What is Sevier County Partners in Progress Education Foundation?

The Sevier County Partners in Progress Education Foundation is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit corporation chartered by the State of Tennessee in April 2016.

The Foundation was created to benefit the education endeavors of the young people in Sevier County. The scholarship fund is used to assist area high school students with tuition for dual enrollment classes at Walters State Community College and tuition assistance for students pursuing a four-year degree at East Tennessee State University in Sevierville. Download our brochure.

David Ogle

Board President


in scholarships awarded since Fall 2016

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high school students have received $487,193 in scholarships for dual enrollment classes at Walters State Community College

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students have received $639,330 in scholarships to ETSU Sevierville

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students have completed their 4-year degree from ETSU Sevierville with scholarships from Partners in Progress

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students have received $4,500 from the Bryan Atchley/Sid Blalock Memorial Scholarship Fund

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Reaching New Heights with Education

Learn more about the Sevier County Partners in Progress Education Foundation. 

Hear directly from students who have participated in the Partners in Progress Education Foundation and how the program has benefited them.

“The national student loan debt is now over $1.5 trillion. Thanks to the support of the Sevier County Partners in Progress Education Foundation in conjunction with local business owners, students like me have been afforded the opportunity to stay out of this growing debt and obtain a quality education.” – Jacob

“Partners in Progress, the gift that keeps on giving. Partners in Progress has demonstrated what it truly means to make a difference in someone’s life.” – Brennan

“Without the PIP scholarship, I would never have been able to continue my educational journey and achieve educational success.” – Avery

“I want to reach out and say thank you for the finically support. I graduate May 7th debt free. I have pursed my degree in Elementary Education, and I am able to walk across the stage debt free. I have been in school for 4 years now. I have had many challenges including working my way through school to support my son and I, I’m very grateful that I was able to complete each semester debt free and free from and financial stress. Thank you, guys again.” – Amber

“Thank you so much for your generosity and support throughout this period of my life. So much of how I was able to achieve this degree is because of PIP support. I will always be grateful!” – Maria

“I just want to give my gratitude to the entire organization of Partners In Progress. You do not know how much PIP has benefited me and I honestly cannot thank you all enough. This is an amazing opportunity for Sevier County graduates and we are so lucky to have a community that genuinely cares for their students and community. I continue to tell my experiences at WS to ETSU (through PIP) to others. I hope that I have been able to influence others to go the same route as I have. They are mind-blown, as I was, when introduced to PIP. It almost seems too good to be true, but it’s not! You all have made such a difference for us college students. I hope this organization can really see the difference they have made. I will FOREVER be thankful and appreciate the Sevier County Partners In Progress. Next, on to grad school!  I sincerely thank you from the bottom of my heart!” – Ryleigh

Learn how you can benefit as a student in this program and how we can help you move forward towards your goals!

Thank you to our donors.

Board of Directors

Learn more about our dedicated Partners in Progress Board of Directors.

Board President

David Ogle

President, Five Oaks Development

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Vice President

Larry Waters

Mayor, Sevier County


Emily Kile

Sevierville Businesswoman


Chris Plemons

Sevier County Market President, SmartBank

Make a Donation

Would you like to help fund our amazing program and help students in Sevier County? We are always accepting donations and would be grateful for your support.