Brigance receives WestStar Dunagan Scholarship

Jillian Brigance, a sophomore UT Martin health and human performance major from Martin, has received the Nick Dunagan WestStar Leadership Scholarship from the university’s WestStar Leadership Program. The announcement was made June 18 during the WestStar Leadership Program’s graduation reception and dinner in the Boling University Center’s Duncan Ballroom. She will receive $600 for the fall and spring semesters for a total of $1,200 for the 2024-25 academic year.

Brigance is a member of Alpha Omicron Pi and the Phi Eta Sigma honor society. She plans to pursue her master’s degree in speech language pathology after completing her UT Martin degree.

The scholarship was established by WestStar alumni in 2004 to honor Dunagan, co-founder of the leadership program and UT Martin chancellor emeritus. The scholarship benefits a UT Martin student who demonstrates proven leadership skills and displays leadership potential. Preference is given based on high academic achievement and a record of community or university involvement. Brigance’s father, Jason, is a 2011 WestStar graduate, and her grandfather Jerry completed WestStar in 1997.

Learn more about WestStar at or call 731-881-7298.

PHOTO: Jillian Brigance, a UT Martin health and human major, received the Nick Dunagan WestStar Leadership Scholarship from UT Martin’s WestStar Leadership Program. Jillian (center) is pictured with her grandparents Jerry and Becky (left) of Sharon and her parents, Jill and Jason, of Martin.

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