Selection Process


Each fall, outstanding student leaders from throughout the region compete to be the next class of Roan Scholars.

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


the process

  • Nominations: Nominations are accepted from eligible high schools beginning in August. Eligible homeschooled students contact the Roan office to begin the process. This year’s nomination window opened on August 12, 2019. Counselors at eligible high schools should have received an email with additional details and providing access to the online portal. Interested homeschooled students who live in an eligible nominating county should contact us at to get started.

  • Applications: Nominated students and homeschooled students are invited to complete the student application. High school officials and individuals identified to serve as a reference also complete and submit supporting materials. This year’s deadline is October 16, 2019.

  • Regional Selection: Our Regional Selection Committee reviews files, interviews students and provides feedback to Roan staff. Interviews are typically held in mid-November. A select number of students are chosen as finalists.

  • Finalist Day: Finalists are invited to the ETSU campus in early January. They meet and spend time with their fellow nominees, learn more about ETSU and the Roan, and participate in a series of interviews with the Roan Steering Committee.

  • Selection: Our Steering Committee selects the next Roan class.

  • Announcement: Once confirmed, ETSU announces the new Roan class - typically in early February.