Archive for the ‘Project GRAD Knoxville News’ Category

Project GRAD closed for Fall Break

Tuesday, October 7th, 2014

Project GRAD offices will be closed for Labor Day

Thursday, August 28th, 2014

The Project GRAD office will be closed on Monday, September 1, 2014.

2014 Annual Scholars Celebration Dinner Held

Thursday, July 10th, 2014

The 2014 Annual Scholars Celebration Dinner was another success.

We were honored to have Tearsa Smith and Bo Williams (WATE TV anchors) to emcee the program this and they were dynamic as they kept the crowd entertained and energized.

A number is scholars who have successfully graduated from college participated in the program this year. It was great to have these scholars return to Project GRAD and give back by serving on the program in some capacity or by imparting wisdom by sharing their testimony with them. Shawn Hatmaker (Class of 2007 GRAD Scholar, Austin East Magnet High School) shared wise advice with the graduating seniors as he talked about the difference the Project GRAD continues to make in his life even following graduation from college. Shawn graduated from Tennessee State University in 2011 with a degree in Political Science and a focus on international relations and terrorist studies. He is presently working for Representative Timothy Hill as an Executive Assistant and is working to be certified in ministry as a Pastor. Other scholars on program were Jonathan Blair (Class of 2008 Fulton High School) and Christie Banks (Class of 2007, Fulton High School).

There’s always suspense surrounding the person selected to receive the “Caught Doing Right For Kids” Award each year. The award recipient this year was equally surprised and very deserving of the honor. Rosalyn Tillman was the award winner this year and she was caught completely by surprised but was also very happy to receive the award that recognized her for service to kids and for always being caught doing what’s right for kids. Dean Tillman (as she is affectionately known) has been the Dean/Principal of the Summer Institute at Pellissippi State since it began and is responsible for the success of the program.

Cody and Kensey Zimmerman closed the program with a beautiful musical selection. Kensey is a Class of 2007  GRAD scholar from Fulton High School. She graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelor’s Degree in Communication Studies in 2011 from the University of Tennessee. In 2013 she graduated with a Master’s in Communication and Information with a concentration in Communication Studies from the University of Tennessee also.

There were 140 Scholars in this graduating class that met all qualifications of the GRAD scholarship and will be attending colleges/universities in several states this fall. Congratulations Class of 2014 Scholarship Recipients.

Photos of the dinner wp-content/gallery/2014-scholars-celebration-dinner

Happy 4th of July

Friday, July 4th, 2014

Project GRAD offices are closed for the 4th of July and will re-open on Monday, July 7th.

College and Career Month 2014

Tuesday, February 25th, 2014

Busy month with College and Career activities in February. Schools have held mini college fairs, college and career dress up days, invited special guest to speak to students about their careers, and held ACT tutoring sessions just to mention a few. This has been an exciting month!