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Admissions Scholarships & Grants

For New Freshmen Starting Fall 2023

Presidential Scholars

Amount Per Year ACT Score SAT Score
High School GPA Hope* Hope Merit* Year Total
$10,000 36 1570-1600 3.75+ $4,500 $1,000 $15,500
$8,000 35 1530-1560 3.75+ $4,500 $1,000 $13,500
$5,000 30-34 1360-1520 3.75+ $4,500 $1,000 $10,500
$4,000 29 1330-1350 3.75+ $4,500 $1,000 $9,500
$4,000 25+ 1200+ 3.40+ $4,500 - $8,500
$3,000 23-24 1130-1190 3.40+ $4,500 - $7,500

The Presidential Scholars program offers guaranteed scholarships to new freshmen who meet the minimum requirements and apply for admission by December 15, 2022. 

  • Must be a US Citizen or Permanent Resident Alien
  • Must have graduated from high school in the fall or spring immediately preceding entry to Tech
    • For new freshmen starting in the Fall 2023 semester, this means you must have graduated high school after November 1, 2022.
  • Must have at least a 3.40 High School GPA
  • Must have at least a 23 ACT Composite score (1130 SAT)

It is renewable for up to four years (eight semesters) as long as student maintains 12 credit hours and has a cumulative 3.0 GPA by the end of the third semester and each semester thereafter.

The ACT and High School GPA provided and used to be admitted will be used to determine eligibility. December ACT scores and final fall grades can be used to improve scholarship if received by January 15, 2023. No adjustments to scholarships will be made for scores or grades received after those two parameters. Review after January 15, 2023 will only occur if a Request for Exception is submitted by student.

In order to be considered for additional departmental and/or donor funded scholarships, all students must complete the scholarship application in ScholarWeb by December 15, 2022.

Other Scholarships & Grants

For other scholarships and grants listed below, as well as over 600 departmental scholarships, students must complete the scholarship application in ScholarWeb by December 15, 2022.

Recommendation letters, test scores, and transcripts must be submitted no later than January 15, 2023. New scores received after January 15th may not be considered for scholarship purposes.

The scholarships and grants below are competitive and based on funding. Students who qualify may only receive one Admissions scholarship.

The awards detailed below do not necessarily reflect any other possible aid such as federal aid/grants, or other university departmental scholarships.

Golden Opportunity Grant

Amount Per Year ACT Score SAT Score
High School GPA HOPE* Year Total
$1,500 22+ 1100+ 3.20+ $4,500 $6,000

A four-year institutional need-based grant for incoming freshman who meet the following criteria:

  • Must be a US Citizen or Permanent Resident Alien
  • Must have graduated from high school in the fall or spring immediately preceding entry to Tech
    • For new freshmen starting in the Fall 2023 semester, this means you must have graduated high school after November 1, 2022.
  • Priority will be given to students with at least a 3.20 High School GPA
  • Priority will be given to students with at least a 22 ACT Composite score (1100 SAT)
  • Must have submitted 2023-2024 FAFSA

Criteria used for awarding include, but are not limited to, financial need, grade point average, and ACT score.

It is renewable for up to four years (eight semesters) as long as student maintains 12 credit hours, completes 55 academic service hours each semester, and has a 3.00 overall GPA by the end of their third semester at Tech and each semester thereafter. A limited number of these scholarships will be awarded.

Upper Cumberland Valedictorian/Salutatorian Scholarship

A $3,500 per year, scholarship for incoming freshman who meet the following criteria:

  • Must have been designated as the Valedictorian or Salutatorian at an Upper Cumberland public high school
  • Must be a Tennessee resident (in-state residency)
  • Must have graduated from high school in the fall or spring immediately preceding entry to Tech
    • For new freshmen starting in the Fall 2023 semester, this means you must have graduated high school after November 1, 2022.
  • Must have at least a 17 ACT Composite score (1100 SAT)

This scholarship is renewable for up to four years (eight semesters) as long as the student maintains continuous full-time enrollment and has a 3.00 overall GPA by the end of their third semester at Tech and each semester thereafter.

Tennessee State Scholastic Chess Championship Scholarship

These scholarships are awarded in conjunction with the Tennessee State Scholastic Chess Championship Tournaments. This scholarship is renewable for three additional years as long as the recipient has an overall GPA of 3.25 by the end of their third semester at Tech and each semester thereafter, and maintains continuous full-time enrollment.

The winner does not have to be a high school senior—the scholarship will be available when the recipient will be a beginning first-year college student. The recipient must qualify for admission to Tennessee Tech University.

  • To the winner of the high school section of the annual Tennessee State Scholastic Individual Finals Chess Tournament: A four-year university Admissions scholarship providing $4,000 per year for a total value of $16,000.
  • To the second place winner of the high school section of the annual Tennessee State Scholastic Individual Finals Chess Tournament: A four-year university Admissions scholarship providing $2,500 per year for a total value of $10,000.
  • To the winning team of the high school section of the annual Tennessee State Scholastic Team Finals Chess Tournament: Four members of the winning team will each be offered a four-year university Admissions scholarship providing $4,000 per year for a total value of $16,000.
  • To the second place team of the high school section of the annual Tennessee State Scholastic Team Finals Chess Tournament: Four members of the winning team will each be offered a four-year university Admissions scholarship providing $2,500 per year for a total value of $10,000.

At the end of the tournament, a Tennessee Tech representative will obtain the winner's name and address, and this information will be forwarded to the Financial Aid Office. The student will be contacted by letter shortly after the tournament.

For more information, please contact us.

Please Note

Students may only receive one of these awards. If a student is eligible for more than one award, they will be offered the greater of the two.

*HOPE & HOPE Merit are in-state awards from the TN Education Lottery Program & the TN General Assembly. These are awarded separately from TN Tech scholarships.

Tennessee Technological University reserves the right to limit scholarship/grant awards if necessary funding is not available.

For help converting your SAT score to an ACT score, see the official ACT/SAT Conversion Table (PDF) from CollegeBoard.

Any student receiving a combination of lottery scholarships, federal and/or state grants, and institutional or private scholarships or grants cannot receive more than the estimated cost of attendance per year, as determined by the Office of Financial Aid. If the total of all offers exceeds that amount, the scholarship/grant amount will be reduced.

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