National Guard honors MC with Minuteman Award

National Guard honors MC with Minuteman Award

Nov. 20, 2019

The Tennessee Army National Guard visited Maryville College’s Military Student Center Nov. 13 to present the prestigious Minuteman Award to the College in recognition of its participation in the Tennessee STRONG Act and its continual support of education for the members of the Tennessee National Guard.

The Tennessee STRONG (Support, Training, and Renewing Opportunity for National Guardsmen) Act, is a “last-dollar” tuition reimbursement program for first-time degree-seeking Tennessee National Guard members. The STRONG Act supports the state’s “Drive to 55” goal of equipping 55 percent of Tennesseans with a degree or certificate by 2025.

“The Minuteman Award of Excellence is a symbol of what we stand for, with one hand on a plowshare and another holding a musket ready to defend our nation when needed,” said Major Mike Smith of the Tennessee National Guard Recruiting and Retention Battalion. “We greatly appreciate Maryville College for its dedication to the soldiers and airmen of the Tennessee National Guard.”

Dr. Melanie Tucker, vice president and dean of students, accepted the award on behalf of the College.

“Maryville College consistently seeks opportunities to engage with partners on and off campus to strengthen students’ capacity to experience individualized success. Across the country, military-connected undergraduate students face barriers in obtaining their post-secondary degrees,” she said. “This honor reflects our commitment to decreasing those barriers, so that our military-connected students may reach their personal academic goals.”

Jim Humphrey, director for the College’s military outreach and recruiting and day-to-day manager of the Military Student Center, said the school was proud to be an active supporter of the National Guard community, pointing out that Maryville is one of only 15 four-year colleges and universities within Tennessee partnering in this program.

“This is a great program, Humphrey said. “And it is one of several initiatives underway at Maryville College that provides opportunities for students to reach their educational goals at a prestigious institution like ours.

“The Military Student Center at Maryville College is a dedicated study and social space and information resource center for all military-affiliated students,” he added. “It not only manages support activities for more than 60 students with military ties, but also oversees the recruiting and transition of incoming veteran students.”

The Minuteman Award is the latest of several honors earned by the College for its support of students with military ties. In July, it was listed among Viqtory Media's Military Friendly® Schools for the fourth consecutive year, and in September, U.S. News & World Report named it No. 1 in the “Best Colleges for Veterans” in the “Best Regional Colleges – South” category.

To learn more about scholarships and other benefits available at Maryville College for military-affiliated students, visit the College’s website or contact Humphrey at 865.981.8015 or

Maryville College is a nationally-ranked institution of higher learning and one of America’s oldest colleges. For more than 200 years, we’ve educated students to be giving citizens and gifted leaders, to study everything, so that they are prepared for anything — to address any problem, engage with any audience and launch successful careers right away. Located in Maryville, Tennessee, between the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and the city of Knoxville, Maryville College offers nearly 1,200  students from around the world both the beauty of a rural setting and the advantages of an urban center, as well as more than 60 majors, seven pre-professional programs and career preparation from their first day on campus to their last. Today, our 10,000 alumni are living life strong of mind and brave of heart and are prepared, in the words of our Presbyterian founder, to “do good on the largest possible scale.”