Crossville Chronicle, Crossville, TN

February 25, 2013

UC Women’s Club presents first scholarship


CROSSVILLE — The Upper Cumberland Women’s Club began meeting three years ago (in February 2010) in an effort to “Inspire, Motivate, and Educate” the women of the Upper Cumberland region. Guests have included the Tennessee Tourism Commissioner Susan Whitaker, several authors and entrepreneurs, social media guru Hannah Paramour, and many other ladies that were willing to share their inspiring stories. (For a full list, please visit website, click on the Events tab and look for the link to the archives.) Each meeting is a chance for the women to make new friends and meet new people. Those in attendance vary from luncheon to luncheon. The meals and fellowship are always superb.

When Linda Brooks Jones and Andrea Burckhard founded the organization in 2009, they also had another goal. They wanted to make a difference in the lives of the young women of the Upper Cumberland by offering what assistance they could. The meetings are an excellent opportunity for the younger generation to meet and learn from the more experienced women, and the other way around as well. In the summer of 2012, a committee was formed and the first Upper Cumberland Women’s Club Scholarship was designed. Requests for applications were made with the winner announced at the October luncheon followed by the presentation of a $1,000 check at the Christmas luncheon at Grey Gables Bed & Breakfast Inn in Rugby, TN. Kristina Denysova of Cookeville was the first recipient! Funding for the scholarship was provided by a portion of the membership fees and by donations by some of the members. Those contributing directly to the scholarship fund and by special fundraising endeavors were Jean Ann Mayberry of the American Red Cross of Middle Tennessee, Inez Troxell of Laurel Fork Rustic Retreat, Christie Mueller of Blue Coast Burrito, and Irene Blackburn of the Fairfield Glade Resource Directory.

Kristina is originally from the Ukraine. She was able to come work summers at a camp near Crossville. She fell in love with our country and a young man at the camp. They plan to marry soon and make their home here. The financial situation in the Ukraine is bleak and Kristina’s family has made many sacrifices for her education. She has a younger sister in the Ukraine that she hopes to help with her education in the future and assist her parents in bettering their lives. Kristina is a very positive and inspiring young woman, who plans to work internationally with her degree in International Business and Cultures.

If you would like to become a member of the Upper Cumberland Women’s Club, please join the group at the Feb. 26 luncheon to be held at noon at Nick’s Restaurant in Cookeville. The topic for the day will be “Tips on Home Equity, Purchasing a Home, Renovations and Curb Appeal, Building Equity.” The cost for the luncheon is a very reasonable $15/person (plus tip/gratuity). Reservations are appreciated in advance by email to Membership is $25/year and your business will also be listed on the website in the directory.

To join, you may also visit the website to download and print the application form and send your payment along with the application to the address listed. The web address is The group plans to make this an annual award to a deserving young woman in the Upper Cumberland. Thank you to those that have made this possible! (More details about the upcoming luncheon can also be found on the website.) The Upper Cumberland Women’s Club is now on Facebook. Check it out.