The Chattanooga State Dinner of Firsts is the primary fundraising event for the college. The second annual Toast & Roast Dinner honored community leader, and the first in his family to attend college, Grady Williams. Proceeds from the event fund the Chattanooga State Foundation’s First-in-the-Family Scholarships. With a current enrollment of more than 12,000 students, today nearly 5,000 of them are first generation college students.
The sold out event held at the Chattanoogan, netted more than $54,000 to fund 27 students with First-in-the-Family Scholarships for the 2014-15 academic year, up from 12 scholarships funded during our inaugural event.
Chattanooga State sophomore Ally Burchfield is among those recognized as a first generation college student and recipient of the First-in-the-Family Scholarship. “Everybody tells me congratulations or we're so proud of you. That means a lot. It gives me that extra motivation to keep everything going good at school."
The 2013 Dinner of Firsts was chaired by Chattanooga State Foundation Board member Leonard Fant and co-hosted by Keith Sanford, market president of First Tennessee, and Greg Vital, president and CEO of Independent Healthcare Properties & Morning Pointe. Roasting Mr. Williams were Fletcher Bright, Patsy Hazlewood, Craig Holley, Tom Edd Wilson and Sonia Young.
Qualifying students for the annual First-in-the-Family scholarship must be first generation college students attending school full-time.