Lincoln Memorial University



Harrogate, Tennessee, April 26, 2016— The Claiborne County Chapter of the Lincoln Memorial University (LMU) Alumni Association has established the Janet S. Barnard Memorial Scholarship to be awarded annually to a graduating senior from Claiborne High.

Barnard, a 1973 graduate of LMU, was a lifelong educator who served Claiborne County schools as a teacher, principal and curriculum supervisor for 38 years. Barnard is survived by her husband, Lynn, who is also an educator in Claiborne County, and their daughter, Danielle, who is a doctor practicing general surgery and trauma surgery in Memphis. Barnard’s passion in education was reading. She mentored many Claiborne County teachers and was beloved for how freely she gave her time, talent and expertise to her colleagues.

“Janet meant the world to the teachers of Claiborne County,” said Claiborne County Alumni Chapter President Sam McCollough. “When she passed, we knew that establishing a scholarship that would allow Claiborne High School students to further their educations was a fitting tribute. This scholarship is exactly how she would have wanted her legacy to continue, especially at her alma mater.”

Sarah Blankenship, of New Tazewell, Tennessee, who will enter LMU as a freshman in August, was awarded the inaugural scholarship during LMU’s annual Student Awards and Recognition Program. Blankenship will graduate from Claiborne High School in May. Lynn Barnard was on hand for the presentation along with LMU Director of Alumni Services Sheliah Cosby.

Contributions to the Janet S. Barnard Memorial Scholarship fund may be made by contacting the Division of University Advancement at LMU. For more information contact Frank Woodward at 423.869.6351.

Lincoln Memorial University is a values-based learning community dedicated to providing educational experiences in the liberal arts and professional studies. The main campus is located in Harrogate, Tennessee. For more information about the undergraduate and graduate programs available at LMU, contact the Office of Admissions at 423-869-6280 or e-mail at


CAPTION: Claiborne High School senior Sarah Blankenship was presented with the Janet S. Barnard Memorial Scholarship by Marty Cosby, representing the Claiborne County Chapter of the Lincoln Memorial University Alumni Association, and Director of Alumni Services Sheliah Cosby at the LMU Awards and Recognition Program on Monday



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