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A group of the 2018 Regal Scholars with Regal COO Matt Eyre and Regal Foundation Board members Matt Eyre, John Curry, Ronald Kooch, and Jackie McClure.

For UT sophomore Gemma Pierce, being a Regal Scholar is helping her accomplish her goal of becoming a nurse.

“When I was a little girl my mother was diagnosed with breast cancer,” said Pierce, a nursing major. “She fought hard, and she won. She was diagnosed again in 2010. She fought with such strength for five years after that. Being by her side through it all helped give me a vision and a purpose for my life in different ways. It made me determined to impact others through the medical field.”

Knoxville-based Regal and its foundation invest $100,000 each year to provide $2,500 need-based scholarships to 40 UT students from Knox County.

“I am deeply appreciative for not only the gift of my education but also that of my sister, Natalie, as she was also a Regal Scholar during her time at UT years ago,” Pierce said. “Thanks to the Regal Scholarship, I am able to learn and go to class and get involved on campus without having to worry about financial stressors.”

The Regal Scholars program, offered for the ninth year in a row, provides scholarships to 10 freshmen, 10 sophomores, 10 juniors, and 10 seniors.

“We cannot thank Regal enough for their continued support of the University of Tennessee and the tremendous things happening on campus,” said Chip Bryant, vice chancellor for advancement. “You demonstrate the Volunteer difference by providing the opportunity for the students here tonight to receive an excellent education at our great university. You are paving the way for these students to become tomorrow’s leaders.”

Regal Chief Operating Officer Matt Eyre said awarding the scholarships is a great tradition at Regal.

“We are excited at the Regal Foundation to continue our partnership with the University of Tennessee, namely in the Regal Scholarship program,” Eyre said. “We take great pride in continuing to give young and bright Knoxville graduates financial assistance with their studies so they can fulfill their educational goals. It is a key way for our foundation to give back to the community in a meaningful way.”

Students applying to UT can ask their high school guidance counselor for more information about the Regal Scholars program as well as other scholarships. For more information on UT financial aid and scholarships, visit the One Stop website.

The scholarship program is just one of several ways that Regal supports UT. The company has endowed Regal Distinguished Professorships in the Haslam College of Business and supports the college’s technology fund. The company has also helped make several new UT athletics facilities a reality. Regal’s generous support of UT Athletics has led to the creation of the Regal Soccer Stadium, the Regal Entertainment Group Plaza, and the Regal Scoreboard at Lindsey Nelson Stadium.

The 2018 Regal Scholarship holders, listed with the high schools they graduated from, are:

Freshmen Parker Chadwell, Farragut High School; Zachary Dancu, Farragut High School; Mikala Farrell, Bearden High School; Timerra Hall, Fulton High School; Trystan Heath, Karns High School; Mikhail Lavrinovich, Hardin Valley Academy; Moira Mccabe, Central High School; Akiel Muhammad, L&N STEM Academy; Justin Scarlett, Webb School of Knoxville; Justice Stultz-Berry, Halls High School

Sophomores Lina Ali, West High School; Cara Browning, South Doyle High School; Joanna Hensley, Farragut High School; Allison Hollenkamp, Knoxville Catholic High School; Chelsea Huynh, Farragut High School; Camruinn Morgan-Rumsey, Bearden High School;  Jonathan Nguyen, Karns High School; Feng-Ling Ou, South Doyle High School; Gemma Pierce, Carter High School; Christopher Schultz, Bearden High School

Juniors Julian Ball, Central High School; Kelly Chiu, Gibbs High School; Olivia Dominick, Hardin Valley Academy; Christopher Forsyth, Powell High School; Garrett Griffis, Central High School; Addie Morton, Central High School; Amanda Peebles, L&N STEM Academy; Morgan Powell, Fulton High School; Uriah Richey, Fulton High School; Adam Young, Carter High School

Seniors Kendra Anderson, Powell High School; Daryl Brown, West High School; Kristi Cao, Hardin Valley Academy; Madelyn Collins, West High School; Michael Costner, Farragut High School; Preston Laine, Webb School of Knoxville; Thomas Nipper, Hardin Valley Academy; Meet Patel, Carter High School; Daisey Smith, Powell High School; and Victoria Williams, Halls High School


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