Houston High student Juli Anna Stanford chosen for prestigious Haslam Scholars Program

Each year, fifteen Tennessee students are offered the prestigious Haslam Scholars Program.  Houston High School is honored that student Juli Anna Stanford has been selected for 2018 cohort. Since the Haslam Scholars Program was founded in 2008, the program has flourished into a unique, in-depth academic enrichment program with goals to develop civically engaged scholars by promoting the pursuit of knowledge, research, and community leadership.  Components of the program include an exclusive curriculum, a collaborative study abroad experience, interdisciplinary seminars, and community service learning. Through personal involvement and mentorship from UT’s top faculty, each Haslam Scholar develops the knowledge and skills to pursue and explore an independent research agenda. Additionally, Haslam Scholars serve as high-profile undergraduate leaders on campus and in the community whose lofty academic ambitions match those of the program and the institution.  Returning from a weekend the school hosted for the thirty finalists, Juli Anna said, “It was a great weekend getting to know all of the scholars”.  The weekend included interviews and evaluation said Stanford, who was thrilled to have gotten a phone call from the Haslam program on Sunday afternoon offering her the scholarship. Stanford was selected as one of fifteen out of an applicant pool of four hundred and fifty other students.

Part of the reason she was chosen, she believes, had to do with her service-rich past.  The Haslam program includes a service-learning element, for which she intends to create a dance program where she can impart her knowledge of the art form on children in Knoxville. Having helped previously in the dance and theatre programs at GMSD schools Farmington and Riverdale, she is certainly more than equipped to do so.

The program will also grant Stanford a study abroad opportunity to Scotland, individualized research alongside a university professor, an individualized academic experience, and complete tuition, room, and board at the University of Tennessee Knoxville.  Though this program, Juli Anna hopes to start on a global studies/political science track, potentially applying to law school post-graduation.

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