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Dance Family Honors SIS Alum with Named Scholarship

Beverly DanceThe grandsons of Beverly Dance (MS/IS ’73; BS/EDUC ’50), Danny and Phil Dance, have established a scholarship in the School of Information Sciences in her memory. She graduated from UT in 1950 and returned decades later to complete her Master’s degree in library and information science.

Originally from Memphis, Dance served as president of Delta Delta Delta sorority, editor of Mortar Board, and as an ROTC sponsor. She was chosen as a Torchbearer, UT’s highest undergraduate honor, in 1950.

She helped to found and staff the Rocky Hill School Library and had a rewarding career as the librarian at Farragut Primary School where she helped foster a love of reading. She was known for her ability to tell riveting children’s stories.

Dance was active in her community coaching softball and basketball leagues and worked with the Friends of the Library after her retirement.

As a talented writer, she was a member of the Knoxville Contest Club in the 1960’s. She won many trips and other prizes including a 1960 Corvette! In honor of this “hobby,” her grandchildren have included a writing element in the scholarship application process.

“We have many prospective students who have financial barriers to reaching their goal of a Master’s degree from UT’s School of Information Sciences,” said SIS Director Diane Kelly. “This generous scholarship is critically important to our mission of educating library and information science professionals, especially those that will guide school children in the future just as Beverly Dance did for many years.”

Beverly Dance passed away on October 7, 2017. This scholarship honors her legacy to hundreds of elementary school students whose lives were impacted by her life and influence.

To find out more about establishing a memorial scholarship contact CCI Director of Development Mark Geller at