The Bootstraps Foundation was established in 1986 to champion the higher educational needs of Middle Tennessee students who have demonstrated the effort and will to succeed in the face of adversity. We are committed to the education of our young people, for they will soon be the leaders of our communities, our businesses and our country. The Bootstraps Foundation has granted over $1 million in scholarships since its inception. The Bootstraps Foundation accepts a limit of one nomination per school for each year’s awards. The student is to be nominated by the principal and faculty of each school. Nomination applications for Bootstraps Awards are sent to high schools in the following Middle Tennessee counties: Cheatham, Davidson, Robertson, Rutherford, Sumner, Williamson and Wilson counties. Award winners are selected from the nominees by a panel of judges who understand the concept of “pulling yourself up by your bootstraps.” Finalists are notified and asked to meet with the Bootstraps’ Selection Committee for a personal interview. Award winners are notified and then presented at The Bootstraps Foundation Annual Banquet held each May in Nashville.
The Bootstraps Foundation was managed as part of the Kiwanis of Nashville Foundation for many years and now, though an independent foundation, has the strong support of many Nashville Kiwanians including most of its board members and several major donors. Further details can be found at Bootstraps.org.