Sigma Phi Epsilon at the University of Tennessee at Martin presented three scholarships to incoming freshmen, including a Flintville student, Walker Weir.

The award banquet at the University Center highlighted their academic, athletic and community involvement successes as high school students as they begin their college journey.

Dr. Andy Lewter, vice chancellor for student affairs, gave a keynote address where he encouraged attendees to make the most of their time in college.

“Studies have shown that the greater a student’s involvement in college, the greater the amount of time is spent in learning and personal development,” Lewter said. “And it makes a lot of sense — the more effort you put into something, the more you are going to get out of it.”

Eligible incoming freshmen males began submitting applications this spring, with phone interviews held over the summer. A committee of undergraduate fraternity members evaluated the applications and selected finalists that, through word and deed, embody the principles of the Balanced Man.

“We congratulate all of our winners and finalists,” Balanced Man Scholarship Chairman Brady Heath said. “It is our hope that these men take their talents recognized here tonight and use them well during their time at UT Martin.”

The scholarships are funded by the generous donations of the fraternity’s local alumni through the Direct Scholarship Fund at the Sigma Phi Epsilon Educational Foundation.

Walker Weir of Flintville received a $500 Balanced Man Scholarship. He is a plant and soil science major from Lincoln County High School, graduating with a 3.93 GPA.

Weir served as the treasurer for the Lincoln County FFA Chapter his senior year. He also helped organize a blood drive in 2017 in his community, as well as volunteered for both Toys for Tots and a Ronald McDonald House food drive. Weir is the son of Terina and Shawn Weir.

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