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.
East Tennessee UA Scholarship Program
Nothing distinguishes ETUA more than our passionate pursuit of scholarship.
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.
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
|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|
|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 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 students. Please reach out to any ETUA officer for information.
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.
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!
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.