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Haslam Scholars Program

The Haslam Scholars Program was founded in 2008 with a generous gift from Jimmy and Dee Haslam and Jim and Natalie Haslam. Since that time, the program has flourished into a unique, in-depth academic enrichment program with goals to develop civically engaged scholars by promoting the pursuit of knowledge, research, and community leadership.

Components of the program include an exclusive curriculum, a collaborative study abroad experience, interdisciplinary seminars, and community service learning. Through personal involvement and mentorship from UT’s top faculty, each Haslam Scholar develops the knowledge and skills to pursue and explore an independent research agenda. Additionally, Haslam Scholars serve as high-profile undergraduate leaders on campus and in the community whose lofty academic ambitions match those of the program and the institution.


Our Mission

The mission of the Haslam Scholars Program is to foster intellectual curiosity and engage the moral sensibilities of scholars through curricular and co-curricular experiences.

Program Highlights

  • Admits up to fifteen first-year students annually.
  • 19 credit hour curriculum that significantly contributes to general education requirements in every undergraduate degree program.
  • General education seminars that provide orientation to key contemporary leadership challenges and which draw on UT’s recognized academic strengths in the humanities, natural sciences, and social sciences.
  • Common study abroad program to the University of Edinburgh in Scotland.
  • Service-learning in the Knoxville community.
  • Extensive faculty-mentored honors thesis research and independent research support.

Program Pillars

  • Integrity Haslam Scholars demonstrate integrity in their interactions with each other, staff, faculty, administration, and the broader community.
  • Diversity Haslam Scholars embrace inclusiveness, serving as models of equity.
  • Social Justice Haslam Scholars reflect a shared belief in equality and social justice for all members of society.
  • Social Responsibility Haslam Scholars acknowledge their obligation to others, their respective communities, and the global society.

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