This scholarship was established in August 2018 by Curt and Helene Maxey.
Curt Maxey graduated from high school as a B+ student just two years after Pellissippi State (then known as State Technical Institute of Knoxville) opened its doors. There were no college graduates in his family, he had planned to join the armed services to learn a trade. Then he heard about Pellissippi State. Mr. Maxey obtained his associate degree in electronics by working his way through school, first as a janitor at restaurants and then as an electronics technician. After graduation, Mr. Maxey became a technician at Philips Consumer Electronics, where he met his wife, Helene. From there he became an instrument technician at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), as he continued to work on his education. Mr. Maxey ultimately obtained his bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering and returned to ORNL as an R&D staff engineer, where over the course of his career, he was awarded fifteen patents, earned multiple technology transfer awards and made significant contributions to many engineering projects of international significance. Most importantly, he trained and mentored students and staff members throughout his career, helping them to make important strides in their own careers. After retiring from ORNL, Mr. Maxey started a consulting business doing similar work for private industry.
Mr. and Mrs. Maxey recognize the important role Pellissippi State has played in their lives and are honored to provide a scholarship that will help others realize their dreams. The scholarship recognizes that, regardless of GPA, there are many students who will go on to accomplish great things, if they are given even a modest amount of encouragement and assistance.
A scholarship of $500 will be given annually to a full-time student who maintains a 2.5 GPA and has demonstrated financial need.