Due to her constant efforts to serve others, Tennessee Tech University alumna Chelsea Rose has received the 2012 Harold Love Outstanding Community Service Award from the Tennessee Higher Education Commission.
Rose, a Hickman resident, received THEC’s highest honor for community service just before her graduation in the spring. Each year, THEC awards the honor to 10 faculty, staff and students; nominees are from every college and university in Tennessee.
"I was fortunate to be raised in a Christian home where I was encouraged to help others,” Rose said. “As I've gotten older I have done my best to live by that standard.”
Rose is a graduate of Eagleville High School. For two years, she tutored children at Eagleville Elementary and served as a volunteer organizer for the community’s Toys for Tots program. She was also active on the community’s Angel Tree committee and with Ag-In-The-Classroom, a project aimed at teaching students ages 5-12 about agriculture and natural resources.
“Working with students from kindergarten to high school has become a passion of mine. As a high school student I tutored a child who learned to read during my time with him. The previous year he was held back a grade, and to see him advance to the next level was very rewarding,” Rose said.
“This was the first major opportunity I had to play a part in the lives of others. After that experience I sought out other chances to volunteer, and I am thankful for the relationships I have built as a result."
An agriculture communications major, Rose was on the Dean’s List at TTU every semester and received multiple academic scholarships. She was a member of Farm Bureau Young Farmers and Ranchers and two honor societies, Omicron Delta Kappa and Delta Tau Alpha.
From 2009-2010, Rose served as Southern region vice president of the national FFA organization. As a national officer, she travelled extensively across the U.S. and to Japan to promote agricultural education.
Throughout her time at TTU, Rose won numerous competitions in public speaking and collegiate discussion. She served on the university’s Agricultural Council and as honorary parliamentarian for the TTU Foundation. She was a Student Government Association senator for two years, and she was the spring 2012 legislative intern for Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey.
Rose is the daughter of Jeff and Beth Doss of Christiana and the wife of John Rose, who is also a TTU alumnus. Her grandparents are Davis and Brenda Maxey of Red Boiling Springs, Roy Bilbrey of Lafayette, and Delton and Dorothy Doss of Lafayette.