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.

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

Vol Night Long is a university tradition, which provides UT students with free, easily accessible entertainment. The goal is to encourage students to participate in substance-free events, rather than those that are potentially dangerous, through the provision of interactive games, contests and free food. Throughout the event, 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

The “Day of Dialogue” was a day dedicated to providing a meaningful out-of-class experience and fostered a campus environment where students were free to discuss cultural differences. The one-day, campus-wide diversity symposium provided an opportunity to engage the campus community in dialogue about current topics related to diversity. All students, faculty, staff, parents, and community members of all backgrounds were welcomed to participate.

Contact: Multicultural Student Life 865.974.6861

Take Back the Night is an evening 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. A march across campus, a speak-out session and a candlelight vigil will highlight Take Back the Night, an annual sexual assault awareness event at UT Knoxville.

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

The Task Force in Support of Student Veterans did “Welcome Home” all new and returning student veterans at a dinner. The dinner provided the opportunity for student veterans to meet other faculty & staff veterans on campus before the start of classes.

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