Celebrating Student Successes

Our students are the reason we do what we do at UT. Each year, we celebrate their successes and achievements as scholars and Volunteers. We highlight a few of those stories below. For the latest news on our students’ successes, visit news.utk.edu.

Natalie Campbell

Natalie Campbell is First UT Student to Win Prestigious Mitchell Scholarship

Natalie Campbell, a senior in the College Scholars Program at UT, who serves as student body president and has earned accolades for her work advocating alongside people with disabilities, has been selected for a Mitchell Scholarship, one of the most prestigious undergraduate awards in the country. Read more about her plans for the future.

Hera Jay Brown

Hera Jay Brown Is UT’s Ninth Rhodes Scholar

Hera Jay Brown, who graduated from UT in August 2018, has been named a 2020 Rhodes Scholar—the ninth current or former UT student to earn this prestigious honor. As a Rhodes Scholar, Brown—a native of Corryton, Tennessee—will begin all-expenses-paid studies at the University of Oxford in England this fall. Brown tentatively plans to pursue both a master’s degree and a doctorate in migration studies. Read more about her UT experience.

Conny Sidi Kazungu

PhD Student Follows in Her Father’s Footsteps

Conny Sidi Kazungu (’19) received her PhD in political science. She is from the small village of Gotani, located on the southeastern coast of Kenya. Her father was the first in the family to attend college, supported by her grandfather, who believed education was the way of getting the family out of poverty. A generation later, Kazungu’s grandmother, who remains in the village, sold cattle to support her granddaughter’s dream of higher education. Read more about her path to UT.