LYNCHBURG, Tenn. — Jack Daniel Distillery received the Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Philanthropy at the recent biannual meeting of the Motlow State Community College Foundation Board of Trustees. The meeting was held on the Motlow Moore County campus.
The Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Philanthropy was created in 2002 to honor those who give generously of their time and finances to a Tennessee Board of Regents (TBR) institution and exemplify outstanding volunteer efforts in raising money for a TBR institution. Jack Daniel Distillery was selected for just those reasons, according to David Gregory, interim chancellor of the Tennessee Board of Regents.
“The leadership at Jack Daniel Distillery has long been a major supporter for Motlow State, recognizing the need to help students achieve a college education, primarily the graduates of Moore County High School that sits a short distance away from the distillery,” said Gregory, during his presentation of the award.
“Jack Daniel Distillery has supported eight to sixteen students per semester with full scholarships, with scholarship funds alone totaling over $500,000 to date,” Gregory added.
Gregory shared that the distillery has also made considerable additional contributions that includes all facets of fundraising for Motlow, such as a $50,000 endowment given for the Jack Daniel Dining Room in Forrester Hall on the Moore County campus.
Additionally the distillery has supported Motlow through the years with in-kind gifts, such as gift baskets, barrels signed by the Master Distiller, judging packages for the Jack Daniel International Bar-B-Q Cook-off, and barrel heads emblazoned with the Motlow State logo for sale at the Foundation’s silent auction.
Other efforts supported by Jack Daniel include the Motlow International Scholars Program that provides training to faculty who are encouraged to incorporate international themes into their class presentations to increase the preparedness, effectiveness, and competitiveness of Motlow graduates, and to expand their exposure to cultures other than their own.