Dinner of Firsts logo and announcement of 2017 Date, Thursday evening, Nov. 16 at The Chattanoogan, a toast & roast honoring Patsy Hazlewood,event chair Reggie Piercy

Save the Date for Dinner of Firsts 2017

Patsy Hazelwood photo sitting at desk writing in notebook, smilingNow celebrating its 6th year, the Chattanooga State Foundation’s Dinner of Firsts is the signature “FUNdraising” event for Chattanooga State Community College. Each year we honor a community leader who is the first in their family to attend college.

This year we will honor Patsy Hazlewood. In addition to being a first generation college student, Patsy has

Image of Dinner of First Billboard with caricature of Edna Varner, honoree, Proceeds benefit First in Family schoalrhsip, event Thursday, Nov. 17, 2016 , visit chattanoogastate.edu/dof

Edna Varner is 2016 Dinner of Firsts Honoree

Now celebrating its 5th year, the Chattanooga State Foundation’s Dinner of Firsts is the signature “FUNdraising” event for Chattanooga State Community College. Each year the College honors a community leader who is the first in their family to attend college. This year’s honoree is Edna Varner, a major advocate for public education and

Student ambassador

Olivia Kilgore: “I will be the FIRST…”

by Olivia Kilgore, a current Chattanooga State Global Scholars Honors Student

Being a First in the Family Scholar has allowed me to attend college and not face financial struggles. I have been enabled to pay for my books without applying for student loans. It has also allowed to continue my education in hopes of graduating with an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Non-Destructive Testing Technology in the Spring of 2017.

Dinner of Firsts Dec 3, 2015 Convention Center honoring John Germ

A Toast & Roast honoring John Germ on Dec. 3

Chattanooga State Foundation presents Dinner of Firsts – A Golden Celebration! A combined event celebrating ChattState’s 50 years of service to our community and honoring our friend, John Germ. John is a first generation college graduate and has been

Student Ashley

Student Profile: Ashley

Quick Facts: 4th semester Secondary Education major, 22 years old

Ashley is a Secondary Education major originally from Columbia, South Carolina. In her spare time, Ashley takes care of her niece and nephew and involves her self in Big Brothers Big Sisters. She chose secondary education after being inspired by her high school economics teacher and hopes to someday impact students in a similar way. Specifically, Ashley would like to work at a high school in the Chattanooga area or work as a social worker for young children. Her favorite course is philosophy and she plans on eventually transferring to UTC to pursue her BA. She will be the first in her family to graduate from college.

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student Demmy

Student Profile: Demmy

Quick Facts: 2nd semester Nursing student, 22 years old

Demmy is motivated by the idea of having a better future for her family. She chose nursing after taking time off to take care of her dad and expresses her interests in helping others like him. Demmy moved to Chattanooga from Atlanta and her family is originally from Vietnam. She enjoys working out and her favorite course right now is psychology because can gain better insight on the motives behind certain behaviors. She is planning to transfer to UTC to pursue her BSN and will be the first in her family to graduate from college.

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ChattState Dinner of Firsts 2014 Highlights

The 3rd annual Dinner of Firsts was held at the Chattanoogan on Thursday, October 23, 2014. Under the leadership of Grady Williams, Event Chairman, alumni and friends of the college toasted and roasted Leonard Fant with proceeds of the dinner funding First in the Family Scholarships. One of nine children,