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Big Brothers Big Sisters to celebrate first-generation college students at digital signing day event

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KNOXVILLE, TN (June 8, 2020) Twelve students to be awarded scholarships at June 11 ceremony.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of East Tennessee will host a digital Signing Day and Scholarship Celebration on Thursday, June 11, at 3:30pm.

The event will celebrate 31 graduates of the agency’s Mentor 2.0 program and more than 40 high school seniors across its other site- and community-based programs. Twelve students will receive scholarships to pursue post-secondary education and training.

This year’s celebration will feature remarks from University of Tennessee President Randy Boyd, President of First Horizon Bank’s East Region Dave Miller, and Voice of the Vols Bob Kesling.

Congratulatory messages will also be shared from Knox County Mayor Glenn Jacobs; Big Brothers Big Sisters of America President and CEO Pam Iorio; University of Tennessee head basketball coach Kellie Harper; University of Tennessee head women’s tennis coach Alison Ojeda; and additional supporters.

The Mentor 2.0 Signing Day and BBBS-ETN Scholarship Celebration will be available via YouTube Live and Facebook Live. It will also stream at TennesseeBig.org/SigningDay.

Visuals:

• Students announcing post-secondary plans and colleges of choice via video message.

• Presentation of the first Austin French Memorial Scholarships by Austin’s Big Brother Bill Park.

• Addresses from numerous noteworthy supporters, including University of Tennessee President Randy Boyd.

• BBBS-ETN staff, as well as mentors, will be available for interview before and after the program.

About Big Brothers Big Sisters of East Tennessee

Big Brothers Big Sisters of East Tennessee defends potential in children through strong and enduring, professionally supported one‐to‐one relationships that ignite the power and promise of youth. Youth enrolled in the program achieve measurable outcomes, including improved educational success, avoidance of risky behaviors, higher aspirations, greater self-confidence, and better relationships. This mission has been the cornerstone of the organization’s 50-year history in the Knoxville area.

During the COVID-19 crisis – and every day – BBBS-ETN is committed to keeping kids connected through a supportive mentor and dedicated case workers. The agency goes one step further, connecting both families and caregivers with critical services, serving those affected by loss of income, food insecurity, lack of healthcare, isolation, and anxiety due to COVID-19. Learn more about ways you can join our cause at tennesseebig.org/get-involved.

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