Parents & Families Fund

Your Support Matters!

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.

Click here to give online!

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

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 13 grant to offices in the Division of Student Life to support student programs. See the impact we’ve made in 2014!


2014 Scholarship Recipients

2014 Scholarship Recipients

  • Catherine Albert
  • Joshua Anderson
  • Taylor Carlisle
  • Justin Clark
  • Sontoria King
  • Kelley Mabon
  • Sydney McNeill
  • Garrett Nelli
  • Jennifer Nicklas
  • Whitney Smith
  • Jacob Brannum
  • Ayana Croff
  • Kendall Jaggers
  • Caitlin Jarvis
  • Robert Jellicorse
  • Whitney Smith
  • Victoria Watson
  • Andrew Valk
  • Kirsten Salonga
  • Ashleigh Watson
  • Seth Watkins
  • Riley Richardson
  • Emily Starnes


2014 Grant Recipients

On August 22nd, the Central Program Council and Campus Entertainment Board hosted Vol Night Long. This event provided UT students with late night entertainment with the goal of encouraging students to participate in substance-free events through the provision of interactive games, contests and free food. Throughout the event, over 1,000 students and community members participated in games and activities while enjoying free refreshments and meeting new people.

Contact: Center for Student Engagement 865.974.5455

On October 3rd, the Office of Multicultural Student Life hosted the 2nd Annual Day of Dialogue. The day dedicated to providing a meaningful out-of-class experience and fostered a campus environment where students were free to discuss cultural differences. The keynote speaker for the event was Dr. Kevin Leo Yabut Nadal, an award-winning professor, psychologist, performer, and activist. Over 100 students, faculty, staff, parents, and community members of all backgrounds were in attendance.

Contact: Multicultural Student Life 865.974.6861

On October 28th, Women’s Coordinating Council hosted the annual Take Back the Night event. The evening was dedicated to raising awareness and educating both the Knoxville and UT communities of violence against women and sexual assault, while creating a supportive environment for expression and empowerment. The keynote speaker for the event was Sil Lai Abrams, a National Association of Black Journalists award-winning author and inspirational speaker.

Contact: Women’s Coordinating Council—Center for Student Engagement 865.974.5455

On August 18th, the Task Force in Support of Student Veterans hosted the 2nd Annual Welcome Home Dinner for students, faculty, and staff veterans. The dinner provided an opportunity for veterans across the UT campus community to meet, engage, and share a meal together before the start of the fall semester. Sixty-five veterans attended representing areas across campus. The Task Force also partnered with the UT Libraries, and Communication Department to host a VIP Meet & Greet breakfast with two Congressional of Medal Honor recipients. Students, faculty, and staff veterans had the once in a lifetime opportunity to meet, have their photo taken with, and hear stores from the Medal of Honor recipients Staff Sergeant Clinton Romesha and Colonel Doc Ballard. Over 80 individuals attended the event.

Contact: Center for Health Education and Wellness 865.974.5725


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:
    New Student & Family Programs
    University of Tennessee
    412 Student Services Building
    Knoxville, TN 37996