For the second year in a row, the UTC Business Empowerment Academy has received a $10,000 grant from the First Tennessee Foundation. The program is open to first generation college students, students on free or reduced lunch, or under-represented students who are academically talented rising high school seniors (a senior in the fall of 2019) with a minimum GPA of 2.85. The grant will allow the program to focus on building a portfolio of skills in networking and overall professionalism, while reviewing the various majors offered in the Gary W. Rollins College of Business at UTC.

The Business Empowerment Academy (BEA) is a 5-day residential program that offers the opportunity to interact one-on-one with university professors and successful business professionals through a variety of hands-on workshops, field trips and seminars. In addition, students will get a preview of college life and the Chattanooga experience through recreational events that include athletic activities, picnics, visits to area attractions and more. It is completely free of charge to participants. 

BEA will take place June 17-21, 2019 on UTC’s campus in downtown Chattanooga. Applications are still being accepted until May 15. To apply, visit 

Interested in other programs like the Business Empowerment Academy? Visit to learn more about UTC’s Summer Business Experience.

About the First Horizon Foundation: Founded in 1993, the First Horizon Foundation is the private charitable foundation of First Horizon National Corp. (NYSE:FHN), the parent company of First Tennessee Bank National Association (operating Capital Bank and First Tennessee). Since its inception, the foundation has donated more than $90 million to meet community needs. The foundation has been honored for leadership in philanthropy and community involvement, and recognized by the American Bankers Association for its outstanding work in the community.

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