The Roan Program

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.

How To Apply For The Roan

Who’s Eligible?

Who’s Eligible?

Graduating seniors attending high school in select counties in northeast TN, southwest VA, and western NC, are eligible to be nominated.

Roan Eligibility

Who Can Be a Roan Scholar?

Who Can Be a Roan Scholar?

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.”

Roan Criteria

What’s the Process?

What’s the Process?

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.

Process Overview

What’s the Timeline?

What’s the Timeline?

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.

Key Dates

Information for Nominating Schools

Information for Nominating Schools

Details for Counselors and Administrators

Nominating Schools

"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."

Craig Mitcham - Class of 2013

“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.”

Brad Fisher, Class of 2016

“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. “

Chelsea Booher, Class of 2014

“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.”

Sierra Galloway, Class of 2015

“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.”

Millie Robinson, Class of 2017

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Roan News

Announcing the Roan Class of 2022

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Announcing the Roan Class of 2021

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Roan Spotlight

Sydney Emerson Ross

Class of 2020

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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.