Scholarship Information

Newest Scholarship
The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee
The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee’s Scholarship Application is now available online!  Whether pursing an education in law or horticulture; planning a career in criminal justice or teaching; or studying at a technical school or four-year university, the Community Foundation’s scholarship program supports individuals from various backgrounds and communities seeking funding for educational opportunities.  Students may be eligible for multiple scholarships and only need to complete one application to be considered for any scholarship for which they are eligible.


Deadline: March 15, 2017

Important Facts to Remember:
  • As a parent, ask your employer if they offer college scholarships for the children of employees. Many do, especially if it is a large organization.

    2016-2017 College/Scholarship Information Page

  • College AdmissionsIf they have not already done so, seniors need to apply for post-secondary schools at this time as some deadlines for application for colleges are early in the senior year.  Most colleges prefer students to apply online at their school’s website.A link to state universities, community colleges, and Tennessee Technology Centers can be found at and students may find helpful information about careers, colleges, financial aid, and high school planning at and can set up a personal account where they can establish a resume.

    Financial Aid
    The FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) must be completed for a student to be eligible for the HOPE Lottery Scholarship.  This is only to be completed during the senior year prior to high school graduation and post-secondary attendance.  This form will be made available on October 1, 2016 and can be completed online at


    One of the best sources of scholarship and financial aid information is the Financial Aid and Scholarship Office at the college to which you are applying. Be sure to visit each college’s website and follow that individual school’s instructions regarding required forms and deadlines!

    Other helpful information on scholarships and financial aid can be found at – excellent site answering questions about financial aid FAFSA online, basis for all federal financial aid – information about US Government funds for college – TN Education Lottery Scholarship Programs and TN Student Assistance Corporation – search engine from the Federal Government. & – scholarship search engines – click CSS/ PROFILE under “Pay for College” to register. – American Indian College Fund

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    Section 1 – State Monies

    The Tennessee Education Lottery Scholarship Program offers the:


    HOPE Scholarship

    Amount is up to $1,750 per semester freshman & sophomore year, then $2,250 per semester for junior & senior year at 4-year institutions and 2-year

    institutions that offer on-campus housing; up to $1,500 per semester for 2-year institutions


    General Assembly Merit Scholarship

    Students must meet the following requirements:

    • Students graduating from a Tennessee public school or category 1, 2, 3 private school must have a minimum 3.75 weighted* GPA AND 29 ACT (1280 SAT), exclusive of the essay and optional subject area battery tests
    • ACT/SAT exams must be taken on a national test date or state test date and prior to the first day of college enrollment after high school graduation. The ACT Residual test is not accepted
    • Students graduating from Homeschool programs (and non-category I, II, & III Schools), in addition to meeting the HOPE scholarship requirements, and during the course of a homeschool program, must meet the minimum academic requirements to qualify for the General Assembly Merit Scholarship.

    For students who first received the HOPE Scholarship in fall 2009 and thereafter
    Award amount – Up to $1,500 supplement to the HOPE Scholarship. The award is divided equally between fall, spring and summer semesters. Awards to part-time students are prorated.


    Aspire Award

    Students must meet the following requirements:

    • Meet Tennessee HOPE Scholarship requirements AND
    • Must have parents’ or independent student’s and spouse’s adjusted gross income of $36,000 or less on IRS tax form
    • Four-Year Institutions: Up to $750 per semester as a supplement to the HOPE Scholarship; including summer
    • Two-Year Institutions: Up to $250 per semester as a supplement to the HOPE Scholarship; including summer

    Hope Access Grant

    Students must meet the following requirements:

    • Apply by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), available at Applications must be received by September 1st for fall semester, February 1st for spring and summer semesters. Early application is recommended.
    • Have been a Tennessee resident for one year by September 1 of the application date. For students beginning spring and summer terms, residency determined by February 1 as of application date,
    • Graduate from a TN eligible high school
    • Enroll in one of the Tennessee public colleges, universities, or private colleges.
    • Entering freshmen must have a minimum weighted* 2.75 GPA AND 18 – 20 ACT (860 – 970 SAT), exclusive of the essay and optional subject area battery tests AND
    • ACT/SAT exams must be taken on a national test date or state test date and prior to the first day of college enrollment after high school graduation. The ACT Residual test is not accepted
    • Parents’ or independent student’s and spouse’s adjusted gross income of $36,000 or less on IRS tax form
    • Grant non-renewable – Student will be eligible for Tennessee HOPE Scholarship by meeting HOPE Scholarship renewal criteria and maintaining enrollment and other applicable requirements without the award.
    • Four-Year Institutions: Up to $1,250 per full-time enrollment semester, including summer
    • Two-Year Institutions: Up to $875 per full-time enrollment semester; including summer

    Wilder-Naifeh Technical Skills Grant

    • Apply by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), available at Applications must be received by July 1 for the Summer trimester, November 1 for the Fall trimester, and May 1 for the Winter/Spring trimester. Early application is recommended
    • Enroll in a certificate or diploma program at a Tennessee College of Applied Technology and maintain satisfactory academic progress and continuous enrollment
    • As of Fall 2015, prior Tennessee HOPE Scholarship recipients may qualify
    • Cannot be a prior recipient of the Wilder-Naifeh Technical Skills Grant
    • Available to all students enrolled at a Tennessee College of Applied Technology who are TN residents for one (1) year prior to enrollment 

    Dependent Children Scholarship Program

    The Dependent Children Scholarship Program provides aid for Tennessee residents who are dependent children of a Tennessee law enforcement officer, fireman, or an emergency medical service technician who has been killed or totally and permanently disabled while performing duties within the scope of such employment. The parent must be a Tennessee resident and have been on duty when the incident occurred. The scholarship is awarded to full-time undergraduate students attending eligible Tennessee institutions.

    Awards are made in equal installments each term throughout the academic year. The award may be renewed three times for a total of four years or the period required for the completion of the program of study, whichever is less. The recipient must be enrolled full-time and maintain institutional satisfactory academic progress to remain eligible. The awards are subject to funding.

    To be eligible, the applicant must:

    • be a Tennessee resident and attend an eligible Tennessee college or university full time, and
    • be a dependent of a Tennessee law enforcement officer, fireman, or an emergency medical service technician at the time of the incident, and
    • complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA):  click here and have a valid EFC.

    An application, in order to be considered complete, must be accompanied by:

    • documentation detailing that the parent who was a law enforcement officer, fireman, or emergency medical service technician was killed or is now permanently disabled while performing duties within the scope of such employment.

    Ned McWherter Scholars Program

    The Ned McWherter Scholars Program is intended to encourage academically superior Tennessee high school graduates to attend college in Tennessee. Tennessee high school seniors starting their last semester in high school may apply.


    An application, in order to be considered complete, must be accompanied by:

    • an official high school transcript that contains the applicant’s high school grades through the first semester of the senior year, and
    • an official ACT/SAT score.

    The award is $6,000 per academic year, $3,000 from the State of Tennessee and $3,000 from the college or university attended. Awards are made in equal installments each term throughout the academic year.

    The award may be renewed three times for a total of four years. The recipient must maintain at least a 3.2 cumulative grade point average and attend full-time to remain eligible.

    Applications are available by clicking on the link above (Online Application). Awards are very competitive and are based on limited funding. Renewal applicants are given first priority. TSAC must receive the completed application and required attachments by February 15.


    Tennessee HOPE Foster Child Tuition Grant

    A foster child is defined as one who was in the custody of the Tennessee Department of Children’s Services:

    1. For at least one (1) year after reaching fourteen (14) years of age;
    2. For at least one (1) year after reaching fourteen (14) years of age and placed for adoption by the Department of Children’s Services or one of its adoption contract agencies and the adoption was finalized; or
    3. For at least one (1) year and placed in permanent guardianship by the Department of Children’s Services after reaching fourteen (14) years of age.

    The receipt of a Tennessee HOPE Foster Child Tuition Grant is contingent upon the following:

    1. Student must meet the high school requirements for the Tennessee HOPE scholarship or Tennessee HOPE Access grant; and
    2. Be admitted to an eligible postsecondary institution. Academically qualifying for any of these award programs does not guarantee admission to an eligible postsecondary institution.

    Eligibility – Tennessee HOPE Foster Child Tuition Grant

    In addition to meeting the minimum HOPE and HOPE Access Grant eligibility requirements, a student shall present the Corporation with official certification from the Department of Children’s Services that the student meets the eligibility requirement for the HOPE Foster Child Tuition Grant.

    Award Amounts

    1. A Tennessee HOPE Foster Child Tuition Grant for a student attending an eligible public postsecondary institution shall be the cost of attendance less any gift aid with the total award not exceeding the cost of tuition and mandatory fees at an eligible postsecondary institution. Gift aid means scholarships and grants from any source that do not require repayment, including funds provided through the federal Foster Care Independence Act of 1999 and other similar programs. Student loans and work-study programs shall not be considered gift aid.
    2. A Tennessee HOPE Foster Child Tuition Grant for a student attending an eligible four-year OR two-year independent postsecondary institution shall not exceed the statewide average tuition and mandatory fees for a public four-year or two-year postsecondary institution.

    The Tennessee Student Assistance Award Program (TSAA)

    The Tennessee Student Assistance Award Program (TSAA) was established to provide non-repayable financial assistance to financially-needy undergraduate students who are residents of Tennessee. Applicants must be enrolled or accepted for enrollment, at least half time, at a public or an eligible non-public postsecondary institution in Tennessee. The TSAA is a state-funded grant program and includes funds from the Tennessee Education Lottery.
    To be eligible, the applicant must:

    • complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), and
    • have a valid Expected Family Contribution (EFC) of 2100 or less, and
    • be a Tennessee resident, if a dependent student, parents must also be a Tennessee resident, and
    • be enrolled at least half time at an eligible Tennessee postsecondary institution, and
    • maintain institutional satisfactory academic progress according to the standards and practices of the institution, and
    • not be in default on a loan or owe a refund on any grant previously received at any institution, and
    • who have not received a baccalaureate degree.

    To receive priority consideration, students are strongly encouraged to submit a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) as soon as possible after January 1 each year.

    Starting with the 2014-2015 academic year, prior-year recipients (renewals) will receive the award if they meet all eligibility requirements and complete the FAFSA on or before March 1. After March 1, remaining funds will be awarded to the neediest applicants who apply by March 1 based on the availability of funds. Awards are made until funds are depleted.

    Maximum award amounts are determined by the TSAC Board of Directors prior to the beginning of the fall term. The amount of the award is based on the institution indicated on the student’s FAFSA. Award amounts for an academic year are:

    Four-year/two-year private $4,000
    Four-year public $2,000
    Two-year public $1,300
    Career Schools $2,000
    TN College of Applied Technology $1,000

    Southern Regional Education Board’s Academic Common Market

    For students interested in majors not available in their home state, they can apply for in-state tuition rates while pursuing their degree at an out-of-state institution. This agreement applies to most public universities in the 16 SREB states: Alabama, Arkansas, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, and West Virginia. Note that Florida, North Carolina, and Texas only participate in ACM at the graduate level. For information about ACM participating institutions, available programs, and the application process visit:

    Section 2 – Private and Independent Scholarships


    Berea College (KY)

    All students admitted to Berea College receive a four-year tuition scholarship valued between $50,000 and $80,000. Priority consideration begins in September and continues through April. For more financial aid and scholarship information, visit

    University of Tennessee Competitive Scholarships

    Students who wish to be considered for UT’s most competitive scholarships should apply for admission by the Priority Deadline of: November 1, 2016.  Once you complete and submit the admission application a link will be provided to apply for scholarships online. The regular admission deadline is December 15, 2016; however, if you wait until then to apply you will not be able to access the scholarship link. The on-line application can be found at

    University of Tennessee, Chattanooga

    Students must submit their UTC admission application, be accepted to the university, and then fill out the scholarship application. While the official deadline to apply for scholarships is January 10, 2017 the most competitive and first round offers will go to students who meet the November 1, 2016 application deadline. Note: It is important to log into the MyMocsNet portal after gaining acceptance to be identified for scholarships. You will need your UTC ID number to apply. More information on scholarships can be found at


    Belmont University

    Application for admission serves as your general scholarship application. There are a few departmental scholarships which require an additional application, check the website for details. Student must be admitted by December 1 for scholarship consideration. For more information, visit

    Deadline: December 1, 2017 for admission and competitive scholarships


    Vanderbilt University

    Students interested in being considered for the Ingram, Cornelius Vanderbilt and/or Chancellor’s Scholarship Program must submit the Student Information Form and the additional application form for the particular program(s) to which you are applying. Students interested in being considered for the Additional Merit Scholarships should submit the Student Information Form and the Cornelius Vanderbilt Scholarship application. For more information visit,

    Deadlines: January 1, 2017


    Tennessee Tech University Scholarships

    You must apply for admission, receive your Tech ID number, and then complete the scholarship application. You can access their ScholarWeb! page to research their more than 500 scholarship possibilities. Tech has a variety of guaranteed scholarships for students with a 3.5 GPA and 24+ ACT ranging from $1,000 – 5,000 per year. For more details, visit:

    Deadline: Apply by December 15, 2016


    ETSU (East Tennessee State University)

    Application deadlines vary, so check each program for details. Incoming freshmen can apply for Academic Performance Scholarships which are based on 28 ACT and 3.5 GPA for the Guaranteed APS or a 26 ACT and 3.8 GPA for the Competitive APS. Recipients work 75 hours each semester. ETSU offers an Honors Scholarship opportunity to those applying to the honors program based on 29 ACT and 3.5+ GPA, plus community and leadership activities. Additionally there are a number of competitive scholarships with varying criteria listed under General Scholarships and Public Performance Scholarships. For more information and specific details visit,

    Deadlines: Opens October 1, 2016



    Maryville College

    More than 95 percent of Maryville College’s students receive financial assistance through scholarships, awards, loans, or employment. The College offers a broad array of scholarships for incoming, first-year students. These scholarships range from $7000 up to full tuition. In addition to scholarships based on outstanding academic achievement and personal achievement, MC offers scholarships that reward leadership skills as well as excellence in music, art or theatre. Maryville also participates in the Bonner Scholars program, which provides scholarship assistance to students in exchange for community service. Scholarships for incoming, transfer students are also offered. Renewable Awards of up to $2,500 per year are offered to qualified first year and returning students. For more information, visit

    Deadline: Must be accepted for admission by January 15, 2017


    Academic Excellence Awards – Lincoln Memorial University

    Awarded to incoming freshmen and based on their high school GPA and ACT/SAT scores.

    Deadline: March I, 2017 priority for scholarships


    National FFA/Ag Education Scholarships

    Each year the National FFA Organization awards approximately $2 million in scholarships designed to fit the diversity of our applicants. Applications are available for both FFA members and non-members. Approximately one in five applicants receives a scholarship. Scholarships are sponsored by businesses and individuals through the National FFA Foundation and are given for a wide variety of experiences, career goals and higher education plans. The selection process takes into account the whole student – FFA involvement, work experience, Supervised Agricultural Experience (SAE), community service, leadership skills and academics. More than 1,000 scholarships available – just one application to complete!

    Deadline: Registration opens on November 15, 2016


    Scholarship for Military Children Program

    If your mother or father is active duty, reserve/guard, or retired military personnel or you are the survivor of a deceased member, and you have a military dependent I.D. card you can apply! You must be planning to attend a college or university on a full-time basis. Applicants must have a 3.0 GPA and will be asked to complete a short essay. For more specific eligibility requirements and an application, visit

    Deadline: Registration opens December 13, 2016


    Enrichment Federal Credit Union Scholarship

    Applicants must be a member of Enrichment FCU in good standing for at least 12 months and be a graduating high school senior with a minimum GPA of 2.5 in order to apply. Employee & Official family members (children, grandchildren, nieces, nephews) are not eligible. The application is available at

    Deadline: Registration is open January 2017 – March 2017


    SunTrust Off To College Scholarship Sweepstake

    SunTrust is offering fifteen $1,000 scholarships for high school seniors and current undergraduate students. One winner will be chosen every two weeks from October 31, 2014 through May 15, 2015. Students register on their website during each drawing period. Only one entry per person for each drawing; however, students can register after each completed drawing for the next scheduled drawing. Scholarship check will be mailed to the winner’s school of attendance. No purchase or transaction is necessary and eligibility is not based on GPA or financial need. For complete details and to access the registration page, visit

    Deadline: Registration begins on September 12, 2016


    Coca-Cola Scholarship

    50 awards for up to $20,000 and 200 awards for up to $10,000 for seniors with a minimum of 3.0 GPA who demonstrate excellence in leadership in their communities and academics. Seniors in high schools throughout the United States who meet the eligibility requirements may apply each year for one of 250 four-year, achievement-based scholarships. Applications are on-line at

    Deadline: October 31, 2016


    Ronald McDonald House Charities Scholarship

    RMHC offer four scholarship categories:

    RMHC/HACER: must have at least one parent of HISPANIC heritage

    RMHC/FUTURE ACHIEVERS: must have at least one parent of AFRICAN AMERICAN OR BLACK CARIBBEAN heritage

    RMHC/ASIA: must have at least one parent of ASIAN-PACIFIC heritage

    RMHC/SCHOLARS: ALL STUDENTS eligible regardless of race, color, creed, religion, etc.

    Must be a high school senior, eligible to attend a two or four-year College or university with a full course of study, be a legal U.S. resident, and live in a participating RMHC Chapter’s geographic area. Scholarships are based on academic achievement (transcript & SAT/ACT), financial need (copy of parent’s IRS Form 1040), personal statement (including community involvement, career goals, & desire to contribute to your community), and one letter of recommendation. Specifics on each scholarship and applications are available at,


    East Tennessee Foundation Scholarships

    Thanks to the generosity of our donors dedicated to investing in students’ futures, we administer more than 50 scholarship funds. ETF scholarship program requirements range from financial need to scholastic achievement. Several scholarships are targeted toward specific schools or counties, students involved in certain extracurricular activities, or those who may not display the highest scholastic rankings yet still possess great potential and motivation. Others are geared toward students pursuing a specific field, such as business or nursing. Students apply to the program and, if eligible, can be awarded scholarships from one or more of these unique funds established by a variety of donors.

    Applications will open on November 1, 2016 and will end on February 15, 2017



    AXA Achievement Scholarship

    Scholarship awards range from $10,000 -$25,000. For students who are a U.S. citizen or legal resident; plan to attend an accredited 2 or 4 year institution; and demonstrate ambition and self-drive as evidenced by outstanding achievement in school, community or work-related activities(Because reducing risk is woven into the fabric of the company, special consideration is given to achievements that empower society to mitigate risk through education and/or action in areas such as financial, environmental, health, safety and/or emergency preparedness.) Learn more and download an application APPLICATION


    Deadline: December 15, 2016


    Carson Newman – Bonner Program Scholarship

    Students admitted to the Bonner Program at Carson-Newman receive a package of scholarship support in return for participating in an intensive program of community service, professional skills development, and working for positive change in the world.

    Deadline: December 1, 2015


    University of Tennessee Martin

    UTM has a wide variety of scholarships available to prospective students.  For more information on available scholarships and to apply for admission, visit

    Scholarship Deadline: February1, 2017


    TN Promise

    Tennessee Promise offers two years of tuition-free community or technical college to Tennessee high school graduates beginning with the Class of 2015.  Tennessee Promise is a last-dollar scholarship, meaning it will cover college costs not met from Pell, HOPE, or TSAA.  As part of the program, students will be paired with a partnering organization serving their home county and will be provided with a mentor who will support them during the college application process.

    Deadline: November 1, 2016 **ALL CGHS seniors have applied for this!**


    Pellissippi State Community College

    Pellissippi State awards numerous scholarships based on talent, academic achievement and/or financial need. By submitting this application, you will be considered for any scholarships for which you may be qualified.



    Roane State Community College

    Many of the Foundation Scholarships have multiple awards
    Awards range from $200 – $4,000 each

    Application opens February 2017 and the Deadline is April 2017


    Walters State Community College Scholarship Application

    Walters State Community College offers many types of scholarships for students within our service area. A committee comprised of faculty, administration, and students select all recipients. This process gives consideration to high school GPA, ACT scores, post-secondary GPA and other demographic information such as county of residency, program of study, and availability of funds.


    Hagan Scholarship Foundation

    The Hagan Scholarships are for high achieving students who will require financial assistance in order to attend college.  These students will graduate from a public high school located in an eligible state in a county having fewer than 50,000 residents. 

    Recipient Responsibilities:

    1. Must graduate college within Four years
    2. Must achieve a 3.0 GPA each semester the first four semesters of college, and a 3.25 GPA each subsequent semester.
    3. Must complete thirty on-campus GPA credit hours each academic year, excluding summer school.
    4. Must fulfill ALL Recipient Responsibilities, and attend the free workshop in July each year.

    Application is available September 1, 2016 and will close on November 15, 2016.