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Admissions Scholarships & Grants

For New Freshmen Starting Fall 2021

New incoming freshmen starting in Fall 2021 must apply for scholarships in ScholarWeb by December 15, 2020 to be eligible for the following Admissions Scholarships and Grants.

Recommendation letters, test scores, and transcripts must be submitted no later than January 15, 2021. New scores received after January 15th will not be considered for scholarship purposes.

All scholarships and grants are competitive and based on funding. Students who qualify may only receive one of the following Admissions Scholarships.

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

High Flyers Scholarship*

A four-year scholarship for incoming freshman who meet the following criteria:

  • 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 2021 semester, this means you must have graduated high school after November 1, 2020.
  • Must have at least a 3.75 High School GPA
  • Must have at least a 27 ACT Composite score

It is renewable for up to four years (eight semesters) as long as student maintains 12 credit hours and has a 3.25 overall GPA by the end of their fifth semester at Tech. A limited number of these scholarships will be awarded.

Amount Per Year ACT Score High School GPA Hope*** Hope Merit*** Year Total
$5,000 33-36 3.75 - 4.0 $3,500 $1,000 $9,500
$4,000 31-32 3.75 - 4.0 $3,500 $1,000 $8,500
$3,000 29-30 3.75 - 4.0 $3,500 $1,000 $7,500
$3,000 27-28 3.75 - 4.0 $3,500 - $6,500

***HOPE & HOPE Merit are awards from the TN Education Lottery Program & the TN General Assembly.

Golden Opportunity Grant*

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

  • 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 2021 semester, this means you must have graduated high school after November 1, 2020.
  • Must have at least a 3.25 High School GPA
  • Must have at least a 23 ACT Composite score

Criteria used for awarding include, but are not limited to, financial need, grade point average, ACT score, community-based activities, and demonstrated leadership abilities.

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 fifth semester at Tech. A limited number of these scholarships will be awarded.

Amount Per Year ACT Score High School GPA HOPE*** Year Total
Up to $3,000 Minimum 23 Minimum 3.25 $3,500 Up to $6,500

***HOPE is an award from the TN Education Lottery Program.

Soaring Eagle Scholarship (Out-of-State)*

A four-year scholarship for incoming out-of-state freshman who have just graduated from high school. It is renewable for up to four years (eight semesters) as long as student maintains 12 credit hours and has a 3.00 overall GPA by the end of their fifth semester at Tech. A limited number of these scholarships will be awarded.

Amount Per Year ACT/SAT Score High School GPA
Up to $5,000 Minimum 26 ACT or 1230 SAT Minimum 3.75

Golden Eagle Excellence Scholarship

A four-year, $2,500 per year, scholarship for incoming freshman Tennessee residents who have just graduated from high school, aimed at increasing academic quality & diversity. The intent of this scholarship is to enrich the educational experience and promote quality education campus-wide. Students must meet at least one, but preferably more than one, of the following criteria:

  1. Underrepresented ethnic population
  2. First generation college student
  3. Resident of one of the 24 Upper Cumberland educationally underrepresented counties ðŸ›ˆ
  4. Underrepresented gender population specific to a major

It is renewable for up to four years (eight semesters) as long as the student maintains 12 credit hours and has a 2.50 overall GPA by the end of their fifth semester at Tech. A limited number of these scholarships will be awarded.

Upper Cumberland Valedictorian/Salutatorian Scholarship*

A $2,500 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 2021 semester, this means you must have graduated high school after November 1, 2020.
  • Must have at least a 22 ACT Composite score

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 fifth semester at Tech.

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 fifth semester at Tech 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 (Paul Semmes) 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 or:

Dr. Paul B. Semmes
Faculty Adviser to the Chess Club of Tennessee Tech
(931) 372-3118
Email: PSemmes@tntech.edu

Vice President's Residential Life Grant

A one-time, $1,000 housing grant for incoming freshman who meet the following criteria:

  • 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 2021 semester, this means you must have graduated high school after November 1, 2020.
  • Must have at least a 22 ACT and a 3.50 high school GPA.
  • Financial need may be considered.

This one-time grant is applied to a student's on-campus housing fees. Students must be living in on-campus housing (including Tech Village) to receive this grant. A limited number of these grants will be awarded.

This grant may be combined with another Admissions scholarship or grant, but cannot be combined with any other Residence Hall Award.

For more information about living on-campus, visit the Office of Residential Life's website.

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.

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

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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