Frequently Asked Questions

Common Tennessee Tech Scholarship Questions and Need to Knows

ScholarWeb applicants are reviewed for all Admissions and departmental scholarships for which they are eligible. Admissions scholarships are largely merit-based. Departmental scholarships are donor-funded and each one has unique criteria, reviewing anything from an applicant's GPA or financial need to honors, talents, awards, employment history or county of residence. ScholarWeb provides information on the hundreds of scholarships Tech has to offer. Use it to learn more about the scholarship awarded by your department or any department on campus!

Completing one ScholarWeb application per academic year is all that is needed. This will ensure you are reviewed for all the Tennessee Tech scholarships for which you meet the criteria. Music Performance, ROTC, the Honors Program, and Athletic departments have separate requirements for their scholarships. To view more information about different scholarships offered at Tennessee Tech, visit our Scholarship Categories page.

All students who will be attending Tennessee Tech the following year should complete the scholarship application each Fall. This includes prospective (admitted) students, undergraduates, graduate students, and international students.

Most departments strongly consider GPA, especially in the subject of your major. They may also consider ACT score, extracurricular activities, honor/recognition, financial need, and experience related to your field of interest.

Very important! You will not be considered for any university or departmental scholarships if we don't have your transcript. We use the transcript on file in the Office of Admissions at the time of awarding. It is best to request your transcript as early in the fall as possible to ensure it reaches us in time to be reviewed for scholarships.

Complete the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) as soon as possible after Oct. 1. The deadline to complete the FAFSA for need-based scholarships through ScholarWeb is Dec. 15. Apply online at The FAFSA is also the official federal document for determining financial need and eligibility for all forms of financial aid in addition to scholarships. If you are eligible for the Tennessee Education Lottery Scholarship (HOPE), you must complete the FAFSA. For more information about the FAFSA, visit the Office of Financial Aid's website.

Some specific majors and scholarships do require recommendations. To be considered for all possible Tennessee Tech scholarships, you are required to submit the name and email address of at least one recommender in order to submit your application. All recommendations must be completed by the recommender in ScholarWeb. You can log in to ScholarWeb and list the email address of any recommender that you wish to complete a recommendation for you. You can also see which recommendations have been completed for you within ScholarWeb. You will find additional guidelines in the application form for any specific letters of recommendation that need to be submitted for a specific scholarship or major. 

Log in to ScholarWeb via Eagle Online and select the blue "Recommendations" button in the Applicant Home screen. You will then see the requests that you have already made and whether or not they have been read or completed. The option to send reminder e-mails or withdraw a request and make a new request is available there as well. Three recommendations are the most any applicant would require for scholarship review.

If you are selected to receive a scholarship, you will be notified by the department offering the scholarship. Notifications are sent by e-mail and sometimes by mail. Check your Tennessee Tech student email account regularly. University scholarship offers will be made by March 31. Log in to your ScholarWeb account via Eagle Online at any time and review the Award Information section for most up-to-date scholarship status.

You may also reference the Scholarship Timeline to track where we are in the review and awarding process.

Yes, if you do not accept your Tennessee Tech scholarship within the specified time frame, it may be cancelled. Students usually have a couple of weeks to accept the scholarship in ScholarWeb after the awarding of the scholarship. Some scholarships may have other requirements and if those requirements are not met by the specified time frame, the scholarship(s) may be cancelled.

Yes. Scholarship offers are sent by mail and email and posted to ScholarWeb. If you do not have a scholarship offer in the Award Information section of your ScholarWeb account, then you were not selected for an offer. Remember, eligibility does not guarantee selection. You will have the opportunity to apply for scholarships through ScholarWeb each Fall. HOPE scholarships, loans, grants and all other forms of financial aid requiring FAFSA submission are NOT posted in ScholarWeb. Check your Eagle Online account for information on financial aid awarded by the Tennessee Tech's Office of Financial Aid.

It is always recommended that you complete the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid). It is also recommended that you check with civic and professional organizations, parents’/students’ employers, and national scholarship searches for scholarship opportunities. Scholarship committees may choose alternates, in the event the chosen recipient(s) does not attend or complete the necessary requirements for the scholarship, so continue to actively monitor your student email account all year. You can apply for Tennessee Tech scholarships each year in ScholarWeb.

Only those students who completed the University's scholarship application by the deadline are considered for university scholarships. You may complete the scholarship application starting in August for the following academic year.

Test scores on file in Admissions at the time of awarding are used to determine scholarship eligibility. This means that any new ACT/SAT scores submitted after that point will not be used for scholarship consideration. See the scholarship timeline for new freshmen for more information.

In many instances, yes. If you are receiving a departmental scholarship, it generally requires you to major in that department. If you are unsure of the requirements for a scholarship you have been awarded, we advise you to contact the Scholarship Office before changing your major to ensure you are fully informed.

Students have secure access to enrollment verification through Eagle Online. Refer to the Enrollment Verification section of the Office of the Registrar's webpage for more information.

Scholarships not funded by Tennessee Tech are referred to as "outside" or "agency" scholarships by the University. Outside scholarship checks should include the full name and T-Number of the scholarship recipient. Mail all outside/agency scholarship checks to:

Mrs. Claudette Venters
Office of Financial Aid
1000 N. Dixie Ave, Box 5076
Cookeville, TN 38505-0001

Please visit the External Scholarships page on the Financial Aid website for additional instructions. Unless otherwise specified by the donor, the total award amount will be divided equally between Fall and Spring terms. You may also deliver the check by the Financial Aid Office in Jere Whitson Building room 302.

The Office of Scholarships processes and manages the Tennessee Tech University scholarship (ScholarWeb) application. Contact us about Tennessee Tech University scholarships. You may contact the Office of Scholarships by using the Contact Us form.

For departmental scholarships, you may also contact the awarding department. The HOPE scholarship is managed by the Office of Financial Aid, in addition to, FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid), loans, grants and work study assignments.