Downtown on the Farm raised $4,000 for scholarships at MTSU

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. — Downtown on the Farm, presented by Locally Owned Murfreesboro, raised $4,000 for a scholarship in MTSU’s Jones College of Business.

“We are grateful for all of our supporters who came out for the dinner,” said Michelle Willard, vice president of Locally Owned Murfreesboro. “You have made and will continue to make Murfreesboro such a wonderful city.”

The funds raised were donated to MTSU’s Jones College of Business for scholarships in the Entrepreneurship Program.

“Locally Owned Murfreesboro understands the potential of MTSU students to become entrepreneurs in their hometown,” said Carolyn B. Tumbleson, development director of Jones College of Business.

“By providing these scholarships, the organization’s members encourage student innovation and entrepreneurship,” Tumbleson added. At Jones College of Business students receive quality technical and soft-skills training to be prepared for a career in corporate innovation or entrepreneurship.”

The scholarship fund was established last year with a $500 donation from LOM member businesses. That donation resulted in a single $500 scholarship being awarded in April 2019.

“Because of the success of Downtown on the Farm, we were able to expand the scholarships that will be awarded this spring,” Willard said.

This year the Locally Owned Murfreesboro Scholarship will give $1,000 to four qualifying students.

Michelle Willard and Carolyn Tumbleson
LOM Vice President Michelle Willard hands Jones College of Business Development Director Carolyn Tumbleson a check for the LOM scholarship fund.


The scholarships will be awarded to students majoring or minoring in entrepreneurship, who are of financial need and graduated from a Rutherford County high school.

The recipient will be selected by professors from Jones College, which will be awarded in April.

About Downtown on the Farm

The farm-to-table fundraising dinner served dishes created by five of Murfreesboro’s finest culinary minds with items sourced from local farms.

The evening started with a signature cocktail provided by Uncle Nearest 1856 Premium Whiskey that was served at L&L Contractors.

The Mediterranean-themed meal was prepared by Mitchell Murphree from Five Senses, Samantha Blake from Entre-Nous, Shawn & Christy Hackinson from The Alley on Main, Hamad Abdelrahman from Al Rayan Restaurant & Market, and Chantell Kennedy-Shehan from Simply Pure Sweets.

Every ticket holder also received a commemorative, handmade cup made by Kaitlain Savage Ceramics, Turtleware Pottery, Fragrant Mushroom Gallery or In the Stix Studio.

Details for the 2019 event are still being worked on, but sponsorships are available.

To sponsor Downtown on the Farm and help a student attend college, contact Event Chairman T. Matthew Chase at or 615-624-2520.

About MTSU Jones College of Business

The MTSU Jones College of Business is a major collegiate business school having both business and accounting accreditation from AACSB International, with 3000 students (2600 undergraduate, 400 graduate), 150 full-time faculty and staff, and an operating budget exceeding $23 million. The Jones College of Business is the top producer of baccalaureate and graduate business graduates for the Greater Nashville economy.

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