SouthEast Bank Awards Scholarships To Lee Students

Friday, September 27, 2013
Presenting a check to Lee President Paul Conn are, from left, Monty Montgomery, Dr. Conn, Jerry McGaha, and SouthEast Scholarship Director Tommy Schumpert.
Presenting a check to Lee President Paul Conn are, from left, Monty Montgomery, Dr. Conn, Jerry McGaha, and SouthEast Scholarship Director Tommy Schumpert.
- photo by Nathan Bivens

SouthEast Bank and Lee University have selected two students for a new scholarship program called the SouthEast Bank Scholar Award. This scholarship will provide each student with $7,000 in the 2013-2014 school year to offset the cost of tuition and assist in accomplishing academic and personal goals. 

SouthEast Bank Scholars across the state include a group of incoming students from Tennessee, chosen by participating post-secondary institutions for their "exceptional character and academic commitment." 

The recipients at Lee are Janna Crisp, a freshman from Knoxville, and Hannah Stott, a sophomore from Maryville, Tn.  With satisfactory academic progress, recipients are eligible to continue receiving this annual award through the senior year.  Another incoming student will be selected for the award in the fall of 2014.

“SouthEast Bank is proud to support Lee University in awarding scholarships that help keep our future leaders right here in Tennessee,” said SouthEast Bank President Monty Montgomery, along with Senior Vice-President Jerry McGaha. “We are a true community bank operated by local employees who live and work alongside the people we serve, and we are committed to using our resources to reinvest in our schools, organizations, and neighborhoods. Through the SouthEast Bank Scholars program, we fulfill this mission by rewarding outstanding students who demonstrate a combination of academic excellence, community service, and financial need with the opportunity to reach their greatest potential through higher education.” 

In addition to meeting the minimum criteria of achieving a 3.25 high school grade point average or a 23 ACT score, students who are awarded this distinct honor have also demonstrated financial need and community involvement.

"The creation of the SouthEast Bank scholarship will assist our talented students in achieving their dreams of a Lee education,” said Chris Conine, vice president for Business and Finance at Lee. “SouthEast Bank’s generosity reflects its high regard for education and dedication to ensuring a well-prepared workforce through our students.”

To learn more about SouthEast Bank, visit

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