Public Service Award & Jimmy Jackson Alumni Scholarship

Alumni supporting current UTC students, that’s what we love to see! The Public Service Award and the Jimmy Jackson Alumni Scholarship are two of the many scholarships supported by UTC alumni.

Are you interested in learning more about establishing a scholarship at UTC? Would you like more information about the awards below? Contact UTC Alumni Affairs at (423) 425-4785 or

Public Service Award

The Public Service Award was established to honor two students who have displayed extraordinary service to the university and community. This award is sponsored by the UTC Alumni Board of Directors and UTC Division of Enrollment Management and Student Affairs. The 2024 Public Service Award nomination form will open in August 2024.

University service can include totally voluntary positions (campus committees, student orientation groups, Greek memberships, etc.) or positions which are accompanied by a stipend (student government association positions, admissions and recruiting work, publication staffs, etc.). Community public service can include such involvement as volunteer work in hospitals, counseling, tutoring, environmental services, Red Cross or any service that is not paid and does not receive academic credit. The award is to be given annually during homecoming festivities, and there are no restrictions on the way the financial award is used.

Award Amount

$1000 scholarship (one-time scholarship)

Award Requirements

  • Have a minimum overall GPA of at least 2.5
  • Must be a UTC student carrying a full semester load of a minimum of 12 hours
  • Must have accumulated at least 60 credit hours (of which 24 are earned at UTC)
  • Must not have previously received the UTC Public Service Award
  • Must submit an unofficial transcript with application
  • Must submit a letter of reference (from faculty, administrator and/or organizational advisor)

Student nominations are accepted from staff, faculty and administrators during the fall semester, and then nominees are contacted with official application procedures.

The award recipients are announced on field during halftime of the homecoming football game and presented with a plaque. 

For more information, contact UTC Alumni Affairs at (423) 425-4785 or

Jimmy Jackson Alumni Scholarship

The Jimmy Jackson Memorial Alumni Scholarship was established in the fall of 1993 by Jimmy Jackson, a University of Chattanooga alumnus (’69) and a past president of the UTC Alumni Council.

The Jimmy Jackson Memorial Scholarship will be awarded to a current Junior or Senior-level student at UTC. The student must be enrolled on a full-time basis, have a minimum GPA of 3.0 and have completed at least sixty (60) credit hours at the time the application is submitted. Preference will be given to the dependent child of a UTC graduate. Special consideration will be given to students who have demonstrated commitment to both community and university service. This is a one-year scholarship worth between $500 and $2500 based on the number of recipients.

Award Amount

$500 – $2500 based on number of recipients (one-year scholarship)

Award Requirements

  • Be a full-time undergraduate junior or senior in good academic standing (minimum of 60 earned hours completed by time of application submission);
  • Minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA;
  • Submit one (1) letter of recommendation from UTC faculty/staff member (may not be a member of the UTC Alumni Affairs Office);
  • Submit academic transcript (unofficial from your MyMocsNet is acceptable);
  • Submit resume documenting work experience and service to the campus and community;
  • Complete the application in full (including all essay questions).

Submission Information

  • The 2025 application deadline is to be determined and will be shared by fall 2024.
  • Submit application and all supporting materials by email to (preferred), in person to the Mocs One Center, University Center #124, or by mail to the Office of Financial Aid & Scholarships,615 McCallie Ave, Chattanooga, TN 37403.

Note: Late or incomplete applications/supporting documents will not be accepted.

Interested students who feel they meet the above referenced criteria should submit the Jimmy Jackson Memorial Alumni Scholarship Application and ALL supporting materials by email to (preferred), in person to the Mocs One Center (University Center), or by mail to the UTC Office of Financial Aid & Scholarships.