2014 Alex Haley Scholarship Reception & Auction


Sunday, May 4

In 2001, The University of Tennessee celebrated the life of Alex Haley, an adjunct faculty member in the College of Communications and author of Roots, by establishing the Alex Haley Scholarship for African American students. This scholarship lives on today and impacts the lives of hundreds of current students of color at UT or past students. We invite you to celebrate at a reception and auction.

Sunday, May 4
4:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Downtown Knoxville Marriott Hotel Ballroom
501 Hill Avenue E

Cost: $50 per person

Online registration closes on May 1.

Celebrity Golf Tournament

You may also choose to participate in the Celebrity Golf Tournament on Monday, May 5. This is a separate registration. Download registration/sponsorship form»

Gettysvue Polo, Golf, & Country Club
9317 Linksvue Drive

8:00 am Check-in at Gettysvue
8:30 am Start time, full shotgun

Lunch included
$250 per player
$1,000 for a team

About Alex Haley

The University of Tennessee was privileged to count Alex Haley among its great friends during the last years of his life. As an adjunct faculty member in the College of Communications, Haley was a valued and respected member of the UT academic community. In April 1991, he donated his notes, manuscripts, videotapes, and mementos to be housed in UT’s Special Collections Library on the Knoxville campus.

Haley touched the lives of many members of the UT community. In 2001 — when the State of Tennessee challenged UT to raise $3,375,000 in private support over five years for African American scholarships — the Alex Haley Scholarships were created as the cornerstone of our fund-raising efforts.

Though the task was completed in the summer of 2006, the challenge to improve diversity within the university remains. The opportunities afforded by these scholarships at the University of Tennessee campuses in Chattanooga, Knoxville, and Martin are an important component of ensuring a diverse student enrichment and experience.

In 1993, Haley was once again honored by the University through the Senior Gift Campaign. The seniors voted to raise money through their Senior Gift Campaign to commission a bust of Alex Haley. The bust now resides in the John C. Hodges Library as a tribute to the friendship bestowed by Alex Haley upon the University of Tennessee and the return friendship from the University community.

Contact Information

Primary Contact
Phyllis Moore

Secondary Contact
Melissa Smith