• Todd McKinley

Updated: Aug 23

Memorandum For: Sullivan West Ridge High School Seniors (Class of 2023)

SUBJECT: The Todd A. McKinley Scholarship

1. I’m pleased to announce the Todd A. McKinley scholarship for the second graduating class of West Ridge, the Class of 2023.

2. This scholarship will be available to only 1-graduating senior, from West Ridge’s class of 2023, the second graduating class. It will be awarded primarily based on character, academic qualifications; career goals, projects, accomplishments, and educational plans, and any recommendation letters will also be considered. The amount of this scholarship is in the amount of a one-time payment of $500, which will be made to the awardee after officially and successfully graduating, but the winner will be named during the 2023 awards day.

3. Minimum Prerequisites:

a. Be a person of good character.

b. Be a West Ridge 2023 graduate in 4 years or less.

c. Have at least a 3.0 GPA

d. Be involved in at least one extracurricular activity outside of normal school hours, either sponsored by the school or a reputable organization. Regularly volunteering in the community will suffice.

e. Not required but encouraged: A letter of recommendation from a West Ridge faculty member, former Teacher, an elected official, community leader, coach, etc., but not from a relative.

4. How to apply:

a. Complete the attached application. (Email me for an application:

b. Submit all required documentation before the deadline. Applications will not be reviewed until after the deadline, therefore changes to submitted applications will be allowed until then.

5. Application deadline is 5:00 pm on Friday, April 7th, 2023.

6. Submit all applications to

Subject: Todd A. McKinley Scholarship: Your Last Name, Your First Name

Title all documents appropriately. Use Word and/or PDF if possible.

7. I look forward to receiving the applications and rendering a timely unbiased decision. Note, my decision will be based solely on the criteria above, no applicant will be discriminated against based on race, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, etc.

8. Any questions and all applications should be emailed to the undersigned.

Todd A. McKinley, BA, MSL





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  • Todd McKinley

Updated: Feb 15

Dear Fellow Veteran(s),

Please let us preserve your story by sitting down with me (Todd A. McKinley), and Carrie Carpenter a Hawkins County (Tennessee) School Teacher and amateur historian, either in person or via Zoom. Coming from a family of Veterans and being a Veteran of more than 20 years of service in the Army, which includes combat tours in Afghanistan and Iraq, as well as having been active in Veterans Service Organizations since retiring in 2016, I truly understand that every Veteran has a story to tell. Sadly, in our nation’s history, there have been millions of Veterans whose stories have been lost to time. Certainly, I understand the various reasons why many Veterans don’t wish to share their stories or often wait until late in life to do so

That said, to ensure the stories of your service to the nation, any life stories you would like to share, to include any advice you would like to impart to future generations is preserved, here’s an excellent opportunity. The reason we’ve embarked on this project is to ensure that your stories will live on for generations to come. This is purely a not-for-profit endeavor, and to prevent exploitation of anyone and his or her experiences, our plan is to merely document and edit (as needed) then donate our findings to the Veteran’s County archives, historical society, local libraries, state archives and other institutions that would have an interest.

Should a future researcher or producer come across the material and wish to use any of it for profit, the stipulation for its use would be for all or a portion of the profits to be donated to a Veterans Service Organizations of the Veterans choosing. In addition to traveling throughout Northeast Tennessee and Southwest Virginia, our plan is to also make ourselves available to any Veteran within a reasonable area from our hometown in Upper East Tennessee, who wishes to sit down in person versus utilizing Zoom.

“For God and Country!”

Todd A. McKinley, BA, MSL





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