Tonya Lee Memorial Scholarship
Tonya Lee was passionate about Franklin College. She graduated from the school in 1995 and was soon hired as an admissions counselor, telling high school students about the benefits of her alma mater. An active student at Franklin, Ms. Lee had many wonderful experiences to draw on when recruiting students. A Spanish and journalism major, she had traveled to Costa Rica and Mexico through the William and Lynn Vandivier Bridges Endowment. She was a member of several academic honoraries, was active with Delta Delta Delta sorority and was an anchor for the student news program, "Inside Franklin." She had been voted one of the Top Ten Seniors in her class. Sadly, five months after her graduation, she died in an automobile accident. The Tonya Lee Memorial Scholarship was established by family, friends and Franklin College faculty, staff and students. K&F Industries, Inc. (the employer of Ms. Lee's mother and where Ms. Lee worked during her summers) made a significant gift to the scholarship fund.
The Tonya Lee Memorial Scholarship will be made available to a female student intending to major in journalism. The recipient must have graduated in the top 25 percent of her class and maintained a 3.0 grade point average. The chairman of the Pulliam School of Journalism will select the recipient with the approval of the vice president for academic affairs.