The Tennessee Relocation Council (TRC) is proud to announce the Peter Hiro Memorial Scholarship for current high  school seniors who have relocated into the Middle Tennessee area over the course of their high school career.

 The TRC Scholarship was dedicated in 2017 as the Peter Hiro Memorial Scholarship in honor of Peter Hiro. Peter  was a pivotal member from 2012 to 2017, as well as a board & advisory board member from 2013-2016. His  contributions to the Tennessee Relocation Council were immeasurable and his legacy will live on through this  Scholarship.

 To qualify for the scholarship, the student must have relocated more than 50 miles sometime between grades 9  (after completion of 8th grade) and 12 and changed schools due to their family’s relocation. Residence eligibility is  defined as a senior attending a public school within the Middle Tennessee Public Schools system. The applicant  must also have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0 on a scale of 4.0 (or equivalent achievement on  a different scale).

 Students will be evaluated on academic performance, extra-curricular activities, and on their response to an essay  addressing the way they handled the challenges associated with relocating to a new area and a new high school.

 A one-time award of $1,000 will be sent directly to the college that the winning applicant will be attending to assist  with tuition, etc.

 The winner will be cordially invited, along with his/her parent(s), to join us in person at our April TRC meeting in  Nashville, at which time we will have a chance to meet them, discuss their experience, and formally award the  scholarship.

 Any interested and qualified student should be directed to two important documents, which documents have been  provided to the Counselors’ office of their high school:

Please note:  Deadline has been extended to March 1st.

      TRC Scholarship Instructions for Students 2019  

                        TRC Peter Hiro Scholarship Application 2019


 For more information about the Community Outreach Committee or the 2018 TRC Scholarship Program, please  contact: Andi Parker,  or 561-358-6424

2018 TRC Peter Hiro Memorial Scholarship Awarded

The TRC Board of Directors is pleased to announce the two recipients of the  2018 TRC Peter Hiro Memorial Scholarship, Suad ismail and Jesus Guevara Hernandez. 

Suad Ismail

Born in Somalia in 1997, living with her mother, brother and three sisters. Somalia was in the middle of a war and it was dangerous for Suad and her siblings to attend school. At the age of 8, a bomb dropped on Suad’s home; sadly her mother, sister and two aunts passed away. As a result of the bomb, Suad lost her hearing. Suad traveled to Ethiopia and lived in a refugee camp and attended school with her brother and sister. She learned as much as she could in Ethiopian sign language, but it was difficult. Suad’s life changed when she arrived in Nashville, TN. She attended Hillsboro High School in a Deaf Education Program. She began the journey to learn English and American Sign Language. Suad plans to move to Omaha, NE to attend Metropolitan Community College-South Omaha Campus to study Early Childhood Education. 

Jesus Guevara Hernandez

Jesus was born in Venezuela and relocated to the United States from a corporate relocation for his father.  They went through several relocations from Urbana, Illinois, Cincinnati, Ohio, and Franklin, Tennessee and during that time attended over 8 different schools.  Jesus’ willingness to accept change and maintain a positive attitude helped him to persevere through all the change.  The ability to get involved with countless after school activities helped him to meet new people and build lasting relationships to get him through tough times.  In the fall Jesus plans to utilize all of his experiences growing up to make amazing things happen while attending The University of Tennessee-Knoxville. 

Wishing both students continued success as they embark on their academic college careers at Metropolitan Community College in Omaha, Nebraska and The University of Tennessee in Knowville, Tennessee.
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