Wright-Bentley Scholars 2012-2013

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 2012-2013 Wright-Bentley Scholars.

Katlyn Barnes

Elizabeth Chapman

Adrianna Eder

Sarah Gardner

John Loehle

Kyle Marcum

Samuel Sprayberry 

katlyn barnes Katlyn Barnes

B.S. Business Administration: Marketing and Entrepreneurship

Katlyn is a member of Campus Crusade for Christ as well as a member of “The House” Campus Ministry. She has been a resident assistant since 2011 at UTC. Katlyn has served as a Tennessee Representative on Youth Leadership Council and participated in the Chamber of Commerce Student Advisory as well as the Lincoln County Government Student Advisory. She has also made the 2010-2012 Dean’s List.

After graduation, Katlyn plans to begin her career with an advertising company. Eventually she would like to start her own advertising business.





elizabeth chapman Elizabeth Chapman

Elizabeth is a marketing major from Burns, TN.

Elizabeth serves as a Cultural Ambassador of the Cooperative Education offices on campus. She has studied abroad in Scotland at the University of Edinburgh, completing an extensive course on Scotland's national history. She is also a member of the University Honors Program in which she has served on numerous committees and a member of UTC Mortar Board. Elizabeth has also participated in a national exchange program to graduate from a certificate program in Entertainment Management at the University of Montana. She was also a student volunteer at the 2012 Pollstar Entertainment Industry conference in Los Angeles, California.

After graduation, Elizabeth hopes to begin working in the entertainment industry in order to gain experience in the different aspects of business in entertainment. She also plans on pursuing an MBA within in the next five years.


adiranna elder Adrianna Eder

B.S. Business Administration: Accounting
B.S.: Chemistry

Adrianna is president of University Honors Council, co-captain of Mock Trail, vice president of Mortar Board Honor Society and serves on the SGA Ethics Committee at UTC. She has also been a student assistant in the College of Business as well as a teaching assistant in the Biology Department at UTC. Adrianna has been involved in organizing events for Relay for Life, volunteering at the “Puppy Love” event at UTC and volunteering as a Trick-or-Can Collector. In her academic career she has consistently been on the Dean’s List.  

After graduation, Adrianna plans to use her chemistry and accounting degrees in hopes of pursuing a joint MBA/MD degree program. Eventually she would like to obtain a position in healthcare management.


sarah gardner Sarah Gardner

Sarah is an entrepreneurship major from Hendersonville, TN.

Sarah is a member of University Honors, Mortar Board Honor Society, Beta Gamma Sigma Honor Society, and Habitat for Humanity. She serves as a Cultural Ambassador of the Cooperative Education office on campus; she has studied abroad in Linz, Austria and currently serves as vice president of the International Student Organization.  Sarah has volunteered for the Downtown Presbyterian Church, Sunshine Gospel Ministries,  Vacation Bible School, and the Appalachian Service Project among others. Sarah also held a Student Assistantship with Dr. Roland Carter in the UTC Music Department.

After graduation, Sarah plans to attend pastry school, earn a master's degree, and eventually open her own bakery. 


john loehle John Loehle

B.S. Business Administration: Investment Finance

John is president of the Financial Management Association and co-president of the Trading and Investing Club. The summer of 2012 he had an internship at Galtere Ltd. in New York, NY. He is also a member and tutor of the Beta Alpha Psi Society and has made the Dean’s List from 2009-2012. John has volunteered 400+ hours with Tomorrow’s Leaders Today and is a recipient of many scholarships including the Coca-Cola Scholar and AXA Achievement Scholar.

After graduation, John plans to achieve the distinction of Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) and enroll in a MBA program. He then plans to work for an investment bank or equity hedge fund and eventually aspires to set up a hedge fund in San Paulo or Singapore.


kyle marcum Kyle Marcum

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

Kyle serves as the co-chair and co-founder of JEW-TC, a group to help establish a Jewish presence on campus, volunteer at local synagogues, and provide a source of Jewish culture and tradition to UTC students. Kyle is a member of University Honors, University Orchestra, University Orchestra String Quartet, Spectrum, Music Guild Organization, JEW-TC, Beta Gamma Sigma, and SGA. He is also the Principal Violist of the University Orchestra. Kyle has volunteered for Burk's United Methodist Church and Tabernacle Orchestra, Chattanooga Care's, UTC Orchestra, Chattanooga's Community Orchestra, and Adoption Option.

After graduation, Kyle plans to get a job at a CPA firm dealing with financial accounting or a job focused on forensic accounting. During his career, he may apply to a Master in Accounting or Finance program as well as a Music Business degree program.


samuel sprayberry Samuel Sprayberry

B.S. Business Administration: Accounting

Samuel is a unit finance officer/accountant for the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary in Chattanooga. He is a member of Beta Alpha Psi, Phi Theta Kappa, the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners, and the Tennessee Society of Certified Public Accountants. Samuel has also worked as a practical nurse and a manager/owner of a tractor-trailer operation.

After graduation, Samuel plans to pursue his CPA designation and work in auditing and fraud examination.