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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 Family Engagement 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


2015 Grant Recipients

The Center for Student Engagement hosts Vol Night Long three times per semester. This event provides UT students with late night entertainment with the goal of encouraging students to participate in safe and substance-free events through games and activities while enjoying free refreshments and meeting new people.

Contact: Center for Student Engagement 865.974.5455

The Office of Off-Campus and Commuter Services coordinates the program which allows students to return home to west Tennessee during Thanksgiving, Winter, and Spring breaks. For a fee, students can register to ride the bus home which makes stops in Jackson and Memphis, TN.

Contact: Off-Campus and Commuter Services 865.974.4656

The Women’s Coordinating Council hosts the annual Take Back the Night event. The evening is 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 2014 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 in the Center for Student Engagement 865.974.5455

The Student Success Center hosts Walk-In Wednesdays on the first Wednesday of each month. Students can receive appointment-free tutoring while learning about other Student Success Center resources and meeting tutors in a fun, stress-free environment. .

Contact: Student Success Center 865.974.6641

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 Family Engagement
    University of Tennessee
    412 Student Services Building
    Knoxville, TN 37996

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