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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

For more TN Promise Information:

https://www.tn.gov/tnpromise

To Register for TN Promise:

https://www.tn.gov/content/tn/collegepays/tsac-student-portal.html

 
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Specific Scholarships
 
Mensa US Scholarship
Criteria: Applicant must be enrolling in a degree program in an accredited U.S. institution of higher learning in the fall of 2021. Applicant must write a 550 word essay expressing their academic and professional goals and how their personal experiences will help them to accomplish those goals. For additional information, click here: https://www.mensafoundation.org/what-we-do/scholarships/
Award: $2500.00 (178)
Deadline: January 15, 2021
 
Washington Crossing Foundation Scholarship
Criteria: Applicant must be a high school senior who is a US citizen planning a career of service to the United States in local, state or federal Government. Essay is required. For more information and application, click here: https://studentscholarships.org/scholarship/10091/washington_crossing_foundation_national_scholarship_awards_scholarship.php
Award: $5,000.00 (39 awards)
Deadline: January 15, 2021
 
DECA Student Scholarship
Criteria: Applicant must be a senior in high school in the US who plans to attend college in the Fall of 2021 and be involved in DECA member high school. https://www.deca.org/high-school-programs/scholarships/
Deadline: January 15, 2021
 

TSDAR American History Scholarship

Criteria: Applicants must be U.S. citizens and Tennessee Residents. Attending a 4-year U.S. college or university and will have at least 18 hours in American History/American Government. Please see Ms. Bryan for application.

Award: $1,000

Deadline: January 15, 2021

 

2021 John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Essay Contest
Criteria: The contest is open to U.S. high school students in grades 9-12. Essay of 700-1000 words is required. Click here for essay topic and additional information: https://www.jfklibrary.org/learn/education/profile-in-courage-essay-contest/eligibility-and-requirements
Award: $10,000 ( 1 ), $3000 ( 1 ), $1000.00 ( 5 ), $100 ( 8 ) 
Deadline: January 15, 2021
 
Calvin Coolidge Presidential Foundation
Criteria: Applicant must be a JUNIOR, an American citizen or legal permanent resident. Selection will be based on academic excellence, an interest in public policy, an appreciation for the values President Coolidge championed, as well as humility and service. For more information and application, click here: https://coolidgescholars.org/
Award: 4 year full-ride
Deadline: January 20, 2021
 
National Beta Scholarships
Criteria: Applicant must be a US citizen in the 12th grade with plans to attend college/university in the fall of 2021.
For more information, click here: http://www.betaclub.org/scholarship
Award: $20,000.00 (250)
Deadline: January 21, 2021
 
Tennessee Concrete Association Essay Contest
Criteria : open to all students ages 16-18
Come see to the Counseling office for more information.
Award: $50-$250
Deadline: January 22, 2021
 
Equitable Excellence Scholarship
Criteria: Applicant must be a senior and a US citizen or legal resident planning to enroll full-time in an accredited two-year or four-year college. For additional information, click here:https://equitable.com/foundation/equitable-excellence-scholarship
Award: $2500.00, $10,000.00, $25,000.00 
Deadline: January 28, 2021
 

DAR (Daughters of the American Revolution) - 26 different scholarship opportunities

Criteria: Applicants must be citizens of the United States of America. Applicants must attend or plan to attend an accredited college or university in the U.S.

https://dar.academicworks.com/

Award: varies $1,000 -$5,000

Deadline: Scholarships are accepted from November 1, 2020 - January 31, 2021

 
Union Plus Scholarship
Criteria: Applicant must be a dependent child whose parent is a member in a participating union. For more information, click here: https://www.unionplus.org/benefits/education/union-plus-scholarships
Award: up to $4000.00 (100)
Deadline: January 31, 2021
 
SP High School Scholarship
Criteria: Applicant must be planning to attend college in the fall of 2021 and answer the essay question on the sponsor's website. They must also be a legal resident of the US or Puerto Rico. For more information, click here: https://studentscholarships.org/scholarship/14870/sp_high_school_scholarship_scholarship.php
Award: $10,000.00 (10)
Deadline: January 31, 2021
 
Arthur K. and Sylvia S. Lee Scholarship Foundation
Criteria: Applicant must be a graduating senior with plans to attend a local community junior college. (see website for list of eligible colleges.) Qualification for a scholarship will be based on financial need, academic performance, community service and Foundation funds available. For further information and application, click here: www.akleefoundation.org
Award: generally $1000.00
Deadline: January 31, 2021 (for fall 2021 semester)
 
Nitro Scholarship
Criteria: Applicant must be a graduating senior enrolled at an accredited college or university located in the US and have a 2.5 GPA, click here:https://www.nitrocollege.com/nitro-scholarship-application
Award: $2,000 (12 Awards)
Deadline: January 31, 2021 (for fall 2021 semester)
 
Society of Manufacturing Engineers Scholarship
Criteria: Applicant must be a graduating senior pursuing a degree in an engineering discipline closely related to manufacturing or a technology field of study related to manufacturing. They must have plans to attend an accredited college or university as a part time or full time student and must have a GPA minimum of 2.0. For additional information click here: https://studentscholarships.org/scholarship/15382/society_of_manufacturing_engineers_scholarship_scholarship.php
Award: $10,000 ( 100 awards )
Deadline: February 1, 2021
 
Nashville Predators Jack Diller Award
Criteria: This scholarship is open to student athletes. It takes into account consideration, academic achievement, athletic success, and community involvement.
Award: $2500
Deadline: February 5, 2021
 
MLK JR Scholarship for Rutherford County
Criteria: 3.5 GPA and at least a 22 ACT score.  African-American high school seniors must be a resident of Rutherford County and attend a Rutherford County School to be eligible for consideration.
Deadline: February 27, 2021
 

UTC Students - Marjorie Watson Mathematics Scholarship

Criteria: Applicants must be an incoming Freshman who plans on attending the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga with a major in Mathematics.

https://www.utc.edu/mathematics/students/awards.php

Contact Amanda Matthews at amanda-b-matthews@utc.edu if you have any questions

Award: $5,000

Deadline: February 15, 2021

 

Central High School Alumni Association, Inc. Nashville
Criteria: Applicant must be a natural or adopted descendant of a Nashville Central High School graduate or someone who attended Nashville Central for at least 2 years and did not transfer to or graduate from another school.
Deadline: February 19, 2021
 
Vegetarian Resource Group Scholarships
Criteria: Applicant must be a senior in high school in the US who has promoted vegetarianism in their school and/or communities. For additional information, click here: http://www.vrg.org/student/scholar.htm
Award: $10,000. 00 (1), $5,000.00 (2)
Deadline: February 20, 2021
 
Redstone Federal Credit Union Scholarship 
Criteria:

To be considered for a scholarship you MUST meet ALL of the following qualifications:

  • Must be a primary account holder (Tax Reported Owner), not solely a joint on an account (Students can open a savings account with a minimum balance of $5)
  • Must be a member in good standing, having never caused RFCU® a loss
  • Must be pursuing an associate’s or bachelor’s degree at an accredited college or university
  • Can not be an RFCU® employee, elected member of the Board of Directors or, any member of a Redstone volunteer committee \For more information, please visit https://www.redfcu.org/scholarship/
Deadline: February 28, 2021

 

REDUCE TN CRUSHES SCHOLARSHIP AWARD 
Criteria: This scholarship is open to students who meet these requirements:
• Be a current high school senior who will attend a college or university in Tennessee.
• Submit a nomination from a principal, teacher, mentor, or school resource officer.
• Complete the student essay.
*** Family members of the Tennessee Highway Safety Office or AAA – The Auto Club Group are excluded from applying. ***
Award: $3000
Deadline:  March 31, 2021
 
Pretty Photoshop Actions Bi-Annual Scholarship
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. For more information: https://www.photoshopactions.com/pages/pretty-photoshop-actions-scholarship-program
Award: $500
Deadline: April 15, 2021
 
PB & J Scholarship 
Criteria: This scholarship is open to students who have experienced personal challenges that may not have allowed them to perform well academically.  (High GPA not required to qualify!) Open to high school seniors who plan on attending an accredited 2 or 4 year school in the U.S.  Visit bit.ly/pbjscholarship2021 for more information
Award: $500-$1000
Deadline: May 31, 2020
 
BLOOD ASSURANCE
Criteria: The Crystal Green scholarship fund is open to high schools students seeking to better themselves and aspiring to give back to their community.
Award: 12 $1500 scholarships are available
Deadline: Go to bloodassurance.org for more details.
 
Fifth Third Bank Scholarship
Award: Fifth Third Bank is offering a $2,500 scholarship for 2 9th-12th grade students in TN. Go to https://financeacademy.53.com/scholarship/  for more information
Deadline: June 5th. 
 
Kids' Chance, Inc of Tennessee Scholarship
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.
 
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