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Administrative Council Scholarship

This Scholarship was established in February of 1996.

The recipient of this scholarship must have completed 30 college credit hours and maintain at least a 2.5 GPA.

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Cory Darnell Scholarship

On a Chilly Sunday – January 5, 2014, Tom Touzeau was out running on a greenway trail along Melton Hill Lake Drive near Oak Ridge Marina. Cory was off-duty that day and riding in a car with his mother on Melton Hill Lake Drive. He glanced over and saw a man lying face down on the running trail around 5 p.m. He told his mother to stop. He jumped out and found Tom sprawled face down and without a pulse. He was in full cardiac arrest. Cory began CPR immediately as his mother called 911. Ten minutes later units from the Oak Ridge Fire Department and Anderson County EMS arrived. Cory had brought Tom back, and he was breathing. Today, he’s still breathing and on the job in the field of Environmental Sciences for RSI in Oak Ridge.

The Rotary Club of Farragut presented Cory with the club’s prestigious “Service above Self” award that honors men and women in the field of emergency services. That man on the trail, Tom, and his wife Leigh Anne were at the ceremony to again thank Cory and help honor him.

Cory was introduced to us by Knoxville Fire Department (KFD) Chief San Sharp, who said Cory exemplifies the ethic of “going above and beyond” his job at Station 7 in Lonsdale. “He was off duty, and he did not have to stop and do this. But he did it right, and he did the right thing,” Chief Sharp said. “We are very proud of Cory.”

A scholarship was established in Cory’s honor and is awarded to a full time student from Clinton High School taking at least 6 hours each semester and maintaining a grade point average of at least a 2.0.

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Faculty Senate Scholarship

The Pellissippi State Faculty Senate (formerly The Pellissippi State Faculty Council) was established on April 20, 2005. The Senate began functioning as a representative, voting body in fall 2005. The Senate serves both as the governing body of the faculty and as the voice of the collective Pellissippi State faculty. Since its Faculty Council days in the 1980’s and 1990’s, the Senate has been sponsoring the Faculty Senate Student Scholarship, often funded both by Senate-sponsored events like the Faculty Senate book sale and by individual faculty donations.

The recipients of this scholarship will be full-time students, maintain at least a 2.5 GPA, have demonstrated financial need.

Seven $500 scholarships will be awarded each year with one scholarship being given to a qualified student recommended by each department.

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George H. Brink Music Scholarship

The George Henry Brink, Sr. Memorial Music Scholarship was established in loving memory of George by Orpha Leitch Brink. George Henry Brink was the third of five children born to Annie and John Brink, of Florence Alabama, on September 6, 1924. As a boy, he attended St. Joseph Catholic Elementary School and always said the nuns taught him much more than to read and write; they taught him how to tell right from wrong. Then added that sometimes it took a ruler across his hand but they didn’t give up on him. He attended Coffee High School in Florence and because he let football get in the way it took him five years to finish. He served as quarterback for the team.

A member of the greatest generation, George was a U.S. Marine Corps Veteran who served his country in the south Pacific during World War II. After the war, he attended Auburn University and the University of Tennessee earning a degree in Food Science Technology. Right out of college, George went to work for Creamery Package Manufacturing Company and worked for them for five years before he decided to go in business for himself. With $7,500 of borrowed money, George established Brink’s Inc. in 1955 to distribute supplies and equipment to the dairy and ice cream industries. Brink’s Inc. quickly grew to provide engineering, sales and service in the industrial, food and beverage industries. His company sold and installed food processing equipment, bulk milk tanks, stainless steel tanks, and was the first in the southeast district to sell a homogenizer. He employed 52 people and never had a losing quarter during the 34 years he ran Brink’s Inc. After George sold Brink’s Inc., he worked as a consultant for Dairyman Inc. for several years then served as a consultant for the industry until he closed his office on January 1, 2009.

George was a member of the Food Industries Supplies Association and served as president from 1972-1974. He brought the
association to Knoxville for their annual meeting during the World’s Fair in 1982. For more than fifty years, George was a member of the Downtown Rotary Club and was one of the original members of Club LeConte.

George was a quick witted, compassionate man of unwavering faith and a mentor to many. In addition to caring for his mother as long as she lived, he was a loving husband and father and aquired many friendships that lasted throughout his life. George was married to Alice O’Hearn Brink until her death in 2000. They raised nine children, all have a college degree and enjoy successful careers today. In addition to paying full tuition for his children, he often paid for other students who couldn’t afford to attend the private Catholic schools. He was married to Orpha Leitch Brink until his death on March 19, 2012. His legacy also includes 22 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

George was a member of Holy Ghost Catholic Church for more than fifty years and during that time he served on many church committees as well as an usher. Without a doubt, his greatest passion was for his family to get together for Mass then celebrate his birthday during Labor Day weekend each year. And to assure his family would remain close, he hosted a Brink Family reunion in Florida every other Thanksgiving.

George had a passion for good music and knowing that music was a great tool to help keep the mind sharp, kept classical music playing throughout his home twenty-four hours a day. He enjoyed attending the musicals at Pellissippi State and looked forward to the Holiday Spectacular in December each year. George would be so pleased to have his name associated with music as well as a deserving music student.

The recipient of this scholarship must be a full time student majoring in music with an overall grade point average of 3.0 or higher.

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Hickory - Built Careers in Construction

Hickory Construction celebrated its 40th year in business Wednesday, May 17, 2017,with an announcement at Knoxville’s Jackson terminal that the company would provide local construction workforce development a much-needed boost in the career-consideration mindset of Blount and Knox Counties’ Millennials and rising Generation Z high-school graduates. The announcement was made by Hickory Construction Chairman Burke Pinnell. Hickory Construction President Ben Pinnell joined his father in this historic commitment to the local industry and Pellissippi State Community College Foundation. Hickory’s VP of Marketing, John McMillan joined the Engineering Technology Program Advisory Board as a result of the partnership.

Hickory Construction, Inc. is a licensed general contractor headquartered in Alcoa, Tennessee, offering services for commercial, industrial and residential projects.

The Hickory – Build Careers in Construction Scholarship will be awarded to a full time student. Majors considered are Engineering Technology with Civil Concentration or Certificate Programs with concentration in 3D Parametric Modeling with SolidWorks, Construction Business Principles, Building Information Modeling, Electrical Systems Technology or Others as relevant to the construction industry.

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JB and Carolyn Allen Memorial Scholarship

This scholarship was established by Gypsy Harrill in memory of her parents.

John Allen was born in Bell County, Ky in 1923. He was a 20-year employee of Union Carbide in Oak Ridge, He was a member of the Caryville Lodge No. 665 F&AM, 32nd Degree Mason, a Shriner and a member of Kerbela Temple and LaFollette Shrine Club. He was a member of the US Navy and fought in WWII. JB was a jack of all trades but he loved fishing the most. JB passed away at the age of 59 from bone cancer.

Carolyn Allen was born in Pruden, Ky in 1929. She worked in factories most of her life but in 1972 she went back to school at the Jacksboro Technology Center to become an LPN. She worked at Appalachian Regional Hospital in Middlesboro, Ky and at Lake City Hospital until it closed. She then worked for a Home Health Agency. Carolyn passed away at 80.

The recipient of this scholarship must be a music major.

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J.Y. Ellenburg - St. Elizabeth's Episcopal Church Scholarship

Janus Yentsch Ellenburg was a brilliant scientist and artist who was passionate about promoting education for women. She was one of those women who was creative as well as scientific. She graduated with a science degree from Western Maryland College and received a Ph.D. in emission spectroscopy. She lived most of her life in Birmingham, Alabama. She worked as a research scientist for National Aeronautics and Space Administration and was an accomplished artist. She was a juried singature member of the Watercolor Society of Alabama and of the Georgia Watercolor Society. She was also a juried artist of the Alabama Designer/Craftsmen and of the National League of American Pen Women. After her husband died, she moved to Knoxville, Tennessee, to be with family in the area. Members of the St. Elizabeth’s Church took her to church where she found friends and support. In graditude, she bequeathed St. Elizabeth’s funds to support education for women in need. This scholarship fulfills her wishes.

St. Elizabeth’s episcopal Church was founded in 1984 and supports an active outreach program.. Rather than give funds to organizations, the church chose to focus on having direct impact on a few groups including Vine Middle School, an inner city school. Over the years, St Elizabeth’s has provided school supplies, clothing and toiletries to Vine MIddle School. St. Elizabeth’s wishes to continue to support Vine MIddle School female alumni through this scholarship.

This scholarship will be awarded to a full time student taking a minimum of 9 semester hours, maintains an overall grade point average of at least a 2.0, preference given to a female student who has attended Vine Middle School, if none available, the scholarship may be awarded to female students who have attended Austin-East or Fulton High School. This Scholarship will continue for a student for up to four semesters as long as the student maintains at least a 2.0 grade point average and takes at least 9 hours each semester.

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Lucile Suit Memorial Culinary Scholarship

1914 Lucile Wilson born and raised in Wylam, Jefferson County, Alabama

1933 Married Huston Carl Suit and had four children.

1960 Widowed and known for her great cooking skills, baked cakes for local restaurants.

1961 Enrolled in Lunchroom Management Program with the Birmingham Public Schools System while working at the Alabama Power Company lunchroom.

1962 Graduated with honors; Lunchroom Manager at Wylam Elementary School where she attended as a child.

1962-1980 Loved and admired by students and faculty for her thoughtfulness and home-cooked school meals that included delicious yeast rolls and cinnamon rolls.

1981 Lucile passed away and would be honored to help others pursue a career in the fine art of cooking.

2013 Lucile Suit Memorial Culinary Arts Scholarship established in loving memory of an exceptional woman, daughter, sister, mother, and nana.

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NSF Success in STEM Grant-Funded Scholarship

The NSF Success in STEM Scholarship is a grant-funded scholarship that is available for students in Engineering, Animal Science including pre-veterinarian, Plant and Soil Science, Biology, Geosciences, Environmental and Soil Sciences, and Mathematics.

Students must meet the following requirements to qualify:

  • Must be a U.S. Citizen or national, or eligible non-citizen;
  • Must be enrolled full-time (minimum of 12 credit hours each fall and spring semester) in one of the targeted disciplines that lead to an associate’s degree in an area associated with a targeted STEM discipline;
  • Must demonstrate financial need, as defined by the U.S. Department of Education;

The National Science Foundation (NSF) is an independent Federal agency created by the National Science Foundation Act of 1950,as amended (42 USC 1861-75). The Act states the purpose of the NSF is “to promote the progress of science; [and] to advance the national health, prosperity, and welfare by supporting research and education in all fields of science and engineering.” NSF funds research and education in most fields of science and engineering. It does this through grants and cooperative agreements to more than 2,000 colleges, universities, K-12 school systems, businesses, informal science organizations and other research organizations throughout the US. The Foundation accounts for about one-fourth of Federal support to academic institutions for basic research.

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Peggy and Joe Wilson Scholarship

Peggy Wilson was employed at State Technical Institute (Now Pellissippi State) from 1983 – 2017. At the time of her retirement she was Vice President of College Advancement and Executive Director of the Foundation. Joe Wilson was employed by State Technical in 1981 as the Director of Computer Services and was instrumental in the building of the new campus which was occupied in 1986. In 1988 State Tech became Pellissippi State.

This scholarship was established to supplement other Foundation scholarships. This scholarship will help students in transfer programs with their needs

The recipient of this scholarship must be a full time student majoring in a college transfer program and maintain at least a 3.0 GPA.

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Support Staff Scholarship

This Scholarship was established in November 1991.

The recipient of this scholarship must be a full time student majoring in Information Systems Technology and maintain a 3.0 GPA.

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Susanne Stiles Scholarship

Susanne Loren Schmied Stiles was a 1989 graduate of Pellissippi State Community College. She was extremely happy with both the education and attention to student needs during her tenure at Pellissippi. When Suzanne suddenly passed away in 2008 her family began looking for a way to memorialize her. An endowment at Pellissippi to support students in situations similar to hers while enrolled clearly emerged as the most appropriate measure.

There are, of course, many causes and organizations which I could have graced with the gift that endowed this scholarship. Why Pellissippi? Simply because, of all the factors that influenced Susanne’s professional life, Pellissippi had the greatest impact. Not only did she receive the education that enabled a career, but through leadership opportunities she gained the self-confidence and organizational skills to really take charge of her life. Pellissippi gave something valuable and lasting to her; now she is giving something valuable and lasting back to Pellissippi.

Larry Stiles, on behalf of Susanne Stiles.

The recipient of this scholarship will be a student that is taking at least six semester hours with a preference given to non-traditional students who did not enter Pellissippi State directly from high school. The recipient will maintain a 2.25 GPA or higher, have demonstrated financial need and will maintain reasonable and demonstrated progress toward completion of a degree within a reasonable time.

Wilson Family Legacy Scholarship

Wilson Family Legacy Scholarship

On July 13, 1985, Peggy Mahan and her children, Donald and Melissa became a blended family with Joseph Wilson, and his son, Gregory. As the family grew, Donald had a daughter, Madyson. Melissa had two children, Bryson and Ava. More grandchildren will be forthcoming from Gregory. This fund is set up to honor the Wilson and Mahan children and grandchildren.

The student that receives this scholarship will be any adult student in good standing taking six or more hours per semester in any field of study and maintain at least a 2.8 grade point average.