East Tennessee Chapter


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2015 and 2019 National Alumni Chapter of the Year

The East Tennessee Chapter of The University of Alabama Alumni Association brings together alumni and friends living in the area. This chapter has three goals. One, inform prospective students about the high caliber education at the University of Alabama. Two, raise funds and award scholarships every year. Third, give Bama fans in East Tennessee a way to get together and cheer on the Tide and support the University.

Since 1980, the East Tennessee Chapter has awarded close to 80 scholarships valued over $630,000. It’s efforts like this that have led to the chapter receiving the “Outstanding Out-of-State Small Chapter Award” in 2015 and 2019. This represents just two of the many honors that the East Tennessee Chapter has received.

We invite you to be part of our mission. Attend our many meetings, join our Facebook group, and become a member. All of this helps support The University of Alabama in East Tennessee. Roll Tide Roll!

Current officers: Ed Lester, President.  Nan Proctor, Treasurer


If you are a friend or alumnus of the University of Alabama, please join us.

The annual membership fee is $25 for an individual or $40 for a family. Download the Membership Form and mail it with your check. Your membership fee helps support ETUA’s mission of sending students from this area to attend Bama.  As a member you can play an active role in the chapter, attend events, and have opportunities for game tickets and other benefits.

Membership Form – Download

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Ed Lester

Chapter President

Scholarship Information

East Tennessee UA Scholarship Program

Nothing distinguishes ETUA more than our passionate pursuit of scholarship.

  • We raise funds
  • We actively recruit local area students through college fairs and other activities
  • We award scholarships

Scholarships are typically $10,000 each. They are given to incoming freshmen who have not received scholarship assistance directly from the University totaling more than two-thirds of their tuition. In addition, ETUA sometimes provides support for our scholarship recipients who maintain at least a 3.0 grade point average through their sophomore, junior and senior years.

Actual amounts available each year for ETUA scholarships are determined by a complex calculation that takes into effect fund balances and economic performance. ETUA has the largest corpus balance of any chapter outside the state of Alabama, which allows the chapter to award some of the largest scholarships in the nation to students in the East Tennessee area.

To be considered for ETUA scholarships, incoming freshmen must complete the general University of Alabama scholarship application in a timely manner.

ETUA Chapter Endowed Scholarships

Jim Bogan Memorial Endowed Scholarship

Edmond B. Lester & Roberta J. Evans Endowed Scholarship

Mark and Elaine Heinrich Endowed Scholarship

Virginia K. & William E. Morrow Endowed Scholarship

Brig. General Jim & Jeanie Mungenast Endowed Scholarship

Col. Joe and Claire Shepherd Endowed Scholarship

Dr. & Mrs. Bill Stallworth Endowed Scholarship

Hoyt & Margie Turbyfill Endowed Scholarship

ETUA Chapter Endowed Scholarship

Scholarship recipients

2022 Julia V. Ten Eyck (Maryville) Stallworth
Marlee Mckenna Biggs (Bearden) Morrow
Blakely Elizabeth Beron (CAK) Shepherd


2021 Sadie Johnson (Morrow) Morrow & Lester/Evans
Elliana Weatherbie (Jefferson County) Stallworth & Shepherd
Mallory Deeson (Farragut) Bogan & Turbyfill
2020 Madison Hullett (Farragut) Shepherd
Katherine Dansereau (West) Stallworth & Turbyfill
Ruthanne Carter (West) Morrow
2019 Kathryn Rose White Shepherd
Andrew Tyler Engebretsen Stallworth, Turbyfill, ET Endowed
Mitchell Deeson Morrow
2018 Gracie Benevicz (Bearden High School) Stallworth, Turbyfill
  Jacob Wall (Maryville High School) Shepherd
  Tanner White (Hardin Valley Academy) Morrow, Bogan
2017 Emma Karen Gentile (Hardin Valley Academy) Shepherd, Turbyfill
  Sierra B. Hall (Halls) Stallworth, Morrow
2016 Elijah Scarce (Morristown Hamblin W) Shepherd
Brittany Alysse Tolson (Powell) Stallworth
Lindsay Howard (Bearden) Turbyfill
Kaylee R. Dillon (Karns) Bogan
2015 Anna Lee Hawkins (Jefferson County) Shepherd
Hunter Harmon (Seymour) Stallworth
Brooke Jepko (Sevier County) Turbyfill & Bogan
2014 Addalee Cantrell (West) Shepherd & Bogan
Taylor “Rayne” Riden (William Blount) Stallworth
Zachary Rayborn (Maryville) Turbyfill
2013 Sarah Cottingham (Oak Ridge) Shepherd
Maycie Cochram (Halls) Stallworth
Olivia Davis (Bearden) Turbyfill
2012 Mary Beth Lewis (Farragut) Shepherd
Rebecca Stover (Bearden) Stallworth
Rachael Bower (Webb) Turbyfill
2011 Samuel Carden (Farragut) Shepherd
Caleb Felker (Hardin Valley Academy) Stallworth
Lucas Earl (Knoxville Catholic) Turbyfill
2010 Rebecca E. Fleenor (Christian Academy of Knoxville) Shepherd
Abigail Begovich (Farragut) Stallworth
McKenzie Pope (Home Schooled) Turbyfill
2009 Julia Gardial (Knoxville Catholic) Shepherd
Paul Toth (Farragut) Stallworth
Emily Bithorn (Bearden) Turbyfill
2008 Patrick Cady (Knoxville Catholic) Shepherd
Amanda Lewis (Farragut) Stallworth
Christine Earl (Knoxville Catholic) Turbyfill
2007 Kelsey Soloman (Dobyns Bennett) Shepherd
Sydney McWaters (Maryville) Stallworth
Seth Nelson (Dobyns Bennett) Turbyfill
2006 Callie McCamy (West) Shepherd
2005 John Ellis (Jefferson County) Shepherd
2004 Lauren Bell (Knoxville Catholic) Shepherd
2003 Katrina Maggi (Knoxville Catholic) Shepherd
Tracy Steed (Knoxville Catholic) Shepherd
2002 Leanne Gentry (Anderson County) Shepherd
2001 Anna Lynn Hanson (Clinton) Shepherd
2000 Alyson Cantrell (Farragut) Shepherd
1999 Melody Nicole Johnson (Dobyns-Bennet) Shepherd
1998 Jennifer Angela Bibby (Oak Ridge) Shepherd
1997 Michael Wayne Missagia (Oak Ridge) Shepherd
1996 Brian Edward Sparks (Karns) Shepherd
1995 Carrie Elizabeth Gaddis (Oak Ridge) Shepherd
1994 Patrick Lynn Bullock (Halls) Shepherd
1993 Sarah Anne Mezga (Farragut) Shepherd
1992 Mack Bradley Sparks (Karns) Shepherd
1991 Christi Renee Morris (Loudon) Shepherd
1990 Valerie Eby (Maryville) Shepherd
1989 Amy Elizabeth McManus (Bearden) Shepherd
1988 Elizabeth Ann Hendon (Farragut) Shepherd
1987 Karen Elizabeth Bryant (Webb) Shepherd
1986 Paige Whetstone (Farragut) M.J. Langley Memorial Scholarship
1985 Christopher Carr Ackerson (Farragut) Bill Huddleston Memorial Scholarship
1984 Tracy Monique Russell (Farragut) Gift, Col. Joe & Claire Shepherd
1983 Anna Katherine Smith (Maryville)
1982 Robin Lynn Latham (Oak Ridge)
1981 Anna Katherine Smith (Maryville)
1980 Beverly Ann Bradford (Greenville)
Celia Ann Jackson (Bearden)


ETUA Scholarship Information Assistance 

ETUA club officers and members can assist area students interested in the University of Alabama.  We can give referrals to the correct University staff members and answer questions about attending UA. In addition, we can help provide customized campus visits for highly qualified studentsPlease reach out to any ETUA officer for information.



Pre-Season Get Together with ESPN’s Chris Low

Alabama versus Tennessee weekend lunch meeting
October 14, 2022  Lakeside Tavern  11:30 A.M.

This lunch is a great time to get fired up for the game. Come join us for lunch and welcome visitors coming in from Alabama. Check out our Facebook page for more details, members will get email information. 

Rollin’ on the River with The Tide
October 14, 2022

The Vol Navy has competition: the Alabama Riverboat! This is a fun way for visitors and locals to take a Roll on the River the night before the game.

On The Star of Knoxville Riverboat you’ll get great views of the city, enjoy food and drink, and get to “serenade” the Vol Navy with Alabama songs.

Since 1996, the East Tennessee Alumni Chapter has hosted this fun pre-game get together. All ticket money goes to support ETUA scholarships. This is how the East Tennessee Chapter has been able to award over 70 scholarships.

Get your tickets early—this is one ride that always sells out fast! Hang out with fellow Bama fans the night before the game!

  • Get a great view of Knoxville and the Vol Navy
  • Enjoy food and beverages
  • Prize raffles
  • Support future UA students: all profits go to scholarships!

Click here to get your tickets.

Future Meetings/Activities

11/12, Saturday, Young Alumni Watch Party, Alabama vs Mississippi, Carolina Ale House, hor d’oeuvres furnished by Chapter, Time TBD

11/18, Friday, Walk-On Sports Bistreaux, 5:00 – 7:00 PM, Buy Your Own Meal/Drink

1/19, Thursday, Copper Cellar West, 11:30 AM – 1:00 PM, $25.00

Alabama vs Tennessee Basketball Game, Date, Time, & Cost: TBD

2/16, Thursday, Walk-on Sports Bistreaux, 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM, hor d’oeuvres furnished by the chapter, Buy Your Own Meal/Drink

3/16, Thursday, Calhoun’s Bearden Hill, 11:30 AM – 1:00 PM, $25.00

4/20, Thursday, Walk-on Sports Bistreaux, 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM, Buy Your Own Meal/Drink

5/18, Thursday, Awards Banquet, Fox Den Country Club, 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM, Cost TBD



ETUA a brief history by Worth Wilkerson (written August 2000)

The Early Days

The East Tennessee Chapter of the University of Alabama Alumni Association received its charter in 1948. Jeff Coleman, secretary of the NAA, presented the charter at a meeting held at the Andrew Johnson Hotel in downtown Knoxville. Sherrill Mitchell, class of 1926, was installed as the chapter’s first president. The records are sketchy, but the chapter met sporadically during the 1950s, languished toward the end of the decade, and was re-activated in 1962 when Cecil Jackson agreed to be president.

New Directions

Important steps were taken in the late 1970’s that put the chapter on its present course and established it as one of the National Alumni Association’s premier out-of-state chapters.

First, Col. Joe Shepherd, then a faculty member at the University of Tennessee, secured a permanent meeting place at the Faculty Club, and the club started meeting on the third Friday of every month (in honor of a little rivalry called the 3rd Saturday in October).

Secondly, the chapter, acting on a suggestion from Travis Parker, voted to establish a chapter scholarship. The scholarship, initially valued at $1,000, would be used to encourage top East Tennessee Area students to attend UA.

Gathering Funds for Scholarship

Fund raising to support the scholarship commitment became the chapter’s focus. Encouraged by a contribution from Joe and Claire Shepherd, several chapter members agreed to contribute $100 each to get the scholarship fund going. In 1980, the chapter had enough cash to award its first scholarship.

For several years, the chapter had to fund the scholarship from its current funds while it worked to accumulate the minimum amount required to endow a scholarship through the NAA. In 1987, the goal was finally reached, and an endowed scholarship became a reality. In recognition of their continuing generous support of the scholarship, the chapter named the scholarship in honor of Col. Joe and Claire Shepherd.

The Famous Tennessee Riverboat Cruise

As the ETUA chapter gained stature in the eyes of the University and NAA, it was called upon to host visiting alumni at a pre-game party before the biannual Alabama-Tennessee football game in Knoxville. The chapter used this opportunity to also raise additional money for its scholarship funds. In 1996, Jesse Hammond hit upon the idea of a river cruise on Friday evening before the game. The idea clicked. Now the trips aboard the sternwheeler Star of Knoxville are long anticipated by visiting alumni, and the boat filled to capacity.

Notable Success

With solid scholarship endowments, a student recruitment effort that reaches thousands of high school students, an annual spring banquet, popular pre-game cruises, and well attended meetings, it is no surprise that the East Tennessee Chapter is a perennial winner of Chapter of the Year honors for the NAA.

The chapter has come a long way since its somewhat ragged beginnings more than seven decades ago.