Alumnae Update: Addie Heehs ’22

When it was time to apply to college, Addie Heehs ’22 wanted an experience that extended beyond the classroom. The Haslam Scholars program at the University of Tennessee has exceeded all her expectations. The highly-competitive scholarship includes study abroad, a paid internship, a stipend scholarship, an intensive thesis project, and a full scholarship.

“Being a part of the Haslam Scholars program has been the most beneficial and rewarding experience I have ever had,” Heehs shared. “Recently, I had dinner with Jim Haslam, the former CEO of Pilot Company, and his wife, Natalie. I have also had the privilege of meeting with leaders like [former State Collaborative on Reforming Education CEO] Jamie Woodson, [Gallup Chairman] Jim Clifton, and [Cleveland Browns owners] Jimmy and Dee Haslam. Not only have I received substantial financial benefits from this program, but I have also gained professional and leadership skills.”

In November, Heehs met her scholarship’s benefactor: former NFL quarterback and UT alumnus Peyton Manning.

“It was an incredibly special experience getting to meet Peyton Manning,” Heehs said. “Not only does he make it possible for UT students to pursue any academic or personal goals they may have, through generous donations, but he also takes the time to meet the recipients. It will be something that I will remember for a long time.”

Heehs is majoring in finance. She says she’s grateful to her St. Mary’s teachers, who helped her be successful in her AP classes and finish the first semester of college with 38 credit hours. 

“The most valuable skill St. Mary’s taught me was the importance of time management. SMS is known for being an academically rigorous school, and because of this, I am able to handle my college assignments in a timely and efficient manner,” Heehs said.

This summer, Heehs will travel with Haslam Scholars to Ireland.

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