Tuscola High School senior Rebecca Frazier, of Clyde, has been named to the incoming class of Roan Scholars, a scholarship program at East Tennessee State University. In addition to leadership training, Frazier will receive a financial award for tuition and fees, room and board, as well as books and supplies.
Frazier will join more than 60 alumni around the country who are making a positive impact in places they work and in communities where they live.
Sectors represented include: business, education, nonprofit, government, health care and the military, said Louie Gump, founder of the Roan Leadership Program.
The Roan Scholars Leadership Program empowers students to be leaders of excellence who will positively impact the ETSU campus, the Appalachian Highlands and the world. It is a comprehensive four-year program of out-of-the-classroom experiences that includes a financial award for tuition and fees, room and board, as well as books and supplies.
Frazier’s activities in Haywood County and at Tuscola caught the eye of college leaders.
Upon learning of a new community center for women and children experiencing homelessness, Frazier coordinated a hygiene item drive, collecting hundreds of items.
She serves as the youth representative on her church’s women’s ministry team, advocating for regular outreach to residential treatment facilities for people with mental health diagnoses, and also plays varsity softball and basketball. Teresa Heinz, a counselor at Tuscola, had high praise for Frazier.
“Rebecca’s heart is for the disenfranchised and marginalized, and her advocacy as a servant leader is inspiring,” Heinz said.
The Roan Scholar program, which is funded primarily by private donations, was established in 1997 by Louis H. Gump.