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Message from the Associate Director

When Jim and Natalie Haslam and Jimmy and Dee Haslam endowed The Haslam Scholars Program in 2007, their goal was to attract the best and brightest students to The University of Tennessee. They envisioned a program that was of national prominence and nationally competitive for undergraduate students who exhibited academic excellence, exceptional leadership potential, and a strong commitment to their communities.

We modeled the Haslam Scholars Program after nationally recognized scholars programs and framed it within The University of Tennessee’s distinctive academic strengths, including several nationally ranked colleges and internationally renowned institutes. Through our cohort experience, scholars learn with and from each other and are supported by the University’s most generous scholarship awards.

The program cultivates outstanding scholars and promotes lifelong learning and inquiry through our interdisciplinary curriculum. As a scholars program at a flagship, land-grant university, we are committed to helping scholars achieve their full scholarly potential as they serve the community in meaningful ways and make positive differences at UT, the surrounding community, and the world.

Our guiding principles include integrity, diversity, social justice and social responsibility. These pillars guide our interactions with each other, members of the community, and our world. Within the context of our guiding principles, we seek to foster intellectual curiosity and engage the moral sensibilities of scholars through curricular and co-curricular experiences. We count among our achievements numerous torchbearer awards, the highest student award at the University for academic excellence and service to the University. In addition, Haslam Scholars have earned national and international recognition as Critical Language Scholars, Gilman Scholars, Fulbright recipients, Mitchell, Whitaker, Goldwater, Truman, Udall, and Rhodes Scholars. These awards are a testament to the strength of our program and our scholarly community.

I hope you find the information on our website helpful as you begin the application process.  Please feel free to contact me or members of our staff if you have any questions.

All my best,

Dr. Sylvia D. Turner, Associate Director