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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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Emebet (Emy) Deeter



This scholarship will help me further my education at Occidental College in Los Angeles, California. I hope to continue studying psychology and international relations while attending school that will help me find a job that will make a difference in the world.

I am so grateful to be a scholarship recipient and will continue to work hard towards my goals!

Emy, at right in the picture, shares a laugh with her West High School friend Liz.

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Sila Hilizah


This upcoming fall I will be a senior at the University of Tennessee.

Having been chosen as a recipient for the Bishop Sander’s Award is such a tremendous feeling. With the award I hope to use it towards my classes and books.

I am absolutely thankful and would like to thank the Diocese of East Tennessee for helping me in such a way.







Dorcas Okese

Dorcas Okese


I will be attending the University of the South this fall in Sewanee, Tennessee.

I received one scholarship at Sewanee that covers almost the entirety of my tuition but every year I had to add a small amount of money in order to complete my tuition. The Bishop Sanders Scholarship is going to help me complete that tuition money in making all of my scholarships a full ride.

I plan on double majoring in Chemistry and French as well as double minoring in Biology and Neuroscience. I also will join the Pre-medical program to prepare me for my future career in medicine.

I am very thankful and forever grateful for this wonderful opportunity that this scholarship is offering me and I am very excited for the wonderful experiences and challenges that are waiting for 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, 2020.