Engineering Student Wins STEM Scholarship

Jayden Parris (Engineering, ‘22) was recently awarded the first-ever Lockheed Martin STEM scholarship. This $10,000 scholarship was granted on behalf of the Lockheed Martin Corporation, a global aerospace and advanced technologies company. Only 200 winners were chosen from a pool of over 6,300 applicants.

Winners of the highly competitive scholarship were selected based on academic record, strong example of leadership and extracurricular service and achievements. As a freshman in the Vogel School of Engineering, Parris displayed excellence in all three categories, winning the Outstanding Underclassmen in Engineering Award and running as a member of the Cross Country team.

“The Bryan Vogel School of Engineering is amazing and quite literally state of the art,” Jayden stated. “ God has blessed the school and students so that they can pay it forward. Engineering students will discover ways to manufacture more efficient engines, creates appendages for amputees, or even [get] clean water to a village in South America… The Vogel School of Engineering takes leaders and teaches them how to engineer the future.”

Congratulations, Jayden, on your achievement!

Bryan student finalist for “Pass the Torch” teacher scholarship

October 5, 2018 – Bryan College student Katelyn Novak was recently selected as a finalists for the Teachers Test Prep “Pass the Torch” Teacher Scholarships. Over 660 students entered the competition this year. Only eight students were selected as finalists; Novak holding one of the four spots for elementary education.

“This is an amazing achievement,” said Dr. Olivia Ellis, assistant professor of music at Bryan College. “Katelyn is a passionate and talented student. She is already making an impact on students through her teaching. We are incredibly proud of her accomplishments.”

For the scholarship, students were asked to reflect on a teacher who had been influential in their life. Novak’s submission is about her music teacher, Ms. Tedder. The Teachers Test Prep website describes Novak’s submission as an “evocative homage to her music teacher [in which she] explores how the passion of one extraordinary woman ignited her love of music – a passion she inevitably transfers to her own students.”

When reflecting on Ms. Tedder, Novak explained in her scholarship submission that ‘…her zest for bringing music to life has been planted deep within me. I cannot help but pass it on.’”

Novak is a sophomore double majoring in piano pedagogy and music education with a focus in voice. Novak regularly teaches as part of the Bryan College Community Music School, providing piano lessons to students in Rhea County. Novak is also involved in various campus outreach ministries including Practical Christian Involvement; PALS, a weekly child and teen mentoring ministry; Senior Adult Ministry; the discipleship program; chorale; and opera.

Bryan students awarded Southeast Bank scholarships

Scholarship recipients (from left to right): Gary Tourner, Christin Williams, Karis Powell, and Tori Burnette with Katie Parks, Southeast Bank

September 24, 2018 – For over 15 years, SouthEast Bank has sponsored Bryan students, investing in the community by allowing students to receive a scholarship. On Sept. 12, 2018, several of Bryan’s students who had received the scholarship had the opportunity to meet with SouthEast Bank representative Katie Park.

Park expressed that SouthEast bank has specifically and consistently chosen Bryan because of how passionate they are about investing in the community and in education. She noted, “As a company, we want to support schools in our network. Our two biggest philanthropic outreaches are education based and community based, and Bryan embodies both of those needs.”

Bryan students Gary Tourner, Karis Powell, Christin Williams and Tori Burnette expressed their gratitude and appreciation to Park and SouthEast Bank for the scholarship. Burnette explained how much joy she felt when she found out she was a recipient of the scholarship and how grateful she was for the opportunity.

As an institution, SouthEast Bank has been committed to investing in education at all levels. Park explained further, “We have local banks in Dayton, so we wanted to develop a relationship with Bryan because it is such a great school.” SouthEast Bank in Dayton is located at 3995 Rhea County Highway, in Dayton, TN.


Written by: Krista Reinhardt ’19, Integrated Marketing Communication

11th Annual Bryan Opportunity Scholarship Program Dinner April 19

Larnelle HarrisMarch 14, 2018 – In less than one month the Eleventh Annual Bryan Opportunity Scholarship Program Dinner will be held at the Chattanooga Convention Center at 6 P.M. on Thursday, April 19, 2018. This annual dinner benefits and honors the Bryan Opportunity Scholarship Program (BOSP), which makes Bryan College in Dayton, Tenn., accessible to academically qualified Tennessee students with significant financial need.  Since Bryan College’s first BOSP dinner in 2008, this program has enabled 243 low-income Tennessee residents to receive a Bryan education.

The evening’s special guest singer Larnelle Harris has been honored with 5 Grammy Awards, 11 Dove Awards, 3 Male Vocalist of the Year Awards, a Silver Bell Award for Distinguished Public Service, a Lifetime Achievement Award in the Arts in the state of Kentucky, and is a member of 3 halls of fame. Dinner attendees will enjoy the “larger-than-life stage presence” of the majestic tenor, accompanied by the Bryan College Chamber Singers.

Director of Advancement Janice Pendergrass says, “I’m so excited to have Larnelle Harris coming as our featured guest this year. I love his passion, his stage presence, his majestic tenor voice, and his authentic personality. I pray that his enthusiasm in worshipping Christ will be contagious and that we will all leave a little more intentional about our worship and our service to Christ. And yes, I pray that as our enthusiasm for Christ deepens that our support of students receiving a biblical worldview education broadens. I pray that through this event, Bryan will become even more empowered to educate students to become servants of Christ to make a difference in today’s world.”

Bryan encourages you to attend this year’s BOSP dinner and enjoy the fellowship and program. Investing in the lives of Tennessee students who just need a little help to pursue their dreams is more than generosity: it is a legacy. For more information and to register, go to or call 423.775.7323 .