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 2014 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.


The Bootstraps Foundation is excited to host the third annual “Passion for Fashion” Cocktail and Charity event at Marathon Music Works in downtown Nashville on January 15, 2015. After a highly successful fundraiser in 2013, Bootstraps is gearing up for an even bigger event in 2015. 

More than 500 attendees are expected to attend the red carpet event, featuring special guest host Quintavious, a Franklin, Tennessee native and finalist from America’s Got Talent, as well as the talented musical group Fabrizio and the Fever. The red carpet fundraiser will include a festive cocktail reception, a silent auction, and a fashion show with live music showcasing the hottest local designers and 2015 fashions.

All proceeds will go to The Bootstraps Foundation.



Click here to watch Bootstraps President, Joe White, tell the Bootstraps Foundation story.




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