College's Community Campaign raises nearly $206K

Jan. 23, 2004
Karen B. Eldridge, Director of News and Public Information

Businesses and individuals in Knox and Blount Counties again made a smart investment by supporting the Maryville College Community Campaign, raising $205,950 for the College's Annual Fund and surpassing the goal by almost $21,000.

The theme of the 2003 campaign, held Nov. 6-Jan. 13, was "Maryville College: A Smart Investment."

"We are extremely grateful to the many volunteers who made this year's Community Campaign such a success," said Dr. Gerald W. Gibson, president of Maryville College. "Without the generous and continued support of so many individuals and businesses in Blount and Knox counties, Maryville College would not be where it is today – an institution known for its academic program and its commitment to give students the skills and opportunities to be successful and make a difference in the world.

Gibson also pointed out that such support helps make Maryville College affordable to hundreds of deserving local students. More than 90 percent of all students at the College receive some type of financial aid.

"While we assure donors that they're making a smart investment in the College when they give through the Community Campaign," the president said, "we want them to know, too, that the College is committed to being an appreciating asset to the community."

In Blount County, a team of 47 volunteers helped raise $123,026. Rick Shepard, president of SunTrust Bank-Blount County, chaired this year's Blount campaign, while David Smith, president and chief operating officer of Johnson & Galyon, chaired the campaign in Knox County. Smith's team of 33 Knox County volunteers helped raise $82,924 between Nov. 6 and Jan. 13.

The Annual Fund provides financial assistance for needed scholarship programs, library resources, student work-study jobs and departmental operating budgets.

In addition to securing gifts and pledges for the Annual Fund, the Community Campaign seeks to raise awareness about the many educational services that are provided to local communities and highlight the need for community financial support of these educational services, said Wes Boggs, the College's director of annual giving.

Many businesses choose to participate in the Community Campaign by signing up for the Corporate Scholars Program, which provides businesses and other organizations with the opportunity to assist a worthy student through direct scholarship assistance.

For more information on the Community Campaign or Corporate Scholars Program, contact Boggs at 865.981.8225 or

Maryville College is ideally situated in Maryville, Tenn., between the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and Knoxville, the state's third largest city. Founded in 1819, it is the 12th oldest institution of higher learning in the South and maintains an affiliation with the Presbyterian Church (USA). Known for offering its students a rigorous and highly personal experience that includes an undergraduate research requirement, Maryville College is a nationally ranked institution of higher learning that successfully joins the liberal arts and professional preparation. Total enrollment for the fall 2016 semester is 1,198.