Big Brothers Big Sisters of East Tennessee Scholarship Program

Big Brothers Big Sisters of East Tennessee is pleased to offer scholarships to support mentees in their postsecondary pathways, including two- and four-year schools, trade schools, and certificate programs.

Eligible seniors, as well as currently in a postsecondary program, can apply for multiple scholarships through one application.


Applications for 2021 are now closed.

Current scholarships include:
• BBBS-ETN General Scholarship Fund – up to five (5) $500 scholarships awarded annually
The Austin French Memorial Scholarship
Michael Manrod Memorial Scholarship

Eligibility requirements include:
• Applicant does not have to be in an active Match but must have been Matched with a Big Brother/Big Sister for a minimum of 12 months after age 14.
• Former scholarship recipients and applicants are eligible to apply again. (See Application Packet for more details.)
• Applicant must apply to or be enrolled in a 2-year or 4-year accredited college, university program, or accredited technical college or trade school.
• If not currently enrolled, applicant must intend to enroll within one year of the application deadline, as scholarship funds will be paid directly to the school.
• Applicant must enroll in a minimum of six semester hours or equivalent.
• Applicant should have a signed media release on file with BBBS-ETN. If one does not exist, you might be asked to sign a new one. (See final page of the Application Packet.)
• Applicant should have a 2.5 GPA or above. (This requirement only applies to previous scholarship winners.)

Postsecondary Success Program
Graduating Seniors who apply are encouraged, but not required, to remain connected to BBBS-ETN and their mentor through the Postsecondary Success Program. For more details, contact Mia King at

Littles who meet the above eligibility requirements are encouraged to submit an application.

Applications will be accepted by email to or by mail:
Big Brothers Big Sisters of East Tennessee
Attn: Jennifer Davis/Scholarship Committee
318 North Gay Street, Suite #100
Knoxville, TN 37917

BBBS-ETN College and Career Fair
Scholarship recipients will be celebrated at events throughout 2021.

The Austin French Memorial Scholarship
This Memorial Scholarship honors the memory of Austin French. Austin met his Big Brother Bill on April 8th, 2010, as a third grader at Lonsdale Elementary in Knoxville, TN. The friendship grew over nearly a decade, through Austin’s graduation from Oliver Springs High School in May 2019. Tragically, Austin passed away in an automobile accident five days after his high school graduation.

Though the scholarship is open to all Littles, priority will go to mentees who plan to attend trade school, Austin’s dream after high school. Additional weight will be given to Littles involved in a long-term match, as well as those who demonstrate Austin’s values and character traits such as kindness and respect for others, a strong work ethic, and devotion to family.

Austin French Memorial Scholarship recipients will be selected by Austin’s Big Brother, Bill; the Big Brother of Austin’s biological brother Kameron, Gabe; and members of Austin’s family.

The Michael Harrison Manrod Scholarship
Michael Harrison Manrod (1992-2020) attended St. Mary’s Catholic School and graduated from Knoxville Catholic High School in 2010, lettering in ice hockey. He attended New York University and the University of Tennessee where his studies focused on psychology and social work, with the goal of applying his education to help others. Michael later discovered his true calling, cooking, and was excited to be accepted into the Culinary Institute of America for Fall Semester 2020. Sadly, Michael passed from complications due to long term epilepsy three months before the start of that semester.

Despite being challenged with health issues throughout his life, Michael consistently displayed genuine concern for others. He possessed a keen wit and sense of humor accompanied by a passion for history. His knowledge was vast and impressive. Michael was deeply loved by his family and friends.

The Manrod Scholarship was created in memory of Michael’s compassionate nature and in recognition of those dreams he did not have the time to fulfill. It is a response to transform the end of one life into new and hopeful beginnings for others; a response to provide opportunity. This scholarship is designed for an aspiring college or trade school student, preferably first-generation, who demonstrates a passion for learning, compassion for others, and an ability to stare adversity in the face and carry on.