Skip to main content

KNOXVILLE –- The statewide University of Tennessee Institute for Public Service (IPS) has announced the first two recipients of the Mary and Jack Jinks IPS Scholarship, and both are students at UT Knoxville.

Anna Katherine “Katie” Hill received the first Jinks Scholarship at the IPS annual conference in October. Her scholarship is for this semester.

Laura A. Phillips received the second Jinks Scholarship for fall semester 2008.

The Jinks Scholarship is awarded to a child or grandchild of an employee of IPS who attends any UT campus, has a record of community service activity and intends to pursue a career in public service. It is the first scholarship established at the institute and is named for IPS Associate Vice President Mary Jinks and her husband, Jack Jinks. The Jinkses are from Loudon.

Hill is the daughter of Mike Hill, program manager in the UT Law Enforcement Innovation Center, an agency of IPS. She is from Knoxville and is a freshman at UT Knoxville majoring in business administration.

Hill has volunteered with the Boys and Girls Club in Knoxville and the East Tennessee Children’s Hospital. Her volunteer activities have included the Fantasy of Trees at the Knoxville Convention Center, the Children’s Hospital Surgery Center, the Great Rubber Duck Race and the Knoxville Open Golf Tournament.

“At the surgery center (at Children’s Hospital), I worked closely with young children who were recovering or rehabilitating from minor and serious operations,” Hill said. “I loved working with the kids and assisting them during a very difficult time in their life.”

Upon graduation, Hill hopes to pursue a job in marketing or promotions for a major company.

Phillips is the daughter of Beth Phillips, economic development specialist with IPS. She is from Knoxville and is a freshman at UT Knoxville.

“Both of my parents earned degrees from UT Knoxville, and my grandfather chaired the Department of Political Science for nearly 20 years,” Phillips said. “Through my family, I have developed an appreciation for the importance of public service and leadership.”

Phillips served as a class officer and student council representative in high school. She represented West High School at the Tennessee Association of Student Councils in Athens, and the Southern Association of Student Councils Conference in New Orleans.

Phillips graduated high school a semester early and completed her freshman English requirements at Pellissippi State Technical Community College. She is active in the youth group at John XXIII Catholic Parish on the UT Knoxville campus. After college, she hopes to pursue a career in nursing.


Queena Jones, IPS, (865) 974-1533,
Tom Looney, IPS, (865) 974-6587,