Mission: To uncover, maximize, and empower the potential of passionate and motivated students by transforming them into extraordinarily capable innovators who are fully prepared and uniquely inspired to influence and impact society.
By identifying students with special gifts and talents for creative thinking, teamwork, and the passion and drive to make a true difference by simply making things happen, we believe that we can help to build that better future for West Tennessee. The plan is simple: take carefully selected second-year students from different disciplines across the University to serve as McWherter Innovators, and over the next three years, help them to identify and build upon their strengths, connect with mentors within the University and the community, increase their awareness of domestic and international culture, and engage in business and public service ventures. Building on individual strengths, well-rounded collaborative teams will be formed to address problems and engage in projects that are important to the future of West Tennessee. We believe that cultivating diverse teams of passionate individuals who think globally, yet act locally, will yield a tremendous impact on our region.
But it doesn't just end with graduation. The skills, perspectives, and collaborative styles honed through experience will continue to serve McWherter Innovators as they enter their careers and work with other visionaries to strengthen their communities, thus leading to expanding horizons for the region. Sparks from one flame will kindle others across the range of human endeavor and inspire a vibrant culture of collaboration and innovation.
The application process for student McWherter Innovators will open February 2, 2015 for the third cohort class. Students with three years left at UTM, who meet the application criteria, may apply to The Ned McWherter Institute via PerfectForms. Please click on Student Application Information to read more about the application criteria, Institute benefits and more information. If you have any inquiries, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.