The late James H. Quillen created the $5,000 scholarships through a bequest to ETSU. Quillen represented Tennessee’s first congressional district in the U.S. House of Representatives for 34 years.
Quillen requested endowment proceeds be used to fund scholarships for graduate, medical and undergraduate students from the first congressional district on the basis of scholastic endeavors, school and community leadership, volunteer services and activities, other extracurricular activities and work experience.
Among the most recent graduate-level Quillen Scholarship recipients was Alexis Morgan. She and her husband, Zac, live in Johnson City. She earned a bachelor’s degree at ETSU and returned to study for a doctor of physical therapy degree. Director of communications on the Student Assembly Board of Directors for the American Physical Therapy Association, she participated in the physical therapy “Day of Service.” Her parents, David and Tammy Mason, live in Lebanon.