EHS senior selected as 2003 Roan Scholar

By Julie Fann

An Elizabethton High School senior has been selected as one of four East Tennessee State University Roan Scholars for 2003.
   Keely Roselyn Richardson, daughter of Rick and Lynn Richardson, was chosen to receive the full tuition scholarship named after Roan Mountain and begun by Louis H. Gump in 1999.
   "It's going to be a load off my shoulders. It takes care of so much, and it's going to be nice to have a bunch of help there that I can lean on," Richardson said.
   The scholarship includes full funding for tuition, room, and board, as well as a textbook allowance. Winners also receive a Dell laptop computer and printer.
   High school counselors and teachers select Roan Scholar nominees on the basis of grade point average, SAT and ACT scores, and the level of leadership they demonstrate in high school. After an individual interview, finalists are also interviewed by a regional board.
   Keely has been very active in student government and other activities. She currently sits on the executive board of the Student Council, is captain of the Varsity Cheerleading Squad, is an All-Star Cheerleader, and is a member of the Women's ensemble. She has served as a volunteer for Samaritan's Purse and was a delegate this year to the American Legion's Volunteer Girls State.
   Keely plans to pursue a career in business.
   The Roan scholarship is renewable on a yearly basis, provided scholars remain interested and maintain a 2.5 grade point average (GPA) up to 30 credit hours and a 2.9 GPA beyond those hours.
   The program is designed for students who exhibit strong leadership skills in high school. Roan Scholars participate in a Leadership Curriculum during their four years as a college student. During the summer prior to their freshman year, scholars attend a physical enrichment experience which focuses on teambuilding skills.
   Three current ETSU students who are Roan Scholars are also Carter County natives. Heather Jones, Elizabethton High School graduate from the class of 2000 is now a junior at ETSU. Addie Estepp, Hampton High School graduate of the class of 2000 is also a college junior, and Allen Barnett, Cloudland High School class of 2001 is currently a college sophomore.
   The first class of graduating Roan Scholars is scheduled to commence in May.