This fall, any Tennessee high school graduate with a minimum 3.5 grade point average and a 28 composite score on the ACT exam will receive a University Service Scholarship from Tennessee Tech University valued between $1,000 and $4,000.
And even top students with slightly lower GPA's who took advanced placement or honors courses may qualify.
But students need to act fast. TTU's scholarship application deadline is Dec. 15. To qualify, students need only apply to the university on-line from the Tennessee Tech University web site at www.tntech.edu or call the Admissions Office at 931-372-3888 or 800-255-8881 for more details. To earn a chance for other scholarships, students must also complete the on-line scholarship application form.
TTU has previously offered similar scholarships for selected top students, but this marks the first year TTU has offered guaranteed scholarships to every admitted student who meets the minimum criteria. Each scholarship is also renewable for three additional years, provided the recipient maintains minimum grade and service requirements.
The University Service Scholarship requires students to maintain a 3.0 grade point average and contribute 75 hours of service — about 5 hours a week — to the university each semester. The awards begin at $1,000 and increase for applicants with higher grades or ACT scores.
The university isn't just limiting the scholarships to incoming freshmen. Students transferring from community colleges who attended on a Tennessee Board of Regents Academic Service Scholarship or Presidential Scholarship with a minimum 3.5 GPA may also apply for the University Service Scholarship worth up to $2,500 each year for the junior and senior years of study.
But not all scholarships at Tennessee Tech require top grades. Others are based on student interests, athletic abilities, ethnic backgrounds, county of residence or financial need. Scholarships at Tennessee Tech include university-wide awards plus more than 200 others based on specific criteria. In addition, many individual departments and colleges give annual awards, as do alumni groups and several professional and civic organizations. Both entering freshmen and college transfers are eligible for the departmental awards.
Tennessee Tech was recently ranked by U.S. News & World Report magazine as one of the Top 10 Public Schools in the South and among the Top Tier of Best Universities (master’s level) for the South. A member of the Tennessee Board of Regents, TTU also ranks first in student satisfaction and alumni satisfaction among all TBR universities. The Cookeville-based comprehensive university offers more than 40 undergraduate degree and 19 graduate degree programs, including the Ph.D. in engineering, education and environmental sciences.