Scholarship Hints and Resources
The bulk of scholarship monies, both merit and need based, will come from the college or university and FAFSA. You must pay attention to these deadlines and whether additional applications are necessary. You must look on each school’s web site.
Example: Tennessee State University requires a separate application for scholarships.
Example: University of Memphis will only award scholarships to those students admitted before December 1
Do not overlook ROTC Scholarships even if you have never been in ROTC
Start searching as soon as possible. If you wait until spring to start searching, you will miss half the deadlines
Use a free scholarship matching service like Fastweb or Big Future
Look for scholarship listing books at the library or bookstore, but check the publication date
Prioritize your applications by deadline and the expected value of the scholarship
Use a calendar and checklist to get organized
Create an accomplishments resume
Tailor your application to the sponsor’s goals
Read and follow the instructions
Make your application stand out from the crowd
Ask to be nominated when applicable
If you need a counselor or teacher recommendation, you must ask, don’t assume.
Last name A-G: Tanya Ayers email@example.com
Last Name H-P: Lance Allred firstname.lastname@example.org
Last Name Q-Z: Detria CARRUTH email@example.com
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Tennessee Promise Scholarship
For scholarship eligibility, students must meet the following deadlines and requirements:
- Apply at www.tnpromise.gov by November 1, 2019.
- File the 2020-2021 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by February 1, 2020 at www.fafsa.gov.
- Attend a mandatory meeting led by the local partnering organization. Failure to attend the mandatory meeting will result in loss of the Tennessee Promise scholarship. Dates TBA.
- Complete and submit 8 hours of community service for each semester to maintain eligibility for the Tennessee Promise scholarship. The initial community service must be completed and submitted by July 1, 2020. Partnering organizations will assist students in finding community service opportunities in their area.
- Apply to and enroll in an eligible institution. Some partnering organizations may ask students to apply to an eligible college program by February 15, 2020. Though this deadline is not an official requirement, it is highly encouraged.
- If selected, provide all requested documentation to complete the process of FAFSA verification.
Once in the program, students must maintain a 2.0 GPA at a community college or four-year institution (or satisfactory academic progress at a TCAT), complete and report eight (8) hours of community service before the start of each term enrolled and file the FAFSA by the required deadline each year. Scholarship funds will be paid directly to the college or university once enrollment is confirmed.
It cannot be emphasized enough that each phase of the Tennessee Promise will require students to complete their requirements, and failure to do so will result in loss of the Scholarship.
Tennessee Hope Lottery Scholarship
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. Click Here for listing.
*Entering freshmen must achieve a minimum of a 21 ACT or a minimum of 1060 SAT, exclusive of the essay and optional subject area battery tests (concordant equivalent score) OR
*Overall minimum 3.0 grade point average (GPA*)
*Home School graduates – minimum 21 ACT exclusive of the essay and optional subject area battery tests
*GED ® recipients – minimum 21 ACT exclusive of the essay and optional subject area battery tests and qualifying GED ® score. Minimum average Revised GED ® score is 170.
*HiSet recipients – minimum 21 ACT exclusive of the essay and optional subject area battery tests and qualifying HiSet score. Minimum average HiSet score is 15.
*ACT/SAT exams must be taken on a national test date or state test date and prior to the first day of college enrollment. The ACT Residual test is not accepted.
*Must enroll within 16 months following high school graduation at any postsecondary institution.
However, enrollment at an ineligible postsecondary institution during the 16 months will make the student permanently ineligible.
*Grade point average means a grade point average on a 4.0 scale calculated with additional internal quality points awarded for advanced placement, honors or other similar courses according to the Uniform Grading Policy adopted by the State Board of Education.
UT Promise Scholarships
UT Promise is a new undergraduate scholarship program guaranteeing free tuition and mandatory fees* for qualifying Tennessee residents attending UT’s campuses in Knoxville, Chattanooga, Martin and Memphis. UT Promise is a student-success oriented scholarship program that requires students to complete volunteer service hours and meet with a volunteer mentor each semester to ensure a successful student experience.
Launching in fall 2020, this innovative scholarship will cover a student’s last-dollar amount of tuition and mandatory fees after other financial aid is applied (such as Pell grants, HOPE Scholarship or other institutional scholarships) to students who qualify for HOPE and whose family household income is under $50,000 a year.
Family household income is defined as “the accurate, verifiable total combined amount of parent and student adjusted gross income and untaxed income of less than $50,000, AND a total maximum asset amount of less than $75,000, as defined on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).”
University of Memphis First Scholars Program
Students can apply for up to $20k in scholarships ($5k per school year) through the First Scholars Program - the deadline is February 1, 2021. Please connect with Mrs. Rodriguez should there be program specific questions.
Jaclyn Savell Rodriguez
National Sorority of Phi Delta Kappa Due Jan 29
Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Incorporated and the Zeta National Educational FoundationThe deadline to apply is February 28th, 2021.For them to apply, please direct them towards our Scholarship Portal: https://z-nefscholarships.smapply.org/
Democratic Women of Shelby County (DWSC)- Myra C. Stiles Scholarship
The DWSC Myra C. Stiles Scholarship application period is now open. This scholarship is available to current high school seniors for use in the 2021-2022 college year.
Eligibility requirements include:
- GPA of at least 2.8
- ACT score of at least 21
- Being a registered voter
- Completing the application including the essay portion
The deadline to apply is March 31st, 2021. Please click here for the application and additional information.