CFMT Awards Scholarships To Smith County Students

October 29, 2021

The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee, a charitable organization working to improve the quality of life in 40 Middle Tennessee and three Kentucky counties, announces its scholarship program is helping to support 321 individual students pursuing secondary education at accredited schools throughout the United States.

In 2021, a total of $745,000 has been awarded from 102 different scholarship funds.

The students are attending 151 unique colleges and universities from 31 states, with three international students from Canada. 

“Getting an education is one of the most important milestones in life, but for many, it comes with a great burden,” said Ellen Lehman, president of The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee. “We feel honored to help students receive a quality education, made possible by donors who wish to make a difference. It is a privilege to connect generosity with need in this way.”

Congratulations to the 2021 scholarship recipients from Smith County:

Grace Harville, of Pleasant Shade, from Smith County High School, received the Pauline Gore Scholarship to attend the University of Tennessee.

Dominique Hebert, of Pleasant Shade, from Smith County High School, received the Pauline Gore Scholarship to attend Middle Tennessee State University.

For a complete list of scholarships and the online application, visit The Community Foundation’s website at The application opens annually each January for hopeful, college-bound students to apply.

The Community Foundation scholarships, established by individuals, companies and civic groups, assist students with tuition and other school-related expenses. Each year, The Community Foundation scholarship committee reviews applications on behalf of donors who entrust The Foundation with administering the annual awards.

The scholarship committee carefully considers applicants’ academic records, test scores, extracurricular activities, work experience, community involvement, and personal recommendations.

About The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee

The Community Foundation exists to promote and facilitate giving in the 40 counties of Middle Tennessee, three in Kentucky, and beyond. It does this by accepting gifts of any size from anyone at any time and by empowering individuals, families, companies, nonprofits, and communities to respond to needs and opportunities that matter. The Community Foundation works with people who have great hearts, whether or not they have great wealth, to craft solutions that reflect their intentions and goals. For more information, call 615-321-4939 or visit