The Sexton Endowment, is a fully endowed scholarship fund managed by the University of Tennessee Development Office. Funds from this endowment are used to award the Richard Sexton Scholarships each year.
During Richard Sexton’s time at Tennessee from 1971-1976, his efforts on and off the field were instrumental in the team’s success. His was willing to do whatever it took to help the club. Playing the game, washing jerseys, serving various officers’ positions- nothing was too much to help the fledgling organization. He loved the game of rugby, the University of Tennessee, and the UT Rugby Club. Even after his graduation, he keenly followed the progress of the team. Richard was also involved with rugby after graduation, playing with a men’s club side and serving various positions with the early local unions.
Richard Sexton met his demise in an industrial accident on February 18, 1980. As a tribute to his life and to further his interest in helping the UTRFC, the Richard Sexton Memorial Scholarship Fund was established by his widow, Susan, Bill Peterson, Bob Miller and Chris Finch in that same year. This scholarship is an award to worthy club members who exemplify Richard’s effort, enthusiasm, and commitment to the UTRFC.
Since the first award in 1981 for $200 to one individual, over 120 scholarships have been awarded totaling over $150,000.
In recent years, the average scholarship award has been between $2000 to $2750. The Richard Sexton Scholarship Fund is an endowment, as are most scholarship funds, which means gifts are made from the interest on the total amount of the fund each year.
Josh Shetler, Kevin Thomas, Grayson Wallace
Marcus McClain, Tom Pelini, Will Ring
Patrick Beacom, Tory Griffin, Lantz Williams
Tommy Lane, Patrick Beacom, Creighton Couch
Tommy Lane, Nesto Rivas
Keenan Kayser, Travis Vickers, Sam Hawkins, Duquesne Cook
Jack Donlon, Keenan Kayser, Bobby Hughes
Logan McNeil, Will Holland, Jake Murphy
Will Holland, Logan McNeil, Lee Bogitsh, Ryan Roper
Ryan Roper, Lee Bogitsh, Joe Carpenter
Elliott Woodall, Nick Vigder, Matt Johnson
Samuel Anderson, Matt Johnson, Matt Neuhart
Seth Jones, Joel Fugate, Benji Goff
Hunter Lee, Gabe Woodson, Jonathan Becraft
Andy Melroy, Zack Boswell, Hunter Lee, Joe McLaughlin, David Silverstein
Shane Randolph, Kyle DiMeola, Joseph Potter, Jason Hall
Jeff Chapman, Kevin Hartley, Shane Randolph, Luke Woods
Josh Peay, Brett Jones, Jeff Chapman, Zach Murphy
Jesse Troxler, Brett Jones, Josh Peay, Eric Peterson
Jesse Troxler, Brett Jones, Josh Peay
Jason Barnes, Jesse Troxler, Mike Scoutten
Jason Barnes, Garry Cornelius, Jeremy Linne
Scott Jones, Scott Randolph, Michael Towns
Mike Merschat, Scott Randolph, Michael Towns
Joe May, Mike Merschat, Scott Randolph
Rob Tenech, Robert Roy, Greg Schwartz
Mitch Kline, Bobby Roy, Shawn Van Dyke
Jon Olsen, Jonathan Pledger, Shawn Van Dyke
Greg Augustine, Mark Hilsenroth, Jason Kallivokas
Mark Hilsenroth, Tyler Huskey, Lawrence Jones
Ed Everett, Tyler Huskey
Ed Everett, Gassan Kassira
Gassan Kassira, Chris Mott, Ed Everett
Phil Hopson, Mike Presnell
Phil Hopson, William Fraser, Mike Presnell
John Wehby, Mark Wenger
Bob Ball, Greg Broyles
Bob Ball, Greg Broyles, John Shaw
John Jokerest, Rob Farley, John Shaw
Mike McIntyre, John McCord
Mike McIntyre, Pat Shires
Membership is open to any student or affiliated student at the University of Tennessee (or a participant in an affiliated academic program with the University) who: (1) meets the membership requirements as established by USA Rugby; (2) satisfies all requirements stated in this Article III; and (3) commits to playing the sport of rugby. A student who complies with all requirements stated in Sections A, B, C and D of this Article III is a member in “Good Standing” of UT Rugby.
Membership is open to all students, and faculty/staff members where appropriate, regardless of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, pregnancy, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, physical or mental disability, or covered veteran status.