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Niswonger Scholar Alumni Learn-Earn- Return

Fundamental to the design and purpose of the Niswonger Foundation's Scholarship and Leadership program is the Scholars' commitment to return to Northeast Tennessee, using their education, experiences and personal commitment to serve as the leaders of the region.  This fall, the Niswonger Foundation welcomes four more Alumni home.  Spanning careers from education, to business, to medicine, these scholars will put their Niswonger Foundation leadership training to excellent use, joining many other Alumni who are fulfilling their personal commitment to the Foundation's mission to "Create opportunities for individual and community growth through education and other sustainable projects."

Meet our most recent Northeast Tennessee Niswonger Scholar Alumni:


Ms. Hope Adkins is a Niswonger Scholar Alumna, Class of 2018.  She graduated high school at Volunteer in Hawkins County.  She earned a degree Family and Consumer Sciences Education from Carson-Newman University.  Hope is the daughter of Jeffrey and Tonya Adkins of Church Hill.  She taught Family and Consumer Sciences at West High School, in Knoxville, for one year.  Hope has accepted a position at Carson-Newman University as Alumni Relations Coordinator.

Ms. McKenzie Reynolds is a Niswonger Scholar Alumna, Class of 2018.  She received her high school diploma from North Greene High School, her accounting degree and Masters of Accountancy from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville.  McKenzie is currently completing the CPA Exams.  She is the daughter of Jon Reynolds and Edwina Orr of Greeneville.  McKenzie has accepted a position as Staff Auditor with Blackburn, Childers and Steagall, in Johnson City, where she resides.

Dr. Cole Seaton is a Niswonger Scholar Alumnus, Class of 2009.  He received his high school diploma from Greeneville High School, a Biomedical Engineering degree from Vanderbilt University and his Medical degree from East Tennessee State University's Quillen College of Medicine.  He is the son of Lloyd and Carolyn Seaton of Mosheim and he is married to Lyndsey Woten, of Knoxville.  They will be welcoming their first child this fall.  They reside in Greeneville.  Cole has completed his Residency at University of Tennessee Medical Center and returned to Greene County, where he has accepted a position with University Radiology at Greeneville Community Hospital East.

Mr. Matthew Widener is a Niswonger Scholar Alumnus, Class of 2019.  He received his high school diploma from David Crockett High School.  He is the son of Randal and Deena Widener of Johnson City.  He earned a degree in English with a minor in Secondary Education from East Tennessee State University.  Matthew has accepted a position as an English Teacher at David Crockett High School.

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