Second Riggio Scholarship Awarded to Knoxville Senio

Nichole Fryer will follow in her mother's footsteps by attending Tennessee Technological University this fall, thanks to a new four-year scholarship worth a minimum of $25,000.

Fryer, a graduate of Knoxville's West High School, recently accepted one of two prestigious Riggio Scholarships awarded by Tennessee Tech this year. The scholarship is a minority-targeted award funded by Barnes and Noble Corp. CEO Leonard Riggio. Riggio and his wife, friends of Tennessee Tech President Angelo Volpe, gave $100,000 to establish four scholarships for outstanding African-American students interested in any Tennessee Tech Arts and Sciences program. Two scholarships were awarded for 1998-99, and one award will be made each of the next two years.

"Since my mother is a graduate of Tech, I knew the advantages the campus and community could offer me," said Fryer. "I am so appreciative of the scholarship because it allows me to go to a university I think is right for me."

Fryer, daughter of James and Diann Fryer, is a member of the National Honor Society, a YMCA Black Achiever winner and a member of the Southeastern Consortium of Minority Engineers. She was named her high school's Outstanding Art Student from 1995-97. She also won the leadership award at Tennessee Tech's 1997 cheerleading camp and is very active in modeling and volunteer work.

"I see a lot of opportunities at Tech for me to get involved, and I am looking forward to starting this fall," Fryer said. "I haven't decided on a major, maybe biology, but I'm sure Tech will be a great place to start whatever I choose for my future."

Gallatin High School graduate Jamar Fuqua recently accepted this year's other Riggio Scholarship and will be attending Tennessee Tech this fall.