UTC student Jamaal Strickland of Nashville was recently crowned Mr. Tennessee 2010 by former Mr. Tennessee D’Errico Wylie.  Strickland earned a $1,500 scholarship for winning the competition, held recently at Tennessee State University.  He is 22 years old.

“The state of Tennessee is a melting pot of intelligent, educated, and inspiring young men.  We are excited to provide a platform for them to shine through the competition as well as during their year reign as Mr. Tennessee,” shares Pope.

Strickland is pursuing double majors in Business Marketing and Entrepreneurship. Following graduation, he plans to establish “a strong reputation as a marketing and advertising representative” and in the future he plans to open his own firm.

His platform is entitled “Students Maintaining and Retaining in Tennessee” or S.M.A.R.T., designed to promote, implement and utilize the resources available on college campuses to increase the retention rates of college students.

The Mr. Tennessee Scholarship Competition was created in 2005 with the goal of providing a platform for men in Tennessee to promote higher education and professional development, while also being heavily centered in community service.

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