During my sophomore year, I received the Archie Rhinehart Scholarship, and this award greatly impacted my life. At the time, I was still a commuter, so with that award, I helped pay for my gasoline to drive to Tennessee Tech as well as my books. It also helped when I saved some of it to help pay my rent whenever I was finally able to move close to campus. It relieved my financial worries for that year, and I am very thankful and honored to have received it.
While I was receiving a minor in business, I attended several dinners hosted by the College of Business to honor the donors and allow them to meet the students being impacted by their investments. Those dinners allowed me to gain so much confidence in my communication skills, and I grew so much as a professional while in that program.
I enjoy the diversity of Tennessee Tech. In my hometown, most of us look, act, and were raised in a similar fashion, so it has been eye-opening to meet people who are incredibly different than me and the people I know. I like having the opportunity to see issues through the eyes of someone who sees the world differently than I do. I have enjoyed getting to know the various types of people, and I have grown so much as a person because of these interactions.
--Whitney Cunningham, B. A. English ’18, M. A. English ’19