Frequently Asked Questions


The nomination window for the Roan Class of 2024 is now open.
Completed nomination files must be submitted by October 16, 2019.

Have questions? You've come to the right place. 

+ How can I become a Roan Scholar?

First, you must be nominated during your senior year by your high school eligible school, or - if you are a homeschooled student - you need to contact us at Next, you will need to complete and submit an application, including getting letters of recommendation. For more information, check out our Selection Process. If selected for an initial interview, you will then have the opportunity to meet with members of our Regional Selection Committee and share what makes you a strong candidate for the Roan. And if you are selected as a finalist, you will be invited to spend a day on the ETSU campus with our Steering Committee, staff, and current Roan Scholars, to participate in a series of interviews and other activities. The Committee chooses the new class of Roan Scholars from among those finalists.

+ What are the primary benefits of being a Roan Scholar?

The Roan is more than "just" a scholarship; it is a leadership development program that offers four years of experiences that challenge, inspire, and empower Scholars to grow as leaders, and that connect them to Roan Alumni, other Scholars, and community leaders who share their own experiences and wisdom - and who may become role models and mentors.
The Roan also provides a financial award for tuition and fees, room and board, and books and supplies. The Roan is valued at approximately $100,000 over four years.

+ When can I apply? When is the deadline?

The application window typically opens in August, with an October deadline. This year, the window opened August 12, 2019, and closes October 16, 2019. Regional interviews take place in November. Finalist Day occurs in January, and the new class is typically announced in February. Check out our Selection Process for more information.

+ Can homeschoolers apply?

Yes - if you live in a county with eligible nominating high schools. Please contact for more information.

+ What is the time commitment?

Roan Scholars participate their first year in an outdoor leadership challenge and Roan orientation prior to starting fall semester classes. Scholars meet regularly during your first and second years, intern with a non-profit or service organization during the summer before sophomore year, and participate in a variety of other experiences throughout their four years at ETSU. Roan commitments do not, however prevent Scholars from becoming fully engaged on campus or in the community - or from excelling academically.

+ What is the financial award?

The Roan scholarship includes funding for four years of tuition and fees, room and board, and books and supplies - including the leadership development experiences, it is valued at approximately $100,000.

+ Does the Roan have summer requirements?

Incoming Roan Scholars participate in an outdoor leadership challenge just prior to the start of fall semester classes. Scholars serve with a non-profit or service organization for at least six weeks during the summer before their sophomore year. We expect and encourage Roan Scholars to spend their third and fourth summers pursuing competitive internships or other activities that enrich their leadership development, and we provide coaching and mentoring to help Scholars develop and achieve summer goals.

+ Can Roan Scholars study abroad?

Yes! ETSU offers a number of fall, spring, and summer study abroad programs and we strongly encourage Roan Scholars to take advantage of those opportunities. For full semester programs, the Roan will typically provide the same level of funding as it would if the student were studying on the ETSU campus. In today's world, leaders need a global perspective; living and studying, interning, or serving in another country for an extended period of time helps develop that perspective.

+ Is there a minimum ACT or GPA?

Roan nominees must meet the minimum requirements associated with the Tennessee Lottery Scholarship: a 21 ACT composite score or a 1060 SAT, or a 3.0 GPA. See Become a Roan Scholar for more information. Students selected as Roan Scholars in recent years have had composite ACT scores ranging from 21 to 35 and GPAs from 3.3 to 4.0+. Last year, nominees had an average GPA of 3.94 and an average composite ACT score of 26.9.

+ Is financial need considered?

Selection for the Roan Program is based on demonstrated and potential leadership excellence; financial need is not, by itself, considered.