Wright-Bentley Scholars 2009-2010

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 2009-2010 Wright-Bentley Scholars.

Samantha Cox

Alex Craw

Christine Currens

Tyler Forrest

Holli Smith

Justin Sperrazza

Samantha CoxSamantha Cox 

B.S. Business Administration: Finance
B.S. Business Administration: Accounting

Samantha currently holds leadership positions in two roles: recording secretary for Beta Alpha Psi and treasurer for Chi Omega. She is also a member of Mortar Board National Honor Society and UTC Panhellenic. She is a volunteer for Make-A-Wish, Ronald McDonald House, Habitat for Humanity, and Voluntary Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Program. Samantha has worked for Henderson & Gouger CPA firm for three years and participated in a governmental internship program at Lawrenceburg Utility Systems.

After graduation, Samantha plans to enroll in the graduate program at UTC to obtain her Master of Accountancy degree. She wants to attain her CPA license and work for a large accounting firm to gain further knowledge and experience. Eventually, Samantha wants to start her own accounting firm in the southern Middle Tennessee area.


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.


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.


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.



Justin SperrazzaJustin Sperrazza

B.S. Business Administration: Accounting

Justin is a member of Beta Alpha Psi. He is an intern for Tennessee Valley Authority in their Power Supply and Fuels division. Justin leads music at his church and also plays in a Christian Contemporary band which has given him the opportunity to tour the country. He tutors Principles of Accounting I and II as well as Essential of Managerial Finance. Justin also volunteers for the Ronald McDonald Children's Home.

After graduation, Justin took a position at TVA as a contract specialist. He plans on returning to UTC to pursue his MBA.