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Volunteer Impact Academy

Be part of the next generation of Volunteers through the Volunteer Impact Academy, a program that provides students with the platform to impact our community by creating sustainable change through leadership and service.

Volunteer Impact Academy is an immersive four-year cohort experience designed for students that truly embody what it means to be a volunteer. As a member of the Volunteer Impact Academy, scholars will be equipped with the foundational skills to build on their personal strengths and improve our campus, local communities, and beyond. The program includes an annual scholarship, which automatically renews each year provided requirements are met. 

Applications for Cohort 2027 are open and available your VIP Portal upon applying to the university. 


Meet the Inaugural Cohort of Volunteer Impact Academy!

VIA Class of 2025



Year 1: Self Reflection

Create your own definition of what it means to be a Vol 

Year 2: Campus Impact

Learn how to work with other Volunteers and make an impact on campus

Year 3: Community Engagement

Exemplify what it means to be a Vol in the community

Year 4: Global Transformation

Empowered by the connections and experience you have gained, prepare to make a global impact, and leave a lasting legacy at UT

  

Program Requirements & Information

To be eligible to apply, applicants must meet the following requirements:

  • Be a high school senior
  • Have a completed admissions application on file to the University of Tennessee, Knoxville for the upcoming fall semester
  • Have 3.0 core-weighted GPA or higher
  • Be actively engaged with the community through service projects, clubs, athletics, work, etc.
  • Be interested in personal leadership development and community service engagement

  • Eligible students will be able to apply through their VIP (Vol-In-Progress) Portal
  • Application includes three essay questions
  • Application deadline is January 15, 2023 for Cohort 2027 starting Fall 2023

When will admission decisions be released for the incoming cohort?

  • Decisions will be sent out to applicants in Mid-March every year.

  
For additional questions, please contact Brooke Squires at bsquires@utk.edu.