College Bound Seniors

“Working to promote a college-going culture in our community.” 

Updated April 15, 2020

Visit this link to register for Walters State Online Orientation:


Visit this link for potential scholarship opportunities:


Updated March 30, 2020

Attn: Seniors: These scholarship dates have been extended
Commercial Bank- April 30, 2020
Judy Barton Memorial Tourism- May 1, 2020
Farm Bureau- April 15th, 2020( must be a Farm Bureau member to apply)
Colin T.Fisher Memorial Technical Scholarship- April 15th, 2020
Glenn Yoakum Community Service Scholarship- April 15th, 2020
Leadership Claiborne Scholarship- April 15th, 2020
Completed applications can be emailed to
If you need any further information please contact Karen Payne


Updated March 25, 2020

GEAR UP TN  is placing relevant updates about the impact of the Coronavirus on our work as well as online resources that students, counselors, and advisors can use during this time. Please feel free to share this page with anyone.

This includes updates from tnAchieves, ACT, TN DOE, TBR, and THEC in addition to online resources for students such as Kahn Academy, Big Future, the Next Guide, and many others for different grade levels and subject areas.


From Amanda Schneider with tnAchieves:

TN Promise Mandatory Team Meeting Update

Good afternoon,

I hope you are all doing well! tnAchieves has extended our TN Promise mandatory webinar deadline to May 15, 2020. Any student whose mandatory meeting was scheduled after March 11, 2020 must watch the 37-minute webinar  by 11:59 PM on May 15, 2020 in order to maintain TN Promise eligibility. Students who missed their assigned meeting prior to March 12, 2020 can view the webinar in order to reinstate TN Promise eligibility. Students will receive a confirmation of webinar completion the day after the student successfully watches the webinar. Please note that students can view the webinar via mobile device. If a student has any questions regarding the webinar, the student can contact tnAchieves directly.

We are still waiting on official notification from the state of Tennessee, but if a student reaches out to you regarding community service, please assure the student that we are working on an alternative to the April 1, 2020 deadline. Official notification should be released later this week. tnAchieves is also mindful of the July 1, 2020 deadline and will continue to monitor closely.

We are grateful for your partnership during this time of transition. Please let me know how tnAchieves can support you and your students. As always, we are available at any time.

Thank you,

From Karen Payne:

Here is the link for students to apply for the $2500 “Life. Made Better.” Scholarship

You can also direct them to for information and instructions.

Updated March 16, 2020

Please use this link

to complete the required webinar for tnAchieves by April 3, 2020. This will help you maintain your eligibility for the TN Promise scholarship.

Thank you. Mrs. Smith, GEAR UP.

This scholarship is granted by the East Tennessee Region, Antique Automobile Club of America, to encourage students to further
their education and to stimulate an interest in the antique automobile hobby.

EAST TENNESSEE REGION Scholarship, Applicants’ Criteria


March 6, 2020

To Whom It May Concern,

My name is Grace Cairncross. This is a reminder that the National Bird Dog Museum’s Annual Scholarship Essay Contest for 2020 is approaching. The deadline each year is April 15th. This contest is open to any and all students who reside or attend school in the states of Arkansas, Mississippi, and/or Tennessee who are seniors in high school. If a student does not reside or attend school within one of these three states, he/she must have some form of affiliation with either Ames Plantation or the National Bird Dog Museum.

Requirements of this contest include but are not limited to:

  1. All essays must be 900-1,000 words in length,
  2. Be written on a topic of the student’s choosing within the provided categories of conservation and wildlife or sporting dogs and field trials,
  3. Must be submitted or postmarked no later than the contest deadline of April 15th, 2020.

The National Bird Dog Museum withholds the right to disqualify any and all essays that do not adhere to these requirements.

There will be three one-time scholarships awarded. First place will receive $2,000, second place $1,500, and third place $1,000, each payable to an accredited college, university, or other bona fide institution of his or her choice, upon receipt of proof of registration/enrollment at said institution.

Attached below is a PDF of the rules and guidelines. If you have any questions, please email me at or call us at 731-764-6168. We look forward to your/your students’ entries. Thank you and have a blessed day!

Grace Cairncross

Educational Coordinator

National Bird Dog Museum


February 24, 2020

Colin T Fischer Technical Scholarship

Updated February 21, 2020

The links below will take you to the Farm Bureau scholarship application.   Please print each page and submit completed application by March 31, 2020.


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February 10, 2020

Here are some new scholarship opportunities for the Class of 2020.  The deadlines are close.  Please apply now.

CHS Scholarship update for website February 2020

CHS Scholarships Part 2 Feb 10 2020

Updated February 3, 2020

Kids’ Chance of Tennessee provides scholarship awards to qualified applicants who have had a parent severely injured on the job pursuant to the Tennessee Workers’ Compensation Act.  Criteria for the scholarship awards can be found in this link:

Kids Chance of Tennessee Scholarship

Updated January 27, 2020

LMU scholarship application deadline is Jan.31, 2020.

Visit Go to the top right corner of the page.

Click on  MY LMU.

Log in using your LMU Email and Password (if you don’t know it, call 423-869-6280)

Then under Quicklinks: click on Annual and Endowed Scholarships Portal.

The application should take 10-20 minutes to finalize.


Updated January 21, 2020

RE: $1,000 Automotive Technology Scholarship

Dear School Administrator:

The East Tennessee Region, Antique Automobile Club of America is pleased to announce that we are offering a $1,000 scholarship, to be awarded to a student interested in pursuing a career in automotive technology.

One candidate will be chosen from the applicants and the scholarship will be awarded in May of this year.  The scholarship will be paid, on the student’s behalf, to the accredited college or trade school of their choice.

The scholarship may be applied to tuition, fees, books, or supplies relating to a curriculum in the automotive industry. This would include, but is not limited to, studies in automotive manufacturing, repair, or restoration.

Please see the attached pages for the complete criteria and application form for this scholarship.  Questions can be addressed to our email address,

Thank you for your consideration of this scholarship offer.  Please feel free to distribute the information to any and all students who may wish to apply.  The information can also be found on our club website,


Roger Frazee

Scholarship Committee

Est Tennessee Region

Antique Automobile Club of America




The Mathematics Department at UTC is still seeking applications for the 2020 Dorothy Dean Shelton Mathematics Scholarship and for the 2020 Marjorie Watson Mathematics Scholarship.  Student applications should be submitted by February 15th.

Please see the original solicitation below:

The Mathematics Department at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga (UTC) invites students to apply for the 2020 Dorothy Dean Shelton Mathematics Scholarship and for the 2020 Marjorie Watson Mathematics Scholarship.

The Mathematics Department awards these scholarships to incoming freshmen attending UTC who major in Mathematics.

  • The Dorothy Dean Mathematics Scholarship will insure that all tuition, fees, books, room and board for an in-state student are fully paid. The scholarship is renewable for the sophomore, junior, and senior years.
  • The Marjorie Watson Mathematics Scholarship is a $5,000 scholarship and provides $2,000 in the freshman year and $1,000 in each of the sophomore, junior, and senior years.

For more information on how to apply, please see the attached scholarship announcements or visit  and scroll down to Freshman Scholarships (or visit the direct link  Complete applications, including teacher recommendations, must be received by February 15, 2020.  If you have any questions, please feel free to email me at or contact the UTC Mathematics Department at (423) 425-4545.

Thank you,
Amanda Matthews
Academic Awards Committee Chair


Attachments:  shelton-2019      watson-2019


Updated January 15, 2020

Here is the slide show from today’s Senior Seminar.  Email or text 423-851-2041 if you need more information.

Claiborne Senior Seminar January 15 2020

Updated January 13, 2020

Please see this link for information about 2 scholarships available to CHS Seniors from the Class of 2020: Claiborne County Soil Conservation District Scholarship Application and the Tennessee Association of Conservation Districts.

Soil Conservation Scholarship Applications 2020

Updated November 14, 2019


Please share this information with your colleagues and students.

East Tennessee Foundation is happy to announce that the Logan Chittum Heck Scholarship will again be available for the 2020-21 academic year.

The Logan Chittum Heck Scholarship of East Tennessee Foundation is available only to Claiborne County studentsBelow is a detailed description of the Logan Chittum Heck Scholarship eligibility criteria.

Scholarship information, including detailed descriptions and application instructions, as well as 2020 applications, are now available on our website, The scholarship application must be completed and submitted online. Attached is a copy of the online applicant tutorial. The application deadline for the 2020 Logan Chittum Heck Scholarship is February 15, 2020.

Logan Chittum Heck Scholarship

  • Purpose and History: Established to assist Claiborne County residents, with preference given to female students.
  • Scholarship Amount: $1,200 one-year award
  • Eligibility Requirements:
    • Residency Requirement: Claiborne County
    • Education Requirement: Graduating high school seniors, GED recipients, current college students, or returning adult students
    • GPA Minimum: 2.0
    • College/Enrollment Requirement: Part-time or full-time enrollment at an accredited two-year or four-year college or university, or non-traditional higher education program or trade school accredited by the appropriate accrediting body for the particular course of study
    • Financial Need: Not required but may be considered in the selection process

Please feel free to contact Beth Heller, or Ashley Siferd, or toll-free at (877) 524-1223 with any questions or concerns.

Beth Heller

Vice President for Scholarship Programs

1-877-524-1223 TOLL FREE
865-637-6039 FAX

520 W. Summit Hill Drive, Suite 1101
Knoxville, TN 37902



Updated November 11, 2019

Here is the PowerPoint presentation from today’s Senior Seminar.

CHS Senior Seminar November 11, 2019

All of the national scholarship information and opportunities you could ever want can be found on the pages of this link.   Thank you, Karen Payne, for providing this information.

Scholarship Links Year 8


Updated October 7, 2019

If you’re interested in learning more about scholarships, here are two valuable resources:

Scholarship Power Point from JE Year 8


Please watch the slide show first and then consider your best options from the resources list.


Updated September 13, 2019:

Are you career ready?  Take a look at this information regarding characteristics of career readiness.

Career Ready Characteristics

Updated September 11, 2019:

These attachments offer helpful information regarding completing and submitting the FAFSA for the Class of 2020.

Citizenship Status

Dependency Status (1)

TSAC Financial Aid 2020 (1)

Who’s My Parent


Updated September 4, 2019

GEARUP TN has provided an excellent planning guide for all seniors.  This guide provides information about college access, military service, and entering the workforce.  Parents, please read the introduction letter and then encourage your students to use the planning guide that will be given to them later this month at school during Senior Seminar.  We’re happy to provide this digital copy as well.

Parent letter Next Guide

Next Guide PDF for Parents and Students




Updated:  August 22, 2019

For a guide regarding completing the FAFSA application, please click on this link.

Fall 2019 FAFSA info

Please note:  students planning to attend college in fall 2020-spring 2021 will need 2018 tax return information to complete the FAFSA.

If you’re planning to graduate early from high school and start college in January 2020, you’ll need to complete the 2019-2020 FAFSA during fall 2019 and then also complete the fall 2020-spring 2021 FAFSA to continue your education in fall 2020.



Updated April 24, 2019

Seniors:  if you plan on attending WSCC in fall 2019 and you did not attend orientation on April 22, 2019 in Tazewell, please visit this link to register for orientation.  You will need to do this from an Internet connection outside of CHS in order for the link to properly work.



Updated March 1, 2019

If you have been selected for FAFSA verification, here is a link from WSCC to help you understand the process if you plan on attending that college:

It will be very helpful if you complete the verification process before you graduate from high school.



Here is the Leadership Claiborne County Scholarship Application Link

Leadership Claiborne Scholarship Application Spring 2019


Updated February 19, 2019

Here are two more scholarship opportunities for the Class of 2019

Covenant Health Scholarship

First Century Bank Scholarship

Updated February 15, 2019

These are applications for local scholarships.

Colin T Fischer Technical Scholarship 2019

Commercial Bank Scholarship 2019

Enrichment Scholarship 2019

Judy Barton Scholarship 2019


Updated February 11, 2019

If you’re considering attending Southeast Kentucky Community and Technical College on any of the school’s campuses, please complete and submit this scholarship application (in the link) by April 1, 2019.

SKCTC scholarship application


Updated January 17, 2019

If you plan on attending Walters State in fall 2019, please visit this link and apply for their scholarships.  The deadline to apply is February 1, 2019.


Updated January 16, 2019

Three scholarship opportunities for the Class of 2019 are in the links below.

2019 Farm Bureau Scholarship Application

2019 Soil Conservation Scholarship Application

Stan and Thelma Plumlee Scholarship 2019


Updated December 7, 2018

See this link for a scholarship opportunity from UTC.

Watson UTC

Updated: December 5, 2018

Please use this link for scholarship opportunities for the Class of 2019.

TN School of Beauty Scholarship Application

Please use this link for scholarship opportunities for the Class of 2019.

East TN Foundation Scholarship Information

Updated: August 29, 2018

Class of 2019:

Today, permission forms were distributed to seniors to invite you to participate in the LMU Lincoln Leadership Summit on September 7, 2018 at Tex Turner Arena.  Completed forms (permission and media release) are due by noon on September 5, 2018 in the school counseling center.  If you did not get a form today, please stop by and see Mrs. Glenda Carter to pick up a form.

Class of 2019:

ETSU is excited to offer our fifth college immersion
weekend experience for high school juniors and seniors.
Students will be paired with a mentor who is a current prehealth
student. Students and mentors will stay in the
residence halls and participate together in all the BLUE
Weekend activities.
Interactive educational activities will be provided to
students with representatives from the five colleges in
ETSU’s Academic Health Sciences Center. There will also
be presentations provided from ETSU’s Admissions,
Financial Aid, Housing, Medical Professions Advisement,
and Scholarship offices.
A full schedule of fun and informational activities
are planned. There is more to college than a
classroom. Come see the many opportunities
ETSU can provide pre-health students!

To learn more about ETSU Blue Weekend, click on this link:

BLUE Weekend Fall 2018


Updated:  August 17, 2018:

Class of 2019 – As you’re making plans for college, please use this link to access a check list to use as a guide.  This list was created by GEARUP TN for your use.

College Enrollment Checklist PDF



Information from this point and below was created for the 2017 – 2018 academic year.

Click on these links for more information about a scholarship opportunity.


Turner Scholarship page 1 Turner Scholarship page 2 Turner Scholarship page 3


Click on this link for to apply for the Judy Barton Scholarship.  The deadline to apply is April 20, 2018.

Judy Barton Scholarship


East Tennessee State University is hosting Open House for potential students on April 7, 2018.  Please visit this link for more information.


If you’re planning on attending Walters State in fall 2018, please click on this link and follow instructions regarding orientation.

Walters State New Student Orientation for Fall 2018



Click on this link to open the PDF file.  Applications are due April 6, 2018.

First Century Bank PDF Scholarship Application 2018


Updated February 20, 2018

Commercial Bank Scholarship Opportunity


February 5, 2018

Leadership Claiborne County Scholarship Information



February 5, 2018

Claiborne Medical Center Scholarship Application

Update: February 1, 2018

If you’re going to LMU in fall 2018, this is an invitation to meet your classmates.

Please RSVP by Feburary 23, 2018 to or 423-869-6280.

Update:  January 24, 2018

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.

(Promulgated Rules)  (Online Application)

To be eligible, the applicant must:

  • be a resident of Tennessee, a U.S. citizen or permanent resident, and attend an eligible Tennessee college or university full time, and
  • have at least a 3.5 unweighted cumulative grade point average, and
  • have a minimum composite score of 29 on the ACT (or concordant equivalent score on the SAT).

An applicant may receive extra credit for honors or advanced placement courses and leadership in extracurricular activities while in high school.

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.

Please Note:
Recipients who participate in a study abroad program may receive a Ned McWherter Scholars. However, the scholarship must be certified by an eligible Ned McWherter Scholars institution, and the student must be receiving academic credit for the study abroad program from that institution. Also, if a recipient is participating in a consortium agreement the same requirements apply.


Logan Chittum Heck Scholarship,

 which gives preference to female residents of Claiborne County!

Scholarship information, including detailed descriptions and application instructions, as well as 2018 applications, are NOW available on our website,  The scholarship application must be completed and submitted online. Attached is a copy of the online applicant tutorial. The application deadline is February 15, 2018.

Below is a detailed description of the criteria for the Logan Chittum Heck Scholarship. 

Logan Chittum Heck Scholarship

  • Purpose and History: Established to assist East Tennessee students, with preference given to female residents of Claiborne County.
  • Scholarship Amount: $1,000 one-time award for one year.
  • Eligibility Requirements:

o   Residency Requirement: East Tennessee Foundation 25-county service area , with preference given to Claiborne County residents

o   Education requirement: Graduating high school seniors, GED recipients, current college students, or returning adult students

o   GPA minimum: 2.0

o   College/ Enrollment Requirement: Part-time or full-time enrollment at an accredited two-year or four-year college or university, or non-traditional higher education program or trade school accredited by the appropriate accrediting body for the particular course of study

o   Financial Need: Not required but may be considered in the selection process

Please feel free to contact Beth Heller at or Ashley Siferd at or toll-free at (877) 524-1223.



Update: January 22, 2018

Scholarship Opportunity:


Eligibility: Jacob Sprinkle’s family established the scholarship in his memory to benefit one or more seniors in Lee County, Va., and Claiborne County, Tenn., who plan to pursue higher education and a career in Pediatric Healthcare, Education or Ministry.

Jacob Tyler Sprinkle, age 13, beloved son of Monique and Rick Sprinkle, was born November 10, 2000. Jacob was born with severe congenital heart defects which were surgically corrected and closely monitored throughout his life. At age 12, Jacob underwent surgery at Monroe Carell, Jr. Children’s Hospital to replace an aortic valve. After the surgery, Jacob’s heart would not restart the way it should have and he was diagnosed with full failure of his left ventricle. Jacob was placed on an artificial heart to sustain him until he could receive a heart transplant. He suffered through multiple near death experiences while confined to the hospital. He fought his way back in each of these instances and refused to give up.

Jacob kept his faith and prayed not only for his healing but for the healing of the children that were his neighbors in the hospital. On January 18, 2014 he received a donor heart. On January 21, 2014, three days post transplant, he died from a ruptured aorta. He never gave up, remained always faithful, and never cried a tear during his six plus month ordeal. Jacob was only capable of loving people and had a genuine caring spirit for all around him.


Scholarship link for East Tennessee State University.

Deadline is March 1, 2018.


Scholarship Application for Walters State Community College Classes of 2018

Deadline is March 1, 2018.



Scholarship Opportunity for PVEC customers:



Seniors are invited to attend one of the following scholarship workshops at Claiborne High School:

January 23, 2018 – 3:30 – 5:00 p.m.

January 30, 2018 – 3:30 – 5:00 p.m.

February 6, 2018 – 3:30 – 5:00 p.m.

During these workshops, we will work with you to develop tools that you can use as you submit applications for scholarships.  Sessions provided by Karen Payne and Danna Smith.



Scholarship opportunity for the Class of 2018:  Claiborne County Soil Conservation District

Scholarship opportunity for the Class of 2018:  Farm Bureau


Below are several pages of scholarship information for one scholarship for the Class of 2018.  Please read all information before submitting your application.



December 1, 2017:  Click on each “page” image below to see scholarship opportunities from Lincoln Memorial University for current high school seniors.  To apply for these scholarships, find out deadlines, or other LMU information, please contact Lindsay Davis at


Mark your calendar: our next FAFSA Frenzy date is November 21, 2017 at CHS.  If you’d like to make an appointment to get assistance in completing your FAFSA, please email  We’ll be making appointments the week of November 6 for those who are interested.  Thank you!



VMDAEC Education Scholarship Application form and guidelines for high school or home school seniors graduating in 2018  can be found at or   The student’s parents or legal guardian must be a member of Powell Valley Electric Cooperative.  Application deadline is February 9, 2018.



Future Tennessee Volunteers:  please visit this website and make note of the deadlines.  If you want to be considered for competitive scholarships, you should apply by November 1, 2017.


The Class of 2018 is required to complete the FAFSA application by January 16, 2018 to remain eligible for TN Promise.   The FAFSA application is available here    If the student, and/or parent(s) file taxes, a copy of the 2106 tax return will be needed to complete the FAFSA application.


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