Peyton Manning Scholarships Awarded

Monday, June 17, 2013 - by special report to chattanoogan.com

KNOXVILLE -- Alexandra Brito from Brentwood and Grant Currin from Cleveland have been named the 2013 recipients of the Peyton Manning Scholarship at the University of Tennessee.

The Peyton Manning Scholarship is awarded annually to incoming first-year students who have been selected as Haslam Scholars.

The program is now in its 16th year and has honored 20 students.

"We're proud to have Alex and Grant as our two winners this year," said Manning. "They really rose to the top in a very competitive field and a very strict selection process."

Manning, Chancellor Jimmy G. Cheek, and Provost Susan Martin joined the two honorees and their families in a June 17 ceremony in the Peyton Manning Locker Room at Neyland Stadium.

"The scholarship program has been a great connection for me to the University," said Manning. "I had a wonderful four years here at UT, and I wanted a number of other students to have the same chances and opportunities that I had. I can't believe we're in our 16th year and we have 20 recipients now. So many of them are working now out in the real world, and it's been a family and a great alumni system as well. It means a lot knowing how appreciative the students in the program are and how they took advantage of the resources and the wonderful opportunities here at UT."

Brito, who graduated from Franklin Road Academy, plans to major in French and biology at Tennessee. She was a four-year starter on the varsity volleyball team and served as team captain in 2012 while also playing guitar in both the jazz band and the pep band at the school. Brito was the leader of Gram's Game Day, a program affiliated with the Special Olympics and also participated with the Interact Club, a group whose many community service outings included delivering food with Second Harvest. Brito also volunteered with Thistle Farms, a Nashville-area women's shelter.

"It is such an honor to receive this scholarship," said Brito. "It's even more incentive to keep working hard and keep serving. The name on the scholarship and everything it represents means a great deal to me."

Curran, who graduated from Cleveland High School, was a two-team team captain and the number one runner on the school's cross country team. An avid half-marathon runner and master scuba diver, he plans to major in sociology at UT. He served as a Model United Nations delegate while also participating in American Legion Boys' State. Curran also volunteered through the docent program at the Tennessee Aquarium in Chattanooga.

"Receiving this scholarship means a lot to me," said Curran. "It's a great honor and is very humbling, and it will let me have opportunities that I wouldn't have had. This is really going to make a difference in my educational career."

Jessica Jarrell Poore, the 2005 recipient of the Peyton Manning Scholarship, also spoke at the ceremony about what the impact the scholarship has had on her life and academic career. She is currently pursuing her doctorate within the Department of Agricultural Leadership at the University of Tennessee.

(E-mail Stan Crawley at wscrawley@earthlink.net)


Former Mocs Making Their Mark In The Pros

From the NFL, to the CFL to American Ninja Warrior, former UTC football players are making their mark at several levels.   Here is a rundown:  Chris Lewis-Harris (2011) signs with the Denver Broncos Five-year NFL veteran Chris Lewis-Harris   signed on with the Denver Broncos last week .  An All-Southern Conference defensive back ... (click for more)

Covenant 2017 Women's Soccer Schedule Is Set

The Covenant women's soccer team will play 17 regular season matches in 2017, 10 of which are slated for Scotland Yard, as the program released its schedule. The Lady Scots will face regional and national powers at home along with a full conference slate. Covenant, coming off a 13-5 season in 2016, will open the year with back-to-back home matches. The season opener is set ... (click for more)

Several People Shot At Citgo On Glenwood Drive

Several people were shot at a convenience store in Glenwood on Monday afternoon. Two people were shot and there possibly was a third victim. One of the victims is believed to have life-threatening injuries. The victim was transported by Hamilton County EMS to the hospital. A second person who was shot went by personal vehicle. The incident happened around 2:40 ... (click for more)

Erlanger Pharmacies Sold To CVS For $10 Million; Units At East, North To Close

Retail pharmacies at Erlanger Health System are being sold to CVS for $10 million, officials said. The retail drug stores at Erlanger North in Red Bank and Erlanger East on Gunbarrel Road will close. Erlanger President Kevin Spiegel noted that CVS has its own pharmacies nearby those facilities. CVS will operate a pharmacy at the Medical Mall on the main Erlanger campus on ... (click for more)

Dennis Norwood: Through The Lens, My Early 4th Of July

Our wonderful nation’s birthday, the 4th of July, came early for me this year. Always one of my favorite holidays, perhaps it’s tied to that fact that my birthday is on Flag Day, this year’s early observance was extra special. The day was this past Sunday, June 25, and it came about as my wife and I attended a concert by our very favorite Christian artist, Sandi Patty, at Abba’s ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: The Deadly ‘Holy Trinity’

If you have grown tired and calloused to America’s horrifying opioid epidemic, please consider what the epidemic has become. A report last week found that, in the United States, emergency room cases including opioid abuse jumped a staggering 99 percent between 2009 and 2014. It is believed that last year over 60,000 Americans died from drug overdoses and – far worse – more than ... (click for more)