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2019 Torchbearer Nomination and Letter of Recommendation

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 student. Recognition as a Torchbearer reminds all students that those who bear the torch of enlightenment shadow themselves to give light to others.

Torchbearer Requirements

In order to be considered for the Torchbearer, the nominee must meet the following requirements:

  1. A minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.75
  2. Graduation in  summer or fall 2018 or anticipated graduation in spring 2019

Nomination Checklist

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:

  1. Provide a detailed description of participation and leadership in all activities (first year to senior year) that address each of the categories: Student Governing Bodies; Publications; University, College, and Departmental Committees, Academic Activities, Organizations, and Honors General Campus Activity; College and Academic Department/Special Interest Organizations; Service Organizations; Off-Campus Service Activities
  2. Provide two letters of reference from individuals of the nominee’s choice
  3. Provide a current individual, high-resolution photograph for publication purposes (no snapshots—photos will not be shared or used in award deliberations

Nomination Information

Please complete this form to nominate a student for the Torchbearer award.

2019 Torchbearer Application

  • Please summarize the nominee’s meaningful participation and leadership in all activities during their undergraduate career. It is important to identify their involvement with each organization or activity and to list any offices held. Particular achievements and/or program coordination should be listed. In reviewing the nomination, the following criteria receive high priority: a broad scope of activity with a great degree of balance among activities or a major role in a few activities, continuity of activity and detailed indication of services to the institution and academic excellence. Please use the following template.
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  • Provide a current, individual photograph for publication (no snapshots); photo will not be shared or used in award deliberations.
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  • The NOMINATOR should describe ONE ACTIVITY in which the nominee has participated that best exemplifies the spirit of the Torchbearer Award.
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Letter of Recommendation

Please complete this form to provide the two letters of reference from individuals of the nominee’s choice.

2019 Torchbearer Letter of Recommendation Form

  • Please consider using the following guiding questions for the letter of recommendation: 1) What is your relationship to the student? 2) How has this student impacted the UT community and beyond? 3) In what ways has the student demonstrated the Volunteer Creed? 4) How is the student distinguished from others on campus?