Monday’s Pellissippi State Scholarship is the Dulcie Peccolo Memorial Scholarship Endowment.
Dr. Dulcie Lynne (Sybouts) Peccolo was born on February 7,1952 in Medford, Oregon. At a young age the family relocated to Lincoln, Nebraska where her father, Ward Sybouts, joined the college of education faculty at the University of Nebraska. Dr. Peccolo received her undergraduate degree in consumer sciences at the University of Nebraska in 1974 at which time she moved to Knoxville, Tennessee to marry Charles Peccolo and continue her education. Dr. Peccolo worked during her graduate studies on various education research grants at the University of Tennessee in areas of career counseling, outreach work at Tennessee high schools, and women’s leadership in education. Upon graduating with her doctorate in 1985, Dr. Peccolo joined the University of Tennessee academy where she worked for 30 years, retiring in 2015. During her thirty years of service, Dr. Peccolo served in various roles with the UT Evening School, UT Graduate School, and the UT College of Education, Health and Human Sciences. Dr. Peccolo finished her tenure as the director of the Office of Advising and Student Services, an area near and dear to her passion for helping students become self-directed independent learners. She often used these words to describe her students, “These aren’t good kids, these are great kids”. In 2018, Dr. Peccolo was inducted into the Educators Hall of Honor in the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, College of Education, Health and Human Sciences, a recognition of her love and dedication to the students for whom she advocated. As one of her colleagues stated, “She was a tireless advocate for students, a caring colleague, a trusted mentor, and a loyal friend. She left a positive and lasting impact on all who knew her.”
In order to qualify for a scholarship provided from the Dulcie Peccolo Scholarship Fund, a student must meet the following criteria:
(1) Must have a scholarship application on file with the Pellissippi State Foundation scholarship award system;
(2) GPA of 2.0 or above;
(3) Enrolled in at least 6 hours;
(4) FAFSA on file or ability to demonstrate financial need;
(5) Recommendation may be required, but not mandatory.
Dulcie served on the Pellissippi State Foundation board from 2018-2021. As Parliamentarian, she served on the executive committee. Dulcie also served on the Employee Awards Committee, the Swing Big for Students Committee and Ad-Hoc Policy Review Team. She could always be counted on to volunteer for special events and donor stewardship. She was well loved by the entire board of directors and was known to be the most welcoming to new members. Her service was exemplary in every way. She will be remembered as a servant leader who advocated for students and higher education.