Since 1953 the University of Tennessee Alumni Association has proudly provided financial assistance to thousands of outstanding students on each of our campuses. Alumni and friends who contribute to the Fund for the Future can take great pride in knowing that the majority of their unrestricted gift dollars is used to recognize and reward deserving students who have excelled academically and in leadership roles.
Due to the generosity of donors to the Fund for the Future, the UT Alumni Association was able to provide funding for 189 scholarships valued at over $450,000 during the 2010-2011 academic year.
Faculty Recognition Program
Each year, the UT Alumni Associationrecognizes faculty who have demonstrated a passion for teaching, a commitment to their students, and a dedication to the University of Tennessee. In 2010-11, donors to the Fund for the Future allowed the UTAA to recognize 32 faculty members for their outstanding work in the classroom. Each award winner was honored at an awards banquet and provided a small stipend to show our appreciation for their service to the University of Tennessee.
Career Placement Initiatives
Fund for the Future donors enable the UT Alumni Association to continue a tradition of supporting career service initiatives that benefit all UT alumni as well as current students. In 2010-11, the UTAA was able to provide $15,000 to our career placement offices at Knoxville, Martin, and Chattanooga in support of their programs.
These offices provide access to a sophisticated suite of online tools that can give alumni and soon-to-be alumni an advantage in the quest for their first or next job. Services include: Resumé hosting/blasting, online job searches, application tracking, as well as access to expert career advice and research. These new programs are provided free of charge to any current or former student thanks in part to Fund for the Future donors. Each year, approximately 4,000 students and alumni benefit from these services.
Throughout its history, the UT Alumni Association has been committed to strengthening the relationship between the University and the State Legislature. In today’s environment of fierce competition for limited state resources, the UTAA continues to play a key role in advocacy for the University of Tennessee through ongoing Legislative Relations initiatives.
The UT Alumni Legislative Council is comprised of 111 members throughout Tennessee. Members are kept informed of current legislative priorities and are asked to be advocates of the university in their local communities.
The Tennessee Legislative Intern Program was established in 1972 to provide an opportunity for UT juniors, seniors, and graduate students who are majoring in law, political science, history, administration, social work, economics, sociology, or journalism to work and learn in a hands-on legislative environment. Donors to the UTAA Fund for the Future help to provide this opportunity, valued at $7,000 to up to seven students each year.