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2021 NACADA Global Awards to recognize their significant contributions to the improvement of academic advising within higher education. Ashleigh Powers won the outstanding advisor award, Jeremy Mobley won the exceptional new advisor award, and Shanna Pendergrast won the outstanding advisor administrator certificate of merit.

Powers is a coordinator for academic advising in the Department of Psychology. Mobley is a student success advisor for the Herbert College of Agriculture, specializing in advising for Animal Science students. Pendergrast is the associate director of Advising Services for the College of Arts & Sciences and is a member of the Global Awards Committee for NACADA.  

“Academic advising is a critical component of students’ educational experience and success, and we congratulate and thank Ashleigh, Jeremy, and Shanna for their leadership and contributions to our Vols’ success,” Amber Williams, vice provost for the Division of Student Success, said. 

Academic advising serves to develop and enrich students’ educational plans in ways consistent with their aspirations, interests, strengths, and values—preparing them for a life of learning in a diverse and global society. 

The National Academic Advising Association was chartered in 1979 and had over 10,000 members representing all 50 US states, Puerto Rico, Canada, and several other countries. The goals of the NACADA program include recognizing outstanding advising throughout higher education, offering a global advising rewards system, encouraging broader support of advising personnel and programs, and ultimately improving reporting services for students.  


a shared first place in the SEC for the prestigious award.

Congress established the Goldwater Scholarship Program in 1986 to honor US Senator Barry M. Goldwater. The most prestigious undergraduate STEM scholarships in the United States, Goldwater Scholarships are awarded to college sophomores and juniors who intend to pursue research careers in the natural sciences, mathematics, and engineering. The scholarships provide up to $7,500 annually to cover tuition, fees, books, and room and board.

Since 2010, 24 UT students have been named Goldwater Scholars. This year’s recipients are Keri Burge, Elijah Hix, and Owen Queen, all juniors. To learn more about our student scholars and their accomplishments, click here.