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March 15 is application deadline for Community Foundation scholarships

The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee is offering three scholarships specifically for MTSU students and prospective students, all with deadlines of March 15.

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The Archie Hartwell Nash Memorial Scholarship Fund was established in 1997 to honor the late owner of Overton Produce Company and several related companies.

Eligible applicants for the Nash scholarships must be MTSU sophomores or above, including graduate students, who are working a minimum of 20 hours per week and maintaining a 2.0 or higher grade-point average.

Ken Shipp, an MTSU alumnus who coached football for several teams at the collegiate and professional level, established a scholarship in his name in 2009 for graduating seniors from Rutherford County public high schools who plan to attend MTSU. Shipp died in 2012.

Cameron Blake Parnell

Cameron Blake Parnell

Ken Shipp

Ken Shipp

Applicants for the Shipp scholarship must have a minimum GPA of 2.75 and/or meet the eligibility criteria for the Tennessee Lottery scholarship. In addition, they must have financial need and be persons of good moral character.

Family and friends established the Cameron Blake Parnell Scholarship Fund in 2015 to honor the professional pilot and MTSU alumnus, who earned a bachelor’s degree in aerospace administration in 2006. Parnell died in 2014 in a hiking accident in Crater Lake, Oregon.

Applicants for the Parnell scholarship must be rising juniors or seniors at MTSU who major in aerospace and plan to become pilots. They also must maintain a 3.0 GPA or above.

For more information, contact Pat Embry of the Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee at 615-321-4929, extension 114, or at pembry@cfmt.org, or visit www.cfmt.org/request/scholarships.

— Gina K. Logue (gina.logue@mtsu.edu)

Wednesday, Feb. 15, is deadline to apply for transfer student scholarships

Wednesday, Feb. 15, is the final deadline for students planning to transfer to Middle Tennessee State University to apply for two significant scholarships: the Guaranteed Transfer Promise Scholarship and the Honors Transfer Fellowship.

Transfer students visiting MTSU listen as Emilie Hendren, second from left, a public relations major, informs them about the James E. Walker Library's many features. (MTSU photos by Eric Sutton)

Transfer students visiting MTSU listen as Emilie Hendren, second from left, a public relations major, informs them about the James E. Walker Library’s many features. (MTSU photos by Eric Sutton)

Applications, fees, transcripts and other requirements for both scholarships must be completed online — or mailed applications postmarked — by Feb. 15.

To receive the Guaranteed Transfer Promise Scholarship, a $3,000 award per year for two years with a maximum of four semesters, first-time students must have a minimum 3.0 GPA and 45 to 105 credit hours and must meet the Feb. 15 application deadline.

For more information, visit www.mtsu.edu/financial-aid/scholarships/incoming-transfer.php. Questions about the Guaranteed Transfer Promise Scholarship also can be directed to the MT One Stop in person in Room 210 of the Student Services and Admissions Center, 1860 Blue Raider Drive, or by calling 615-898-2111.

Dr. Laurie Witherow

Dr. Laurie Witherow

To receive the University Honors College’s Honors Transfer Fellowship, an award of $7,000 per year or $3,500 per semester, qualified students should have completed 60 hours of college or university coursework with a 3.5 GPA or better by fall 2017.

To apply for theHonors Transfer Fellowship, visit http://mtsu.edu/honors/transfer.php. For more information, contact the University Honors College at 615-898-2152.

“We have to have everything by Feb. 15 in order for transfer students to qualify for the guaranteed scholarships,” said Dr. Laurie Witherow, associate vice provost in the Division of Student Affairs.

Admissions personnel need the following from prospective transfers:

  • Admission application.
  • Paid application fee.
  • Official college transcripts through the fall 2016 semester, reflecting the required earned hours and cumulative GPA requirement.
  • Official high school transcript, if applicable.

Student applicants also must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident.

— Randy Weiler (Randy.Weiler@mtsu.edu)

Fellow MTSU tour guide Peyton Tracy, left, and prospective transfer students and their parents listen as Meaghan Hill shares about Peck Hall during the Feb. 10 campus tour. Eligible transfers need to apply by Feb. 15 to be considered for guaranteed and Honors scholarships.

Fellow MTSU tour guide Peyton Tracy, left, and prospective transfer students and their parents listen as Meaghan Hill discusses Peck Hall during a Feb. 10 campus tour. Eligible transfers need to apply by Feb. 15 to be considered for guaranteed and honors scholarships.

Women’s group sets March 10 deadline to apply for $1K MTSU scholarships

Applications for two renewable $1,000 scholarships that are available exclusively to MTSU students are due by Friday, March 10.

AAUW Mboro logo webThe Murfreesboro chapter of the American Association for University Women is offering the Ruth Houston Memorial Undergraduate Scholarship and the new Butler-Fouts Memorial Graduate Scholarship for the fall 2017 and spring 2018 semesters.

Eligible applicants for the Houston scholarship are nontraditional female undergraduate students age 24 and older who demonstrate academic promise and financial need and who have completed their freshman year at MTSU successfully.

The Butler-Fouts scholarship is available to female graduate students from underrepresented ethnic or racial groups who demonstrate academic promise and financial needs.

Applicants must currently be enrolled in or accepted into an MTSU graduate program. Preference will be given to applicants who show that they are close to completing their degrees.

The scholarship is renewable, which could mean a total of $2,000 for an academic year for eligible students.

For more information or to apply, go to www.aauw-murfreesboro.org and click on “Education.”

— Gina K. Logue (gina.logue@mtsu.edu)

[WATCH] Hear from the 2016 June S. Anderson Foundation Scholarship winners

 

Three rising seniors at MTSU will start the fall 2016 semester knowing that their entire year’s tuition will be paid. Rebecca Craighead, Andrea Madison and Lori Grimes are the 2016 recipients of the June S. Anderson Foundation Scholarships. The foundation annually awards the stipends to women undergraduates age 23 and older. The nonprofit foundation is named for an MTSU chemistry professor who pioneered numerous advances for MTSU women.

Grammy winner Henry headlines ‘Songs for Scholarships’ Feb. 18

A Grammy Award-winning singer/songwriter will entertain at a special fundraiser set Thursday, Feb. 18, to generate scholarships for worthy MTSU students.

Don Henry

Don Henry

Don Henry, who has shared the stage with artists ranging from Keith Urban to Joey Ramone, will perform at “Songs for Scholarships,” scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Feb. 18 at the Miller Club inside Tennessee Miller Coliseum, 304B W. Thompson Lane in Murfreesboro.

Songs for Scholarships flier webRay Charles, Patti Page, Conway Twitty, Blake Shelton, Miranda Lambert, Gene Watson and B.J. Thomas have recorded Henry’s songs, among others.

“Where’ve You Been,” which was penned by Henry and Jon Vezner, won the Grammy for best country song and “song of the year” awards from the Academy of Country Music, the Country Music Association and the Nashville Songwriters Association International in 1991. It was the first song ever to receive all four honors in the same year.

In addition to Henry’s live performance, the evening will feature a silent auction of local art and other items.

All proceeds will go to the American Association of University Women’s Ruth Houston Memorial Scholarship Fund. The scholarship is awarded to an exemplary MTSU undergraduate each semester.

Tickets are $35 each and must be purchased in advance at http://mkt.com/womens-equity-foundation. The ticket price includes beer, wine, soft drinks and hors d’oeuvres. No one under the age of 21 will be admitted.

The AAUW Murfreesboro, Women’s Equity Foundation and MTSU’s Office of the University Provost are sponsoring “Songs for Scholarships.”

For more information, contact Dia Cirillo, president of AAUW Murfreesboro and public policy chair for AAUW Tennessee, at 773-677-4238 or AAUWBoroPresident@gmail.com. You can learn more about Henry at his website, www.donhenry.com.

— Gina K. Logue (gina.logue@mtsu.edu)

MTSU ag alumni push Garrigus Scholarship toward $100K goal

MTSU alumnus and retired U.S. Army Gen. Les Fuller called it “a huge night” in Fayetteville, Tennessee.

Fuller organized an MTSU alumni and friends effort, generating nearly $27,000 in funds and pledges for the Robert “Bob” Garrigus Endowed Scholarship for students in the university’s School of Agribusiness and Agriscience.

MTSU alumnus and retired U.S. Army Gen. Les Fuller, left, visits with Jan Garrigus during the alumni and friends fundraising barbecue for the Robert Garrigus Agriculture Scholarship at MTSU Jan. 28 at the Craig Game Preserve at Hamilton Hall near Fayetteville, Tenn. More than $24,000 was raised an committed by attendees. (MTSU photo by Nicole Chitty)

MTSU alumnus and retired U.S. Army Gen. Les Fuller, left, visits with Jan Garrigus during the alumni and friends fundraising barbecue for the Robert Garrigus Agriculture Scholarship at MTSU Jan. 28 at the Craig Game Preserve at Hamilton Hall near Fayetteville, Tennessee. More than $24,000 was raised and committed by attendees. (MTSU photo by Nicole Chitty)

The fundraising barbecue event was held Jan. 28 at the Craig Game Preserve at Hamilton Hall in Lincoln County.

Fuller, a member of the Class of 1973, extended the invitation. Nearly 40 people responded.

Dr. Robert Garrigus

Dr. Robert Garrigus

The barbecue benefited the scholarship named for Garrigus, an MTSU faculty member from 1967 to 2001.

Affectionately called “Doc” by his students, many of who were on the livestock-judging teams he coached, Garrigus witnessed unprecedented agriculture student and facility growth while at MTSU.

As of Feb. 4, the supporters generated $26,875 from the Garrigus barbecue event efforts, bringing the endowment to more than $91,100 — less than $9,000 away from their goal of a Centennial Scholarship level of $100,000, said Nicole Chitty, development officer for the College of Basic and Applied Sciences.

“Many stories were told and history relived about the successful livestock-judging teams that Dr. Garrigus coached,” Fuller said.

“There were former students at this event I had not seen in 40-plus years. It was a great night for Dr. Garrigus and his wonderful family, the agriculture department and the university.”

Longtime friend Dr. Warren Gill, a former MTSU ag director who has returned to teaching and research, said the Tennessee Livestock Centerwould not exist had it not been for Garrigus, who also is a huge Blue Raiders fan.

“He worked closely with (then-state Rep.) John Bragg and (then-governor) Ned Ray McWherter and others to make it happen,” Gill said.

Gill added that Garrigus directed several of his best students to obtaining graduate degrees from the University of Kentucky, Garrigus’s alma mater, including Lanas Smith, Tim Redd and Dale Barnett.

Redd retired as director of the MTSU Experiential Learning and Research Center, also known as the MTSU farm and dairy, in Lascassas, Tennessee.

Although Garrigus was unable to attend, his wife, Jan, and daughter, Pam Garrigus Jebeles, were among those in the barbecue crowd.

The Fayetteville fundraiser included a silent auction featuring an M1 Garand rifle.

Chitty said if alumni and friends want to help reach the remaining amount of $8,868 to attain the Centennial level, they can go to www.mtsu.edu/supportag and click on “Garrigus Scholarship.”

When successful, the Garrigus scholarship will become the sixth MTSU scholarship to reach Centennial status.

Fuller said plans are formulating for a reunion of livestock judging teams, likely to occur in October during homecoming. For more information, call 615-898-2523.

— Randy Weiler (Randy.Weiler@mtsu.edu)

MTSU alumnus John Raulston (Class of 1981), left, and his wife, Tammy, of South Pittsburg, Tenn., and alumnus Larry Craig (Class of '72) of Fayetteville, Tenn., were among those attending the Jan. 28 Robert "Bob" Garrigus Endowed Scholarship barbecue fundraising event at the Craig Game Preserve. (Photo by Nicole Chitty)

MTSU alumnus John Raulston (Class of 1981), left, and his wife, Tammy, of South Pittsburg, Tenn., and alumnus Larry Craig (Class of ’72) of Fayetteville, Tenn., were among those attending the Jan. 28 Robert “Bob” Garrigus Endowed Scholarship barbecue fundraising event at the Craig Game Preserve. (MTSU photo by Nicole Chitty)

From left, Jim Akers, Taylor Holmes, Steve Cheatham, Jan Garrigus, Alyssa Summer, retired U.S. Army Gen. Les Fuller, Warren Gill, Pam Garrigus Jebeles and Larry Craig were among nearly 40 MTSU alumni and friends attending the Jan. 28 barbecue fundraiser for the Robert Garrigus Endowed Scholarship at the Craig Game Preserve. (Submitted photo)

Jim Akers, left, Taylor Holmes, Steve Cheatham, Jan Garrigus, Alyssa Summer, retired U.S. Army Gen. Les Fuller, Warren Gill, Pam Garrigus Jebeles and Larry Craig pose for a photo amid nearly 40 MTSU alumni and friends attending the Jan. 28 barbecue fundraiser for the Robert Garrigus Endowed Scholarship at the Craig Game Preserve. (Submitted photo)

Freshman business major receives inaugural Hawkins scholarship

Emily Young, a freshman from Whitwell, Tennessee, majoring in computer information systems, is the first recipient of the Hawkins Endowed Scholarship at Middle Tennessee State University.

Emily Young, a freshman from Whitwell, Tenn., majoring in computer information systems, is the first recipient of the Hawkins Endowed Scholarship at Middle Tennessee State University. (MTSU photo by Jimmy Hart)

Emily Young, a freshman from Whitwell, Tennessee, majoring in computer information systems, is the first recipient of the Hawkins Endowed Scholarship at Middle Tennessee State University. (MTSU photo by Jimmy Hart)

The $1,500 one-time stipend is awarded to an undergraduate scholarship recipient in the Jones College of Business.

This scholarship was established to recognize outstanding full-time students enrolled in the Jones College who have achieved and maintain positive academic records — including a minimum GPA or 3.5 on all completed coursework — and demonstrated financial need.

Jones College of Business logo-updated“This educational scholarship will help broaden my horizon by allowing me to participate in the MTSU Accelerated Bachelor’s and Master’s Program offered for those pursuing a degree in information systems,” said Young, who also plans to join a sorority and pursue community service opportunities.

“This new program will allow me to obtain a Master of Science in Information Systems degree within five years instead of gaining a master’s degree after six. I am very excited for what my future holds now that I will be able to participate in this extraordinary program.”

For more information about the MTSU Jones College of Business, visit www.mtsu.edu/business.

— Jimmy Hart (jimmy.hart@mtsu.edu)

MTSU alumna donates $100K for new student success program

Wright Travel Service founder Pam Wright, an MTSU alumna, jump-started the college careers of 11 MTSU students Oct. 7 with a $100,000 donation to the College of Behavioral and Health Sciences.

Pam Wright

Pam Wright

The money will fund the Wright Travel Leadership Scholarship Program, an endeavor designed to motivate students through strategic coaching, formal mentoring opportunities and pathways to scholarship money upon completion of specific criteria.

“In addition, during the academic year, they will participate in personal development sessions that will include leadership, networking and honing interpersonal skills,” said Brelinda Johnson, who manages the college’s 16 advisers.

Wright, who graduated from MTSU with a degree in psychology before making a life-altering decision to form her own travel agency, encouraged the scholars to follow their professional passion.

“Find the thing that makes you want to go to your career every day, not to go just to a job that you don’t particularly enjoy going to,” Wright said.

Members of the inaugural class needed a minimum 2.5 GPA, a Middle Tennessee residence and faculty and/or adviser recommendations. During the program’s first year, each student was required to complete a minimum of 60 hours of course work and subsequent years’ minimum of 40 hours’ course work.

Dr. Harold “Terry” Whiteside, dean of the MTSU College of Behavioral and Health Sciences, center, accepts a $100,000 check from Pam Wright, center right, founder of Wright Travel, to start the Wright Travel Leadership Scholarship Program. Scholars, from left, are, Mary Grace Farone, Tia Pride (partially obscured), Brittany Harris, Kamaria Cross, Faith Metcalf (partially obscured), Cambre Godwin and Smatha Denby. At far right are MTSU President Sidney A. McPhee, front, and Dr. Scott Colclough, associate dean of the College of Behavioral and Health Sciences. (MTSU photo by Andy Heidt)

Dr. Harold “Terry” Whiteside, dean of the MTSU College of Behavioral and Health Sciences, center, accepts a $100,000 check from Pam Wright, center right, founder of Wright Travel, to start the Wright Travel Leadership Scholarship Program. Scholars, from left, are, Mary Grace Farone, Tia Pride (partially obscured), Brittany Harris, Kamaria Cross, Faith Metcalf (partially obscured), Cambre Godwin and Smatha Denby. At far right are MTSU President Sidney A. McPhee, front, and Dr. Scott Colclough, associate dean of the College of Behavioral and Health Sciences. (MTSU photo by Andy Heidt)

Beginning in spring 2016 and each subsequent spring semester, participating CBHS scholars must meet the following requirements to be eligible to apply for Wright Travel scholarships in still-to-be-finalized amounts:

  • a minimum GPA of 2.5.
  • completion of personal development workshops.
  • a personal strategic plan developed and on file with the college’s student success officer.
  • a recommendation from a faculty member or professional mentor.
  • active involvement in a community or campus service project.

“I’m going to do everything in the world in my power to save you if you fall out of this boat, but, if you do, you’d better become an active participant in your own rescue,” said Dr. Colby Jubenville, the college’s student success officer and a professor of health and human performance.

“This makes me so excited for my future, actually,” said Smatha Denby, a criminal justice major from Tullahoma, Tennessee.

“I look forward to helping people and giving back, and I’m really grateful for the opportunity to advance in leadership.”

In addition to Denby, the 2015-16 Wright Travel Scholars, their majors and Tennessee hometowns, are:

  • Mary Grace Farone, nutrition and food science dietetics, Murfreesboro.
  • Tia Pride, psychology, Antioch.
  • Cambre Godwin, leisure, sports and tourism, Hampshire.
  • Brittany Harris, social work, Murfreesboro.
  • Faith Metcalf, child development and family studies, Memphis.
  • Kamaria Cross, social work, Memphis.
  • Sheena Collins, pre-nursing, Memphis.
  • Erica Brown, community and public health, Memphis.
  • Ashley Feltner, pre-nursing, Manchester.
  • Alexia Moore, textile and merchandising design, Cordova.

For more information, contact Bea Perdue, development director, at 615-898-2417 or bea.perdue@mtsu.edu.

— Gina K. Logue (gina.logue@mtsu.edu)

Lady Antebellum’s Scott establishes MTSU scholarship [+VIDEO]

NASHVILLE — Former MTSU student and current Lady Antebellum lead singer Hillary Scott is giving back to her alma mater by establishing a scholarship for aspiring female music industry students in the university’s recently renamed College of Media and Entertainment.

Hillary Scott

Hillary Scott

“This scholarship is something I’m extremely excited about,” said Scott, a former MTSU recording industry major who is now a Grammy-winning artist as part of the popular country music trio.

“There are so many amazing people who have supported, encouraged and challenged me to become who I am today, and many of those were from my time at MTSU.

“I’m passionate about helping young women succeed and thrive in what they love to do and am thrilled to be a small part of fostering the dreams that I share with so many current and future students.”

Lady Antebellum manager Daniel Miller, also an MTSU alumnus, announced the scholarship on Scott’s behalf Tuesday, Sept. 22, at music rights organization BMI in Nashville.

The announcement came during an event to commemorate the name change of the previous MTSU College of Mass Communication.

Among those in attendance were university President Sidney A. McPhee; Ken Paulson, dean of the College of Media and Entertainment; and Department of Recording Industry Chair Beverly Keel.

University officials say the new name better reflects the 24-hour media cycle, the college’s diversity of programs and concentrations, and the growing demand for content that informs, engages and entertains.

Beverly Keel

Beverly Keel

“We are now in a position where our former students and graduates have become so successful that they can afford to give back to MTSU,” Keel said just before Scott’s scholarship was announced.

The scholarship will be awarded to a student in the Department of Recording Industry. The amount and name of the scholarship have yet to be determined.

Another fellow MTSU alumnus, Pete Fisher, general manager and vice president of the Grand Ole Opry, told the crowd that every industry represented in the College of Media and Entertainment is “in a significant state of change,” presenting an exciting challenge for university educators who have to prepare students for the marketplace.

“That’s what MTSU and that’s what the College of Media and Entertainment is committed to under Dean Paulson’s leadership,” Fisher said. “I’m so excited for the future.”

For more information about MTSU’s College of Media and Entertainment and its departments and majors, visit www.mtsu.edu/media.

— Jimmy Hart (jimmy.hart@mtsu.edu) 

 

Dad’s legacy leads to scholarship for MTSU recording industry major

The financial debt that burdened one college student has helped to propel his son into an education at MTSU.

Ian Tyler Muller is attending the university on an $8,000 scholarship from the Life Lessons Scholarship Program of Life Happens, a nonprofit organization supported by more than 140 insurance and financial companies.

Ian T. Muller

Ian T. Muller

Life Happens has declared September as Life Insurance Awareness Month, making the claim that more than 40 percent of Americans have no life insurance.

recording industry logo webIan, a freshman recording industry major from Greer, South Carolina, lost his 42-year-old father, N. Ian Muller, to pneumonia nearly three years ago after a misdiagnosis.

To compound the tragedy, the elder Muller had racked up some $300,000 in debt but had no life insurance. The family had no savings to pay the creditors.

At age 15, the younger Muller worked 40 hours a week at two jobs, while attending high school, to help his family. He displays no bitterness, however.

“I loved him more than anything else in the world,” Ian says of his father. “He was my best friend.”

For years, N. Ian Muller worked in human resources at a large plastics company. He hated it, the family says.

When his entire division was laid off, he was free to pursue his dream of owning a coffee shop. The shop never brought in much money, the family recalls, partly because of Muller’s generous nature; he often gave away free coffee to people who could not afford it.

N. Ian Muller

N. Ian Muller

The elder Muller earned a bachelor’s degree from Western Illinois University and a master’s degree from Indiana University. At the time of his death, he was working on a doctorate at Clemson University — and racking up thousands of dollars in student loan debt.

He’d lost his life insurance policy in the layoff. Fortunately, due to the family’s dire need, creditors forgave Muller’s debts.

At first, Ian thought that writing a 500-word essay to obtain a scholarship would exploit his father’s memory. He later came to regard it as a way of paying tribute.

“He fought tirelessly to help me get good grades and put me in a position where I could pay for college,” Ian says.

Ian also obtained two other scholarships and Pell grants to complement his Life Lessons scholarship, but he has something even more valuable than cash — a community that cares about him.

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Click on the logo to learn more about the Life Lessons Scholarship Program.

When his grandfather developed late-stage cancer, private citizens raised enough money for the cash-strapped family to go to Arizona to see him.

That same South Carolina community turned out in droves to say goodbye to N. Ian Muller. Some 3,000 attended a ceremony in his honor at a local high school football stadium — a fitting tribute for a man with a lifelong love of the game.

“It was above and beyond what you would think a community would be willing to do for someone in our situation,” Ian said.

The elder Muller’s ashes later were scattered in his native Alaska as Led Zeppelin’s “In My Time of Dying” was played, all according to his wishes.

Now Ian is pursuing his dreams of working at a job he truly loves instead of the drudgery and debt that weighed down his father’s dreams. With a love of rock music inspired by his father, Ian said he intends to be successful in the record business.

“His most important job was us,” said Ian. “I’m lucky, even though he passed, to have had someone in my life like that.”

For more information about the Life Lessons Scholarship Program, go to www.lifehappens.org.

— Gina K. Logue (gina.logue@mtsu.edu)

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