The Rotary Club of Maryville First-Generation Scholarship
The Rotary Club of Maryville First-Generation Scholarship is the first of it’s kind at Pellissippi State.
In an August 2017, Forbes article, “The Barriers To Success And Upward Mobility For First Generation Students And How to Fix The Problem”, it noted that the media annual household income for students whose parents earned a degree is just shy of six figures at $99,635. For first generation students, this number plummets to $37,565. The article continued highlighting the fact that it’s not just that first generation students have less access to financial stability to focus on their collegiate coursework. It also contributes to their time constraints to do so.
The Rotary Club of Maryville was chartered by the Rotary Club of Alcoa in 1950 and has been in continuous existence. In 2012, the two clubs combined to form the Rotary Club of Maryville/ Alcoa. The club is now known as the Rotary Club of Maryville.
For approximately 20 years, the club has maintained a scholarship to assist local students with expenses at an institution of higher learning. The club recognizes the unique challenges that many first-generation students face. A first-generation student is defined as a student in which neither parent completed a college degree. These students face financial and other challenges related to the cycle of multi-generational poverty. The club wishes to change a person’s life through enabling them to have higher education when the opportunity is not normally available due to lack of financial resources and other challenges.
The scholarship is available to first-generation Blount County students who are enrolled in at least six hours, maintain a 2.5 GPA or higher and who have verifiable financial need.
Three students will receive $500 scholarships for both fall and spring semesters each year.