TWC receives $500,000 scholarship commitment

Posted on: July 31, 2012

The Honorable Carl E. Colloms has made a $500,000 scholarship commitment to Tennessee Wesleyan College.

The Honorable Carl E. Colloms has made a $500,000 scholarship commitment to Tennessee Wesleyan College. Naming the college as a beneficiary in his will, upon his passing, $500,000 of Colloms’ estate will fund the Carl E. Colloms Endowed Scholarship at TWC. This scholarship will be awarded to students who major in business or a related field, maintain a 3.0 GPA and are good citizens. Preference will be given to students who have a financial need.

“Tennessee Wesleyan is heading in an amazing direction and I wanted to be a part of that,” said Colloms, a TWC alumnus who currently serves as the child support magistrate for the 10th Judicial District of Tennessee. “My church’s Sunday School lesson a couple of weeks ago was about leaving a legacy. Everybody leaves a legacy. I want to leave a decent one.”

A member of TWC’s board of trustees, Colloms received his bachelor’s degree from Tennessee Wesleyan and finished his law degree at the University of Tennessee Knoxville. Colloms has practiced law both privately and publicly and has served as a county judge, city judge and county attorney in both Charleston, Tenn., and the Bradley County area.

“I knew what I wanted to do with my life at an early age,” said Colloms, who grew up on his family farm in Charleston, Tenn., and received scholarships during his time at TWC that helped him attend the college. “I am so blessed to have known what I wanted to do with my life. I want to pass on the opportunity of getting an education to those who have a mission in life.”

Colloms’ life mission has been to help those who need it and encourages Tennessee Wesleyan alumni to consider how their donations can make an impact at the college.

“When you have a great number doing a little bit, it’s going to add up to a lot,” said Colloms. “In a ten year time what if all TWC alumni just gave $100? What would that add up to? What kind of impact could that have? A lot doing a little can make a difference.”

Praising TWC leadership and the advancements the college has made in the past couple of years, Colloms sees the potential Tennessee Wesleyan has to continue thriving as a leader in higher education in East Tennessee.

“It’s amazing what Dr. Knowles dedication has done for the college,” said Colloms. “It’s unreal to see what an improvement has been made at the financial level. From leadership to faculty and staff, everyone has really come together at Tennessee Wesleyan to better the college.”

The Carl E. Colloms Endowed Scholarship will be fully funded through Colloms’ estate in the future and will financially support Tennessee Wesleyan students who are in need of financial aid. The gift places Colloms in Tennessee Wesleyan’s Heritage Society, the college’s newest donor giving society that honors alumni and friends who give bequests through their wills and estates.

“A gift like this one is such a blessing to TWC,” said Randy Nelson, chief advancement officer. “Colloms’ support of his alma mater is greatly appreciated and will have a positive impact on the college for years to come.”