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BTCS Foundation

The Bristol Tennessee City Schools Foundation seeks to support initiatives which will strengthen the learning environment of our schools and create a positive impact on student achievement. 


Learn more about supporting the BTCS Foundation.


About Us

The BTCS Foundation was formed in 1994 as a governing body to administer funds and programs to supplement educational offerings for the Bristol community. Bylaws were adopted and the organization sanctioned under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 and other appropriate laws. The Foundation is composed of a governing board of directors with an executive committee of officers elected by the board consisting of president, vice-president, secretary, and treasurer. The board is self-sustaining through member and community recommendations of individuals who commit and work toward improving education for the students in Bristol Tennessee City Schools.

Board of Directors

The Foundation Board of Directors is comprised of the following business, education, and community leaders and school system representatives: Ronan King (President), Danny Dunn (Treasurer), Anita Fink (Secretary), Rae Akard, Jim Arnold, Jim Butcher, Lori Byington, Margaret Feierabend, Donna Felty, Kathy Fields, Kathy Hickie, Tina Hogue, Yolanda Istfan, Debbie McMillin, Laura Ong, Danielle Parker, Ed Powers, Eric Waldorf, David Warren, and Beth Webb. Ex officio members include Director of Schools Annette Tudor, School Board Chair Eric Cuddy, and Chief Financial Officer Tara Musick.

Goals and Purposes

The Foundation goals and purposes are shared with school staff who make their needs known by submitting project funding requests to the board of directors. Direct funding is often requested; however, a long-term request is generally done through requesting that the Foundation be a source of "channeling" funds so sponsors can have the benefit of tax-deductible contributions while supporting worthwhile school projects. Contributions not designated to a particular project are placed in the general fund to support specific funding requests.

Project/Program Funding

The Foundation seeks to support initiatives which will strengthen the learning environment of our schools and create a positive impact on student achievement. Educators are encouraged to apply for funding for worthwhile projects or programs which may not be covered through the normal budgetary process. Download a copy of the request form to find out more about the funding guidelines and/or apply.

BTCS Foundation Grant Request Form
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Scholarships and Awards

Scholarships ranging from $500 to $2,500 have been created and are currently sponsored by the Bristol Tennessee City Schools Foundation. Each of the below scholarships is awarded to a Tennessee High School graduating senior each spring.

2023 BTCS Foundation Scholarship Recipients

The Hart Sisters Nursing Scholarship is an annual $2,500 nursing scholarship awarded to one recipient and is provided by Tennessee High School graduate Ms. Jewel Hart Coombe. Her sister, Ms. Margaret Hart Riesenberg, was also a Tennessee High School graduate.

The Catherine Susan Dunn Memorial Scholarship is a $1,000 scholarship awarded to a Tennessee High graduating senior who plans to study music or education after high school. Catherine Dunn graduated from Tennessee High in 1997; she excelled in academics, sports, music, and as a student leader. Catherine particularly loved both music and education.

The Tony Mitchell Memorial Scholarship is awarded annually in the amount of $1,000 to a graduating senior of Tennessee High who plans to attend a college or university. Tony Mitchell was a 1975 graduate of Tennessee High, where he was a three-sport athlete. Coach Mitchell was also a math teacher and baseball and football coach at Tennessee High from 1985 to 2009.

The William Scheuer Outstanding Attitude Award is $1,000 given annually in honor of William Scheuer. Mr. Scheuer was a gentleman who always exuded a positive attitude. He is fondly remembered for his ability to encourage others, see strength in others, and find strength in himself during difficult times. To honor his legacy of optimism, his family and the Bristol Morning Rotary Club established this scholarship award.

Questions about how to apply for these scholarships should be addressed to the Tennessee High School Guidance Department.

The Coach Dale Burns Student-Athlete Award is presented to a graduating senior female athlete and a graduating senior male athlete. During a lengthy career as the Vikings head basketball coach, Dale Burns won more than 500 games. Coach Burns founded the nationally-recognized Arby's Classic basketball tournament. Additionally, Coach Burns served as a teacher and athletic director at Tennessee High for many years.  


The Bristol Tennessee City Schools Foundation is registered as a 501(c)(3) organization. Donations are tax deductible and welcomed in any amount to benefit students and teachers of Bristol Tennessee City Schools. To make a contribution to the Bristol Tennessee City Schools Foundation, please send a check or money order to:

Bristol Tennessee City Schools Foundation
615 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
Bristol, TN 37620

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