In addition to a rigorous academic curriculum, Haslam Scholars are also expected to fulfill co-curricular engagements each semester through community service and program lectures. Scholars’ service to the local Knoxville community and their participation in faculty-led lectures fosters their development as civically-engaged and globally conscious contributors to society.
Two pillars of the Haslam Scholars Program are social justice and social responsibility. Scholars fulfill these goals of the program through community engagement projects.
Currently, Haslam Scholars are working with students at Pond Gap Elementary School and Inskip Elementary School in Knoxville. Both Pond Gap and Inskip Elementary are university-assisted community schools that serve students and the community after school, on weekends, and in the summer. Haslam scholars are engaging with students in many projects offered by Pond Gap in the afternoons, and have also created several programs to further serve the needs and interests of Pond Gap and Inskip students. Through the work of Haslam Scholars, Pond Gap students now have access to a French Club, Robotics Club, and science education through the Science Saturdays program. Haslam Scholars have also worked to develop Science Saturday programming and a Lego League at Inskip.
Haslam Scholars are required to perform 15 hours of service each semester in local Knoxville Community Schools, Pond Gap Elementary and Inskip Elementary.
Haslam Scholars are required to attend, at least, 7 program-sponsored lectures each semester. The program provides lecture opportunities through two series, the Friday Faculty Lectures and the Global Awareness Lectures. Program lectures provide Haslam Scholars with opportunities to engage with leading university faculty and engage in learning outside of the academic classroom.