Milligan introduces new Honors Program and full-tuition scholarships

The Milligan Honors Program MILLIGAN COLLEGE, TN (May 12, 2014) – The new Milligan Honors Program was announced today, along with two full-tuition academic scholarships named in memory of Milligan’s 14th president, Donald R. Jeanes.

The Milligan Honors Program will provide an advanced opportunity for high-achieving students from all major fields to deepen their intellectual scholarship, leadership and service. It is designed to build a foundation for personal and professional growth and also is excellent preparation to gain entrance into the nation’s top graduate programs.

“Milligan has a local and national reputation for academic excellence,” said Milligan President Dr. Bill Greer. “The Milligan Honors Program builds upon that established commitment to scholarship by providing our high-achieving students with additional opportunities to explore their true potential and to enhance their experience at Milligan.”

The Milligan Honors Program complements and builds on Milligan’s liberal arts curriculum. Scholars take common honors courses together and delve further into their major courses. Discussion courses include special lectures, field trips, and conferences that enhance and deepen the liberal arts academic experience. Scholars work closely with faculty on additional scholarship, research, creativity, productivity or performance work in their selected major field.

In addition, honors students are required to complete two of the following capstone experiences: an honors thesis, a service practicum, a research experience for undergraduates or a semester abroad. Other community-building activities, including the Honors Roundtable, provide supportive opportunities for students to connect and share with faculty and fellow scholars.

The Jeanes Scholarships will provide two full-tuition academic scholarships to the most promising freshman candidates each year to participate in the program. Other program participants are eligible for academic merit scholarships, ranging from $10,000 to $15,000. Milligan also provides need-based aid and accepts all state and federal aid, including the Tennessee HOPE Scholarship.

The program will begin in Fall 2015 and accept 10 to 15 scholars per year. Dr. Michael Blouin, assistant professor of English and humanities, and Dr. Amy Edmonds, assistant professor of political science, will serve as co-directors of the Milligan Honors Program.

Admission to the Milligan Honors Program is selective and requires a high school GPA of 3.5 or higher and at least a 29 on the ACT or 1300 on the re-centered SAT.

To apply, students should complete the Milligan College Application for Admission by Nov. 15 and check the box indicating interest in the Milligan Honors Program. Those academically eligible will receive a letter of invitation and Milligan Honors Program application. Those accepted before Nov. 15 may also be invited to interview for one of the Jeanes Honors Scholarships.

To find out more about the Milligan Honors Program, call 800.262.8337 or visit milligan.edu/honors.

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MILLIGAN COLLEGE is a Christian liberal arts college in Northeast Tennessee whose vision is to change lives and shape culture through a commitment to servant leadership. The college offers more than 100 majors, minors, pre-professional degrees and concentrations in a variety of fields, along with graduate and adult degree completion programs.  To learn more about Milligan College, visit www.milligan.edu or call 800-447-5922.

Posted: May 12, 2014