Steven Hollingshead, a senior from Memphis, has been named “Student of the Block” for the eighth block at Tusculum College and is also the recipient of the inaugural “Mr. TC Award.”
Hollingshead, a double major in political science and business with concentrations in economics and international business, was presented both honors prior to the beginning of the May 2 Pioneer baseball game.
The “Student of the Block Award” is presented by the Tusculum Office of Student Affairs and was established to recognize individuals who excel in their academic endeavors, campus involvement and/or athletic performance. The award is selected from nominations made by faculty and staff members. Plaques telling about the honorees are displayed in the Niswonger Commons and other campus buildings. The new “Mr. TC Award” recognizes a student for overall contributions to the campus community and dedication to the betterment of the college as well as outstanding involvement, service and leadership inside and outside the classroom.
Hollingshead has immersed himself in college life since arriving on the Tusculum campus. As a freshman, he joined 22 student organizations and organized a Midnight Madness basketball tournament for students.
During his sophomore year, he became an orientation leader and a PAL (Peer Academic Leader), working with conditionally admitted students. As an upperclassman, he took on leadership roles in the Student Government Association (SGA), the Black Student Union and the Student Activities Board. He was elected president of the Student Government Association by his peers.
With his business studies, Hollingshead became an integral part of the “Help Me Help You” program, a student-led initiative that provides assistance to local small businesses and entrepreneurs, and its outgrowth, the Center for Economic Development and Entrepreneurship. The Bonner Leader student service organization and the Pioneer Dance Team have also benefitted from his commitment to helping others and service.
Hollingshead was the first Tusculum student to be awarded a Bonner Service Fellow internship. During his junior year, he worked with the Shelby Farms Park Conservancy in Memphis. He has also served an internship with Enterprise.
After graduating this spring, Hollingshead’s plans include attending graduate school and pursing his interests in business and law.