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Tennessee Scholarships

by Mary Brito | Last Updated: May 6, 2022

Important Note: The purpose of this detailed listing is to help you plan your scholarship search throughout the year. Please find information below about scholarships for Tennessee students. Some of the deadlines may be from prior years. Scholarship deadlines are cyclical, so even if a deadline has passed, the website will likely be updated for the 2021-22 cycle. Be sure to reach out to the sponsor or check sponsor websites for the most recent details.

January

This offers students $1,000 in financial support. Applicants must submit their application and travel to the nearest participating ford dealership to attain the dealer code. The deadline is January 14th. More information here.

February

This gives scholarship awards to students who are seeking a career working with children in the future. Applicants must be enrolled part-time or full-time in an educational institution and planning to participate in graduate programs for child care.  The deadline to apply is February 1st. More details here.

This offers senior high school and 1st/2nd year college students with multiple scholarship opportunities. Applicants must demonstrate financial need and academic work ethic. The deadline is February 7th. Apply here.

This provides $2,500 to students who are currently in a Nashville or Middle Tennessee high school. Applicants must display community participation and dedication to improving themselves. A GPA of at least 2.5 is required. The deadline to apply is February 14th. Learn more here. 

This awards third/fourth year undergraduate and graduate students with financial support expressing interest in business, marketing, construction management and more. Awards vary and applicants must demonstrate financial need. The deadline is February 15th. Read more here

This awards various scholarships to students pursuing a degree in a Christian related field such as pastoral ministry, Biblical counseling or international ministry. Applicants must be aiming for full-time or past-time careers in Christian fields of work and live in the Chattanooga area. The deadline is February 15th. Apply here.

This provides $3,200 to East Tennessee students seeking a career in clinical veterinary medicine. Applicants must display their need for financial support and be enrolled in University of Tennessee, Knoxville or Lincoln Memorial University College of Veterinary Medicine. The application is due February 15th. Learn more here.

This awards children of Simon Property Group employees $3,000 in financial support. Applicants must be younger than 24 and a dependent of an employee who has been employed for at least a year. The deadline is February 19th. More information here. 

This offers multiple scholarships for high school seniors, undergraduates and graduate students who are TGCSA employees or their dependents. Applicants must submit one application which will notify them of all the scholarships they are eligible for. Employees must have been in company service for at least two years. The deadline is February 28th. More details here.

March

This awards $2,000 to students who have participated in a Youth Baseball League. Applicants do not need to demonstrate exceptional athletic ability, but must be in their senior year of highschool. The deadline to apply is March 1st. Apply here.

This awards high school students who have been improving the quality of their communities through volunteership and racial relations up to $1,000 in financial aid. Selected applicants will be invited to the Symposium to discuss various topics with other prize recipients. The deadline is March 1st. More information here.

This offers up to $10,000 to 25 incoming full-time college students. Applicants demonstrating leadership abilities and diversity are eligible from any state except Utah. Students must also be eligible for a Pell-Grant. The deadline to apply is March 8th. Learn more here

This offers high school students who enrolled in their senior year $3,500 in financial support. Applicants must demonstrate academic success and potential for handling college courses. The deadline is March 26th. Learn more here.

This provides $3,500 to students who are either enrolled in college or planning to attend a college within the eligible states. Applicants must submit an essay regarding an inspirational black role model who has beneficially influenced their life. Applicants must also have at least a 2.0 GPA to be eligible. The deadline to submit is March 31st. Apply here. 

April

This provides multiple scholarships to students seeking post-secondary education. Scholarships for undergraduate and graduate students are offered and may be used as the recipient wishes. Additional requirements may be applied depending on the scholarship. The deadline for all applications is April 1st. More information here.

This awards $500 to a student residing in Tennessee who is seeking a career in teaching. The applicant must demonstrate a passion for educating the Tennessee youth, have at least 3.5 GPA, finished half of their junior  college year and fully enrolled. The deadline to apply is April 1st. More details here.

This provides awards to high school seniors preparing for their freshman year in college through an essay contest. The competition will award $2,000, $1,500 and $1,000 to first, second and third place respectively. Applicants must be a Tennessee, Mississippi, or Arkansas resident. Alternatively if the student is involved in a bird club outside the listed states, then the applicant is still eligible. The deadline to submit the essay is April 15th. More information here.

This rewards $5,00 to Tennessee students who have an interest in entering the field of teaching. Applicants must sign an agreement to be employed at a Pre K through 12th grade school for each year that the scholarship is active. Additionally, recipients must be enrolled full-time and be in their junior/senior year or attending a graduate program. The deadline to apply is April 15th. More details here.

This offers $2,500 to students who are majoring in the drinking water or wastewater industries. Applicants must reside within SEDA’s service region. Individuals who are in their 3rd/4th year of college or in a graduate program are eligible to apply. The deadline is April 30th. Learn more here. 

May

This awards African- American/ Black students seeking a full-time post secondary education. Applicants must demonstrate leadership qualities and reside in a CBC member district. Applicants must have at least a 2.5 GPA to be eligible. The application deadline is May 7th. Learn more here.

This provides scholarships to Tennessee high school seniors who are residing in Memphis and Shelby County. Applicants must be seeking enrollment at Lincoln University and a 2.5 GPA. Scholarship amounts vary between scholarships. The application must be submitted by May 10th. More information here.

This awards students related to  first responders (firemen, policemen, EMTs, etc.) $13,000/$4,500 to first and second place winners respectively. Applicants must provide evidence of relation to a first responder and be 15-20 years old to be considered eligible. The application deadline is May 14th. More details here.

This offers students expressing an interest in marine/ ocean fields of study. Applicants must display academic success and have been involved in NOSB once in their highschool career. The deadline is May 25th. Learn more here.

June

This provides financial support to female  senior students who are residing in Cheatham, Davidson, Dickson, Robertson, Rutherford, Sumner, Williamson, or Wilson county. Applicants must have at least a 3.0 GPA. Application requirements vary depending on whether the applicant is a traditional or nontraditional student. The deadline is June 10th. Apply here.

This awards $600 to college students who are interested in pursuing a career in the beef industry. The purpose of the scholarship is to encourage and groom the next leaders of the industry. The deadline to apply is June 15th. More details here.

This  offers $500 to youth students who are active in their community. Applicants must be planning to enroll in a post-secondary institution or college and submit at least three recommendations. Additionally, recipients must continue to reflect the academic success and community involvement that qualified them. The deadline to apply is June 30th. Learn more here.

July

This provides various amounts of financial support to Tennessee students who are dependents of an individual who has died in the line of duty such as a law enforcement officer, fireman, or an emergency medical service technician. Applicants must be full-time students and have completed their FAFSA application. The deadline is July 15th. Apply here.

August

September

This awards financial support to students who were raised in the foster care system at a point in their lives. Applicants must have been in foster care for at least one year after turning fourteen. The scholarship is renewable if academic success and enrollment is maintained. The deadline to apply is September 1st. Learn more here.

October

This provides $1,000 to female and minority students who are interested in enrolling in a STEM program. Applicants must be between their senior year of high school and their junior year in college. Applicants can reapply if they receive the award.. The deadline to apply is 31st. More details here. 

November

This awards an out of state student up to $11,000 in financial  support for classes, tuition, and other college expenses. Applicants must demonstrate high academic performance to be considered eligible. The deadline is November 1st. Read more here.

December

This grants between $2,500-$30,000 per academic year to students residing in the Middle Tennessee region. Applicants must demonstrate financial need and enroll in a major related to STEM or business. For high school applicants, a GPA of 2.5 is preferred. The deadline to apply is December 1st. More details here.

Deadlines Vary

This spelling bee contest awards $10,000, $5,000 and $2,500 to the first, second and third place respectively as well as multiple additional scholarships. Applicants must be in 8th-12th grade to be considered eligible for the competition. The deadline varies. More details here.

This awards $500-$1,000 to students who represent a racial-ethnic minority and a member of the UMC (United Methodist Church). Applicants must have a GPA of at least 3.0. The deadline may vary. Apply here.

This offers multiple loans and scholarships to students who are members of the United Methodist Church (UMC). Applicants must be enrolled full-time at an institution and at least a 2.5 GPA. Additional requirements may be needed for certain scholarships. The deadline varies depending on the scholarship. More information here.

This awards scholarships to female Christian students who demonstrate financial need. Many of the scholarships are dedicated to students enrolled in an undergraduate program. Scholarships target medical, nursing and more. Applicants cannot apply through an application and must apply through their institution. Learn more here. 

This provides scholarships between $500-$2,000 to students who are seeking chiropractic practice. Applicants must maintain at least a 2.0 GPA. Additional terms and conditions may vary per scholarship. The deadline varies depending on which scholarship is applied to. Deadline varies. More details here.

This holds a competition for students to raise awareness and funds for combating cancer. Winners will receive financial support. The purpose of the program is to teach participants skills such as entrepreneurship, marketing, and project management. The deadline is currently unannounced. More information here.

This offers $500 to full-time Tennessee students and additional awards per semester. Applicants must have at least a 2.8 GPA for high school students or a 3.0 GPA if they are enrolled in college. Applicants cannot have any suspension. The deadline is December 1 for the Spring semester and the deadline for the Fall Semester is July 1. Learn more here. 

This offers partial payment of student loans for individuals enrolling in service up to 15%. Applicants must enlist for at least six years, have attained high school diploma and qualify for specific military occupations.The deadline may vary. More information here.

This awards financial aid to Tennessee high school graduates who are seeking a college education full-time. Freshman and sophomores may receive up to $1,750 per semester while junior and seniors can receive up to $2,250 per semester. Applicants can apply through submitting their FAFSA and must have a minimum GPA of 3.0. The deadline for fall semester is September 1st  and  February 1st for spring and summer semesters. Apply here.

This provides multiple scholarships between $500 to $25,000 to students who are active, FCC-licensed amateur radio operators. Applicants may have to submit extra documents for specific scholarships. Applications open on November 1st. Deadlines vary. Learn more information.

This awards scholarships of varying amounts to students residing in all states except Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Wisconsin. Scholarship selection is competitive. The deadline varies. More information here.

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Mary Brito is enrolled at the prestigious Macaulay Honors College at City University of New York Queens College. She is studying urban studies and political science and aspires to one day work in the nonprofit sector for a social justice organization. Knowing the difficulties, hardships, and struggles that students face on their journey to college, Mary offers insight on the ins and outs of college admissions, what colleges look for in personal statements and supplemental essays, and navigating the scholarship and paying for the college process. For fun, Mary likes to paint, travel, and explore the city with friends. She will also be a programming and residential life assistant for high school students in Building Community at Columbia University.