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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. Their aim was to create a program that would attract the best and brightest scholars in Tennessee and others from around the country to receive their education at the University of Tennessee and become productive citizens of the state of Tennessee. Haslam Scholars enjoy the benefits of the university’s top level scholarships including an all-expenses paid study abroad experience.

Since that time, the program has become the University of Tennessee’s premier undergraduate academic enrichment program. The Haslam Scholars Program develops civically engaged scholars by promoting the pursuit of knowledge, scholarly research, and community leadership. The program also engages students with the opportunities that the State of Tennessee has for them, including prestigious internships, post-graduate programs, excellent research facilities, and opportunities for leadership in engineering, science, medicine, law, education, business, and the liberal arts.

Our Scholars

Each year, the HSP invites 15 exceptional high school students to join the next cohort of scholars. 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, the institution, and the State.

Our scholars are routinely recognized as Torchbearers (UT’s highest student honor), receive national scholarships and fellowships such as the Udall Scholarship, Fulbright Scholarship, and Critical Language Scholarship, complete international internships and studies abroad, and gain admission to competitive graduate and professional programs. Notably, two program alumni are Rhodes Scholars.

Program Highlights

  • Small cohort of high-achieving students
  • Flexible curriculum that allows each scholar to utilize their strengths
  • Funded international education experience
  • Internship opportunities across the state of Tennessee
  • Unique partnerships and internship opportunities across the state of Tennessee
  • Extensive faculty-mentored honors thesis research and independent research support

Our Curriculum

Scholars will engage in a series of seminars that allow them to explore their interests and develop their strengths. They will develop an electronic portfolio highlighting their work and experiences as an honors student. All students must maintain a minimum grade point average of 3.5 and make adequate progress on the honors curricular requirements each year. Upon graduation and completion of the program, Haslam Scholars earn an honors-designated diploma and are bestowed an honors medallion at a special Honors Commencement Ceremony held in May of each year. They also celebrate with a special Commencement Dinner with the Haslam Family and fellow Haslam Scholars.