Phillip M. & Jinny B. Furlong have established one scholarship to be awarded to a U.S. veteran dependant who was raised overseas and one for a Tennessee native. Phillip credits his professional motivation to the College of Business Administration faculty—especially Dr. Harold Black and Dr. Cary Collins—who mentored him and gave him confidence.
“I knew I’d be successful by in large due to the preparation and the challenging curriculum (I received at UT),” said Phillip.
The Furlongs felt called to donate to the university after the birth of their first child.
“We were motivated to give for three reasons,” explained Phillip. “First, we recently had our first child, and we want to see education opportunities for his generation. Second, we see the college costs becoming higher, and we want to help in this place of need. Third, we love the University of Tennessee—Go Vols!”
The couple encourages other alumni to follow in their footsteps in making gifts to the College of Business Administration, and Phillip pointed out that many companies offer matching gift programs that create an even larger impact with your gift dollars.
“Keep in mind that our children and communities need our help. Give when you can—there is a need,” said Phillip. “Your employer may match the funds, which would make your gift twice as generous. Pay it forward!”