Meet the 2023 Scholars

Get to know the hopes, dreams, and talents of this year's winners.

Avery F.

Undergraduate Recipient

"Write a letter to your younger self during a key moment in your life addressing one or more of the following: words of encouragement, lessons you have learned and/or challenges you have overcome."

Dear younger self, Enjoy the moment. Take a deep breath and appreciate the people around you. You've just pitched your team to victory in the Softball State Championship. Your Senior year has just closed out by winning the last game. Look around and embrace the smiles from teammates as they rush towards you and soak in the happy tears they cry when they hug you. Remember that this is an opportunity many people like you don't get to achieve. The endless amounts of treatments, pills, and sweaty workouts have put you where you are right now. Be grateful that you've been able to take a deep breath before every pitch. Be thankful that you have the energy to keep fighting to prove that you are more than what your Cystic Fibrosis implies. Now as this chapter closes, another one begins. In the next few months, new challenges will arise. You will be the first D1 softball player with Cystic Fibrosis. Challenges such as workouts at 6 am, four hour practices, and many hours of study hall will be a grind. However, you're better off because living with CF has taught you many lessons. Some are time management and self-care. Others include how to be courageous and strong. So, open this new chapter without fear and walk with a fight. You'll be alright. Love you always, Your Future Self

Avery F.'s Artwork

Avery F.'s Achievements

  • FCCLA member for 4 years in High School - Officer Senior Year (2022)
  • Dean’s list at TNTech Freshman year 3.55 GPA
  • Part-time employment at Outback Steakhouse
  • D1 College Athlete 2022-2023 school year + (still attending)
  • Volunteer work at Fantasy of Trees for Children’s Hospital - Gingerbread Village 2020-2022
  • Two Time High School State Champion in Softball in 2021 and 2022
  • 2021 and 2022 First Team All-State Softball
  • 2022 Knoxville Sports Hall of Fame - Will McKamey Spirit Award , 2022 Knoxville High School Prep Xtra Courage Award winner
  • 2021 Miss East TN Softball AAA
  • 2019, 2021, 2022 Five Star Preps 1st Team, 2021-2022 Five Star Preps Pitcher of the Year