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UT’s Sigma Phi Epsilon chapter presented $6,500 in scholarships to seven incoming first-year students at their annual Balanced Man Scholarship Awards reception earlier this month at the Foundry in Knoxville.

The recipients were:

  • Kailash Thiagarajan, a biochemistry major from Farragut, Tennessee, first place, $2,000
  • Alden Cardwell, a finance major from Jackson, Tennessee, second place, $1,500
  • Jared Elrod, an engineering major from Cleveland, Tennessee, third place, $1,000.
  • Braden Murphy, a finance major from Brentwood, Tennessee, Leader award, $500
  • Trey Hatcher, a chemical engineering major from Erwin, Tennessee, Scholar award, $500
  • Zander Harrison, an aerospace engineering major from Lenoir City, Tennessee, Athlete award, $500
  • Steven Williams, a Mechanical Engineering major from Knoxville, Gentleman award, $500

Since 1991, Sigma Phi Epsilon has awarded more than $100,000 in scholarships to incoming UT students who exhibit academic excellence, demonstrate leadership skills, and commit to health and well-being. Recipients of these awards are not required to join the fraternity or take any part in the fraternity recruitment process.

Sigma Phi Epsilon believes that all men should strive to be leaders, scholars, athletes, and gentlemen.

Candidates for the Balanced Man Scholarship must go through an application and interview process. The applicants are then narrowed down to a small number of finalists.

Interim Chancellor Wayne T. Davis served as the special guest speaker at this year’s event. He addressed UT’s ranking as a research institution, growth in undergraduate research opportunities, and the importance of getting involved with UT student organizations.

“The SigEp awards presented today are a prime example of what being a Tennessee Volunteer is all about,” Davis said.

Also in attendance were Lee Patouillet, associate vice chancellor for alumni affairs, and Kelly Phillips, director of the Office of Sorority and Fraternity Life.


Katherine Saxon (, 865-974-8365)