The endowment is named in memory of Duncan I. Street, former president of Carter County Bank. The Cloudland High School graduate received a bachelor's degree in finance from ETSU and joined the Bank of Tennessee as a lender and manager of the Erwin branch in 1990 after starting his career at First Tennessee Bank. In 1994, he moved to Carter County Bank, where he worked as a lender, branch manager and senior vice president before becoming president, a position he held until his death in September, 2015.
Street was active in the community as a leader of numerous civic organizations in Carter County, including the Kiwanis Club and Chamber of Commerce, for which he served as president and board member. He was also a board member for United Way and the Sycamore Shoals Hospital and Foundation and supported the Roan Mountain Citizens Club and the Cap-the-Gap program for foster children.
Street enjoyed a variety of hobbies and interests, including classic Cadillac cars, University of Tennessee football, traveling, golf and being with people of all walks of life. He was also an avid blood donor.
"Duncan Street was an unusual individual," said William B. Greene, chairman of BancTenn Corp., upon establishing the scholarship endowment. "I say that because he wasn't just an outstanding banker, he was a great teacher. He was a great example of humility, integrity and honesty for our employees and community. But the biggest lesson he taught us was that every day is a gift. Duncan Street was full of love, and I will never forget him."
In addition to an initial $50,000 endowment, the Bank of Tennessee will make annual contributions to allow for a $1,000 scholarship each year, with the first to be awarded this spring to an eligible student.
Applicants must be Cloudland High School graduates who are full-time undergraduates at ETSU and have documented financial need; a minimum grade point average of 2.0 upon graduation from CHS is preferred. The scholarship is renewable for up to four years for students who qualify.
For more information or to contribute to the Duncan I. Street Scholarship Endowment, contact Tisha Harrison, director of Stewardship and Special Projects in the ETSU Office of University Advancement, at 423-439-6145 or [email protected]