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Gene Mitchell Gray Pioneer Award

Gene Mitchell Gray Pioneer Award

This award recognizes the outstanding, pro-active contributions of students who serve the campus community and promote diversity and inclusion. The recipient will have demonstrated service, leadership, social advocacy, and/or a commitment to the spirit of cultural enrichment and the appreciation of differences on campus.

Anyone who has received the award in the preceding five years is ineligible for consideration.

A current biographical sketch of the nominee is requested along with the nomination form and letter.

The honoree will be selected by Commission for Blacks members.

Criteria:

  1. The nominee must be currently enrolled as a full-time UT Knoxville student.
  2. The nominee must be in good standing, in both academics and student conduct.
  3. The nominee must be openly pro-active in his/her beliefs in a diverse & inclusive university community.
  4. The nominee must be actively involved within the UT community, including participating in an organization/group that promotes diversity.

Deadline for 2020: Thursday, February 13th, 2020

Nomination Form:

Please download the form to your computer first and then complete it.

Click Here to Download 2019 Nomination Form

Previous Awardees

Year & Name of Recipient

1998 Gene Mitchell Gray

1999 Spruell Driver, Jr. and Patricia Ann Littlejohn

2000 Not Awarded

2001 Omar Jackson

2002 Sharon Rodriguez-Alicea

2003 Sherica A. Matthews

2004 Ronnie Clark, Jr.

2005 Vanessa Larella Thomas

2006 Jeffery Charles Cohran

2007 Joseph McArthur Cole

2008 Victoria Thomas

2009 Quiteka L. Moten

2010 Quineka Moten

2011 Janay Bryant

2012 Jayanni ElizabethWebster

2013 Melanie L. Barron

2014 Brityney Jackson

2015 Summer Lead Institute Action Committee

2017 Michael D. Oliver, II

2018 Amber Danielle Hale

2019

2020 Allen Heaston