. Give online
  2. Mail gifts to:
    Office of New Student & Family Programs
    University of Tennessee
    412 Student Services Building
    Knoxville, TN 37996


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