Knoxville, Tenn--(UT Sports) The annual presentation ceremony was held Monday Afternoon at the Peyton Manning Locker Room at Neyland Stadium. The Manning Scholarship is annually awarded to incoming first-year students that have also been previously selected into Haslam Scholars program.
Manning joined by Chancellor Jimmy G. Cheek and Provost Susan Martin, honored Crocket and Sain, as well as their families. Crocket and Sain now bring the program’s total to 21 honored students.
“I never dreamed I would be a Peyton Manning Scholar and would be compared to such representative at the University of Tennessee. When I received that award letter, I was so humbled to be apart of this family,” said Crockett.
Crockett, a 2014 graduate of the Alvin G. York Institute in Jamestown, was the local chapter president of the National Honor Society and also served as the local, regional, and state 4-H President while in high school. Alex was the founder of and creator of Students helping Students, a peer group that assisted underprivileged students. He will major in Food Science Technology/Pre Professional at UT.
“The scholarship is a blessing,” said Sain. “With every week comes something new, it just changed my life. With this scholarship, I know people in me and that helps me believe in myself even more. With that I plan to do great things.”
Sain, who graduated from Humboldt High School in Medina in 2014, participated in a wide variety of activities in high school, including many hours of community service each year. He also was both a mentor for the Boys and Girls Club of Humboldt and a peer leader for the Tennessee Teen Institute. Sain will be Pre-Medical/Microbiology major at UT.
Manning, a speech communication major during his time at the University of Tennessee, still holds Vol career passing records with 89 touchdowns, 11,201 yards and 62.5% completion percentage. During 1994-97, Manning generated $165,000 in scholarship funds including being honored with the Burger King-Vincent de Paul Draddy National Scholar-Athlete Award, the Davey O'Brien Foundation Award, and the American Honda Scholar-Athlete of the Year.
The reigning MVP will be entering his 17th season in the NFL and third with the Denver Broncos.