The Haslam Leadership Scholars (HALS) at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, was founded in 2008 with a generous gift from Jimmy and Dee Haslam and Jim and Natalie Haslam. The mission of Haslam Leadership Scholars is to attract, cultivate, and retain future leaders of Tennessee, we will develop transformational learning experiences that help each Haslam Leadership Scholar understand and build their academic and leadership potential.
Haslam Leadership Scholars is an intimate, four-year cohort-based enrichment program that honors the legacy of the Haslam family in developing community-minded and intellectually-gifted young leaders through a series of transformational learning experiences. Scholars benefit from an exclusive academic curriculum focused on leadership and personal development, a cohort study abroad experience, and Tennessee internship experience.
Haslam Leadership Scholars benefit from generous scholarships, including tuition, fees, and room & board. Scholars receive a paid internship and education abroad experience. Ideally, graduates of the Haslam Leadership Scholars will be well-prepared to change the world, not just change with it.
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, three program alumni are Rhodes Scholars.
Upon graduation and completion of the program, Haslam Leadership Scholars earn an honors-designated certificate. They are bestowed an honors medallion at a special Honors Ceremony held in May of each year. They also celebrate with a special commencement dinner with the Haslam family and fellow Haslam Scholars.Meet the Current Haslam Leadership Scholars
All students who apply to the Haslam Leadership Scholars with the qualifying academic criteria will be considered, and the program will prioritize and specifically state a preference for:
- Tennessee residents, we seek a geographically diverse cohort with representation from across Tennessee.
- Students who demonstrate knowledge of and prior experience in the program’s core values of leadership, service-learning, and civic engagement
- Students with different perspectives, experiences, and racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic backgrounds
- Students in the following Colleges, Schools, or majors:
- Haslam College of Business
- Tickle College of Engineering
- Herbert College of Agriculture
- Baker School of Public Policy
- Retail, Hospitality, Tourism Management