THOUGHTFUL GIVING FOR
STRONGER  COMMUNITIES
AND BETTER LIVES

Rachel Schott

Director of Scholarships
rs*****@et*.org

PLEASE CONTACT ME WHEN:

Completing college or career training is full of financial trials, pitfalls, and celebrations. Thankfully, there are East Tennessee organizations, individuals, and families who want to support students with their education goals so that they can in turn help their communities thrive. Contact me if you want to learn more about our scholarship opportunities, student eligibility, or opportunities to volunteer as a scholarship evaluator.

ON A TYPICAL WORKDAY I’LL BE:

Some days I do the big picture thinking necessary to keep our scholarship program aligned with federal laws and ensuring that our scholarship processes, policies, and procedures maximize community impact. Other days I am updating and managing our online scholarship application, overseeing the allocation of scholarship awards, and interacting with volunteer evaluators. The
one thing I do every day is talk with students and families about how to apply, become eligible for, and receive an ETF scholarship award.

I CHOSE THIS WORK BECAUSE:

In 2020 I completed research on Appalachian college student engagement and was awarded a Doctor of Education in Higher Education and Executive Leadership. Prior to joining ETF, I
worked with college students in a variety of student support roles and learned that every student who starts on a path to higher education does so with a measure of hope. The challenge of how to best support and nurture a student’s optimism for their own success has been the central pursuit of my career, and directing scholarship initiatives for students, families, and fundholders in East Tennessee is an incredibly meaningful way to accomplish this personal goal.

MORE ABOUT ME: 

I am an enthusiastic musician! I hold a bachelor’s degree in music performance from Morehead State University (KY) and love all styles of music that involve creativity and improvisation. In 2008 my brother (a drummer) and I borrowed the nickname of the famed all-Irish Ohio Volunteer 10th Regiment and created the high-energy Celtic band, The Bloody Tinth. When I am not travelling with the Tinth you can find me performing traditional Scottish music with Knoxville friends at private events, festivals, and pubs throughout the region.