Tennessee is often referred to as the Volunteer State. This is a nickname the state picked up during the War of 1812 owing to the prominent role played by soldiers from the state. The major industries in the state include agriculture, manufacturing and tourism. Graceland, former home of Elvis Presley, remains one of the state's top tourist destinations.
There are over 100 institutions of higher learning in Tennessee. There are large universities such as the University of Memphis and Vanderbilt University. There are also smaller, more personal liberal arts colleges such as the lovely Oxford-like Rhodes College in Memphis. Whatever your preferences when it comes to learning, you should be able to find a match in Tennessee.
The state of Tennessee offers several distinct types of college scholarships, grants and loan forgiveness programs. There is public scholarship money for students pursing career specific degrees as well as money for those in economic need. Scholarships are also available for students with outstanding academic records. Private scholarships are also widely available.
To continue exploring the range of college scholarships in Tennessee, click on the links below.
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.
The B. J. Dean Scholarship Fund is for women preparing for full-time Christian ministry, but not limited to those seeking ordination or serving any particular denomination. Applicants must be residents of the State of Tennessee or the State of Texas. Applicants may also be students who are preparing to attend Yale Divinity School.
Those eligible to apply must be Middle Tennessee State University sophomores or above (including graduate students) who are working a minimum of 20 hours a week and maintaining a 2.0 average or better. Applications are available to students of Middle Tennessee State University who are working their way through school.
The Dr. Kenneth R. Austin and Janet Austin Graduate Fellowship in the amount of $1,000 is awarded annually to a graduate student enrolled in the Master of Science with concentration in Accounting program. The fellowship is based on grade point average, GMAT score, and interpersonal and communication skills.
Qualifications for Scholarship Eligibility:
Will be a full time student at a school in one of the designated Southern region states (Alabama, Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, or Tennessee).
Have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher.
Can demonstrate need for financial assistance.
Your category depends on what your status will be during the next school year, as follows:
High School Juniors - Scholarships awarded based on achievement (not based on financial need).
High School Seniors with plans to attend college in the next school year - The chosen college must be within the Southern region. You must include a copy of your acceptance letter.
College Freshmen, Sophomores & Juniors - The school you are attending must be within the Southern region.
College Seniors - You must be planning to attend a graduate or professional school in the Southern region during the next school year. You must submit a letter of acceptance from the graduate or professional school.
Graduate Students - You must be continuing your studies in the next school year at a school within the Southern region.
Current non-students are eligible if they can provide documentation (acceptance letters, signed commitment letters, or other documents showing commitment to attend) indicating they will be a full time student in one of the above categories in the next school year.
Students who reside, or will reside, in the US during the next school year, whether US citizens or foreign nationals, are all welcome to apply.
The purpose of this scholarship is to financially assist students who are pursuing a career in gerontology or geriatrics.
Selection of Recipient(s):
To apply for the scholarship, a student must be a junior, senior or graduate student currently enrolled in an accredited university within the eight Southeastern states: Alabama, Georgia, Mississippi, Florida, Tennessee, Kentucky, North and South Carolina.
The following criteria will be used to rank nominations:
25 percent - Financial need
25 percent - Application aptness
10 percent - Writing skills
15 percent - Maintain 2.5 GPA
10 percent - Commitment to do volunteer work with elderly
LA Tutors awards a monthly $500 Innovation Scholarship to high school and college students who showcase their creativity and make a positive impact.
MusicAuthority recognizes the positive impact that music can have on a student’s learning experience. Studies have shown how music can enhance learning- from improving memory performance to relieving anxiety, music can be a great component to aid a student’s college experience.
We are proud to offer our $1,000 scholarship to one current or prospective student. We will be offering this scholarship on a continual basis and we are excited to promote a passion for music and higher education.
ELIGIBILITY: Pursing a four-year degree in any area of agriculture. Applicant must complete financial analysis section of application and exhibit financial need. Resident of Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia or Wisconsin required. Recipients shall allow Tractor Supply Company to use photographs of themselves and their families in company advertising.AWARD: Approximately one scholarship at $3,000. Not guaranteed.
ELIGIBILITY: Pursuing a four-year degree in agricultural business/farm/livestock or ranch management or agricultural sales and marketing. Seventeen $1,000 scholarships to a member from Illinois; Indiana; Iowa; Kansas; Kentucky; West Virginia, Virginia, North Carolina or South Carolina; Arkansas, Louisiana or Mississippi; Missouri; Nebraska; Pennsylvania or New York; Washington, Oregon or Idaho; Ohio; Oklahoma; Alabama, Georgia or Florida; Tennessee; Texas; Wisconsin. In addition, seven scholarships are available to FFA members pursuing a two-year degree in agricultural business/farm/livestock or ranch management or agricultural sales and marketing to the states of Kansas; Kentucky; Nebraska; Ohio; Oklahoma; Texas; Alabama, Georgia or Florida. Applicants must live on a family farm, exhibit strong leadership skills, financial need and demonstrate interest in managing a farm.AWARD: 24 scholarships at $1,000 each, non-renewable.
ELIGIBILITY: Pursuing a four-year degree in select areas of agriculture, agribusiness management, communications, education, journalism, extension, public relations, finance, economics, sales, marketing, engineering, mechanization, technology, plant pathology, plant/animal breeding and genetics, range/soil science or public service and administration in agriculture. Resident of Alabama, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Washington, Wisconsin or Wyoming required. No more than one scholarship per state.AWARD: 10 scholarships at $2,000 each, non-renewable.
Eligible students will:
Write an essay of no fewer than 600 words about their career aspirations and how their current course load will help them achieve success in their careers. Where do you see yourself 10 years from now? Thinking outside the box is encouraged!
Email their essay as a .doc or .pdf attachment to: firstname.lastname@example.org
YouTube submissions are optional, although not required. Video should be no longer than 5 minutes. (Essays submitted via YouTube must also be submitted in writing.)
Scholarships only applicable for specific counties within this state
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