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Dr. J. Price Foster establishes transfer scholarship at TWC

Tennessee Wesleyan alumnus Dr. J. Price Foster and his wife, Sam, have established the J. Price Foster Second Chance Scholarship.



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.

“After two years at Duke University where I was on the wrestling team, found the love of my life and had the idea college was about as easy as high school, I was ‘asked’ to leave,” Foster said. “TWC gave me a second chance, for which I am eternally grateful.”

Foster graduated from Tennessee Wesleyan in 1963 and went on to receive his Master’s degree from the University of Tennessee in 1964 and his PhD in Criminology from Florida State University in 1974. He served as a Professor of Justice Administration at the University of Louisville from September 1981 until his retirement in 2014. At the University of Louisville, he also served as the Dean and Director of the School of Justice Administration from 1981 to 1984, the Dean of the College of Urban and Public Affairs from 1983 to 1991, and the University Liaison for the Urban Mission from 1992 to 2000.

Before becoming a professor at the University of Louisville, Foster worked for the United States Department of Justice as Director of the Office of Criminal Justice Education and Training, Director of the National Institute for Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, and Deputy Director of the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention.

While at the Department of Justice, Foster received several outstanding performance awards and Attorney General Citations for outstanding service. Because of his strong history in criminal justice, Foster is also working with TWC Vice President for Academic Affairs Dr. Kim Spiezio, Professor Dr. Bill Watts and Professor Linda Garza to review the TWC criminal justice program.

“We are grateful to Dr. Foster for establishing this scholarship to provide students a second chance at a college education,” TWC President Harley Knowles said. “We are also thankful for his help and expertise in reviewing our criminal justice program to ensure it remains a program of choice in our community and beyond.”

The J. Price Foster Second Chance Scholarship will be awarded to a transfer student who has struggled academically or in other ways. The student should have demonstrated financial need, and the scholarship may be renewed for multiple years if the recipient maintains a 2.0 or higher grade point average.

“Over the years as a professor, I have become convinced my story is familiar to many many other young students,” Foster said. “Very often they have considerable financial constraints, as I did. This scholarship represents an effort to help a little. Without the second chance TWC gave me, I probably would not have finished college!!”

The Proud Heritage, Strong Future Campaign at Tennessee Wesleyan College will accelerate change and improvements outlined in the college’s strategic plan. This $16 million campaign has four funding priorities that will help the college attain excellence: annual fund support, student scholarships, academic support, and facility enhancements, including the construction of a new 30,000 square foot campus center. For additional information about how you can support the college during this campaign, please contact the Advancement Office at (423) 746-5330.

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