Leadership Initiative

Roan Scholars Leadership Program

Our Need - $9,900,000

Founded in 1997, the prestigious Roan Scholars Leadership Program selects students on a competitive basis for a four-year, full-scholarship program. The Roan Scholars Program chooses students annually from regional high schools to enter ETSU and participate in community service activities, leadership studies, mentoring programs, and international learning. The program seeks to retain our region's most promising young leaders through the challenging Roan curriculum and experience at ETSU so that they will be prepared to guide the future of the Tri-Cities Tennessee/Virginia.

Specific needs for elements within the Roan Scholars Program:

$7,000,000 - Ensures future expansion of the program for scholars outside the current selection area  

1,000,000 - To increase our current number of scholars to 2

1,000,000 - Funding for the summer enrichment program      

500,000 - Matching funds as the catalyst for additional giving      

400,000 - To increase our current endowment to allow for increased tuition and fees

ETSU Foundation Honors Program

- Establishment of an Honors College

Our Need - $6,900,000

The ETSU Foundation Honors Program provides students who demonstrate high academic achievement and promise the opportunity to experience a challenging interdisciplinary curriculum at ETSU with outstanding faculty. Our vision is to fund a named ETSU Honors College (suggested gift of $6 million for naming the Honors College) to establish our Honors Program as a stand-alone academic unit, dedicated to attracting and educating these student-scholars. Many of our Honors students hold key leadership positions in the Student Government Association, the Greek system, our residence halls, and other student activities.

Specific needs for elements within the Honors Program:

$2,000,000 - For the establishment of the University Honors Forum

1,500,000 - To offer 12 new full Honors Scholarships

1,250,000 - To provide for 20 Honors Expedition Travel Experience Scholarships    

1,000,000 - To fund the University Honors Lectureship

500,000 - For an endowment to aid in recruiting Honors students

400,000 - For an endowment to fund book scholarships

250,000 - For an endowment to fund cultural opportunities

ETSU Leadership House

Our Need - $2,500,000

Founded in 2000, the ETSU Leadership House allows students to develop leadership skills in a close-knit community environment, based on the Robert Greenleaf Servant Leadership model. Scholarship support is needed to support additional student housing costs beyond the realm of state-assisted funding to aid students in this growing endeavor on our campus, one of only three servant/leader-based living-learning communities in the nation.

ETSU Residence Life Scholarships and Leadership Opportunity Program

Our Need - $1,500,000

Our Residence Hall Life Program is essential in our student retention efforts. We propose to establish a Residence Life Scholarships and Leadership Opportunity Program to provide a "students helping students" relationship in our residence halls.  This program is designed to inspire our first-year and returning students to achieve academic success, make social connections within the university community, and prepare for leadership positions. This new initiative, funded with private support, will also provide scholarships and a mediation program to teach leadership skills as well as conflict resolution in a constructive, effective way.

Forum for Leadership and Citizenship

Our Need - $4,000,000

The Forum for Leadership and Citizenship will provide scholarships in service-learning and a lecture series for nationally prominent speakers to address important leadership issues of our time.  Opportunities for immersion courses with the Cherokee Nation and -- through the Rocky Mountain Experience -- funding for a summer high school youth leadership camp are planned.  Support for a Leadership Library is among other possibilities enabled with this fund.

Center for Entrepreneurial Studies

Our Need - $2,500,000

ETSU has been a catalyst in the decade-long effort to use the former Armory property along Market Street in Johnson City as a critical building block for the Regional Med-Tech Corridor. As significant progress has been made at ETSU to develop this property in partnership with others, we envision the Center for Entrepreneurial Studies to be located there as a shared initiative among the ETSU College of Business, the James H. Quillen College of Medicine, and the College of Applied Science and Technology. Here, we will kindle the spirit of entrepreneurship and grow the businesses and job opportunities of tomorrow.

ETSU Web-based E-Portfolio and Database

Our Need - $1,500,000

Placement of our graduates in employment opportunities has always been a hallmark of ETSU. As a part of the ETSU LEADERSHIP INITIATIVE, we propose the development of a web-based e-portfolio and resume database to help our students and alumni with job placement. This e-portfolio would provide employers a cost-effective way to review much more information about our student and alumni prospective employees than the traditional resume and interview method currently permits.

Leadership Opportunities Across the University

Our Need - $ Variable

Finally, across the entire academic spectrum of the university, we need to encourage the development of endowments and funding in the ETSU Foundation for leadership lectureships, professorships, and other efforts so that leadership becomes a cornerstone in all departments, course offerings, and activities.



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