The Foothill Striders fund two scholarships each year for graduating high school seniors in Blount County, and this year the application deadline is April 20. Awardees will be notified in May 2020 by phone and by email. Payments will be made to each student’s financial aid office at the beginning of the fall semester. Click here to get more information and download an application today.

2019 Winners



            Ethan Hathcock and Brooke Shirley are the 2019 recipients of a Foothills Striders’ Scholarship. The awards are given each year to two Blount County students, who have distinguished themselves academically as well as physically by participating in sport activities, such as biking, hiking and/or running. Both Hathcock and Shirley will receive a $2,000 scholarship from the Striders in the fall to assist with their upcoming college expenses.
            Hathcock is a graduate of Heritage High School and the son of Greg and Pam Hathcock. He plans to attend Wingate University in Wingate, NC, and major in Biology and Pre-Med. Shirley is a graduate of Maryville High School and the daughter of Mark and Jill Shirley. She plans to attend Samford University in Homewood, AL, to pursue a physical therapy degree.
            Hathcock has been involved in sports since middle school. He ran on Cross Country teams, plus local 5K races. In addition, for many years he was the only state qualifier in swimming. He also plays tennis, rides a bike at Cades Cove, and hikes with his family. Both his reference letters emphasized Hathcock’s leadership ability. He was President of the Student Council and team captain for the Cross Country team.
            Shirley has competed in track and field events for six years as a runner and a jumper, plus soccer and dancing. She lettered for two years on the school’s soccer team and has been a competitive dancer for ten years. What is remarkable about Shirley is that even when she suffered an injury she still showed up for practice or a meet to cheer and encourage her teammates. Shirley also volunteered for an athletic-based mission trip to Costa Rica to distribute athletic supplies to local schools and communities.
            To date, the Foothills Striders will have awarded $84,900 since 1987. For a complete list of Scholarship winners please click the following link below: