JOHNSON CITY (August 29, 2013) — East Tennessee State University’s Tennessee Gamma Chapter of Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity recently presented Balanced Man Scholarships at an annual luncheon. ETSU President Dr. Brian Noland was the speaker for the event.
Samuel Arnold, son of Suzanne Crumley of Jacksboro, received the $1,000 award. He graduated second in his class at Campbell County High School. During high school, he participated in cross country, track and basketball, and was voted Mr. CCHS during his senior year. In addition, he formed and coached a basketball and softball team to raise money for the American Cancer Society for two consecutive years. Now a chemistry major at ETSU, he is the recipient of the ETSU Presidential Scholarship, Tennessee Lottery HOPE Scholarship and the American Federation of Teachers Scholarship, awarded for the highest ACT score in his graduating high school class.
Benjamin Leichliter, son of Ronald and Traci Leichliter of Piney Flats, was awarded a $500 scholarship. Valedictorian of his graduating class at Sullivan East High School, he was a member of Beta Club, Health Occupations Students of America, the Student Council and the National Honor Society. While in high school, he received the Beta Club Certificate of Merit for outstanding accomplishment in English II and III personal finance and United States history. He performed community service with the Poplar Ridge Christian Church Youth Ministry, Bluff City Rescue Squad, Mountain States Health Alliance and the Piney Flats Volunteer Fire Department. Now an ETSU freshman planning a career in biochemical engineering, he is also the recipient of Ruritan National Academic Excellence Scholarships from both the Piney Flats and South Holston Ruritan chapters, as well as the inaugural Betsy Roe Memorial Scholarship for an incoming ETSU student in the medical field.
Finalist Lucas Hamm was also recognized with a certificate and gift.
The ETSU chapter of Sigma Phi Epsilon has awarded over $10,000 through Balanced Man Scholarships since 2006 to freshmen who exemplify a sound mind and sound body — the characteristics of a “balanced man.” Academic achievement awards were presented by Ginger Rutherford, whose late husband Frank is the namesake of the scholarship program. Awards were presented to members achieving the highest overall grade point average and those who have shown the most improvement during the previous academic year.