The Debbie Van Cleave Memorial Scholarship was established in memory of Debbie Van Cleave, an East Tennessee award-winning artist whose talent in pottery was not diminished by the fact that she was blind. The scholarship is intended to benefit legally blind students pursuing higher education.
Scholarship applications, detailed descriptions, and eligibility criteria for 2015 will be available at www.easttennesseefoundation.org December 1, 2014.
ETF scholarship program requirements range from financial need to scholastic achievement. Several scholarships are targeted toward specific schools or counties, particular fields of study, students involved in certain extracurricular activities, or those who may not display the highest scholastic rankings yet still possess great potential and motivation.
In fall 2014, over $250,000 was disbursed in scholarship awards for 158 students participating in ETF scholarship programs. Scholarships provided through ETF help fulfill the dreams of those students wishing to obtain a secondary education, whether they are graduating high school seniors or returning adult students.
Scholarships administered by ETF allow individuals and groups to honor loved ones while helping change the lives of those pursuing higher education. Many of the scholarships have been established to honor the memory of a parent, spouse or child. Some have been founded to honor teachers, coaches or prominent community leaders.
For more information, please contact Beth Heller, ETF Scholarship and Program Officer, at
East Tennessee Foundation (ETF) is a nonprofit organization created by and for the people of East Tennessee. Serving more than 25 counties within East Tennessee, ETF consists of many donors joined together to make the region they love a better place. ETF builds endowment, thus creating a permanent source of philanthropic funding for the East Tennessee region.