The Roan provides funding for four years of tuition and fees, room and board, and books and supplies. But the Roan is much more than just a scholarship; it also empowers Scholars through unique, out-of-the-classroom experiences that challenge, inspire, and encourage. Roan Scholars take it from there, committing to leadership excellence and lifelong impact.


outdoor leadership challenge

A week-long adventure that takes incoming first-year students through the Appalachian Mountains and ends with Roan orientation on campus. Why? There’s nothing like camping and hiking to make friends out of strangers and help each class of Scholars learn to work together and thrive outside their comfort zones.


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leadership in action

A series of events each semester for community leaders to share insights and experience with all Roan Scholars. Past event participants include representatives from Bristol Motor Speedway, Bell Helicopter, Eastman Chemical Company, and Holston Home for Children. Why? Hearing from other leaders, we believe, helps us emulate what leaders do well and learn from their past mistakes.

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summer of service

Scholars participate in a six-week, individually designed service internship. The internship is required for all Scholars the summer after their first year. Why? Scholars learn to lead through service.

Watch 2018 Roan Summer of Service videos





Scholars are invited to represent the Roan at regional and national leadership conferences. Scholars also take part in occasional Roan leadership learning experiences. Past trips have included New York City, San Francisco, Charlotte, Washington, D.C. and Charleston. Why? We believe leaders grow when exposed to new people, places and ideas.



Scholars meet regularly as a group to connect, share and learn from each other, including developing Class Legacy Projects together. They also meet in small group seminars, particularly during their first and second year, to tackle big issues like leadership development, character and citizenship. Why? Leaders are always learning and sharing. This is one way we expand learning beyond the classroom and share practical advice with Scholars.

Watch a video about the Roan Class of 2018 Legacy Project



Roan Scholars regularly meet with Roan staff to discuss challenges, areas for growth and opportunities. Staff also connect Scholars with Roan Alumni, community leaders, and other friends of the program. That’s lots of individualized support during a Scholar's academic career. Why? Customized to the Scholar, our goal is to develop and inspire leaders of excellence and impact.

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We encourage Roan Scholars to take advantage of the many study abroad opportunities ETSU offers and spend one full semester abroad during their undergraduate years. We also encourage Scholars to consider other experiences outside the region and around the world. Why? In today's world, leaders need a global perspective.