The Niswonger Foundation was founded in 2001 to make a positive difference in education in Northeast Tennessee.
It was announced during Thursday’s BOE meeting that Volunteer High senior Hope Marie Adkins has been named a Niswonger Scholar and will receive a full scholarship.
Niswonger Scholars are chosen through a nomination process that seeks to identify the region’s best and brightest future leaders.
Board member Debbie Shedden, who introduced Adkins during Thursday’s meeting, noted that scholarship winners are given the opportunity to attend the college that will best prepare them for success in their field of study while participating in Niswonger’s four-year leadership program.
“What makes the program unique is that these students commit to returning to Northeast Tennessee within seven years to work in their chosen career for one year for each year they receive the scholarship,” Shedden said. “This way the students will hopefully return to their roots to serve.”
Adkins, who is the daughter of Jeffery and Tonya Adkins of Church Hill, is Hawkins County’s third Niswonger Scholar and is also Volunteer High School’s third Niswonger Scholar.
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