A Message from the Executive Director

It’s great to finally see faces again, to attend in-person meetings and begin making plans for events this Summer & Fall. After breaking ground in March 2019, we are happy to announce the Ribbon Cutting ceremony for the Kile-Ogle Building at the WS Sevierville Campus. This building is named after our own Emily Kile and Linda Ogle. The Mayors’ Lunch will be Tuesday, September 21st at the Sevierville Convention Center.

ETSU and WSCC will be returning to on-ground classes this Fall. Congratulations to the 23 scholarship students (listed below) that recently graduated from ETSU. The Seviercountypip website is being redesigned and will be introduced later this Summer. If you use Facebook, please like Sevier County Partners in Progress. We try to post at least once/week. This is a great way to learn about our students and keep up with what we are doing.

I hope everyone has a great summer.

Congratulations to the following Partners in Progress scholarship students that received their degree from East Tennessee State University on Saturday, May 8, 2021:

  • Alexia Brooks

    B.S. Human Services

  • Blake Cubberley

    B.B.A. Business Management

  • Jacob Emond  

    B.B.A. Business Management

  • Courtney Gibson

    B.S. Psychology

  • Haley Graves  

    B.S. Elementary Education

  • Megan Headrick

    B.S. Elementary Education

  • Kimberly Laymon

    B.B.A. Business Management (Graduates this Summer)

  • Megan Crump Lewis

    B.S. Psychology

  • Lauren Mann

    B.S. Elementary Education

  • Riley Marshall

    B.B.A. Business Management

  • Korrey Thornton McFalls  

    B.S. Elementary Education

  • Kelsey Miller

    B.S. Human Services

  • Taylor Penny   

    B.S. Early Childhood Education

  • Hannah Quilliams

    B.S. Elementary Education

  • Don Richmond

    B.B.A. Business Management

  • Payton Rochester

    B.S. Elementary Education

  • Hannah Schrimpsher Ogle

    B.S. Elementary Education

  • Emily Smith

    B.S. Interdisciplinary Studies

  • Kara Smith

    B.S.W. Social Work

  • Austin Starkey

    B.B.A. Business Management

  • Megan Ward

    B.S. Elementary Education

  • Emily Manning Williford

    B.S. Special Education

  • Seth Workman

    B.S. Psychology

Gifts for the graduates.

Join Walters State Community College for the official ribbon cutting of Kile-Ogle Hall on Sept. 1 at 11 a.m. on the Sevier County Campus.  

Mayor's Lunch - September 21, 2021

The Fifth Annual Mayors' Lunch to BenefitSevier County Partners in Progress will be Tuesday, September 21, at Noon at the Sevierville Convention Center. 6 people per table. Cost of table: $5,000 (half table $2,500). All money raised will be used for scholarships! If you are interested in purchasing a table, contact Janice at 865-428-2212

Linda Ogle and her dog Annie

I was at a meeting one day and Allen Newton gave a presentation on a new program created to help students go to college. As I listened, I thought “I wish there had been somebody to help me when I was young.” I had to work 4 years to save enough money to go to Business College. I decided right then I wanted to be a part of this and help anyway that I could. I want to help young people that have no other option. – Linda Ogle, Chair of the Partners in Progress Board of Directors. Linda is a well-known businesswoman in our community and PIP is blessed to have her as a part of our program. Thank you, Linda. 

Thank you to these businesses that are helping Partners in Progress by participating in RoundUp! Customers are asked when they check out if they would like to RoundUp to the next dollar, with the rounded up amount going to Sevier County Partners in Progress. If you work for a business that would RoundUp for us, please call Janice at 865-428-2212!

This gold cord around my neck is extremely near and dear to me. It signifies that I was a Sevier County Partners in Progress Education Foundation recipient throughout my time at ETSU. Because of this program, I am able to graduate with my bachelors degree 100% debt free!! - Megan Lewis. Megan is currently pursuing her Masters degree in School Counseling from the University of the Cumberlands. She would like to one day be a counselor in the Sevier County School System.

Buddy's BBQ Raises Over $4900!

Partners in Progress would like to recognize and say a huge Thank You to Buddy’s b-b-q for choosing PIP to be the recipient of their Mission Monday, April 5, 2021. We received a total of $4,929.71 from this event! Many students will benefit from this amazing donation.

Scholarship Facts

Spring Semester 2021: 155 high school students received $45,352.75 in scholarships for dual enrollment classes at Walters State Community College. 

39 students received $67,405.70 in scholarships to East Tennessee State University in Sevierville.

Total scholarships awarded Spring 2021 - $112,758.45.

Total scholarships awarded since Fall 2016 - $780,000.00

Recognizing One of Our Graduates!

Congratulations to Amanda Lucey on her appointment to the Board of Directors of Mountain Hope Good Shepherd Clinic! Amanda was a Partners in Progress scholarship recipient and graduated from ETSU in May 2020. She currently is the Director of Sales & Guest Services at Rainforest Adventures. It is great to see that PIP graduates are working in Sevier County and being good ambassadors in the community.

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  Sevier County Partners in Progress is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.