Sign Up for Our Newsletter

Facebook Twitter

News Article



Greeneville - Scott M. Niswonger, President and Founder of the Niswonger Foundation, received national recognition as he was chosen by the Development District Association of Appalachia (DDAA) to receive the 2014 Donald R. Myers Humanitarian Award. Mr. Niswonger was honored by a special award ceremony in Washington, D.C., on Monday, March 24, 2014. 

This award was dedicated by the DDAA in 2009 in memory of Donald Myers, who was executive director of the Ohio Mid-Eastern Governments Association and president of the Eastern Ohio Development Alliance (EODA). Known as a dedicated public servant and champion of the people of Appalachia, Myers exemplified the humanitarian spirit the award was created to recognize and honor.

Mr. Niswonger was cited by the DDAA for his leadership and service in the cause of numerous educational, community and economic development endeavors. In particular, his commitment to the Niswonger Foundation and the Niswonger Scholars, the Niswonger Performing Arts Center, the Niswonger Children’s Hospital, the development of downtown Greeneville, and his support of the region’s higher education institutions were named as evidence of his humanitarian work. He was commended for his tireless efforts that have greatly contributed to the growth and development of Northeast Tennessee and enhanced the quality of life for many of the region’s residents.

 During the presentation, it was stated that “Mr. Niswonger’s philosophy of Learn, Earn, and Return has helped to empower the region’s young people.”  Dr. Mike Antrican, Director of Schools for Hancock County, was quoted as stating: “How do you show appreciation for someone who has provided so much for your school system and who has made it possible to do the impossible?  Scott Niswonger has been a God-send for Hancock County and the entire First District of Tennessee.  His philanthropic spirit has brought cutting edge technological advantages to our students who otherwise would have left high school without the benefit of this required knowledge.  His spotlight on education focuses on the people who will be responsible for the future of our nation.  The Humanitarian Award could not be given to anyone more deserving. ”


The DDAA is a membership organization of the 73 local development districts (LDDs) in the Appalachian Region. The DDAA works to strengthen LDDs and their member governments and to provide leadership to support the Appalachian Regional Commission's federal-state-local partnerships.

Back to Top