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Clayton Foundation Supports STEM Program through Motlow College Foundation

January 7, 2014

The Clayton Family Foundation has pledged $500,000 to the Motlow College Foundation's STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) endowment fund. The endowment program will continue in perpetuity at Motlow College, according to Dr. MaryLou Apple, president of the college.

Jim Clayton, left, founder and president of the Clayton Foundation, recently pledged $500,000 to the Motlow College Foundation's STEM endowment fund. Pictured with Mr. Clayton are Dr. MaryLou Apple, president of Motlow College; and Troy Martin, president and CEO of American City Bank.
Jim Clayton, founder and president of the Clayton Foundation, holds degrees in engineering and law from the University of Tennessee as well as several honorary degrees. Mr. Clayton's engineering background is the catalyst for his desire to support the STEM program and to see future generations pursuing STEM education.

Clayton serves as director and vice chairman of Clayton Bancorp, Inc., a billion dollar multi-bank holding company in Knoxville. Local holdings include American City Bank in Coffee County and Franklin County and Farmers Bank in Moore County.

Motlow's STEM program, led by Billy Hix, Tennessee's Science Teacher of the Year for 2011-12, has been featured on Public Broadcasting System television, MTSU and state Department of Education video series and podcast. The Motlow program, which began in 1986, is the most consistent and longest running STEM outreach program of any state college or university in Tennessee.

"The next generation of inventors and explorers is sitting in our middle school classrooms," said Dr. Apple. "Our goal at Motlow College, with the help of philanthropists like Jim Clayton, is to encourage our young people to be innovative, analytical thinkers that will help our state remain competitive and continue to provide a high quality of life."

The Motlow College Foundation, a 501c3 organization, has set a goal of $1.5 million for the STEM program. To make a donation please contact Jan Rogers, director of advancement, at 931-393-1692 or jrogers@mscc.edu.