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1794 Scholars Program

The 1794 Scholars Program is a two-year honors enrichment program is founded on the Volunteer spirit—pushing students to get involved and collaborate in unexpected ways.

Our Scholars

1794 Scholars welcomes approximately 400 students each year. The 1794 scholars love to work, not just see results, so we show the process to contribute to the campus and community from day one. In 1794, every day is a chance to positively collide with something or someone new. These scholars are dedicated to both academic excellence and active participation in the UT and Knoxville community. Because 1794 Scholars is completely customizable, our students explore a broad range of interests through the four pillars of the program.

Our Curriculum

1794 Scholars partners with different units on campus to offer our students a wide range of opportunities. Students begin their experience in the program with a one-hour seminar that introduces them to the university through the faculty member’s topic of choice. This course allows students to foster a connection with UT faculty and fellow 1794 students. Additionally, each semester, students participate in at least one activity based on each of the program’s pillars:

  • Academic Engagement: activities such as taking honors courses and attending a group of honors curiosity lectures
  • Global and Cultural Awareness: activities such as participation in study abroad, international or intercultural service or research, and attending a group of honors cultural events or workshops
  • Campus Involvement: activities such as participation in a campus organization or research lab
  • Volunteer Spirit: activities such as community service

All students are required to maintain a minimum 3.0 grade point average and make adequate progress on their 1794 pillars each semester. Students will develop an electronic portfolio highlighting their work and experiences as an honors student. Upon successful completion of 1794, students earn a certificate along with a citation on their transcripts.

Scholars interested in matriculating to the Chancellor’s Honors Program upon completion of 1794 are invited to join the CHP Pathway.


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