The Knoxville Panther Scholarship Foundation continued its annual tradition of providing a scholarship to every Knoxville
graduate who applied. Eighty members of the Knoxville High School graduating class of 2019 applied for and received scholarships totaling $43,800. Each student received their scholarship award along with a framed recognition certificate, many of which could be seen displayed at graduation parties all over town. In our 16 years, we have awarded 1,272 graduates with a scholarship for a total award amount of $803,100. Additionally, $300,900 has been awarded to KHS graduates in their second, third or fourth year of post-secondary education. This year, a total of 83 former Knoxville High School graduates pursuing post-secondary degrees were awarded scholarships totaling $65,200. Since our inception in 2003, the Foundation has awarded a total of $1,104,000 in scholarships.
A growing trend that the Foundation has certainly been encouraging is the increase in the number of scholarship awards being given to students pursuing Associate’s degrees or specialized training programs that allow them to reach their post secondary goals in just one or two years. Our scholarship recipients are pursuing training in the skilled trades as electricians, mechanics, plumbers, welders and carpenters. They are entering educational programs that prepare them as computer
programmers and give them expertise in the field of information technology.
Many of our donors are especially interested in helping students who are taking steps that allow them to enter the work force with specialized skills without attending a four-year college or university. The Foundation is working closely with our school counselors to encourage all students interested in furthering their education to apply for financial help in reaching their goals.
The success of our Scholarship Foundation would not happen without the terrific support from alumni all over the country, local businesses, service groups and community members and their families; a sincere thank you to everyone involved. The Scholarship Foundation would like to recognize and extend a special thank you to the Knoxville Alumni Association for their support in communicating with alumni, helping identify classes interested in sponsoring a Panther Pride Scholarship and for
supporting our presentations at class reunions.