Union University and home educated students are a great match. Homeschoolers not only fit in at Union, they excel.
The Elizabeth Tigrett Medal is the most prestigious academic award at Union. The entire faculty votes on the award, and it is given to only one graduating senior each year. In the past eight years, six of the eight recipients were previously homeschooled.
Union students who were home educated have participated and led in a variety of campus activities including research, media, theater, academics, residence life, honors and more.
Union's Christ-centered academic excellence is rooted in its commitment to four core values.
Students grow spiritually and academically under professors who impact their lives with rigorous academic training. Homeschooled Union graduates are awarded graduate assistantships and fellowships at universities such as Notre Dame, Georgetown, Vanderbilt, Purdue and Baylor.
Union integrates the Christian faith with top-tier academics in a way that is rare in the world of higher education. Whether studying accounting or art, engineering or English, students understand their role in that field within the context of a Christian worldview.
From the moment freshmen arrive on campus, they begin building friendships that can last a life-time through FOCUS, residence life activities, and Life Groups. Students are dinner guests in the homes of their professors and enjoy conversations with them over coffee at Barefoots Joe.
At Union, we are equipping tomorrow's leaders to integrate intellectual thought and Christian truth into their life service. Students hear internationally recognized speakers such as Condoleezza Rice and Tony Blair, conduct research and experience study abroad, GO trip and internship opportunities.
Joshua Guthrie ('16) is a freshman in engineering and the honors program, after attending Union as a dual-enrollment high school student. But that isn't all he has been doing.
Through the non-profit organization "Dollar for a Drink" that Joshua founded, he has raised more than $37,000.00 - enough for four wells in Sudan. According to Joshua, one
billion people globally lack access to clean water. In the third year of the Dollar for a Drink campaign, the goal is $50,000.00, earmarked for nine wells in Mozambique,
two in Sudan and 400 filter systems in Kenya. Baptist Global Response oversees the installation of the wells. More information is available at
Rachel Carbonell ('13) is an engineering and math major and has tutored both subjects in Union's Hundley Center for Academic Enrichment. She is pursuing discipline specific honors in mathematics. Rachel also works part-time at Child Evangelism Fellowship.
Samantha Adams ('13) is a public relations major, Christian Studies minor, writes for Union's Office of News and Media Relations and is on the Cardinal & Cream newspaper staff. She has had summer internships at Elizabethtown (Ky.) Tourism and Convention Bureau and in a corporate public relations/marketing department in Louisville, Ky. On campus, she serves as president of Union's Public Relations Student Society, is a Life Group Leader and is active with the Student Activities Council.
Christian Wallen ('12), chemistry major, served as president of the Student Chapter of the American Chemical Society. Union's ACS student chapter has won the highest achievement of outstanding chapter from the American Chemical Society for the past 11 years. Christian received the ACS Polyed Outstanding Achievement in Organic Chemistry Award and the ACS Division of Inorganic Chemistry Undergraduate Award in Inorganic Chemistry. He has done summer research at Union University and Vanderbilt University. He is also a Life Group leader.
Ben Fulton ('12), a National Merit Finalist, is an accounting major. He was the first varsity level debater on Union's award-winning debate team which began in 2008. Ben spent a summer in France. He was selected as an intern for Alexander Thompson Arnold, PLLC, in Jackson, which provides tax, audit, accounting, consulting and wealth management in West Tennessee. Ben represented the McAfee School of Business at the Annual Southeastern American Accounting Association Conference in April where he presented a paper. Union University awarded him an Undergraduate Research Grant to help complete this project.
Kate Cline ('11), an English and history, Kate received the 100th Tigrett Medal Award. She was president of Union's Delta-Psi Chapter of Phi Alpha Theta History Honor Society,
which has won top chapter nationally for the past eight consecutive years. She and five other Union history students presented papers at the Phi Alpha Theta History Honor Society 2010
Biennial Convention in San Diego. Kate was also editor of The Torch literary magazine and received The Helen Blythe Creative Writing Award for outstanding originality in writing during her Union career. She also went on GO trips and led Klemata small groups.
Kelly Reed ('10) Teaching English as a Second Language - Kelly has been involved in many aspects of Union life. She was elected to the Homecoming Court and has participated in a variety of student and service activities. Kelly has also served as a Resident Student Advisor, Life Group leader and a student worker in the Office of Campus Ministries.
Matthew Kuchem ('10) Communications/Political Science - Because of Matthew's studies in political science, he plans to pursue a graduate degree in political theory. His major in communications led him to be the main anchor for Jackson 24/7 news and Focus on Jackson as well as co-host of Head-to-Head. Matthew's experience with television at Union began his freshman year as audio engineer for the live TV broadcasts of Union basketball games.
Katie Watson ('08) Teaching English as a Second Language - Katie was involved in student government, the honors program, Klemata Bible study and was a student member of the faculty QEP committee. She participated in the summer study program at Oxford University and is currently fully funded in a Ph.D. track at Purdue University doing linguistics research.
Matthew Dawson ('08) Mathematics - By the time he had graduated from Union at age 18, Matt had already been published in The Harvard College Mathematics Review. He received scholarship offers for graduate study from such schools as Tulane University and the University of Tennessee-Knoxville, and he is pursuing a Ph.D. in mathematics at Louisiana State University.
Andrew Helms ('07) Philosophy - During his years at Union, Andrew taught logic, Latin and violin at the Augustine School in Jackson. While in the honors program, his B.A. Honors Thesis received the J.P. Boyce Theology and Philosophy Award at Union. Andrew was awarded a teaching assistantship at Texas A & M University where he earned his master's degree in philosophy. He is currently working on his doctorate at the University of Notre Dame.
Arron Powell ('07) Music Theory - Arron was a member of University Singers and traveled concert tours stateside and in Europe. Powell also sang in area churches with Proclamation, a touring vocal ensemble selected by audition from the University Singers. As an interdisciplinary honors studies minor, Powell also was involved in extensive discussions, reading and writing.
Laura Lee Moore ('04) Public Relations - After graduation, Laura Lee was a journeyman in Tanzania with the Southern Baptist Convention's International Mission Board. Her work assignment at the University of Dar es Salaam-a university of 15,000 students-involved reaching young women with the message of salvation. Reflecting on her coronation as Union's 2004 homecoming queen, Moore wrote a personal story that portrays the love for education first instilled by her parents and how it prepared her to thrive in university life. (read more)
Ashley Fitch Blair ('94) Communication Arts - Ashley was the first home educated student to be awarded Union's Scholars of Excellence full-tuition scholarship. At that time, Union University was among the first universities in the state to embrace home schooled seniors. After graduation from Union, Blair earned a master's degree in public relations and worked with internal communications for several companies. She returned to her alma mater where she is an assistant professor in the communication arts department.