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Global Scholars Taking Root at ChattState

One of the hallmarks of our new Global Scholars honors program is the commitment to serve high achieving first-generation college students.

The projected size for the first year fall cohort of our new Global Scholars program was 25. Interestingly, when word got out about Global Scholars, our initial class grew, and today we are 60 students strong!

The average High School GPA for the initial freshman cohort is 3.67 with an average ACT of 26, placing our Global Scholars in the top 20% nationally. Of recent high school graduates who took the ACT, only 17% achieved a composite score of 26 or higher.

This year’s students come from across the service region from Ridgeland, Georgia to Rowlett, Texas and from as far away as the Dominican Republic. Several of our Global Scholars are also in Collegiate High, which is one of our Hamilton County Department of Education High School partnerships comprising some of the most high-achieving students in the state. Approximately one third of our Global Scholars are from rural communities.

Majors run the gamut from Psychology/Forensics to Engineering to Sign Language/Interpretation.

With the opportunity to study abroad, our Global Scholars Program encourages students not only to explore the world, but to understand their place in it.

Global Scholars Faculty have developed, and are still developing, new honors courses that include opportunities for cross-pollination; working together to further advance the learning community model. This year, the academic schedule includes five honors courses, and the number will expand to 17 next year. Not only are our honors students learning together, so are our faculty!

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Dr. Robert Denn, Dean of Honors (left), ChattState student and Global Scholar Kelly Choice (2nd from right), and Global Scholar Advisor Juliette Biondi (far right), presented a thank you gift to Advisory Board member and Lamp Post Community Manager Rachel Hanson (2nd from left) for their early investment in the Global Scholars scholarship program.

The Chattanooga State Foundation awarded faculty funding to develop Global Scholars-designated honors courses. The Foundation also awarded students scholarships totaling $57,000 from our unrestricted annual funds, and Lamp Post provided sponsorship for our inaugural Global Scholars Book Scholarship program.

The Fund Development staff is actively seeking private funding to continue building the honors program, and just before Thanksgiving, we were notified of a charitable contribution of $45,000 to fund enrichment activities and further program development for the Global Scholars.

A local Advisory Board made up of community leaders and educators help provide counsel and community support for the program. The Global Scholars Advisory Board members are Alan Cates, Jo Coke, Marj Fleming, Bruce Stewart, Lillie Wills, Rachel Hanson and Jim Roxlo.

Advisory Board member Rachel Hanson had this to say:

“Lamp Post Group looks for innovative and educational programs to be a part of in the Chattanooga community, and we are proud to be a partner of the startup Global Scholars program at Chattanooga State.”

In keeping with the motto of Challenge Yourself, Change the World, we asked Global Scholars to share their aspirations to change the world. We combined their dreams into a poem we think you will enjoy reading here.

Learn more about our Global Scholars honors program here.

To contribute to our Global Scholars Program, give online here. Click “Donate” to go to our secure Paypal account and add “Global Scholars Fund” in the memo.



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