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Scholarships & Financial Aid

FAFSA Information:

The FAFSA application opens October 1st!  This is the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and determines your eligibility for student financial aid.  All seniors must fill out the FAFSA at https://fafsa.ed.gov

HOPE Scholarship
Tennessee Hope Scholarships 2020-2021 | Apply Now
In order to receive the HOPE scholarship, students must have a 3.0 GPA or 21 on the ACT.  Hope awards $3,500 per year to 4-yr colleges and $3,000 per year to 2-yr colleges in Tennessee.  
There is also the General Assembly Merit Scholarship for students who have a 3.75 GPA and at least a 29 ACT composite.  To apply for the HOPE scholarship, students must fill out the FAFSA.
TN PROMISE Scholarship

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Specific Scholarships
I Have A Dream
Award: $1,500
Deadline: January 31, 2022
Legal resident of US at least 13 yrs old & submit a 250 word or less essay in response to "We want to know... what do you dream about? Whether it's some bizarre dream you had last week, or your hopes for the future, share your dreams with us for a chance to win $1,500 for college.
The Jackie Robinson Foundation Scholarship
Award: Up to $30,000
Deadline: February 1, 2022
Minority seniors that are US citizens planning to attend an accredited and approved 4-yr institution in the US, show leadership potential, demonstrate dedication to community service, evidence of financial need, and an ACT composite of 21.
Bank of America Student Leader
Award: Paid summer internships & participation in national leadership summit in Washington, D.C.
Deadline: February 1, 2022
Helps connect 225 community-minded high school juniors & seniors to employment, skills development & service.
Davidson Fellows Scholarship
Award: up to $50,000
Deadline: February 12, 2022
18 yrs old or younger by Oct. 1, 2018 and be a US citizen or permanent resident. Projects should be based on significant work that experts recognize as meaningful and has the potential to make a positive contribution to society
Nashville Sounds Foundation
Award: $2,500
Deadline: February 14, 2022
Applicants must complete the scholarship application available online, as well as submit a two to three-page essay answering the following prompt: Define what leadership means to you and how you have demonstrated leadership ability either in or outside of school. How will you continue to positively impact your community after graduation?
Flavorful Futures Scholarship
Award:  $5,000
Deadline: February 15, 2022
For a senior who isn't afraid to be him/herself. US citizen or permanent legal resident. Must have a 2.5 GPA or higher. Can be used in a technical, 2 yr or 4 yr college.
DAR Scholarships
Award: Variable
Deadline: February 15, 2022
Many scholarships are on this site. Submit by email by the deadline.
MTSU Dream Scholarship
Award: TBA
Deadline:  February 15, 2022
Diverse Representation and Educational Access at MTSU. Underrepresented populations at MTSU (veterans, disabilities, first-generation students, non-traditional students, gender identity/expression, sexual orientation, racial, ethnic, personal hardships, gifts/talents, etc.) Must be TN resident, US citizen or permanent resident. Low EFC from FAFSA and meet lottery scholarship academic eligibility.
WACE Scholarship
Award: Variable
Deadline: 2/15
Must apply to one of the partner insititutions, 3.5 or higher GPA, and other criteria established by the institutions.
DAR American Indian
Award: $4,000
Deadline: February 15, 2022
Native Americans students of any age, any tribe and in any state striving to get an education at the undergraduate or graduate levels. Based on financial need and academic achievement. Applicants must be Native Americans (proof of American Indian blood is required by letter or proof papers) in financial need and have a grade point average of 3.25 or higher. There will be no exceptions.
Hispanic Scholarship Fund
Award: $500-$5,000
Deadline: February 15, 2022
Must be of Hispanic heritage. US citizen, permanent legal resident, DACA or eligible non-citizen. 3.0 GPA or higher. Plan to enroll full-time in an accredited, not-for-profit, 4 year university. FAFSA is required. All majors are accepted, but an emphasis will be given to STEM majors.
Young American Creative Patriotic Art Awards
Award: $500-$15,000
Deadline: February 15, 2022
High school students must be a US citizen or US national. Submit an original 2D or 3D piece of artwork. Digital art, photography and jewelry are NOT accepted. Teacher or supervising adult signature is required. Deadline states March 1 but a 2 week pick-up period is requested so Feb. 15 is our in-house deadline.
Chick and Sophie Major Memorial Duck Calling Contest
Award: $500-$2,000
Deadline: November 29, 2021
Compete in a duck calling contest on 11/23/18 at 11:00AM in Stuttgart, Arkansas. The contest is associated with the World's Champion Duck Calling Contest. There have been winners from TN!
Gen & Kelly Tanabe Student Scholarship
Award: $1,000
Deadline: December 31, 2021
9th-12th grade high school students who are legal US residents. Can be used for any college related fee. 250-word personal statement.
Sons of the American Revolution: Knight Essay Contest
Award: $100-$5,000 + travel
Deadline: December 31, 2021
9th-12th graders (US citizens or legal resident aliens) interested in the American Revolution can submit an original 800-1,200 word essay based on an event, person, philosophy or ideal associated with the American Revolution, Declaration of Independence, or the framing of the United States Constitution. Each essay will be judged on historical accuracy, clarity, organization, grammar and spelling, and documentation. Mail or email completed applications to John E. Tidwell 847 Loretta Dr. Goodlettsville, TN 37072 johntidwell40@yahoo.com
Athena Scholarships
Award: Varies
Deadline: January 8, 2022
Female senior must reside in Davidson, Wilson, Williamson, Robertson, Sumner, Cheatham, Dickson, or Rutherford County with a 3.0 GPA
The American Legion TN High School Oratorical Scholarship Program
Award:  $1,000-$22,500
Deadline: January 10, 2022
Citizens or lawful permanent residents of the U.S. in grades 9-12. Prepared oration should be 8-10 minutes

Sertoma Annual Freedom Essay Contest
Award:  Up to $3,000
Deadline: January 10, 2022
Seniors from Davidson, Cheatham, Wilson, Robertson, Rutherford, Williamson, and Sumner Counties are invited to write a 1-page and maximum 300-word essay on a given topic concerning freedom. The essays are judged and scholarships are awarded to the top essays.  Topic is provided on the website. Submit to your counselor to be considered for nomination.
Washington Crossing
Award: $500 - $5,000
Deadline: January 15, 2022
Write a one-page essay stating why he or she plans a career in government service including any inspiration to be derived from the leadership of George Washington in his famous crossing of the Delaware. The student must confine the essay to viewpoint, attitude and purpose in choice of career.
John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Essay Contest
Award: up to $10,000 + an expense-paid trip to Boston
Deadline: January 17, 2022
Students in grades 9-12 should submit a 700-1,000 word essay on a topic provided. For further details & requirements, please visit the website.
US JCI Senate Foundation Scholarship Program
Award: $1,000
Deadline: January 24, 2022
Must be a US citizen. Academics, financial need, extra curriculars, community service are considered along with a 100-300 word personal statement.
National Beta Scholarship Program
Award: $1,000-15,000
Deadline: January 22, 2022
All senior Betas can apply. Looking for: academic excellence, demonstrated leadership, commendable character, school & community service, and participation in National Beta
FFA Scholarships
Award:  Varies
Deadline: January 31, 2022
Many different FFA Scholarships available through this one application.

Elks Most Valuable Student

Award: 500 awards - $1,000-$12,500/yr
Deadline: November 5, 2021
Criteria/Information: US citizens; Will be judged on scholarship, leadership, and financial need. 20 top finalists will participate in an all expenses paid Leadership Weekend in Chicago where they’ll interview with the national judges.
Stephen J. Brady STOP Hunger
Award: $5,000 scholarship w/ matching $5,000 grant for hunger charity
Deadline:  December 5, 2021
Criteria/Information:  Ages 5-25, volunteer services impacting hunger in US w/in last 12 months, community service recommendation is required.
Comcast Leaders & Achievers
Award:  $2500
Deadline: December 6, 2021
Criteria/Information: 3.0 GPA and demonstrated financial need. Recognizes students for community service, academic performance, and leadership skills. Plan to enroll in accredited 2 yr or 4 yr college.
Burger King McLamore Foundation
Award:  up to $50,000
Deadline:  December 15, 2021 (opens October 15th)
Criteria/Information: 2.5 GPA, be active in the community through volunteering, sports, clubs and/or religious organizations; plan to enroll full-time in 2022-23 at a an accredited two or four year college, university or vocational-technical school in the U.S., Canada or Puerto Rico
Old Timers Baseball Association
Award: Varies
Deadline: December 15, 2021
Criteria/Information: Senior member of high school baseball team.  Financial need is considered, however athletic ability is not a factor.
Farm Credit Mid-America Customer Agricultural Scholarship
Award: $1,000
Deadline: December 31, 2021
Criteria/Information:  Available exclusively to Farm Credit Mid-America customers children and grandchildren majoring in agriculture or pursuing agriculture or rural community related careers.
Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) Free Speech Essay Contest
Award:  $500-$10,000
Deadline: December 31, 2021
HS juniors & seniors should submit an essay between 700-900 words on the provided topic.

College Scholarships for students with a Deceased Parent
Award: Varies
Deadline: Varies
Criteria/Information:  Use this blog to research the different scholarships
Raise Me
Award: Varies
Criteria/Information: RaiseMe partners with college and universities to offer student scholarships starting in the 9th grade. Check out the website to find out more information.
Student Design Contest
Award: $1,000 in a 529 account
Deadline: December 13, 2021
Criteria/Information:  Design the seal (insignia) to represent the Governor's Civics Seal initiative that recognizes schools that prioritize teaching our nation's history and civic values. All K-12 can apply
AXA Achievement Scholarship
Award: $2,500-$25,000
Deadline: December 15, 2021
Criteria/Information: US citizen or legal resident. 2 or 4 yr college. Demonstrate ambition and self-drive as evidenced by outstanding achievement in school, community or work-related activities. Special consideration will be 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. First 10,000 submitted or the deadline-whichever occurs first.
Scarlett Family Foundation
Award: $2,500-$15,000
Deadline: Cecember 15, 2021
Criteria/Information: Pursue business or STEM degree, financial need, and 2.5 GPA. Essay questions are required.
Top Ten List
Award:  $1,500
Deadline:  December 31, 2021
Criteria/Information: Must be at least 13 yrs old & write 250 words or less on "Create a Top Ten List of the top ten reasons you should get this scholarship." 
Home Depot Foundation's Path to Pro Scholarship 
Award:  $2,500
Deadline:  December 31, 2021
  • Be a high school senior
  • Plan to enroll, or be enrolled, in an approved trade-related program at an accredited two-year school (technical/vocational school or college) in the United States.
  • Not be an employee or dependent of an employee of the The Home Depot. Employees of The Home Depot and their dependents are eligible to apply for a scholarship from The Homer Fund. 
  • Focused on Carpentry, Electrical, HVAC, Plumbing or Construction Management


Student Scholarship.org

This is a scholarship site with various scholarships updated every week. These scholarships are broad in their variety. Please go to https://studentscholarships.org/2021scholarships.php to research these scholarships and follow all of their official rules.


Presidential Scholars Application

This program is for seniors to be nominated as state finalists for the US Presidential Scholars program. One senior can be nominated in the academic component and one can be nominated for the CTE component. The academic component focuses on academic achievement, leadership skills, community involvement, overcoming obstacles, and strong writing skills. Please see your counselor to be nominated before November 6, 2021. Go to https://www2.ed.gov/programs/psp/index.html for more details.  


Better Business Bureau Students of Integrity 

Award:  $1,000

Deadline:  December 10, 2021

This program recognizes high school seniors who personify sound ethical behavior and decision making in their leadership roles at school and in their community.  You must be a high school senior, have a minimum 3.0 GPA and a desire to continue your education at an accredited college, university, or trade school. The Student of Integrity Scholarship program recognizes high school seniors who personify high ethics as demonstrated through: Leadership, Community Service, Personal Integrity

and Academic History.  Go to https://www.bbb.org/nashville/integrity-foundation/scholarship to apply and for more information.


National Healthcare Heroes Grant for Nurses

Award: $1,000

Deadline:  May 16, 2022

The National Healthcare Heroes Grant for Nurses has a goal to show appreciation for nurses, inspired by their heroic work on the frontlines of our battle with the current pandemic. The grant hopes to help reduce the shortage by inspiring one more person to pursue their dreams of becoming a nurse. Students of any education level are welcome to apply.  https://bold.org/scholarships/healthcare-heroes-nursing-grant/


First-Gen in Health & Medicine Scholarship

Award:  $500

Deadline: July 1, 2021

This scholarship is designed to recognize and support a first-generation student who is pursuing a career in medicine or public health. Students of any education level are welcome to apply, and are asked to write about their experience pursuing a degree in health or medicine and how being a first-generation student has impacted that. https://bold.org/scholarships/first-gen-in-health-and-medicine-scholarship/


AES Engineering

Award: $500

Deadline:  October 6, 2021

You do NOT have to pursue engineering to apply. 500-1000 word essay on "When you look back on your life in 30 years, what would it take for you to consider your life successful? What relationships or accomplishments will be important on this journey?" Be sure to include your full name as well as the name of the school you are attending this year and your plans for next year. Submit your essay to scholarships@aesengineers.com.


Young Arts Award

Award: Varies

Deadline: October 11, 2021

Be a young artist who is 15-18 years old or in grades 10-12, prepare audition or portfolio according to your discipline, review requirements, apply online, and pay $35 non-refundable fee. Fee waivers available.  https://youngarts.org/apply/

Dr. Pepper Tuition Giveaway

Award: Up to $100,000

Deadline: October 17, 2021

Must be 18 yrs old, submit one of a kind goal & how you plan to impact the world and submit a video.  http://www.drpeppertuition.com/

Heisman High School Scholarship

Award: $500-$5,000

Deadline:  October 29, 2021

3.0 GPA or better, participate in at least 1 sport sponsored by your school & recognized by the International Olympic Committee, and be a leader in your school.


Elks Emergency Educational Grants

Award:  Up to $4,000

Deadline:  October 31, 2021

Provides financial assistance to children of deceased or totally disabled Elks, who wish to obtain or further their college education.  Other details apply.  https://www.elks.org/scholars/scholarships/Eefgrants.cfm


Zombie Apocalypse Scholarship

Award:  $2,000

Deadline: October 31, 2021

Legal resident of US at least 13 yrs old & submit a 250 word or less essay in response to "Imagine that your high school/college has been overrun with Zombies. Your math professor, the cafeteria ladies and even your best friend have all joined the walking dead. Use your brain to flesh out a plan to avoid the Zombies, including where you would hide and the top 5 things you would bring with you to stay alive." https://www.unigo.com/scholarships/our-scholarships/zombie-apocalypse-scholarship#/fromscholarshipexperts


Education Matters

Award:  $5, 000

Deadline: November 30, 2021

Legal resident of US at least 13 yrs old & submit a 250 word or less essay in response to "What would you say to someone who thinks education doesn't matter, or that college is a waste of time and money?"  https://www.unigo.com/scholarships/our-scholarships/education-matters-scholarship#/fromscholarshipexperts


NCWIT Award for Aspirations in Computing

Award:  Varies

Deadline: November 5, 2021

High school students females, residing in TN, with an aptitude in IT/computing, having a good academic history, and are interested in post-secondary education. Students from underrepresented groups in computing and juniors and seniors are strongly encouraged to apply.  Apply online.


Don't Text and Drive
Award: $1,000
Deadline:  September 30, 2021
Coca-Cola Scholars 
Award: $20,000 to 150 seniors
Deadline:  October 31, 2021 5pm EST.
Students must have a 3.0 GPA demonstrate excellence in academics and leadership
For more information and application:  CokeURL.com/Apply2021
One Step at a Time Scholarship
Award:  $1,000
Deadline:  September 30, 2021
White Collar Defense Diversity Scholarship
Award:  $500
Deadline:  September 30, 2021
Tennessee Concrete Association Essay Contest
Award:  up to $250
Deadline:  January 7, 2022
Please see attachment for more info. 
Nashville Central High School Alumni Association Scholarship
Award:  Varies
Deadline:  February 19, 2022
Any student scheduled to graduate from high school this year can be sponsored as a scholarship applicant if he/she is a natural or adopted descendent (child, grandchild, great-grandchild) of a Nashville Central graduate or of someone who attended Nashville Central for at least two years but did not transfer to or graduate from another school. From the initial field of applicants, a group of finalists is selected based on academic achievement and financial need.  Please see attachment for application.
Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps Scholarship
Award:  Varies
Deadline:  Applicants must be high school seniors or recent graduates; must have a minimum 22 ACT, 1000 SAT, or 74 ASVAB; must have sports team involvement; leadership experience is preferred; and must pass the Marin Corps Physical Fitness Test.
Contact for information:  Captain John Martin mertin@marines.usmc.mil 615-975-8419
TSDAR American History Scholarship Application   
The TSDAR American History Scholarship is awarded to a graduating senior who will be attending an accredited U.S. college/university granting a degree, and who will have a concentrated study in American history and/or American government. Applicants are required to submit the following documentation: a cover sheet, 200 to 350-word essay, photocopy of U.S. citizenship, transcripts, resume, and two letters of recommendation from 1) an educator and 2) an employer, minister, or youth activity leader. 
Award:  This is a onetime award of $3000 payable to your chosen university. Deadline: October 15, 2021 - application is in the Counseling office
Tennessee Concrete Association Scholarship
This scholarship is open to high school students aged 16-18. An interesting essay must be completed on the topic of concrete. An example is included in the scholarship packet. Go to www.tnconcrete.org for more information to complete the online form and submit your essay. 
Deadline: is January 7, 2022.
Providing public high school, technical, vocational, and college scholarship awards to qualified applicants who have had a parent suffering a catastrophic, permanently disabling, or fatal injury pursuant to the Tennessee Workers' Compensation Act. e-mail questions to info@kidschanceoftn.org 
The Beauty + Wellness Scholarship for Women
Must be a female, graduating high school senior. For more information: https://www.skincareox.com/scholarship/
Award: $1,000
Deadline: Quarterly deadlines:  January 1st, March 31st, June 30th & September 30th each year.
Carefully research and compose an essay style Adobe Photoshop tutorial of 800 to 1,000 words, with screenshots and photos included to illustrate your points.
Award: $500 
Deadline: April 15th & October 15th
Students must submit an essay of between 500 and 1000 words in answer to the following question: When you look back on your life in 30 years, what would it take for you to consider your life successful? What relationships or accomplishments will be important on this journey?
Award: $500.00
Deadline: October 8, 2021
Scholarships valued at $6,000-$10,000 available in every state to high school seniors planning to pursue a bachelor's degree
2.5+ GPA, and also be committed to community service and financial need.
Criteria: High school seniors, college students, graduate students; cumulative GPA of at least 3.0/4.0; U.S. citizen or resident. To Apply: Students submit a short response to the question "What makes you an achiever?"
Award: $2,500 
Deadline: March 31st, June 30th, September 30th, and December 31st 
American Legion Oratorical Contest
Award: State winners will receive $1,000 - $3,000 while National winners will receive $20,000 - $25,000.
Criteria: Write and present an original speech focusing on the US Constitution, the competitors can "earn" needed education money and develop a deep appreciation and knowledge of our country's guiding document. If you are interested, visit www.tennesseelegion.org and click on the American Legion Oratorical tab.
Military ROTC Scholarship
Please refer to the following links for information:
United States Military Academies
Please refer to the following links for information:
U.S Military Academy - ARMY - West Point, NY www.usma.edu/admissions
U.S.Naval Academy - NAVY - Annapolis, MD www.usna.edu/admission
U.S. Air Force Academy - AIR FORCE - Colorado Springs, CO www.academyadmissions.com
Education valued at over $400,000.00
Service obligation: 8 years: 5 Active/3 Reserve
Thiel Fellowship
Criteria: Applicant must be under the age of 22 and be interested in designing and building things. Student must be willing to forego college to accept this fellowship.
Award: $100,000.00 ( 30 awards )
Deadline: None. They accept rolling applications and review them as they come in.
Do Something
Sign up for a volunteer, social change or civic action campaign to make a real-world impact on a cause you care about. Enter to win a scholarship by uploading a photo of yourself doing the campaign. No application, no essays required. For information click here: www.dosomething.org/us/about/easy-scholarships
Criteria: 25 years old or younger and live in the U.S or Canada
Award: unspecified (multiple awards given, random drawing)

Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee Scholarships
The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee's Scholarship Program is made up of 38 different scholarship funds established by individuals, firms or organizations wanting to assist individuals in furthering their educations. Students apply to the program and, if eligible, can be awarded grants from one or more of these different funds. For information on these scholarships, click here: https://www.cfmt.org/grants-scholarships/scholarships/search-scholarships/
Award: maximum $2500
Deadline: varies
American Legion Scholarships
Criteria: Children or legally adopted children or a child of a spouse by a prior marriage or dependent child as defined by the United States Armed Services for active duty personnel of the United States military and National Guard, and military reservists who were federalized and die on active duty on or after September 11, 2001 are eligible. The amount and number of awards depends upon the income derived from the trust. Several scholarships are offered. For more information click here: https://www.legion.org/scholarships
Award: Varies
Deadline: varies