Financial Aid / Scholarships

Heisman High School Scholarship
Award:  $500 to $5,000 scholarship. National Winners and their parents will also be invited to attend the Heisman Trophy weekend in New York City where they will receive national honor and recognition during the televised ESPN Heisman Trophy ceremony.

Qualifications:  Male and female senior athletes, weighted GPA of 3.0 or better, participation in at least one school-sponsored sport, and demonstrated leadership at school and in the community.

Nomination:  See Coach or counselor for a nomination or self nominate at

Deadline: October 29th
UT Knoxville
UT Knoxville Volunteer Scholarship
The in-state Volunteer Scholarship program recognizes students with an exemplary academic record based on a combination of GPA and test scores. It is available to incoming freshmen with a 3.8 UT Weighted Core GPA and a 28 ACT/1300 SAT superscore or higher–an adjustment made to support a greater amount of students on their path to Rocky Top.
Deadline: Apply for admission by December 15th
Visit for more information.
Award: free tuition and mandatory fees
Eligibility: Tennessee residents (annual family income of $50,000 or less and receive and maintain the HOPE scholarship).
Eligible students are required to complete 8 volunteer service hours and must participate in mentoring each semester.
Deadline: Dec 15th

Award: tuition, mandatory fees, AND room and board for qualified students.
Eligibility: an annual family income of $40,000 or less (including untaxed income and assets). UT will automatically offer this scholarship to those who qualify.
Deadline: Dec 15th
tn tech
Tennessee Tech University Scholarships
1 Application = over 600 scholarships for TNTech
All students must complete the application to be considered for scholarships for the 2020-2021 academic year. To apply, log into your Eagle Online account, choose the "Student" tab and select the Scholarship Application link.
FAFSA must also be on file by January 15th.
Deadline: December 15th

am legion

The American Legion High School Oratorical Scholarship Program “A Constitutional Speech Contest”

Award:  State level - $1,000 to $3,000, National level - $14,000 to $18,000

Eligible:  students grades 9 – 12

Application and information:

Deadline:  Received by American Legion Nashville office by January  10th  (must be turned in before to the counseling office)



Jefferson Scholars Nominations Open for the University of Virginia
Award: full tuition, room, board, for 4 years
Qualifications: Nomination, Academic achievement, Leadership, and Citizenship.
Information can be found at
Deadline for nomination: November 18th
Boston University
Boston University Trustee Scholarship Competition
Award: full undergraduate tuition plus orientation and mandatory undergraduate student fees for four years
Eligibility: Trustee Scholars rank at the top of their classes and demonstrate exceptional leadership in their schools and communities. Scholarship recipients are selected by a faculty committee from a competitive pool of applicants after rigorous review.
Deadline: December 1st
College Covered/Discover Card Scholarship
Sign up for emails to get helpful college tips and resources, and enter for the chance to win a scholarship! Throughout the year, 12 eligible students or parents will be randomly selected to win a $5,000 Discover Student Loans Scholarship Award to help cover college expenses. 
To see official rules and apply visit
Deadline for the last entry month: January 31st.
Dan and Melanie Mays McGill Scholarship Program - Maryville College
Award: Full Tuition
Eligibility: minimum ACT 30 or 1390 SAT, minimum 3.8 high school GPA, demonstrated leadership abilities
Deadline: December 1st
Visit for information and application.
Eastman Black History Oratorical Contest
Award: $250 - $1,000 (five places awarded)
Eligibility: Open to all high school students in the Northeast Tennessee or Southwest Virginia.  Applicants must submit an original written essay, discussing an acknowledged African American STEAM contributor.
Please submit original written essays at
Deadline: November 18th
Daughters of the American Revolution Rise and Shine for America Christopher Columbus Essay
Award: National Winner will receive $1,200
Eligibility: Open to grades 9 - 12, essay prepared in specific form regarding the topic. See more information with attachment.
Deadline: November 15th
Prudential Spirit of Community Awards
Award: President's Volunteer Service Award (if contributed minimum volunteer hours) and eligible to with $1,000
Qualifications: Outstanding acts of volunteer service. Open to grades 5 -12.
Download application:
Deadline: November 5th
Elks National Foundation Most Valuable Student Scholarship
Award: Varies ($4,000 to $50,000 scholarships)
Eligibility: high school senior, US citizen, academics, leadership and financial need.
Deadline: November 5th



Elks Trade Scholarship 

Award: Varies

The Trade Scholarship is an innovative scholarship intended to help those students that are often overlooked for financial aid. The Trade Scholarship is for graduating seniors as well as non-traditional students (those changing career fields or those needing additional education to progress in their current career) who will be pursuing a trade or certificate program.

Applicants are judged on academic achievement, interests and need. 

Application available at

Deadline: January 24th




Award: Full tuition at one of the listed colleges or universities. All mandatory fees imposed by the School on all full-time undergraduate students. Stipend for text books. Provide uniforms and Naval Science textbooks. Three summer cruises. Subsistence allowance each academic month.
For more information contact Petty Officer Pulman at




ETSU Financial Aid encourages students to file FAFSA, launches new info services


JOHNSON CITY – East Tennessee State University’s Office of Financial Aid encourages students to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) for the 2020-21 academic year, and announces two new online services recently launched to assist current and prospective students of the university – a Chatbot named “Bucky” and Financial Aid TV.


The filing period for the FAFSA for 2020-21 opened Oct. 1.  The FAFSA is students’ application for all federal financial aid, as well as the starting point for many state and school aid programs.  Many funding opportunities, including the HOPE (Lottery) Scholarship, are not available to students without a completed FAFSA. 


All new and returning students interested in federal and other financial aid must submit a FAFSA online at  The completed FAFSA must be directed to ETSU; filers will be prompted to enter the school code near the end of the application, and ETSU’s school code is 003487.


While completing the FAFSA and navigating the financial aid process, students and parents are invited to take advantage of the ETSU Office of Financial Aid’s new communication tools that provide answers to many common questions.


The Chatbot, a computer program that conducts a conversation using text, photos and videos, is a tool that quickly answers hundreds of questions that are frequently asked by students.  Named after ETSU’s mascot, “Bucky” provides real-time support to the university’s current student body, as well as prospective students and their parents and guardians who have questions about financial aid.


“Bucky” is located on all ETSU Financial Aid web pages, including the office’s homepage,


Financial Aid TV is home to hundreds of short and helpful videos that answer a range of commonly asked questions, such as “What is the FAFSA?” and “What is the Cost of Attendance?”  These videos are located throughout the ETSU Financial Aid web pages and a complete listing can be found at


“In our fast-paced world, both of these resources are fantastic tools for our current students, as well as for those who are considering enrolling at East Tennessee State University,” said Catherine Morgan, director of Financial Aid at ETSU.  “The Chatbot and Financial Aid TV are aimed at improving the university experience at ETSU.”


For more information on the FAFSA, contact the ETSU Office of Financial Aid at 423-439-4300 or Students and parents may also receive ETSU Financial Aid announcements and news on social media, including Facebook (, Twitter (@ETSU_FinAid) and Instagram (@etsufinaid).

The 2020 Governor’s School applications are around the corner.
You will need to go to the web page and click on the school you are interested in to download an application.
Please remember D-B due dates are not the same as the state deadlines. Students wishing to apply must meet D-B deadlines dates.  All applications are to be turned in to the counseling office completed by D-B Deadlines.
TN Governor's School of the Arts is due into D-B Counseling office by November 8th.
All other Governor's School Applications are due by November 15th.

profiles in courage


Profile in Courage Essay Contest

Awards: $100 - $10,000

Contest Topic: Describe and analyze an act of political courage by a U.S. elected official who served during or after 1917, the year of JFK's birth.

For contest information and to submit your essay, visit


Deadline: January 17th





The Eisenhower Scholarship at Gettysburg College
Award: $160,000 for four years of full-time study ($40,000 per year)
Eligibility: It is awarded to top-performing applicants within a most challenging curriculum who have demonstrated a high level of civic engagement locally, nationally, and/or internationally.
Deadline: January 15th
COURSE HERO 2019 Rise Up Scholarship for First-Generation College Students
Award: $5,000 (One recipient every six months)
-Minimum 3.0 GPA
-Age: 16 and over
-Permanent legal U.S. resident
-A detailed and well-written essay response
-Enrollment in a school listed on the U.S. Department of Education website
-Be the first in your family to attend college
Deadline: Dec 31st
Learn more and apply at
Course Hero 2019 Veteran Scholarship

Award: $5,000 (One recipient every six months)

  • Permanent Legal U.S. Resident
  • Military filiation:Retired honorably discharged or active duty service members of any branch of the United States military, or spouses, children or family members of such service members
  • At least 16 years old
  • Minimum of a 3.0 GPA 
  • Currently enrolled full-time or part-time in a two-year or four-year accredited undergraduate or graduate college or university, or vocational, technical or private career institution in the United States, as listed on the U.S. Department of Education website, available at
  • Must submit an essay - 500 words or less. 
Deadline: Dec 31st
Learn more and apply at
Davidson College - John Belk Scholarship
Award: eight chosen scholars will receive renewable scholarship equivalent to the college's fees, two special study stipends for enrichment

Eligibility: Academic excellence, engagement in the classroom and active with student or civic organizations, athletics, or in the arts.
1. Include a current resume
2. Write about your commitment to your local and global communities.
3. Include transcript with current test scores.

Two nominees will be selected from the pool of D-B applicants for consideration of the scholarship.

Return above needed items to the Counseling office by Oct. 28th for consideration.

ETSU Upward Bound
Upward Bound representative,Tiffany Brown, will be in front of the cafeteria on Tuesdays during lunch to meet with Upward Bound students and potential new students.
Upward Bound is an academic support program designed to increase high school students' opportunities to attend college.
For more information on ETSU Upward Bound, visit


Is a degree program you’d like to pursue not available in your state? Is out-of state tuition a barrier to a major offered at a college in another state? Looking for options with lower tuition?

Study in a specialized field at an out-of-state college.
Pay in-state tuition rates.

To qualify, you must: 



Tennessee Concrete Association High School Essay Contest
Award: $50, $100, or $250

Rules: Open to high school students ages 16-18 at the beginning of the 2019-2020 school year, follow essay specifications.

Complete online form to submit essay at:

Deadline: January 25th

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