Two students from Ooltewah High School, one from Girls Preparatory School, and one from McCallie School are among thirty University of Tennessee Haslam Scholar Finalists.

Ben Cruz and Braden Lupe of Ooltewah, Ayushi Sinha of GPS and Tanai Patri of McCallie are the only finalists from the Chattanooga area.

You can see photos and read the bios of each finalist by clicking here.

The Haslam Scholars Program was founded in 2008 by Jimmy and Dee Haslam and Jim and Natalie Haslam. The program includes access to top UT faculty, an exclusive curriculum, a collaborative study abroad experience, extracurricular experiences, interdisciplinary seminars, and community service learning. Haslam Scholars serve as high-profile undergraduate leaders whose lofty academic ambitions match those of the program and the institution.

According to the program's website, fifteen Haslam scholars are chosen annually:

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

Program Highlights

  • Admits fifteen first-year students annually.
  • Twenty-eight 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.
  • All-expense paid 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, administration, and the broader community.
  • Diversity Haslam Scholars embrace inclusiveness, serving as models of equity and fairness.
  • Social Justice Haslam Scholars reflect a shared belief in equality and opportunity for all members of society and are committed to social justice for everyone.
  • Social Responsibility Haslam Scholars acknowledge their obligation to others, their respective communities, and the global society.