UTK and Barge Design Solutions Award Endowed Scholarship

1 / August / 2019

Knoxville, TN - Barge Design Solutions is dedicated to bettering the lives of its employees, clients, and communities. This includes helping to develop future talent and financially support those who are on their journey towards becoming an Engineer. The Barge Endowed Scholarship established in the University of Tennessee’s Tickle College of Engineering has made an award to Arianna Worthy of Monroe, Louisiana.

Worthy is a senior in Mechanical/Aerospace Engineering and the second recipient of a Barge scholarship. Randy Ferguson and John Hunter, both client service leaders and UTK alumni, met with Arianna recently to present the award.

“Receiving this scholarship has increased my morale during my tough junior year. The acknowledgement of this award has given me motivation to push through the difficult spells that come with pursuing such a rigorous degree.”  // Arianna Worthy

Ferguson spearheaded the formation of the Barge Endowed Scholarship within the University’s Tickle College of Engineering in 2017. He saw the opportunity for other alumni within Barge to give back to their alma mater and support students who have an interest in the Engineering field. The scholarship was set up in the College of Engineering (as Barge’s majority discipline) with a preference to underrepresented minorities and those with high financial need.

The first scholarship award was made in the spring of 2018 based on employee donations and Barge matching funds contributed in the first year of the campaign. 

Barge has noticed over the last few years how important it is to bring in summer interns and to establish relationships with them with the hope that they’ll join Barge when they graduate. The firm's Endowed Scholarship is just one more way we hope to connect with future graduates and to build an enduring foundation for giving back to the community.

“I am extremely grateful to all the donors and Barge Design Solutions for taking time and using their resources towards bettering my education. I hope to one day be able to give back to students like myself, as you have done for me.” // Arianna Worthy