Diversity at Milligan

Commitment to All People

"As members of the Milligan College community and in faithfulness to the teaching of Scripture, we commit ourselves to honoring and broadening the diversity of our community and to treating every person with respect, dignity, and love. By reflecting the diversity of God's kingdom, the College bears witness to that kingdom and equips students to serve in a diverse and interdependent world." 1

Diversity at Milligan

Milligan College believes that diversity in our student body, faculty, and staff, whether by race, color, ethnicity, disability, multicultural background, sex, or age, is important for us to fulfill our primary mission: to provide a quality education where men and women are prepared as servant-leaders. We believe that:

  • Diversity enriches the educational experience.

    We learn from those whose experiences, beliefs, and perspectives are different from our own, and these lessons can be taught best in a richly diverse intellectual and social environment.

  • Diversity strengthens communities and the workplace.

    Education within a diverse setting prepares students to become good citizens in an increasingly complex, pluralistic society; it fosters mutual respect and teamwork; and it helps build communities whose members are judged by the quality of their character and their contributions.2

  • Diversity promotes personal growth and a healthy society.

    Diversity challenges stereotyped preconceptions; it encourages critical thinking; and it helps students learn to communicate effectively with people of varied backgrounds.

  • Diversity reflects God's kingdom.

    The college's view on diversity is shaped by its Christian faith. The Gospel's call is always to move beyond our culture-imposed, self-imposed boundaries and to understand that people whom we may have previously labeled "others" are created in God's image.3

Promoting Diversity

Because of these beliefs, Milligan College desires to reach out and make a concerted effort to build a healthy and diverse learning environment appropriate to our mission. The college relies on academic programs, educational services, and scholarships to recruit and retain a diverse student body. Current initiatives include:

  • The Betty Goah Scholarship for Advancing Diversity at Milligan College.
  • Diversity Services Office
    • Recruits traditionally underrepresented students and enhances a social, cultural and educational environment that embraces diversity
  • Multicultural Appreciation Month
  • Student Multicultural Affairs Committee.
    • The mission of the Multi-Cultural Affairs Committee is to make Milligan a genuinely multicultural Christian community. To be such a community is to affirm the worth of all human beings and to affirm the value and significance of the human cultures and communities which have developed over the centuries. It is to affirm a biblical version of the Kingdom of God, in which people from "every tribe and language and people and nation" are gathered (Rev. 5:9). It is also to acknowledge the extent to which racism, intolerance, and other sins have contributed, and continue to contribute to the failure of this endeavor -- even within our own Milligan community.
  • Ethnic Studies requirement (see the General Education Requirements)
  • Faculty Diversity Committee
    • This is a group of community and civic leaders who advise and share insight on the direction, process, and efforts to bring diversity to Milligan College. 

For more information about these initiatives, please contact 423.461.8981.

Statement of Nondiscrimination

Milligan College admits students of any race, color, national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at Milligan. Milligan does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national and ethnic origin, sex, age, or disability in the administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic and other school-administered programs.


The Betty Goah Scholarship

Betty GoahThis program recognizes full-time undergraduate students who enhance the educational experience of all students by sharing their diverse cultural experiences through participation in the Goah Diversity Scholars Program. The program includes regular meetings, campus and community events, service projects, personal development opportunities, and campus events.

The Betty Goah Diversity Scholars Program provides a tuition-remission scholarship. Students are responsible for paying room, board, and fees. The scholarship is competitive and there are only 15 new scholarship spaces available each fall. Priority deadline is January 15.

Betty Hill Goah

Betty Hill Goah thought Christians should never “talk the talk” unless they were also willing to “walk the walk.” And so she devoted her life to walking the way of Jesus, working tirelessly as a voice for the voiceless and as an advocate for the powerless. After attending Milligan College and Vanderbilt School of Religion, Betty served on various regional boards and local agencies in Johnson City that assist and support our most vulnerable neighbors. Her vision, passion, and persistence inspired all who met her. Betty was a faithful member of Thankful Baptist Church in Johnson City, Tennessee, until her death in March 2006.


In order to be considered for this program, applicant must meet the following minimum requirements:

  • First-time traditional undergraduate student at Milligan College (does not apply to graduate or adult degree completion programs)
  • U.S. citizen or have permanent residence
  • Residential student: Scholarship recipients must live on campus and have a meal plan
  • Complete Milligan application process and be offered acceptance prior to scholarship award
  • Complete the Goah Diversity Scholars Program application and interview process, including an essay describing how you believe your diverse cultural background has shaped who you are and how those life experiences will enrich and enhance the diversity of the Milligan College community. Priority deadline: Jan 15
  • Meet academic qualifications:
    • Minimum 21 ACT (980 SAT) OR Minimum 3.0 high school GPA overall unweighted
    • Athletes are not eligible for the Goah Diversity Scholarship
    • Transfers must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75 after 24 attempted semester hours or the above stated criteria if less than 24 hours
  • Selection criteria include academic performance; character; commitment to service and leadership; ability to enrich and enhance the diversity of the Milligan College community and the educational experience of all students
  • Interview by the Goah Diversity Scholarship Committee required

Scholarship Provisions

  • The Goah Diversity Scholars Program provides a tuition-remission scholarship. Students are responsible for paying room, board, and fees.
  • The scholarship applies to traditional undergraduate enrollment for spring/fall semesters only.
  • The scholarship applies to a maximum of 8 semesters for entering freshmen. Transfers will be evaluated at their point of admission and pro-rated accordingly. The scholarship will not cover any amount past the 8 semesters of study.
  • The scholarship may not be combined with other institutional academic or merit aid.
  • All state, federal, or external aid (including the Hope Scholarship for Tennessee residents) will be applied towards the room, board, and fees, up to the total cost of attendance (as determined by Student Financial Services). Total gift aid cannot exceed the student’s financial aid budget or need (no refunds will be allowed).
  • If a student loses his or her eligibility for the Tennessee HOPE Scholarship, the student must provide resources to cover the amount originally covered by the HOPE Scholarship. The college will not make up the difference.
  • Student must file a FAFSA each year.
  • Goah recipients are not eligible for Federal or Milligan College Work Study but are eligible to work for Pioneer Food Services.
  • Athletes are not eligible for the Goah Diversity Scholarship
  • Only a portion of the Goah Scholarship is applicable to off-campus study programs (spring/fall only) recognized by Milligan College and listed in the Catalog. This includes the Mountain Christian Church program. Check with the Diversity Services Office for more information.

 Scholarship Renewal

To maintain scholarship eligibility, recipients must:

  • Participate in the Goah Diversity Scholars Program, which includes regular meetings, campus and community events, service projects, personal development opportunities, and campus events that provide opportunities to share cultural heritage, special skills and abilities, and diversity experiences
  • Maintain full-time student status and live in campus housing
  • Maintain a minimum 2.0 cumulative GPA by the completion of the second semester and 2.5 thereafter (applies to total enrollment, even transferred semesters)
  • Make satisfactory progress toward completion of a degree objective
  • Comply with the following regulations, which include: be a good citizen on campus; represent the school in a dignified and respectable manner; comply with all moral and lifestyle expectations as set forth in the Student Handbook
  • If a student loses state or federal grant aid, the student must provide resources to cover the amount originally covered by these amounts
  • File the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) each year
  • If a student leaves the institution for any reason in good standing, their Goah Diversity Scholarship is not automatically renewed but is at the discretion of the Goah Scholarship Committee. The student must request reinstatement in writing to the VP for Enrollment and go through the approval process again. Re-admission to the Goah Diversity Scholars program is at the discretion of the Scholarship Committee and Administration. Any student reinstated to the program returns under the new guidelines and expectations for that year.

Frequently Asked Questions

Who can apply for the scholarship?

U.S. citizens or permanent residents that are traditional undergraduate students. Applicants must be first time students at Milligan College. Candidates should enhance the cultural education of all students by broadening the diversity of our student body across various dynamics.

When is the deadline?

The priority deadline for receiving applications is January 15. However, applications are accepted on a rolling basis until all available scholarship awards have been awarded for that school year.

What are the academic requirements?

Applicants must have a minimum high school GPA of 3.0 (unweighted) or a 21 ACT/980 SAT score to apply.

Is an interview required?

Yes, an interview is required with the Goah Scholarship Committee.

Can athletes apply?

Athletes are not eligible for the Goah Diversity Scholarship

Do you have to live on campus?

Yes, all scholarship recipients are required to live on campus.

Can transfer students apply?

Yes, transfer students are eligible to apply and must meet the college GPA requirement for transfers (2.75).

What is covered under the scholarship?

The scholarship covers full tuition (this excludes books, room, board, and fees). Please note that total institutional aid will not exceed tuition charges; this includes combining the Goah Scholarship, athletic scholarship, and any other merit aid for which the recipient may be eligible. Each recipient will be responsible for covering all charges for fees, room, board and books. Click here for Milligan costs.

Is the scholarship renewable?

Yes, the scholarship is renewable for a total enrollment of four years (8 semesters max), provided each recipient maintains the academic requirements, satisfactory participation in the diversity program and activities, and conduct expectations. Click here for specifics.

Can outside scholarships, grants, and loans be used to cover unpaid balances?


Can current Milligan College students apply for the scholarship?


Does the scholarship cover graduate school or summer school?


Can the scholarship be used to cover cost associated with study abroad programs, class trips and or tours, and special fees for courses?



Admissions Office

Goah Scholarship Application