HNFE has four scholarships (in development or being maintained) that honor the many accomplishments and contributions Chrissie Mughogo, Michael Houston, Forrest Thye, and Don Sebolt made to HNFE and their students, families, and communities. Read more about these giving opportunities below.


Chrissie Chawanje Mughogho International Education Scholarship


Chrissie Mughogho (Ph.D. ’98, Outstanding Senior Alumna ’13) was a strong advocate for the education of women and was the first woman in her Malawian village to graduate high school.

At the time of her death, she was working to establish career advising centers for young women.  Mughogo felt that education was the key to a life well lived, and she strived to help as many people as possible to become educated and achieve their dreams. She truly embodied “UT Prosim.”

Read more about her life in the Spring 2014 issue of Happenings.


Designate “HNFE – Chrissie Mughogho Scholarship” on the giving website.


Chrissie Mughogho
Chrissie with her mum in their home village in Malawi.

Michael Houston Memorial Scholarship


Michael Houston, who passed away in 2008, was a professor and the department head of HNFE.

During his career, he introduced kinesiology and human nutrition to thousands of undergraduate and graduate students.

His scholarship supports a GTA who demonstrates a passion for teaching and an excitement for learning.


Designate “HNFE – Michael Houston Memorial Scholarship” on the giving website.



Don Sebolt Fitness / Wellness Research Award


Don Sebolt, who passed away in 1998, helped shape the university's curriculum and research in health and physical education and exercise science.

His research measured the effects of physical activity and the relation of muscle function to physical fitness and sports performance.

The award in his honor supports student travel to a scientific conference to present research on the health aspects of physical fitness.


Designate “HNFE - Sebolt Fitness/Wellness Award” on the giving website.


Don Sebolt

Forrest Thye Scholarship


Forrest Thye was a devoted teacher to both undergraduate and graduate students for over 36 years. 

He was very passionate about teaching metabolic nutrition, a challenging course where many students were more proud of a "C" in his class than an "A" earned elsewhere.

He also cared deeply about major social issues such as such as childhood obesity, greenhouse gases, and physical inactivity and the American diet.

Dr. Thye made significant contributions in mineral metabolism research, and he had advanced understanding of plasma lipid and lipoprotein response to exercise and dietary components.


Designate “HNFE - Forrest Thye Scholarship” on the giving website.


Forrest Thye