The $5,000 scholarships were created through a bequest to ETSU by the late James H. Quillen, who represented Tennessee’s First Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives for 34 years.
Among the most recent undergraduate-level Quillen Scholarship recipients are:
• Blountville: Abbyrose VanBuren, of Blountville, is a recent graduate of Sullivan Central High School and plans to study nursing at ETSU.
• Elizabethton: Bailley Helmick is the daughter of Gene and Kim Helmick of Elizabethton. She is member of the Class of 2018 at Happy Valley High School and will enter ETSU’s dental hygiene program.
• Johnson City: A member of Science Hill High School’s Class of 2018, Maleah Miller will continue her education at ETSU, majoring in biology. She is the daughter of Kristen and Mike Caso of Johnson City.
• Kingsport: Tyler Cole, son of Bonnie Cole, earned an associates degree with honors from Northeast State Community College and was a member of Trio Club and Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society, treasurer of the Student Scholars Foundation and vice president of C.L.A.S.S., or the student government at the college. He also volunteers at the Kingsport Animal Shelter. The Kingsport native has chosen to major in nutrition at ETSU.
• Knoxville: Amber Dodson is a sophomore studying nursing at ETSU and a member and scholarship chair of Phi Sigma Pi Honor Fraternity. The dean’s list student is the daughter of Donna Dodson and George Dodson, each of Knoxville.
Natalys Ortiz-Lozada, a member of the Class of 2018 at Fulton High School, plans to study nursing at ETSU. In addition to volunteering at One Life Church and as a school translator, she is a member of the Emerald Youth Foundation, National Achievers Society, National Honor Society and Health Occupations Students of America.
She is the daughter of Kayra M. Lozada-Agosto and Nole A. De Jesus-Lopez, each of Knoxville, and a member of Christ of the Rock Church of God.
• Mooresburg: Randall Stapleton earned an associates degree from Walters State Community College and studies computing at ETSU. He serves as a fundraising volunteer with the Hamblen County Literacy Council. A resident of Mooresburg, he is the grandson of Jo Purcell, also of Mooresburg.