Wright-Bentley Scholars 2008-2009

The Wright-Bentley Scholarship is awarded to students that have demonstrated strong academic skills and service to the community and university. Selected students have proven themselves to be highly motivated, intellectually strong and civic-minded.

Listed below are the 2008-2009 Wright-Bentley Scholars.

Christina Chavez

Alex Craw

Christine Currens

Zachary Ferrell

Tyler Forrest

Jack Shearer

Holli Smith

Christina ChavezChristina Chavez

B.S. Business Administration: Finance
B.S. Economics

Christina served as President of the Economics Club and Communications Secretary of Beta Alpha Psi. Christina is a member of the University Honors Program and Habitat for Humanity. She studied abroad in Buenos Aires, Argentina to practice her Spanish and gain cultural insight about South America. Christina interned with SunTrust Bank in Chattanooga and in SunTrust’s corporate offices in Atlanta. She was chosen by the Chancellor to represent UTC in the 2007-2008 Presidential Fellows program in Washington, DC. 

Christina graduated in May 2009 and works for Dell Computers in Austin, Texas.


Alex CrawAlex Craw 

B.S. Business Administration: Marketing

Alex serves as president, founder, coach, and starting pitcher of the UTC Club Baseball team. He is also the founder and president of the UTC Bass Anglers Club. Alex is a member of the University Honors Program and a staff member for UTC Campus Recreation. He is a staff sports reporter for the UTC Echo.  Alex was selected to the South Atlantic Conference's All-Region 2nd Team as a starting pitcher. He studied abroad through the National Student Exchange at the University of Nevada-Las Vegas during the Fall 2009 semester. Alex volunteers for Habitat for Humanity, Chambliss Children’s Home, and Relay for Life.

After graduation, Alex plans to earn a MBA from UTC.


Christine CurrensChristine Currens

B.S. Business Administration: Finance

B.S. Business Administration: Accounting

Christine is a member of Habitat for Humanity and University Honors. She has volunteered for the Ronald McDonald House, the Children's Fall Festival, VITA Tax Clinic, and the Bethlehem Center. She is part of the Emmaus Community and has served as an assistant table leader and speaker for two of the spiritual retreats. She completed her Departmental Honors project titled “ ASC 820 (Formerly SFAS 157): A Look at Fair Value Accounting.” Christine was a finance intern for the Krystal Corporation and an audit intern for Ernst & Young.

After graduation, Christine will work for Ernst & Young. She plans to sit for the CPA and CFP exams, earn her MBA, and eventually work as a financial planner.


Zachary FerrellZachary Ferrell

B.S. Business Administration: Management

Zach is captain of the UTC Men’s basketball team. He is Co-President of the Student Athlete Advisory Committee and President for the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. He is a counselor and campus representative for Kids Across America Christian sports camps. He has conducted several basketball camps for children including one at Bethel Bible Village and Cornerstone Baptist Church. He volunteers for GLAD which is an after school tutoring program for children. He has also volunteered his time at the Make-A-Wish Foundation, the Chambliss Children's home, Orange Grove Center, and participated in the Susan G. Komen Race for a cure.

After graduation, Zach would like to work for a nonprofit organization that benefits children.


Tyler ForrestTyler Forrest 

B.S. Business Administration: Finance

Tyler serves as the student representative on the University of Tennessee Board of Trustees, having been appointed by Governor Phil Bredsen. He is the Student Government Association President. Tyler has served as chairman of the Projects Committee, Senator for the College of Business in SGA, and as an inaugural member of the University of Tennessee Student Council. He is a member of the Honor Court and Vice Chairman of the Student Conduct Board, past President of Alpha Lambda Delta and Phi Eta Sigma honor societies, a Chancellor's Ambassador, and a member of various other University committees.

After graduation, Tyler plans to pursue a Masters of Business Administration. He would like to develop a successful career in business. Ultimately, he aspires to become Governor of Tennessee.


Jack ShearerJack Shearer 

B.S. Business Administration: Accounting 

Jack is a member of Beta Alpha Psi, the accounting honors society. He is a veteran of the United States Marine Corps, serving in Iraq, and was promoted four times. Jack spent a year teaching urban warfare skills to 200-300 marines weekly. This training was solely dedicated to savings lives in Iraq and Afghanistan. He was awarded the Naval Achievement Medal. He has been accepted into Ernst & Young’s internship program.

After graduation, Jack plans to enroll in the Master of Accountancy program at UTC and take the CPA certification exam.



Holli SmithHolli Smith

B.S. Business Administration: Accounting

She volunteers for the House Campus Ministry where she sings in the praise band and helps plan events. Holli has participated in musicals for the Chattanooga Theatre Centre and is a dancer at the Karen Horton School of Dance. She is a leader and in the praise band for Student Venture High School Ministry. She is also a member of Beta Alpha Psi.

After graduation, Holli plans to earn her MBA. She hopes to eventually work in non-profit for local ministries or community theatres.