Fifteen incoming freshmen at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, including one from Franklin, are the newest members of the Haslam Scholars Program, UT’s most prestigious undergraduate academic scholars program.
The program was founded in 2008 with a generous gift from Jimmy and Dee Haslam and Jim and Natalie Haslam.
Thirteen of the 15 scholars in this year’s cohort are from Tennessee, including Franklin native Ryan Beatty, an Independence High School graduate. The scholars will receive scholarships to cover tuition, fees and room and board, stipends to pursue additional experiential learning opportunities and a fully funded study abroad program.
The Haslam Scholars program is one of four university-wide, interdisciplinary honors programs for UT’s highest-achieving students, housed in the Division of Student Success. Since its inauguration, the program has produced three Rhodes Scholars, recipients of other prestigious awards such as the Fulbright, Goldwater and Gates Cambridge Scholarships, and graduates who have gone on to attend top graduate schools and hold high-profile positions in the private, public and nonprofit sectors.
“This year’s cohort is made up of a diverse and driven group of scholars who have already shown exceptional leadership and academic excellence,” Provost and Senior Vice Chancellor David Manderscheid said. “Haslam Scholars carry on a brilliant legacy of civic engagement and servant leadership, and I’m excited to see this group thrive at UT and beyond.”
Beatty plans to double major in political science and Hispanic studies. She has participated in Model UN and Youth in Government courts, fueling an interest in law.
She serves as an ESL teacher to immigrants and is president of the United Way of Williamson County’s Youth Advisory Council. She is also a music and film enthusiast who has been playing guitar and songwriting for six years and making short films, music videos and documentaries for three.