TN/VA Scholars, a program of the Kingsport Area Chamber of Commerce, is a regional rewards and recognition program for high school students sponsored by local business and industry. There are 10 participating schools, representing Kingsport City, Sullivan County, Hawkins County and Scott County, VA systems. Primary program sponsors of this effort are Eastman Chemical Company and Charter Communications.

The first class of TN/VA Scholars, 194 students total, graduated in 1994. In 2007, the program has grown to nearly 600 graduates, and has the potential to reach over 2000 students per graduating class.






TN/VA Scholars are high school students in Hawkins County, Sullivan County, Scott County, VA and Kingsport City schools who have completed the TN/VA Scholars Course of Study, a specific sequence of academic courses in math, science, language arts and social studies. Students who complete a more rigorous course of study in high school are more successful in college and the workforce.