Cookenour, set to graduate from D-B Saturday, plans to major in computer
science. UTK announced the list of Cookenour and 14 other Haslam Scholars
Recently selected as an All-State tuba player by the East Tennessee
School Band and Orchestra Association, he served as principal tuba player in
both the Symphony of the Mountains Youth Orchestra and the Dobyns-Bennett Wind
He also marched in the D-B band and performed in concert band and
other groups. In addition, Cookenour was also a finalist in the 2012 UT
Pro2Serve FERMAT I Math Competition.
“I’m planning to march in the Pride (of
the Southland) next year,” Cookenour said Monday, adding that he may try out for
performance groups. “Band camp starts on my birthday, Aug. 9.” Classes start
about two weeks later.
He is the son of Mike and Jill Cookenour of
“We’re really, really happy for him,” Jill Cookenour said. “It’s a
big opportunity for him.”
Haslam Scholars, according to a Monday UTK news
release, are part of an intimate academic and leadership group mentored by top
faculty. Program benefits include a $1,500 laptop computer and a study-abroad
experience valued at $4,000, as well as up to $5,500 to support students' honors
thesis research and travel to present their work. In addition, each Haslam
Scholar will receive a scholarship package that totals $21,500.
certainly very blessed for all that,” Cookenour said.
The other 14 Haslam
Scholars are from across Tennessee except for one from Arkansas. No others were
from Northeast Tennessee this year except Cookenour.
Others in the class,
according to the news release from UTK, include musicians. a student who knows
five languages, those who have done community service work, including one who
organized a 5K run to benefit Cambodia.
UT’s premier four-year scholarship
program admits up to15 first-year students each year from the university-wide
Chancellor's Honors Program and supports them with the university's most
generous named scholarships.
“This year's class of Haslam Scholars, like
those who preceded them, are a high-powered group of scholar-leaders. Our
expectations for them as a group are as high as the scholars' expectations for
themselves individually,” said Bruce Wheeler, acting director of the
Chancellor's Honors and Haslam Scholars Programs. “They have been a joy to
recruit. We anticipate four years of achievement, innovation and excitement from
UT alumnus Timothy Hulsey, currently the founding dean of the
Honors College at Virginia Commonwealth University, has been named associate
provost and director of the Chancellor's Honors and Haslam Scholars Programs. He
will begin on July 1.
The Haslam Scholars selection process began with
nominations of high school seniors. From the nominees, 60 were selected and
offered interviews. Of those interviewed, 30 were invited to campus for an
interview weekend in early March.
Selection criteria included scholastic
achievement, leadership potential, special talents, maturity and seriousness of
The Haslam Scholars Program was created five years ago with $2.5
million from Jimmy and Dee Haslam. Jimmy Haslam is president and chief executive
officer of Pilot Flying J. Dee Haslam is CEO of RIVR Media.
Jim and Natalie
Haslam contributed an additional $2.5 million to support the program. Jim Haslam
is founder of Pilot Corp. For more information, go to http://haslamscholars.utk.edu.