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    Top 58 Tennessee Scholarships in June 2024

    Written by Gabriel Jimenez-Ekman

    Gabriel Jimenez-Ekman is a content editor and writer at Scholarships360. He has managed communications and written content for a diverse array of organizations, including a farmer’s market, a concert venue, a student farm, an environmental NGO, and a PR agency. Gabriel graduated from Kenyon College with a degree in sociology.

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    Cece Gilmore is a Content Writer at Scholarships360. Cece earned her undergraduate degree in Journalism and Mass Communications from Arizona State University. While at ASU, she was the education editor as well as a published staff reporter at Downtown Devil. Cece was also the co-host of her own radio show on Blaze Radio ASU.

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    Updated: June 4th, 2024

    Known for its rich musical history in Memphis and Nashville and the beautiful Smoky Mountains, Tennessee is a great state for everyone. The “Volunteer State” has a number of outstanding colleges and opportunities for Tennessee scholarships as well. Check out our list of the top Tennessee scholarships for college and graduate students!

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    Tennessee Promise

    Offered by Tennesee

    Multiple awards worth Unmet Tuition + Fees Costs
    Deadline Nov 1, 2024
    Grade Level High School Senior

    Offered by Tennesee

    Are you a college-bound high school senior or GED recipient who will be attending any of Tennessee's 13 community colleges or 27 colleges of applied…Show More

    Are you a college-bound high school senior or GED recipient who will be attending any of Tennessee's 13 community colleges or 27 colleges of applied…Show More

    Are you a college-bound high school senior or GED recipient who will be attending any of Tennessee's 13 community colleges or 27 colleges of applied technology? If so, Tennessee Promise may be a great opportunity for you! Tennessee Promise works as a last-dollar scholarship, meaning it may cover the cost of tuition and mandatory fees not covered by the federal Pell Grant, the HOPE Scholarship, or the Tennessee Student Assistance Award at any of the state’s 13 community colleges or 27 colleges of applied technology. To be considered for the scholarship, interested students must submit their FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) by April 15th and apply for the scholarship itself by November 1st of the year they graduate from high school. To maintain eligibility for the Tennessee Promise scholarship, recipients must complete eight (8) hours of community service each semester. If you'll be attending any of Tennessee's 13 community colleges or 27 colleges of applied technology, we encourage you to apply! Keep on reading to learn more.Show Less

    Multiple awards worth Unmet Tuition + Fees Costs
    Deadline Nov 1, 2024
    Grade Level High School Senior
    Get Started

    $10,000 “No Essay” Scholarship

    This scholarship has been verified by the scholarship providing organization.

    Offered by Scholarships360

    Exclusive
    1 award worth $10,000
    Deadline Jun 30, 2024
    Grade Level All Grade Levels

    Offered by Scholarships360

    Exclusive

    The Scholarships360 $10,000 “No Essay” Scholarship is open to all students who want some extra help paying for their education. Whether you are a high…Show More

    The Scholarships360 $10,000 “No Essay” Scholarship is open to all students who want some extra help paying for their education. Whether you are a high…Show More

    The Scholarships360 $10,000 “No Essay” Scholarship is open to all students who want some extra help paying for their education. Whether you are a high school student who hopes to go to college, a graduate student who’s in a master’s program, or an adult learner who wants to return to school, you are eligible for our no essay scholarship. This scholarship will be awarded to students who get the most out of Scholarships360 scholarships and content. You will be a strong applicant if you apply to scholarships with the Scholarships360 platform. Finalists for this scholarship will be interviewed about their process for funding their education.Show Less

    1 award worth $10,000
    Deadline Jun 30, 2024
    Grade Level All Grade Levels
    Apply

    $2,000 Sallie Mae Scholarship

    This scholarship has been verified by the scholarship providing organization.

    Offered by Sallie Mae

    Easy Application
    1 award worth $2,000
    Deadline Jun 30, 2024
    Grade Level HS Upperclassmen, College & Graduate Students

    Offered by Sallie Mae

    Easy Application

    Sallie Mae will award $2,000 each month to eligible entrants. No essay or account sign-ups, just a simple scholarship for those seeking help paying for…

    Sallie Mae will award $2,000 each month to eligible entrants. No essay or account sign-ups, just a simple scholarship for those seeking help paying for…

    Sallie Mae will award $2,000 each month to eligible entrants. No essay or account sign-ups, just a simple scholarship for those seeking help paying for school.

    1 award worth $2,000
    Deadline Jun 30, 2024
    Grade Level HS Upperclassmen, College & Graduate Students
    Apply

    Regions Riding Forward Scholarship Contest

    Offered by Regions Bank

    4 awards worth $8,000
    Deadline Jun 30, 2024
    Grade Level HS Seniors, College Freshmen, Sophomores & Juniors

    Offered by Regions Bank

    Are you a Black, college-bound high school senior or current college student who will be enrolled in an accredited university for this upcoming academic year?…Show More

    Are you a Black, college-bound high school senior or current college student who will be enrolled in an accredited university for this upcoming academic year?…Show More

    Are you a Black, college-bound high school senior or current college student who will be enrolled in an accredited university for this upcoming academic year? If so, you may be eligible for the Regions Riding Forward Scholarship Contest! Each quarter, the contest awards $8,000 to the top four (4) applicants who submit an essay (500 words or less) or a video (3 minutes or less) about how someone they know has (1) inspired them and (2) given them the confidence to achieve their goals. The scholarship is offered four times a year, with deadlines every March, June, September, and December. Bear in mind that applicants must also reside in a state with Regions Bank full-service branches to apply. To find out whether or not your state is eligible, keep on reading. If it is, we encourage you to apply!Show Less

    4 awards worth $8,000
    Deadline Jun 30, 2024
    Grade Level HS Seniors, College Freshmen, Sophomores & Juniors
    Get Started

    $40,000 Build a College List Scholarship

    This scholarship has been verified by the scholarship providing organization.

    Offered by The College Board

    Easy Application
    Multiple awards worth up to $40,000
    Deadline Jun 30, 2024
    Grade Level High School Junior

    Offered by The College Board

    Easy Application

    Create a college list with six schools you're considering - no minimum GPA or essay required!

    Create a college list with six schools you're considering - no minimum GPA or essay required!

    Create a college list with six schools you're considering - no minimum GPA or essay required!

    Multiple awards worth up to $40,000
    Deadline Jun 30, 2024
    Grade Level High School Junior
    Apply

    Stegall Charitable Foundation Scholarship

    Offered by Stegall Charitable Education Foundation

    Multiple awards worth $1,000 - $2,000
    Deadline Jul 1, 2024
    Grade Level High School Seniors & College Students

    Offered by Stegall Charitable Education Foundation

    Are you a Tennessee resident or a current/incoming student at a Tennesee college or university? If so, the Stegall Charitable Foundation Scholarship may be a…Show More

    Are you a Tennessee resident or a current/incoming student at a Tennesee college or university? If so, the Stegall Charitable Foundation Scholarship may be a…Show More

    Are you a Tennessee resident or a current/incoming student at a Tennesee college or university? If so, the Stegall Charitable Foundation Scholarship may be a great opportunity for you! Each year, the scholarship awards $1,000.00 per semester (no more than two per year) to selected high school students, high school graduates, and existing college students who plan to embark on a full-time college program within one year of the scholarship application deadline. The deadline for the Spring Semester is December 1, and July 1 for the Fall Semester. The scholarship funds can be utilized solely for college tuition, fees, room and board, as well as books and materials. If you're a current or incoming college student from or in Tennessee, we encourage you to apply! Keep on reading to learn more.Show Less

    Multiple awards worth $1,000 - $2,000
    Deadline Jul 1, 2024
    Grade Level High School Seniors & College Students
    Get Started

    Ascent’s $10,000 Summer Scholarship Giveaway

    This scholarship has been verified by the scholarship providing organization.

    Offered by Ascent Funding

    Easy Application
    1 award worth $10,000
    Deadline Sep 2, 2024
    Grade Level High School Seniors & College Freshmen

    Offered by Ascent Funding

    Easy Application

    As you soak up the summer vibes and look ahead to the next school year, it's never too early to start thinking about your internship…Show More

    As you soak up the summer vibes and look ahead to the next school year, it's never too early to start thinking about your internship…Show More

    As you soak up the summer vibes and look ahead to the next school year, it's never too early to start thinking about your internship or job! Whether you're figuring out what interests you, checking out career resources, or picking up skills for your dream job, we want to know: Do you have what you need to enter the next phase of life, post-graduation? Ascent is committed to your long-term success and is giving away $10,000 to one lucky winner for sharing your feedback and ideas on what you need to build the skills and confidence to thrive in the workplace. To apply, complete these three easy steps below: Step 1: Visit the “Summer of Success Scholarship” to complete a quick survey and contact form. Step 2: Follow @ascentfunding on Instagram and like the post. Step 3: Tag 3 friends below that would benefit from this scholarship! Be sure to end your comment with #AscentSponsored. Disclaimer: Deadline to apply for Ascent’s $10,000 scholarship prize (1) is September 2nd at 8:59AM PT. To apply and see official rules, visit the “Summer of Success Scholarship” link here: AscentFunding.com/Scholarships.Show Less

    1 award worth $10,000
    Deadline Sep 2, 2024
    Grade Level High School Seniors & College Freshmen
    Apply

    Dependent Children Scholarship Program

    Offered by Tennessee Student Assistance Corporation

    Multiple awards worth $13,260
    Deadline Jul 15, 2024
    Grade Level College Students

    Offered by Tennessee Student Assistance Corporation

    The Dependent Children Scholarship Program is exclusively designed for dependent children of Tennessee's brave law enforcement officers, firemen, and emergency medical service technicians. If their…Show More

    The Dependent Children Scholarship Program is exclusively designed for dependent children of Tennessee's brave law enforcement officers, firemen, and emergency medical service technicians. If their…Show More

    The Dependent Children Scholarship Program is exclusively designed for dependent children of Tennessee's brave law enforcement officers, firemen, and emergency medical service technicians. If their heroic parents have tragically lost their lives or suffered permanent disabilities while dutifully serving, this scholarship is here to help. Open to full-time undergraduate students attending an eligible Tennessee postsecondary institution, this scholarship offers a chance to pursue one's academic dreams without financial worries. Keep up the good work academically, and this scholarship can support you for up to four academic years. If you're eligible, we encourage you to apply.Show Less

    Multiple awards worth $13,260
    Deadline Jul 15, 2024
    Grade Level College Students
    Get Started

    Bird Dog Foundation Annual Youth Art Contest

    Offered by The National Bird Dog Foundation

    Multiple awards worth up to $2,000
    Deadline Jan 15, 2025
    Grade Level High School Students

    Offered by The National Bird Dog Foundation

    Are you a K-12, art and nature-loving student who lives within a 75-mile radius of the National Bird Dog Museum in Grand Junction, Tennessee? If…Show More

    Are you a K-12, art and nature-loving student who lives within a 75-mile radius of the National Bird Dog Museum in Grand Junction, Tennessee? If…Show More

    Are you a K-12, art and nature-loving student who lives within a 75-mile radius of the National Bird Dog Museum in Grand Junction, Tennessee? If so, we may have the perfect opportunity for you: the Bird Dog Foundation Annual Youth Art Contest! Each year, the scholarship awards up to $2,000 to applicants who submit the best art depicting wildlife and related themes such as nature conservation. The contest is hosted by The National Bird Dog Museum in Grand Junction, Tennessee, which is “dedicated to the preservation and perpetuation of bird dog, field trial, and hunting traditions.” If you live within a 75-mile radius of Grand Junction, Tennessee, and want to put your artistic talents to good use, we encourage you to apply!Show Less

    Multiple awards worth up to $2,000
    Deadline Jan 15, 2025
    Grade Level High School Students
    Get Started

    $10,000 CollegeXpress Scholarship

    This scholarship has been verified by the scholarship providing organization.

    Offered by CollegeXpress

    Easy Application
    1 award worth $10,000
    Deadline May 1, 2025
    Grade Level High School Freshmen, Sophomores & Juniors

    Offered by CollegeXpress

    Easy Application

    Annual $10k scholarship from CollegeXpress open to all high school freshmen, sophomores, and juniors.

    Annual $10k scholarship from CollegeXpress open to all high school freshmen, sophomores, and juniors.

    Annual $10k scholarship from CollegeXpress open to all high school freshmen, sophomores, and juniors.

    1 award worth $10,000
    Deadline May 1, 2025
    Grade Level High School Freshmen, Sophomores & Juniors
    Apply

    Carol and Jonathan Price Memorial Fine Arts Scholarship

    Offered by Bedford County Arts Council

    1 award worth $1,000
    Deadline Mar 15, 2025
    Grade Level High School Senior

    Offered by Bedford County Arts Council

    Are you a college-bound high school senior from Bedford County, Tennesee with a demonstrated passion for any art form? If so, the Carol and Jonathan…Show More

    Are you a college-bound high school senior from Bedford County, Tennesee with a demonstrated passion for any art form? If so, the Carol and Jonathan…Show More

    Are you a college-bound high school senior from Bedford County, Tennesee with a demonstrated passion for any art form? If so, the Carol and Jonathan Price Memorial Fine Arts Scholarship may be a great opportunity for you! Each year, the scholarship awards $1,000 to one (1) young artist currently in their final year of high school at any school in Bedford County, Tennesee. Eligible art forms include: Visual Arts, Creative Writing, Music, Theatrical Arts, or Dance. To be considered for the scholarship, interested students must submit a resume, a 750-word essay, one recommendation from a teacher or coach in their artistic area/genre, and examples or a small portfolio of their art. If you're a Bedford County (Tennesee) high school senior with a passion for art, we encourage you to apply! Keep on reading to learn more.Show Less

    1 award worth $1,000
    Deadline Mar 15, 2025
    Grade Level High School Senior
    Get Started

    Jennifer Casey Alderman Legacy Scholarship

    This scholarship has been verified by the scholarship providing organization.

    Offered by Twisted Pink

    1 award worth $10,000
    Deadline Apr 15, 2025
    Grade Level College Students

    Offered by Twisted Pink

    The Jennifer Casey Alderman Legacy Scholarship Award is open to young adults who have lost a parent to metastatic breast cancer or have financial hardship…Show More

    The Jennifer Casey Alderman Legacy Scholarship Award is open to young adults who have lost a parent to metastatic breast cancer or have financial hardship…Show More

    The Jennifer Casey Alderman Legacy Scholarship Award is open to young adults who have lost a parent to metastatic breast cancer or have financial hardship due to a parent currently living with metastatic breast cancer who wishes to seek higher education as a post-high school graduate. At this time scholarship applications will be considered from individuals living in IN, KY, OH, or TN. To apply for the Jennifer Casey Alderman Legacy Scholarship, submit a written essay about the subject of your choice, no more than five pages in length. Applicants should include proof of nominee qualifications either in the form of an obituary, a copy of the death certificate, or a signed letter from the parents’ medical oncologist. Applications should be submitted to: Twisted Pink – Jennifer Casey Alderman Legacy Scholarship Award, 8016 Vinecrest Avenue #2, Louisville, KY 40222. Email applications can be sent to [email protected] with the Subject "Jennifer Casey Alderman Legacy Scholarship Award".Show Less

    1 award worth $10,000
    Deadline Apr 15, 2025
    Grade Level College Students
    Get Started

    Niche $10,000 “No Essay” Scholarship

    This scholarship has been verified by the scholarship providing organization.

    Offered by Niche

    Easy Application
    1 award worth $10,000
    Deadline Jul 31, 2024
    Grade Level All Grade Levels

    Offered by Niche

    Easy Application

    Easy scholarship open to all high school and college students, as well as anyone looking to attend college or graduate school in the next year!

    Easy scholarship open to all high school and college students, as well as anyone looking to attend college or graduate school in the next year!

    Easy scholarship open to all high school and college students, as well as anyone looking to attend college or graduate school in the next year!

    1 award worth $10,000
    Deadline Jul 31, 2024
    Grade Level All Grade Levels
    Apply

    Tennessee Society of CPAs Educational and Memorial Foundation Scholarships

    Offered by Tennessee Society of CPAs

    Multiple awards worth $500 - $25,000
    Expected deadline June 2025
    Grade Level College & Graduate Students

    Offered by Tennessee Society of CPAs

    The Tennessee Society of Certified Public Accountants Educational & Memorial Foundation Scholarship Program makes scholarships available to undergraduate and graduate students who have completed introductory…Show More

    The Tennessee Society of Certified Public Accountants Educational & Memorial Foundation Scholarship Program makes scholarships available to undergraduate and graduate students who have completed introductory…Show More

    The Tennessee Society of Certified Public Accountants Educational & Memorial Foundation Scholarship Program makes scholarships available to undergraduate and graduate students who have completed introductory accounting courses and are planning to take the CPA exam. The committee's goal is to support students entering the accounting profession. Both undergraduate and graduate students are encouraged to apply if they meet the eligibility requirements. If this sounds like a good opportunity for you, we encourage you to apply! Keep on reading to learn more.Show Less

    Multiple awards worth $500 - $25,000
    Expected deadline June 2025
    Grade Level College & Graduate Students
    Get Started

    HBCU – Sustainable Communities Initiative

    This scholarship has been verified by the scholarship providing organization.

    Offered by United Negro College Fund

    Multiple awards worth $5,000
    Expected deadline May 2025
    Grade Level College Junior

    Offered by United Negro College Fund

    Are you a Black college junior attending a UNCF member institution in Alabama, Georgia, Illinois, Mississippi, Tennessee, or Virginia? Further, are you majoring in STEM,…Show More

    Are you a Black college junior attending a UNCF member institution in Alabama, Georgia, Illinois, Mississippi, Tennessee, or Virginia? Further, are you majoring in STEM,…Show More

    Are you a Black college junior attending a UNCF member institution in Alabama, Georgia, Illinois, Mississippi, Tennessee, or Virginia? Further, are you majoring in STEM, business, or sustainability-related disciplines? If so, the HBCU - Sustainable Communities Initiative may be a great opportunity for you! Each year, the initiative awards $5,000 to multiple Black college juniors at UNCF member institutions in Alabama, Georgia, Illinois, Mississippi, Tennessee, and Virginia who are studying eligible fields. Preference will be given to students majoring in Agriculture, Engineering, Technology, Environmental & Conservation Sciences, Sustainability Studies, City/Community/Urban Planning, Architecture, Applied Sciences, Information Technologies, or Business Administration. The scholarship can be renewed for up to one year if recipients meet renewal requirements. If this sounds like a good opportunity for you, we encourage you to apply! Keep on reading to learn more.Show Less

    Multiple awards worth $5,000
    Expected deadline May 2025
    Grade Level College Junior
    Get Started

    $25k “Be Bold” No-Essay Scholarship

    This scholarship has been verified by the scholarship providing organization.

    Offered by Bold.org

    Easy Application
    1 award worth $25,000
    Deadline Jul 1, 2024
    Grade Level All Grade Levels

    Offered by Bold.org

    Easy Application

    Open to high school students, college students, community college students, and graduate students.

    Open to high school students, college students, community college students, and graduate students.

    Open to high school students, college students, community college students, and graduate students.

    1 award worth $25,000
    Deadline Jul 1, 2024
    Grade Level All Grade Levels
    Apply

    Bernard and Carolyn Torraco Memorial Nursing Scholarships

    Offered by UNICO Foundation Inc.

    10 awards worth $2,500
    Expected deadline April 2025
    Grade Level Graduate Students

    Offered by UNICO Foundation Inc.

    Are you attending an accredited pre-licensure or graduate nursing program in the United States and are residing in or have a UNICO Chapter/District sponsor from…Show More

    Are you attending an accredited pre-licensure or graduate nursing program in the United States and are residing in or have a UNICO Chapter/District sponsor from…Show More

    Are you attending an accredited pre-licensure or graduate nursing program in the United States and are residing in or have a UNICO Chapter/District sponsor from California, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Illinois, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Missouri, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, or Wisconsin? If so, the Bernard and Carolyn Torraco Memorial Nursing Scholarships may be a great opportunity for you! Each year, the scholarship awards $2,500 to ten (10) pre-licensure and graduate nursing students who are residing in or have a UNICO Chapter/District from an eligible state. If this sounds like a good opportunity for you, we encourage you to apply! Keep on reading to learn more.Show Less

    10 awards worth $2,500
    Expected deadline April 2025
    Grade Level Graduate Students
    Get Started

    Alphonse A. Miele Scholarship

    Offered by UNICO Foundation Inc.

    4 awards worth $1,500
    Expected deadline April 2025
    Grade Level High School Senior

    Offered by UNICO Foundation Inc.

    Are you a college-bound high school senior of Italian heritage who is residing in or has a UNICO Chapter/District sponsor from California, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida,…Show More

    Are you a college-bound high school senior of Italian heritage who is residing in or has a UNICO Chapter/District sponsor from California, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida,…Show More

    Are you a college-bound high school senior of Italian heritage who is residing in or has a UNICO Chapter/District sponsor from California, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Illinois, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Missouri, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, or Wisconsin? If so, the Alphonse A. Miele Scholarship may be a great opportunity for you! Each year, they award $1,500 scholarships to multiple Italian-American high school seniors who are residing in or have a UNICO Chapter/District sponsor from an eligible state and will be attending an accredited campus-based college/university program in the United States full-time. Applicants may receive the scholarship for up to four years so long as they maintain renewal requirements. If this sounds like a good opportunity for you, we encourage you to apply! Keep on reading to learn more.Show Less

    4 awards worth $1,500
    Expected deadline April 2025
    Grade Level High School Senior
    Get Started

    $1,000 Appily Easy College Money Scholarship

    This scholarship has been verified by the scholarship providing organization.

    Offered by Appily

    Easy Application
    Monthly awards worth $1,000
    Deadline Jun 30, 2024
    Grade Level HS Freshmen, Sophomores & Juniors, College Underclassmen

    Offered by Appily

    Easy Application

    This easy scholarship from Appily is open to U.S. high school students (Class of 2025, 2026, 2027) and college transfer students. One scholarship will be…Show More

    This easy scholarship from Appily is open to U.S. high school students (Class of 2025, 2026, 2027) and college transfer students. One scholarship will be…Show More

    This easy scholarship from Appily is open to U.S. high school students (Class of 2025, 2026, 2027) and college transfer students. One scholarship will be awarded each month.Show Less

    Monthly awards worth $1,000
    Deadline Jun 30, 2024
    Grade Level HS Freshmen, Sophomores & Juniors, College Underclassmen
    Apply

    Major Don S. Gentile Scholarship

    Offered by UNICO Foundation Inc.

    4 awards worth $1,500
    Expected deadline April 2025
    Grade Level High School Senior

    Offered by UNICO Foundation Inc.

    Are you a college-bound high school senior of Italian heritage who is residing in or has a UNICO Chapter/District sponsor from California, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida,…Show More

    Are you a college-bound high school senior of Italian heritage who is residing in or has a UNICO Chapter/District sponsor from California, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida,…Show More

    Are you a college-bound high school senior of Italian heritage who is residing in or has a UNICO Chapter/District sponsor from California, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Illinois, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Missouri, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, or Wisconsin? If so, the Major Don S. Gentile Scholarship may be a great opportunity for you! Each year, they award $1,500 scholarships to multiple Italian-American high school seniors who are residing in or have a UNICO Chapter/District sponsor from an eligible state and will be attending an accredited campus-based college/university program in the United States full-time. Applicants may receive the scholarship for up to four years so long as they maintain renewal requirements. If this sounds like a good opportunity for you, we encourage you to apply! Keep on reading to learn more.Show Less

    4 awards worth $1,500
    Expected deadline April 2025
    Grade Level High School Senior
    Get Started
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    How to win Tennessee scholarships

    Tennessee is a perfect state for you to pursue your degree as it is home to lots of big cities, small towns, country music, beautiful mountains, and lots more. In order to win Tennessee scholarships and make your educational journey affordable, you will need to connect what makes Tennessee special to what makes you special. 

    For example, perhaps you grew up going to small country shows in Nashville watching suture music stars be discovered and now you want to be a PR agent. Or perhaps hiking the Appalachian Trail through the Great Smoky Mountains inspired your interest in becoming a park ranger. Whatever your personal interests, connect it back to your life as a Tennessean (or a hopeful future Tennessean!) This will help you stand out in the scholarship application pool and demonstrate how much the state of Tennessee means to you. 

    By embracing your individuality and connecting it to the awesome characteristics of Tennessee, you can make a compelling case for why you are deserving of Tennessee scholarships. Celebrate your commitment to the “Volunteer State” in order to increase your chances of winning Tennessee scholarships! 

    Writing resources for writing Tennessee scholarship essays

    Tennessee scholarships may require you to write an essay about yourself which can range anywhere from a 250 word essay to a 500 word essay. These scholarships may prefer you to write a scholarship resume. Therefore, read over our Scholarships360 guide to finding and winning scholarships. Additionally, check out how to start and how to end a scholarship essay to ensure your scholarship essay will be flawless from head to toe! 

    Tennessee student debt snapshot

    According to the Department of Education, in total, Tennessee residents owe $31.4 billion in federal student loan debt. Student borrowers owe an average of $36,418 each (those numbers do not include private loans). Around 51.8% of loan borrowers are under the age of 35. As you are starting your higher education journey, remember that scholarships allow students to take fewer loans. Make sure that you apply to as many scholarships as you qualify for!

    Keep on reading to learn more about merit scholarships in Tennessee colleges, as well as some top scholarships in Tennessee!

    Merit scholarship at Tennessee colleges and universities

    University of Tennessee

    • Eligibility: First year students who demonstrate high academic performance
    • Amount: Varies
    • Deadline: December 15

    University of Tennessee at Chattanooga

    • Eligibility: Incoming freshmen who meet a wide range of competitive criteria 
    • Amount: Varies
    • Deadline: Admission to University of Tennessee at Chattanooga

    Vanderbilt University

    • Eligibility: First year students who demonstrate exceptional accomplishment and intellectual promise, are typically in the top 1% of freshmen applicants
    • Amount: Varies
    • Deadline: December 1

    Rhodes College

    • Eligibility: Freshmen who demonstrate academic talent, service and leadership achievements
    • Amount: $28,000 up to $40,000
    • Deadline: December 1

    University of Memphis

    • Eligibility: First year students based on a combination of cumulative high school GPA and ACT/SAT scores
    • Amount: Varies
    • Deadline: December 1

    Belmont University

    • Eligibility: Admitted first year students with strong academic credentials with a 27+ ACT, 1240+ SAT and a 3.7+ GPA
    • Amount: $3,000 up to $12,000
    • Deadline: Admission to Belmont University

    Consider in-state tuition and tuition reciprocity

    In-state tuition allows residents of a state to receive cheaper tuition for a college or university in their state. Additionally, many universities and colleges reserve scholarships and financial aid for in-state students, which helps reduce the cost of attending college for those who live there.

    Here are a few well-known Tennessee universities and their in-state vs out-of-state tuition costs:

    University of Tennessee

    • In-state tuition: $13,244
    • Out-of-state tuition: $31,664

    University of Memphis

    • In-state tuition: $10,344
    • Out-of-state tuition: $21,264

    How do you get in-state tuition? 

    Being a Tennessee resident significantly reduces the price of tuition at Tennessee institutions. In order to become a Tennessee resident for tuition purposes, you will need to physically reside in the state of Tennessee for at least 12 consecutive months prior to the start of college. Additionally, you will need to demonstrate an intent to establish Tennessee as your primary domicile rather than residing in the state solely for education purposes. Some ways to establish intent is by obtaining a Tennessee driver’s license, registering to vote in Tennessee, and filing taxes in Tennessee. Some Tennessee institutions may consider additional factors when determining residency status, so double check with your intended institution on their residency requirements! 

    Does Tennessee offer tuition reciprocity? 

    Yes, Tennessee is a member state of the Academic Common Market which is a tuition reciprocity program among select Southern states. This means that favorable college tuition rates may be available in nearby states. 

    Additional Tennessee resources

    College Pays TN

    This is a “one stop shopping” website for Tennessee students, including financial aid and FAFSA information. The website includes resources to assist not only high school, current college students, and adults returning to college, but also for families interested in college planning for their school age children. Bookmark this one!

    FAFSA Guide

    Remember, the FAFSA opens up in October and the sooner you complete it, the better. The FAFSA deadline in Tennessee is February 1st of each year. If you are looking for step-by-step guidance on the FAFSA, you can check out our FAFSA guide for assistance.

    Frequently asked questions about Tennessee scholarships

    What type of scholarships does Tennessee offer?

    Tennessee offers a lot of different types of scholarships both for Tennessee residents and out-of-state students. These scholarships may include need-based scholarships, merit-based scholarships and scholarships specific to a certain demographic.

    Do I need to be a Tennessee resident to receive Tennessee scholarships?

    Not necessarily! Many Tennessee scholarships may require applicants to be residents; however, there are also many scholarships that are open to non-Tennessee residents. Ultimately, make sure you are researching scholarships that you fit the eligibility criteria for!

    Can international students apply for Tennessee scholarships?

    Some Tennessee scholarships may be available to international students while others are specifically for U.S. citizens. You should check the eligibility requirements for each scholarship to determine if you are eligible to apply!
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