Philip Trauernicht Memorial Scholarship

The Philip Trauernicht Annual Scholarship was created in memoriam of Philip Trauernicht. A native Tennessean, Philip spent three decades dedicating his career to economic and community development throughout Tennessee. His service and dedication supported the creation of thousands of jobs and millions of dollars of investment across the state’s 95 counties. He worked closely with communities and industry to get much needed resources to rural and distressed areas of Tennessee. 

He was known for his unwavering fairness, honesty, wry sense of humor and willingness to mentor, especially those new to economic development. Philip was a true servant of the people, and he is greatly missed by all who knew him.

Informed and innovative leadership in a community is critical to it achieving economic vitality.  We know rural communities in Tennessee face unique challenges and require leaders who understand the building blocks of economic and community development and are able to work collaboratively to leverage the strengths and assets of their community to improve the quality of life for all residents. 

The Philip Trauernicht Memorial Scholarship for Rural Leaders enhances the development of rural leadership through scholarship support to the Tennessee Basic Economic Development Course (TBEDC).

This scholarship provides full tuition to attend the annual Tennessee Basic Economic Development Course (TBEDC) and up to four nights’ lodging during the course. The award value per annual scholarship is approximately $1,500.

Criteria for Award Selection -- Preference will be given to scholarship applicants who meet the following criteria:

  • Applicants who are engaged in the practice of economic and community development in rural counties or regions in Tennessee;
  • Applicants with limited resources to support professional development training, and who would be unable to attend the TBEDC without scholarship support;
  • Applicants who are new to the practice of economic and community development, and who have less than five years of work experience in the profession;
  • Applicants who demonstrate a passion and commitment to applying the knowledge gained through attending the TBEDC to advance rural development in Tennessee;
  • Applicants who are members of the Tennessee Economic Development Council or will commit to TEDC membership after completing TBEDC. (Note: TEDC provides a complimentary one-year membership for TBEDC graduates.)