The Torchbearer is the highest student honor conferred by the University of Tennessee. Torchbearers are seniors who have served their alma mater with overall excellence. The Torchbearer is awarded for academic achievement and outstanding commitment to others as demonstrated by the student’s various activities and significant contributions to the university and the community. Students chosen for this award embody the Volunteer spirit, displaying initiative and service in the best interests of both the university and their fellow students. Recognition as a Torchbearer reminds all students that those who bear the torch of enlightenment shadow themselves to give light to others.
Nominees must meet the following requirements:
- A minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.75
- Graduation in summer or fall 2020 or anticipated graduation in spring 2021
The Torchbearer Selection Committee relies heavily on the information in the nomination packet. Information provided in the nomination should be accurate and complete prior to submission. Self-nominations are permitted. It is strongly encouraged that the nominator request the nominee to do the following:
- Provide a detailed description of participation and leadership in all activities (freshman through senior year) that addresses each of the categories listed in the nomination packet
- Contact their choice of individuals for two letters of reference
- Provide a current individual photograph for publication purposes (no snapshots—photos will not be shared or used in award deliberations)