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Bishop Sanders Scholarship Fund for Racial Minorities

The Bishop Evan Sanders Scholarship Fund for Racial Minorities was established in 1991 by the Diocese of East Tennessee in honor of and in recognition of the spiritual leadership of Bishop Sanders.


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The Bishop Sanders Scholarship is an immense blessing especially during this unpredictable time. I am currently attending Mercer University where I am planning to be a Computer Science major  and a double minor in Law and Public Policy and Math. The Bishop Sanders Scholarship will help me further my goals in all my academic paths and also help purchase my books for next semester. I am beyond thankful and honored for the opportunities and security that this scholarship will offer me.


Lala Hilizah





“My name is Nisrine Hilizah, and I am a senior at Sewanee: The University of the South and an active member of the Episcopal Diocese of East Tennessee. Upon graduating from Sewanee in May, I will attend the Walsh School of Foreign University at Georgetown University to obtain a Master’s of Arts in Arab Studies. Fortunately, I have been awarded a full-tuition scholarship, however, I am still in need of finding additional external scholarships to help pay for books and mandatory health insurance. I was just wondering if I was eligible to apply for the Bishop Sanders Scholarship even though I will be attending graduate school.”







Joseph Reeves




“Hi, my name is Joseph Reeves and I’m a freshman supply chain management major and packaging science minor attending Clemson University. I am honored to have received the Sanders Scholarship Award and thankful for how it has afforded me the opportunity to continue my academic career at this great school!”




Adam-Bradley Tisdale




“Receiving the Bishop Sanders Scholarship has been such an incredible blessing this past school year.  This scholarship has helped immensely to relieve the financial stress of school that so many students struggle with.  This spring I will be entering my sophomore year of college, and with the help of this scholarship I can continue to pursue my educational goals. I am so thankful for the opportunity that the Bishop Sanders Scholarship has given me.”





The purpose of the scholarship is to provide college tuition assistance to qualified racial minorities from Episcopal churches within the diocese.

The Application Form, Scholarship Guidelines and Recommendation Form are available at the link below, or may be requested by either writing the Diocese of East Tennessee located at 814 Episcopal School Way, Knoxville, TN 37932 or by calling 865-966-2110.

In order to be considered, the Application Form and all supporting documents (Recommendation Forms and Transcripts) must be received in the diocesan office by August 30, 2024.