Lucas Helm Memorial Scholarship established

The Carroll Helms family has endowed a scholarship in honor of the late Lucas Helms with the Walters State Foundation.

Dr. Carroll and Edna Helm have established the Lucas Edward Helm Memorial Scholarship with the Walters State Foundation to honor their late son.

The younger Helm died in 2003 following a car accident. He was 20.

“We felt this was the best way we could pay tribute to Lucas,” Dr. Helm said.

The scholarship will give priority to a student with financial need pursuing a career as a wildlife resource officer. Lucas was pursuing this career at the time of his death.

“Lucas couldn’t stay indoors,” Helm recalled. “His grandparents had land on the lake in Grainger County. He told me once that he felt like he could just go on that land and live without all the modern conveniences.”

Dr. Helm retired from Walters State in 2002. His last position was dean of the Greeneville/Greene County Center for Higher Education, which is now the Niswonger Campus.

The scholarship is an endowed scholarship, which means only interest will be used to fund scholarships. The endowment is accepting additional donations. To make a donation, contact Chris Cates, assistant vice president of college advancement, at or 423-585-2618.