Columbus High School
Supply Chain Management and Language
The summer after my sophomore year, volunteering as a research assistant to a German scientist at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute on Barro Colorado Island, Panama redirected my goals in life towards working to learn more about the world outside of the United States and how I could equip myself to solve problems on a global scale. Eventually, this led to working with the indigenous Ch’orti Mayan community in Guatemala while producing a documentary on the cycle of poverty. This has been an integral part of my life in addition to my high school activities such as my role as a varsity lacrosse captain, public speaker at school recruiting events, and Vice President of the Georgia chapter of National Beta Club. At the University of Tennessee, I hope to continue my language studies and obtain a Business degree in supply chain management. As a Haslam Scholar, I would like to study policy and continue to work to combat the effects of poverty, and study abroad as much as possible. I also want to become fluent in French and Portuguese in addition to Spanish and English. One day, I want to work for the UN or establish an organization that effectively addresses the issues of extreme poverty.
Tullahoma High School
Biomedical Engineering and Pre-Med
I am a professional musician who has won state and national championships on the fiddle and mandolin, performed over 400 concerts in more than ten different states with my family band, and released four CDs. Academically speaking, I am very eager to study engineering and medicine. More specifically, I desire to develop implantable surgical robotics that change the way we currently view the necessity of surgery, and I plan on implementing these developments as a surgeon. I am particularly passionate about using my own musical and academic blessings to serve others in the same way that I have been served in the past. In this desire, my family started a program, of which I am now the coordinator and teacher, which offers disadvantaged middle school students the opportunity to grow through learning how to play guitar at no cost to them. Looking past music, academics, and service, my identity is found solely in Jesus Christ. This fundamental definition of my life compels me to love everyone, serve the poor, and use what I am blessed with to the fullest extent possible in all aspects of my life.
Oak Ridge High School
Oak Ridge, TN
I have been blessed to be a part of a wonderful family with parents that support me in each and every adventure of my life, as well as three sisters who challenge and encourage me to live up to my full potential. I have always had a passion for solving problems, as I grew up tinkering with lawn mower engines and creating innovative ways to design engines out of spare plumbing and hardware parts. Through engagement in summer research programs, science fairs, and engineering-oriented clubs and competitions, I have nourished a keen love for engineering and the world of how things work. Inspired by one of mankind’s greatest stories of ingenuity, perseverance, and courage, I discovered my vocation as an aerospace engineer as I reproduced the Wright Brothers’ flight enabling wind tunnel experiments. Whether the future will find me engineering the next space module to take man to Mars, revolutionizing air travel, or designing geosynchronous satellites to broadcast a library of knowledge, I look forward to the adventure that awaits me in my career as an aerospace engineer. Although my fascination with flight has driven my desire to become an aerospace engineer, my life has been shaped the most by my identity as a Catholic. In every aspect of my life, from the baseball field to the classroom, my Catholic faith has been my foundation and source of strength. My involvement as a leader of Conquest, a program developed to engage middle school boys in their faith through community service, has given me the opportunity to live out my faith and exposed me to a higher call to serve others.
Business and Biology
My name is Julia Scott, and I am so excited to be a finalist for the Haslam Scholars Program. I have been homeschooled my entire life which has given me lots of time for the things I love: reading, sports, piano, volunteering, and relationships. I mentor a group of younger students throughout the year that I met coaching summer swim team. This experience has persuaded me that I would enjoy being a college professor, although I am currently undecided on a major. I am the Co-Captain of my varsity basketball team, and after being a swimmer for many years, I have loved playing a team sport where I can be an encourager on and off the court. I am interested in fitness and nutrition, and love to cook. My newest hobby is public speaking, something I have always been interested in, but never gotten to really pursue. I like to say that I am solar powered; I spend every day I can outside in the sunshine. My greatest strength is building community with the people around me. I am a natural leader and influential, but not bossy. I have a heart for service and volunteering, especially with underprivileged and needy people in my community. This heart has come from serving first in my church, then in a special needs student program, and then additionally using my Spanish in the Hispanic community. I cannot wait to go to college and open a whole new world of knowledge, people, experiences, and service opportunities. I am hopeful that should I come to UT, this school will broaden my local and global mindset, give me a community of diverse, motivated students, and help me achieve as a leader as well as a servant in our community.
Germantown High School
Neuroscience, Pre-Medicine, and Spanish
I was born in India in 1997, moved to New Orleans, LA at the age of three, and have been living in Memphis, TN for the past fourteen years or so. I am a neat freak, a perfectionist, and an advisor to all. Of course, my resume can paint a somewhat accurate picture of my weekend affairs and extracurricular involvement. I do have some hobbies that are, in fact, not listed anywhere on my application. First of all, I love music. If I am at home, there’s a ninety five percent chance I’m listening to music. I play electric guitar and flute, and I’ve grown up in a family that loves to sing. Music is an incredibly powerful tool, and I will always treasure it dearly. Visual arts, a more abstract form of expression, is my way of relaxing and distancing myself from the chaos of the world. I spend a great deal of time reading psychology and neuroscience articles, watching TedTalks, and observing social interactions around me. It’s incredibly difficult for me to resist Crime and Mystery- whether it be a riveting Agatha Christie novel or a new episode of Castle. I’m currently in IB Spanish V HL and plan on pursuing a major in Spanish in conjunction with a Pre-Medical Concentration and/or Neuroscience. I cannot wait to begin my college expedition, and I sincerely hope it is at UTK.
Summit High School
Spring Hill, TN
Reflecting my affinities for cultural relations in our global community as well as addressing humanitarian issues and inequalities, I have been involved and held leadership positions in Spanish Club, French Club, Model UN, Youth in Government, Gay-Straight Alliance, and Habitat for Humanity. I am an avid language learner, earning gold, silver, and bronze medals in multiple National Spanish and French Exams. Academically, I strive for excellence, earning high grades, inclusion into the National Honor Society, and numerous Outstanding Student awards, as well as being named an AP Scholar with Distinction. Ultimately, I plan to apply my strong work ethic, language skills, travel experiences, and cultural connections to advocate for human rights and spread a message of equality and peace around the globe in several languages.