The Bootstraps Foundation was established in 1987 to champion the higher educational needs of Middle Tennessee students who have demonstrated the effort and will to succeed in the face of adversity. We are committed to the education of our young people, for they will soon be the leaders of our communities, our businesses and our country. The Bootstraps Foundation has granted nearly $1 million in scholarships since its inception.
The Bootstraps Foundation accepts a limit of one nomination per school for each year's awards. The student is to be nominated by the principal and faculty of each school. Nomination applications for the 2012 Bootstraps Awards were sent to high schools in the following Middle Tennessee counties: Cheatham, Davidson, Robertson, Rutherford, Sumner, Williamson and Wilson counties.
Award winners are selected from the nominees by a panel of judges who understand the concept of "pulling yourself up by your bootstraps." Finalists are notified and asked to meet with the Bootstraps' Selection Committee for a personal interview. Award winners are notified and then presented at The Bootstraps Foundation Annual Banquet held each May in Nashville.
Joe White tells the Bootstraps Foundation story in a short video