The Niswonger Foundation has selected five high school seniors to join the Scholarship and Leadership program in the fall of 2019, and a David Crockett student is among those who have been selected to participate.
Aisling Grace Hagan is president and former secretary of the David Crockett FFA Chapter. She serves as president of the Student Council after previously serving as vice-president. Hagan is also the Student Representative on Washington County School Board.
Chosen by the faculty to attend the Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership Conference and the Student Congress on Policies in Education, Hagan has won a number of awards, including: first place State Nursery/Landscaping, second place National Forestry, first place State Forestry, and first place State Floriculture.
Hagan participated in a Rotary Club Student Exchange to Austria. She is a member of National FFA Organization, Student Council, BETA Club, Junior Civitan International, French Club, Creative Writing Club and the Washington County Youth Soil Conservation. She is the daughter of James and Kate Hagan, Jonesborough.
Currently, there are 19 Niswonger Scholars, with the newly selected students bringing the total to 24. The Foundation also has 72 Alumni of the program.
Unique to other scholarship and leadership programs, the goal of this Scholarship and Leadership program is to identify and develop leaders for Northeast Tennessee. These students commit to returning to Northeast Tennessee to work in their chosen career path, one year for each year they receive our scholarship. The plan is that by enabling these students to pursue their academic passion and by cultivating their leadership abilities, they will be committed to returning to the region as catalysts for the growth and improvement in their home communities.