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Inaugural class of Presidential Honors Community Service Scholars
Presidential Honors Community Service Scholars

JOHNSON CITY (Oct. 11, 2017) – The Honors College at East Tennessee State University welcomes its inaugural class of 16 Presidential Honors Community Service Scholars.

The new cohort-based scholarship program provides an opportunity for high-achieving students with a passion for community service to develop as active citizens, scholars and leaders.

“This program fits with the strategic vision of the university to emphasize community service and engagement and it made sense for us as an Honors College,” said Daniel Hedden, director of the Presidential Honors Community Service Scholars and curriculum coordinator for the Honors College. “We have several unique programs and our students already engage in a lot of community service, but we didn’t have anything specifically focused on it. Civic engagement is certainly important enough to base an honors program on.”

The Presidential Honors Community Service Scholarship is awarded to a limited number of incoming freshmen meeting academic and residency requirements. The $6,000 scholarship is awarded per academic year and is renewable for eight semesters. Scholars are required to enroll in a rigorous 18-hour honors curriculum with added service learning components and must perform a minimum of 40 hours of community service each semester, which will culminate in a capstone service project.  

“My hope is that the students will progress from exploring things in their first year to taking on more leadership roles by the time they leave here,” Hedden said. “This is more than isolated incidents of service. It is four years of concentrated service that provides them with a portfolio of service at the end of four years.”

For more information about the Presidential Honors Community Service Scholars, visit

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