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Milligan awards 2017 Jeanes Scholarships

Boone Allison

Amanda Lorch

MILLIGAN COLLEGE, Tenn. (March 29, 2017) — Milligan College has awarded its most prestigious academic award scholarships, the Jeanes Honors Scholarships, to Boone Allison of Harlan, Kentucky, and Amanda Lorch of Johnson City, Tennessee.

As the 2017 Jeanes Honors Scholars, Allison and Lorch are recognized for their outstanding academic ability, a demonstration of commitment to scholarly pursuits, a sincere Christian faith and their service to others.

“They embody the ideals of the Milligan Honors Program,” said Dr. Michael Blouin, assistant professor of English and the humanities, who co-directs the Honors Program with Dr. Amy Edmonds, assistant professor of political science. “Upon acceptance of the prestigious scholarship, Boone and Amanda have agreed to take their place as leaders within a highly selective program. We are very proud of them both and delighted to welcome them to this close-knit community of outstanding academics.”

Allison attends the Craft Academy for Excellence in Science and Mathematics at Morehead State University in Kentucky, a dual-credit residential high school for academically exceptional Kentucky students. He also has attended Harlan Independent High School, where he was on the academic team, marching band, tennis team and football team, achieving high academic and athletic honors.

In 2015, Allison was named a Rogers Scholar, a leadership program sponsored by the Center for Rural Development in Southern and Eastern Kentucky. In 2016, he won the Harlan Shark Tank competition with a presentation on how to market his town’s assets and recruit industry to invest in the town. He has been involved in a variety of community service projects and is completing an internship with the Department of Public Advocacy in Harlan County.

One of the main reasons Allison wanted to attend Milligan was the personal attention he would receive from faculty.

“It’s easy to blend in at a big university,” said Allison, who plans to major in business at Milligan. “I wanted more personal attention from a small school.”

He also has signed to play tennis at Milligan. His parents are Mike and Cindy Allison of Baxter, Kentucky.

Lorch, who is homeschooled and is a member of the National Homeschool Honor Society, said she “fell in love” with Milligan after participating in the college’s digital media summer camp.

“The more I have interacted and formed personal relationships with the Milligan community through summer camps and dual enrollment classes, the more I began to feel that this college was where an important chapter of my life would happen,” said Lorch.

Lorch has served as president of the local Shakespeare Club and has been part of productions with the Johnson City Community Theatre and Shakespeare in Founder’s Park. She has volunteered with the Johnson City Symphony Orchestra and her church. Her parents are Bryan and Terri Lorch.

“For me, attending Milligan is more than merely an education,” said Lorch, who plans to double major in communications and history. “It will lay the foundation for me to change lives and shape culture through service—and help me inspire others to do the same.”

Named in memory of former president Dr. Donald Jeanes, the Jeanes Scholarships are full-tuition, merit-based academic awards that are part of the Milligan Honors Program and provide an advanced opportunity for high-achieving students from all major fields to deepen their intellectual scholarship, leadership and service. The program is designed to build a foundation for personal and professional growth and also is excellent preparation to gain entrance into the nation’s top graduate programs.

Upcoming college freshmen who are interested in Milligan’s Honors Program and honors scholarships for fall 2018 must be admitted and submit the Honors Program Application by December 1, 2017. Candidates for honors scholarships are selected based on high school GPA and ACT/SAT-I scores. For more information, visit www.milligan.edu/honors.


MILLIGAN UNIVERSITY is a Christian liberal arts university in Northeast Tennessee whose vision is to change lives and shape culture through a commitment to servant leadership. The university offers more than 100 majors, minors, pre-professional degrees and concentrations in a variety of fields, along with graduate and adult degree completion programs.  To learn more about Milligan University, visit www.milligan.edu or call 800-262-8337.

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