About Us

Our History

In 1990, a committee of students, staff, and faculty volunteers founded Volunteer State's recycling committee in an effort to help the environment and reduce waste on campus. The group developed guidelines and became better informed about materials suitable for recycling. The committee determined the money generated from its recycling efforts would fund student scholarships.

The first scholarship award was given for the 1993-1994 academic year and since that time, $27,334.50 has been awarded to twenty-four (24) students who have an interest in recycling and environmental concerns. In February 2002, the VSCC Recycling Committee renamed the scholarship to "Lynn F. Nystrom Recycling Scholarship" in honor of retiring committee member and bookstore director, Lynn F. Nystrom.

In April 2005, the committee established the $35,000 Lynn F. Nystrom Recycling Endowment. When the endowment is fully capitalized, the interest income derived shall be used to fund the scholarship.

For scholarship information, contact the Foundation Office at 230-3506. The application process is open to current and incoming students. Gifts to the Volunteer State College Foundation are tax-deductible.


This committee coordinates and directs the environmental issues and recycling efforts of the College. Specific concerns are:

  • Recycling of aluminum cans, plastic and paper used on the campus.
  • Educating and informing students and staff of the need for recycling and the protection of our environment.