ETSU’s premier merit scholarship program, the Roan was founded in 1997, by Mr. Louis H. Gump to attract, retain, and develop the region’s best leadership talent. The first class of Roan Scholars entered in fall 2000.
This innovative Program draws its inspiration from Roan Mountain – the highest peak in the area, a motivational sight, and a symbol of the character, strength, and idealism of the region’s people.
Outstanding student-leaders from throughout the region are nominated by their high school and selected by the Roan Steering Committee based on their demonstrated excellence in four areas: Character, Leadership, Intellectual Curiosity, Physical Vigor; as well as their overall leadership potential.
Graduating seniors attending high school in select counties in northeast TN, southwest VA, and western NC, are eligible to be nominated.
A leader of outstanding character. Someone who will leave big shoes to fill after graduation. Someone respected and admired by those around them; who’s made a significant positive impact on their school and the community.”
Future Roan Scholars are nominated by their high school during the fall of their senior year, and selected after a file review and highly competitive series of interviews.
The nomination window opens each year in early August, with a deadline in October. Nominees participate in regional interviews during November; select students are invited to campus for Finalist Day in January.
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"To put my experience into one word, I would choose ‘incredible.’ Coming into
ETSU, I knew I had basic concepts of leadership, but had never had them tested.
Through the Roan Program, I have had a chance to be molded and shaped
into a better leader . . . I am so grateful for my time here."
“The past year has been an amazing journey . . . I’ve learned leadership
is all about a lot of things. Leadership is a life-long process of learning, doing,
reflecting, and repeating – in all areas of life. It’s a lifestyle, and one I’m
thankful for being able to develop through the Roan.”
“I felt challenged by the Roan to look at different possibilities, look at other avenues
to gain experience, look at other programs and organizations that I can learn from. “
“Everything you choose to do should be done with everything you have.
Before this year I wanted to take every opportunity and make it my own.
Now, I am honored to make a few opportunities remarkable, and leave the
rest to my peers and other leaders, to make remarkable in their own way.”
“As I reflect back on this year and look into the next, I see how the
Roan Program has shaped me into the person I am now, and
how it is pushing me to become the person I want to be.”
Class of 2019
Unaka High SchoolThe son of Kelly and Betsy Oliver of Elizabethton, Joe was vice president of his senior class at Unaka High School, as well as captain of the school’s football team. Also a member of Key Club and the ...
The Roan Program provides opportunities and experiences that truly change lives, inspiring and equipping our Scholars for sustained leadership excellence and significant impact – throughout the region and around the globe. Your support of the Roan helps heighten that impact.
Your investment in students with tremendous leadership potential helps us develop that potential into reality, so that they can best give back to ETSU, their community, and the world. Investment with impact: your gift to the Roan.