The Walthall Family
Tennessee Wesleyan is an institution invested in the success of its students and the Athens community. With the mission to help students be more, Tennessee Wesleyan also helps Athens be more. Longtime Athens resident Gigi Walthall saw the impact Tennessee Wesleyan had on the community and, before her passing in March, she and her family pledged a gift to the college.
The Mayfield Family
Clarice Baggett, Scottie Mayfield and Elaine Cathcart remember their mother, Muriel Mayfield, integrating art into aspects of everyday life, from gardening to picking out clothes.
“I felt like mom lived an art-filled life,” Baggett said. “Everything from how she designed her flower beds outside to how she decorated her home. She was always doing some sort of craft. She lived in a way that she showed appreciation for the arts in every part of her life, even in how she dressed. She would say art helps you see the world in a different way and helps you see the beauty in the small things.”
Athens Area Chamber of Commerce
The Athens Area Chamber of Commerce has made a commitment of $10,000 to Tennessee Wesleyan’s Proud Heritage, Strong Future Campaign to help fund the Colloms Campus Center. Chamber President and CEO Rob Preston hopes the campus center will help enhance the Main Street program in Athens.
Now entering its fourth year, the Goldman “Goldie” Barefield Scholarship has impacted 12 Sweetwater High School seniors who have chosen to attend Tennessee Wesleyan College with scholarships totaling $31,500. Pamela Clark of State Farm Insurance in Sweetwater established the Goldman “Goldie” Barefield Annual Scholarship fund in 2012 to carry on her father’s legacy.
Knoxville Academy of Medicine Alliance
The Knoxville Academy of Medicine Alliance recently established an endowed scholarship at Tennessee Wesleyan. The $25,000 gift will provide scholarships in perpetuity for students in the Tennessee Wesleyan Fort Sanders Department of Nursing.
Kanunsita Garden Club
The Kanunsita Garden Club has sponsored a park bench in the ongoing Knight Park renovation project as part of the Proud Heritage, Strong Future Campaign. Kanunsita Garden Club President Nancy Cate says the Knight Park renovations are an important part of the club’s philanthropy project.
Fifteen years ago, East-West Media began a relationship with Tennessee Wesleyan College when they constructed their billboard located on TWC’s campus. The Mizer family business was started 45 years ago by Bobby Mizer and is now operated by his three sons: Brad, Charlie and Sam Mizer. Today, East-West Media has over 400 billboard faces and is the leading billboard company in the region. Because of their long-standing ties with TWC, East-West Media has committed $50,000 to TWC’s Proud Heritage, Strong Future Campaign.
Dr. J. Price Foster
Tennessee Wesleyan alumnus Dr. J. Price Foster and his wife, Sam, have established the J. Price Foster Second Chance Scholarship. This scholarship, established through the Proud Heritage, Strong Future Campaign, is designed to provide assistance to a transfer student who has struggled academically or otherwise. Foster credits TWC for giving him a second chance at college.
Tennessee Wesleyan Board of Trustees member and Athletic Advisory Council member Sharon Brown grew up in McMinn County and always knew about TWC, but it was her children’s decisions to attend TWC that helped her become closer to the college.
Eldie Dickey Scholarship-Established by Paul Willson and Rick Lay
Many years later, Paul Willson and Rick Lay have decided to honor their former teacher by establishing a scholarship at TWC in his honor. The Eldie Dickey Annual Scholarship will award a minimum of $1,000 annually to a TWC student from McMinn County who has served in the United States military and has demonstrated financial need.
TWC Board of Trustees Chairman and Proud Heritage, Strong Future co-chair Allen Carter grew up around Tennessee Wesleyan. His grandmother and aunt attended TWC, and his mother taught at the college. So it’s only natural that Carter is now actively involved with the college and the Proud Heritage, Strong Future Campaign. When making the decision to be involved with the campaign, Carter considered his connection to the college and to Athens as well as the impact the college has on the community.
Campus View Apartments
Campus View Apartments and Mitch Miller have pledged $30,000 to Tennessee Wesleyan’s Proud Heritage, Strong Future Campaign. This donation will go towards the Colloms Campus Center. Miller and his son, Jordan, opened the Campus View student apartments at the beginning of this school year to serve students from several local colleges.
Shirley and Sonny Woodcock
Tennessee Wesleyan College alumna Shirley Woodcock and her husband, Sonny, have contributed a major gift to the Proud Heritage, Strong Future campaign. Mrs. Woodcock, class of ’78, contributed to TWC student scholarships and to the Colloms Campus Center. The donation to the campus center was made in honor of her parents and her husband’s parents.
Athens Federal Community Bank
Athens Federal Community Bank has made a donation of $100,000 to the Tennessee Wesleyan College Proud Heritage, Strong Future campaign. This generous donation will help fund the construction of the new Colloms Campus Center. When completed, the Colloms Campus Center will provide gathering space and resources for TWC students, faculty and staff, as well as local Athens community members.
Mintie Willson and Citizens National Bank
For over 100 years, Citizens National Bank has been an important part of the Athens community. For a good number of those years, Citizens National has generously supported Tennessee Wesleyan College. Citizens National Bank and Mintie Willson have combined to contribute $100,000 to the Proud Heritage, Strong Future capital campaign to help fund the Colloms Campus Center. The donations were made in memory of Hugh Willson, Mrs. Willson’s husband and Paul and Meredith Willson’s father.
Over the past few years, SouthEast Bank has invested $183,000 in student scholarships at Tennessee Wesleyan College. Through a contribution to the Proud Heritage, Strong Future campaign, they have increased the number of available scholarships by making a commitment to fund four $7,000 scholarships per year for TWC students.
George R. Johnson Foundation
The George R. Johnson Family Foundation/Hardee’s has donated $500,000 to Tennessee Wesleyan College’s Proud Heritage, Strong Future capital campaign. The donation will go towards the new $7 million Colloms Campus Center on the TWC Athens campus.
From a young age, Pamela Clark remembers witnessing her father quietly helping others in need. “Dad never looked for recognition but always had compassion for those in need. I could tell that he truly enjoyed helping others,” Ms. Clark said. Pamela Barefield Clark is the agent/owner of Pamela Clark State Farm Insurance in Sweetwater, Tennessee.
Hugh and Kay Walker
TWC alumni Hugh and Kay Walker’s commitment to giving back led to a donation to Tennessee Wesleyan’s Proud Heritage, Strong Future Capital Campaign scholarship fund. The Hugh and Kay Walker Endowed Scholarship is designated to benefit a female athlete at TWC.
The Honorable Carl Colloms
The Honorable Carl E. Colloms always knew he wanted to go to law school. From his childhood on a farm in Charleston, TN throughout his life, he worked towards the goal of attending law school and becoming a lawyer. Colloms graduated from Tennessee Wesleyan College in 1964 and went on to finish his law degree at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.