Local students awarded Trustee, Presidential scholarships to Tusculum

Tusculum has named the recipients of its only full-tuition scholarship opportunity for exemplary academic students, the Trustee Honor Scholarship. Additionally, five students were awarded the Presidential Scholarship.

Carter DelSorbo, of Greeneville and Riley Church of Maryville will be the first two students to receive the full-tuition Trustee Scholarship that is designed to help academically motivated students have a new opportunity to eliminate tuition expenses.

DelSorbo received his award on May 14. He is one of the first two students to receive the full-tuition Trustee Scholarship. He is the son of Christa and Carl DelSorbo.

Carter DelSorbo has been a homeschooled student since fifth grade and believes that education has prepared him for his college path. While in the process of completing his high school degree, Carter also completed 69 dual enrollment course hours at Tusculum, earning him an Associate of Arts degree. He will enter Tusculum in the fall as a junior.

He will major in pre-med/biology and plans to go on to medical school and become a pediatrician.

“I’ve always been good at science, and I want to help people,” he said. Adding, that his ultimate goal would be to become a missionary doctor and work for an organization like Doctors Without Borders.

Qualifying, interested and academically motivated students, may apply for the Trustee Honors Scholarship, which is awarded annually. This is a highly competitive, full-tuition scholarship which will be awarded to no more than two students in each incoming class.

“Through the Trustee Honors Scholarship, students with high academic achievement have the opportunity to attend Tusculum with no out-of-pocket tuition expenses,” said Dr. Paul Pinckley, vice president of enrollment management, marketing and financial aid.

To be considered for this prestigious scholarship, perspective students will need to complete the following steps: maintain a high school grade-point average of 3.5 or higher; attain a composite score of at least 25 on the ACT or 1150 on the SAT; rank in the top 10 percent of high school graduating class; complete the general Tusculum application for admission and submit supporting documentation for that application.

Qualifying students will also participate in Tusculum’s Honors Program, which focuses on promoting cross-discipline dialogue between students and allowing participants to create a personalized plan of study that will lead to unique experiences designed to benefit students’ individual goals.

Students receiving the Presidential Scholarships included Hanna Johnson of Greeneville, Danielle Mathes and Katya Rojas of Chuckey, Jordan King of York, Pennsylvania and Connor Pinkard of Louisville.

The Presidential Scholarship is the second highest academic scholarship award by Tusculum.

For more information, contact Melissa Ripley, executive director of enrollment management and traditional admission at 423.636.7374 or email mripley@tusculum.edu.


From left, Christa DelSorbo, Dr. James Hurley, Carter DelSorbo and Carl DelSorbo.