Goins Scholars


J.L. Goins was the Pellissippi State Community College President from November 1981 – 1993. (Pictured above are Martha and J.L.Goins).

Since J.L. Goins’ retirement in 1993, he and his wife, Martha, have continued to be advocates for Pellissippi State. 

He spoke these words regarding the gift he and Martha gave to the Blount County Workforce Development Center at the Pellissippi State Blount County Campus: “Appropriate and achievable education is the basic foundation to success and growth. Blount County cannot afford to have a single job go unfilled due to the lack of a skilled worker. The economy depends on a workforce that is trained, and each person deserves the chance to earn decent wages. The education we received came at a time when there were few jobs and few chances for higher ed. We are pleased to be able to contribute to the building of a program that will offer so much to so many for years to come.”

J.L. and Martha Goins are passionate about education and the impact  that education has on the individual students, their families and the economic impact on the community at large.. 

In 1994, Mr. and Mrs. Goins established the Goins Scholars Scholarship program. 

To qualify for a Goins Scholar award a student must:

*Be a graduate of either a city or county high school located
in Blount County, Anderson County or Knox County
*Demonstrate financial need
*High school GPA minimum of 2.5
*Maintain cumulative 2.5 GPA at Pellissippi State
*Maintain full-time status
*Preference given to first-generation college students
*Scholarship selection committee to be composed of three (3) faculty/staff members from the Career-Technical staff at Pellissippi State
*Scholarships restricted to applicants majoring in Career-Technical programs at Pellissippi State.

Since it’s inception in 1994, the Goins Scholars program has awarded 77 students for a total of $28,192.