Scholarship and Leadership Program
No region can have a bright future without strong leaders. The goal of our scholarship and leadership program is to identify and equip a talented network of young people for future service in Northeast Tennessee. Scholarships are currently offered in the following seventeen school districts: Bristol, Elizabethton, Greeneville, Johnson City, Kingsport, Carter County, Cocke County, Greene County, Hamblen County, Hancock County, Hawkins County, Jefferson County, Johnson County, Sevier County, Sullivan County, Unicoi County and Washington County. There are currently 17 Scholars and 50 Alumni.
Niswonger Scholars are chosen primarily for their leadership potential, commitment to personal excellence and to service in their home communities. The scholarship provides the opportunity to attend the college or university of the recipient’s choice.
The program is designed to provide educational and leadership development opportunities to enhance the lives of the Scholars and of their home communities. Through some of the best leadership training experiences available, it is hoped that the Scholars will reach their full potential while enriching the program through participation and the sharing of their talents. The goal is that at the end of their experience as a Niswonger Scholar, they will embody the values most important to the mission of the Foundation: exceptional leadership ability, exemplary personal character, and strong dedication to serving others.
The Niswonger Scholarship is designed to benefit both the recipient and the community in which he or she lives. Scholars are not limited to a particular college or area of study. They are required to participate in community building activities and leadership training. In exchange for each year of financial support, recipients pledge to return to their home communities for at least one year of service in the career of their choice. The hope is that by enabling these students to study their passions and by cultivating their leadership abilities, they will return to their homes to be leaders in their professions and an inspiration and catalyst for future change.
The Scholar Nomination Process
Scholarships are currently offered in the following city school districts in Tennessee: Bristol, Elizabethton, Greeneville, Johnson City, and Kingsport; and the following county school systems: Carter, Cocke, Greene, Hamblen, Hancock, Hawkins, Jefferson, Johnson, Sevier, Sullivan, Unicoi and Washington.