The Lorraine and Bill Aiken Scholarship Fund was established by Dr. Michael Aiken (now a businessman) to honor his parents, especially his father, also a Chattanooga physician. Michael contacted Rev. Ben St. Clair and established a scholarship fund on August 13, 1987 to be used to support college or seminary students from Holston Conference preparing for a church career. Memorials and gifts from several sources, including an estate gift, increased the fund over the years. Lorraine & Bill Aiken were lifelong Methodists (she still is a member of St. Luke UMC, Chattanooga). Mrs. Aiken is proud of her Methodist roots and her whole family is pleased that this fund is able to support someone as special as you. It is an investment in the future and at the same time a memorial to the past.
Billy C. Clayton and Angelena York were married on April 14, 1956, at South Cleveland United Methodist Church, where they were both members. They were blessed with two children, Lisa Ann Clayton born March 28, 1960, and Brent Allen Clayton born Aprin17, 1964. Bill and Angie were active in their church, serving in many different capacities over the years. In 1977 the family became founding members of Asbury United Methodist Church in Cleveland and worked toward the establishment of the new congregation. In addition to serving as Chairperson of the Administrative Council, the PPR Committee, and being actively involved in the Untited Methodist Men, Bill served as a Trustee and was Treasurer of Asbury for many years until his death on February 26, 1994. To honor Bill’s service to the church and the love he and Angie had for God and the Methodist Church, this scholarship was established to assist young people from the Cleveland District who feel the call to ministry and service to God.
Created by the Donors to support seminary scholarships for students who plan on serving churches in the Holston Conference. Priority for United Methodist students in the Holston Conference enrolled or approved to attend Gammon Theological Seminary.
Primary preference is for United Methodist students attending First Richlands United Methodist Church. Secondary preference is for students from Tazewell County, Virginia. Final preference is for students to reside in the Tazewell District of Holston Conference. All students selected must be working toward a pastoral appointment in Holston Conference and be enrolled or accepted to enroll in an approved United Methodist Seminary.
The LuAnn K. Harris Memorial Scholarship Endowment was established by Sarah & Phillip Harris, Cleveland, Tennessee, as a permanent memorial to their daughter, LuAnn K. Harris, who tragically died after an automobile accident in 1989. LuAnn's love of life and deep interest and service through youth ministries led to the creation of a scholarship fund originally established in 1992 through dozens of friends, family, business contacts and even strangers. Now in her name, other young people who feel the call to ministry and youth service to the church will benefit from this scholarship in perpetuity. The scholarship is to be awarded to United Methodist students from the Holston Conference with first priority given to students attending a United Methodist affiliated seminary intending to serve as a pastor or youth ministry professional. It is hoped that the scholarship and LuAnn's story will both be a blessing to the recipient.
Sallie Hatfield created a trust back in 1986 that first provided income to Lucille Winkler and then upon her death in 2000, established a seminary scholarship through the Foundation for students from the Holston Conference preparing to serve as ministers within the Holston Conference.
On October 14, 2008, Bob Hudson was a special guest at the Holston Conference Foundation's fall board meeting in Alcoa. It came as quite a surprise to Bob when, at the end of the meeting, he was presented a framed resolution honoring his many years of service to the Foundation and the Conference. An announcement followed that in addition to the resolution, the Board had created The Robert B. and Carolyn E. Hudson Seminary Scholarship Endowment with an initial grant of $25,000. This fund will annually provide a $1,000 scholarship to a seminary student from the Holston Conference who intends to return to Holston to serve as a pastor. Bob spent 30 years serving as a Holston pastor before coming to the Foundation in 1987 as Executive Director. Bob and Carolyn's example of living the Christian faith through their gifts of time, talent, treasure, presence, and faithful service have contributed significantly to the Foundation's growth and success through the years.
The Lindamood's began their time together late in life. Pauline was 65 and Allen was 63 when they married in 1978. She was a widow and he had never been married before. They shared 25 years together in Allen's boyhood home on the banks of the South Fork of the Holston River at Boone Reservoir. According to Richard Minnick, Pauline's son, Allen was a quiet and gentle man. Pauline was lively and much more outspoken. They were highly devoted to the Enterprise United Methodist Church and to the Enterprise community. They loved living on their farm and sitting on the front porch of their farmhouse. Allen was said to have driven more miles on his farm tractor than in his farm truck. Allen's will left a bequest of approximately $220,000 to establish The Allen B. Lindamood and Pauline M. Lindamood Memorial Ministerial Scholarship Fund to annually award one or more scholarships to students, which will lead them to appointment as an ordained minister in the Holston Conference of the United Methodist Church.
Created by the Donors to support seminary students preparing to serve as pastor in the Holston Conference and attending a United Methodist Seminary (listed below):
The Thomas Ware Seminary Scholarship was created by the Board of the Holston Conference Foundation and named after Thomas Ware, one of the early Circuit Riding pioneer preachers sent to serve in the Holston area. This fund is open to receive gifts of all sizes from those interested in supporting scholarships for seminarians who will serve in the Holston Conference.
Before Trinity UMC closed and merged with First Oak Ridge United Methodist Church, the congregation created an endowment that will annually support seminary scholarships and other ministries. The scholarship is for Holston Conference students who intend to return and serve as pastors.