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Recipients of the 2019 Young Alumni Grants Announced



The Lee University Office of Alumni Relations recently announced the winners of the 2019 Young Alumni Grant (YAG).

The Young Alumni Grant program supports alumni participating in initiatives, events, trainings, and projects related to professional development. The grant is open to all Lee University alumni, regardless of academic major or professional experience, so long as the individual is currently employed and within 10 years of graduating from a Lee undergraduate program.

“When we see the energy, creativity, and courage of our young alumni, our first impulse is to help them achieve their dreams,” said Elizabeth Pace, chairman of the Alumni Advisory Board. “That’s why the Alumni Advisory Board created this grant program, and it’s why we are thrilled to continue funding the wonderful work of Lee alumni.”

The 2019 YAG recipients are Mitchell Capps, Zhannae Cummings, Emmalee Manes, Caitlin Moore, Megan Wimpelberg, and Alexander Wingo.
Mitchell Capps
Mitchell Capps

Capps graduated from Lee in 2016 with a bachelor’s degree in English. He plans to use the fund to attend the 2020 Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers (RMFW) Retreat in Colorado Springs, Colorado, in April.
Zhannae Cummings
Zhannae Cummings

Cummings graduated in 2019 with a degree in exercise science from Lee’s Department of Health, Exercise Science, and Secondary Education. She is currently a graduate student at the University of Tennessee at Knoxville. Cummings will use the funds to take the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) - Certified Personal Trainer exam.
YAG Recipients
Emmalee Manes

Manes graduated in 2016 with a degree in English and communications. She plans to attend the Humana Festival of New American Plays and acquire membership for the Playwright's Center, Dramatic Guild, and New Play Exchange with the help of the Young Alumni Grant.
Caitlin Moore
Caitlin Moore

Moore received her undergraduate degree in music performance in 2012. She is a graduate teaching assistant at University of Northern Colorado and a freelance professional musician. She plans to use the funds to attend the New England Conservatory’s Vocal Acoustic Pedagogy Workshop in Boston, Massachusetts, this summer.
Megan Wimpelberg
Megan Wimpelberg

Wimpelberg graduated from Lee with a bachelor’s degree in elementary education in 2019 and currently teaches at Orchard Knob Elementary School in Chattanooga. The grant will allow Wimpelberg to attend the Restorative Practices Conference in Nashville, which will provide crucial training for the Title 1 School where she works.

“This grant afforded me the opportunity to take the first step into my master’s program in restorative practices,” said Wimpelberg. “As a teacher in an inner-city school, restorative practices gives my students and me the chance to express feelings and thoughts in a healthy way to build relationships and repair harm. That being said, this grant will result in a considerable, positive impact on my teaching career and the lives of my students.”
Alex Wingo
Alex Wingo

Wingo is a graduate of Lee’s School of Music. He graduated in 2019 with a degree in music education. Wingo is now a graduate student at the University of Kentucky in Lexington. The YAG will help him attend the Percussive Arts Society's International Convention (PASIC) in Indianapolis, Indiana.

“The Young Alumni Grant program is a real distinctive of Lee University. We are among only a handful of colleges in the United States investing in the professional development of graduates,” said Mallory Mertens, coordinator of Alumni Relations. “I am personally very proud of this innovative program.”

For more information or to apply for the Young Alumni Grant, contact alumni@leeuniversity.edu or (423) 614-8316.
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