Dayton Rotary Club awards scholarships

December 8, 2014

Dec. 8, 2014 – On Friday, Dec. 5, the Rotary Club of Dayton awarded scholarships to current Bryan College freshmen Kaitlyn Couch and Caleb Zimmerman at the Rotary luncheon on Bryan’s campus.

Rotary Luncheon“This is always one of the highlights of our year as the Rotary Club of Dayton,” said Lebron Purser, the Dayton club’s president. “We are certainly honored and privileged as a club each year to award scholarships to students here at Bryan College.”

College president Dr. Stephen D. Livesay called this year’s recipients “representative of the freshman class.”

Kaitlyn Couch, an elementary education major and theater arts minor from Spring City, Tenn., has a passion for theater and for helping children learn. In high school she was involved in many plays at Rhea County High School and the Tennessee Valley Theater, and as a freshman she has already had a role in the Hilltop Players’ comedy “Rumors” earlier this semester. She has danced ballet for 11 years and now teaches dance to an average of 45 students three days per week. Kaitlyn is excited to graduate from Bryan and pursue a career in teaching.

She commented, “I am absolutely blessed with the aid of the Rotary scholarship,” telling the club members, “I could not thank you enough for the support you continue to show to the students of Bryan College, and I’m especially grateful for this scholarship. I promise you I will do something with it that will make you all proud.”

Freshman Caleb Zimmerman, who is a mathematics and economics/finance double major from Grandview, Tenn., also expressed his deep gratitude for the scholarship: “I’d like to thank the Dayton Rotary Club for your generous investment in my education. Throughout the years you have proven your dedication to the continued education to the children of Rhea County.”

Zimmerman noted that “Bryan is head and shoulders above other colleges, and the professors are the major reason for this excellence,” and also credited his time with the students’ rugby club with helping him to build his character with resolve and loyalty, two values that he will carry with him for the rest of his life. He added, “I will strive to justify the confidence you have placed in my future.”

Dr. Livesay told the Dayton Rotary Club, “Thank you so much for this wonderful gift. This means so much to the scholarship program and, of course, also to Kaitlyn and Caleb; and without this kind of support from the community, we wouldn’t be able to do what we do here. We are very, very grateful.”

Written by Chloe Ann Nardone ’13, assistant director of marketing, 423.775.7206;