SENIOR Scholarships
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Scholarships for this school year are being updated! The Guidance Department will be overseeing all scholarship information and questions. Please see your guidance counselor for scholarship questions and turn-ins. Use your best judgment when applying. You should never have to pay to apply and should be cautious with how much personal information you provide.
It is so important you check this site often since new scholarships are added daily; especially in the Spring for local scholarships. LOOK AHEAD - do not wait until the month a scholarship is due. Some of these scholarships may seem hard (rarely hard - just time consuming!); please do not let that stop you. You would be surprised how few students apply for the hard ones, therefore, increasing your chances to actually receive the scholarship. Also, listen carefully for announcements/reminders.
Big FutureNarrow your college search & find money to attend!
College ChecklistFor all students in high school
College for TNFind out everything you need to know about applying to college.
The Common ApplicationOne scholarship application form is good for hundreds of institutions.
Kuder NavigatorCareer Planning. Access Code: 4212 Use the following Activation Codes: Career Interests Assessments-X5757733ZHH Skills Confidence Assessment-S4257749WST Work Values Assessment-V4257748DKF Navigator Registration Code-N4257747DPR
FastwebScholarship matching service.Alerts you by email, so, choose an email you will check often. Also, make sure this email contains words/phrases you are not embarrased for an institution to see.
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TN PromiseExplains how you can go to a community or technical college for free.
The Art Institute NashvilleOffers Art Grant, Scholarship Competitions, DECA Scholarship, National Art Honor Society Scholarship, FBLA Scholarship, Scholastic Art & Writing Awards towards the following programs: Visual Design, Interior & Product Design, Marketing, Animation & Effects, Film & Production, Gaming & Technology, Fashion, and Culinary.  They also offer HOPE Grant, AIM Grant, MERIT Grant, and ENTRANCE
Cappex Easy College MoneyJust answer a few questions and that's it.$1,000
CaptainU Student AthleteOpen to all athletes who plan to attend a 4 yr college. Must complete a CaptainU profile and will be judged on profile completeness, recruiting activity on CaptainU, and promotion of CaptainU.$2,000Awarded quarterly
College Peas Standout StudentFor the student who has something special that makes them different from their peers.  Engaging in any activity that other teenagers don’t typically do.  2.0 GPA or higher.  Submit a short essay describing a special skill, talent or interest that helps you standout from your peers. The essay should be no longer than 100 words.$400Revolving
CollegeWeekLive SweepstakesVisit five college profile pages at our site during the event, ask the schools anything you’d like while you’re there, and we’ll enter you in a drawing for our $5,000 scholarship to a participating school. $1,000Awarded monthly
Got Chosen's Social NetworkEntrants must be 18 yrs old & be accepted to a post-secondary program or college. The post with the highest number of votes at the end of the month wins! NO GPA, essays, or financial need requirements.$5,000Awarded Monthly
“No Essay” College ScholarshipSweepstakes. One entry per month.  Login or register for a free account.$2,000Awarded monthly
Scholarship Points AwardBe at least 13 years old and enrolled or will enroll in a college or university in the US. Be a legal resident of the U.S. or Puerto Rico.VariesAwarded monthly & quarterly
Sun Trust Off to College Scholarship SweepstakesSweepstakes. No GPA or financial need requirement. 30 winners chosen at random$500Awarded Bi-Weekly:
Student-View Scholarship ProgramSweepstakes. Open to all regardless of academic achievement or financial need. Complete 15-25 minute online survey about local colleges to be entered into a RANDOM drawing!$500 - $4,000
$1,000 "You Deserve It" SweepstakesMust be 16 yrs old. Create FREE ScholarshipOwl account$1,000Awarded monthly
Siemens Competition for Math, Science, & TechnologyUS citizens and permanent residents (green card holders). High school science research competition for grades 9-12.  Can compete individually or as a team with up to 3 students. Team structure due on 8/14Up to $100,0008/14 team structure is due
Arctic Physical Therapy3.0 GPA or higher. Submit an essay explaining the benefits of physical therapy.$5008/31
Cappex Easy College MoneyCurrent seniors apply online.$1,0008/31
Chegg $1,000 Monthly ScholarshipLegal US residents at least 16 yrs old. Scholarship question: What are you most looking forward to in the upcoming school year and why?$1,0008/31
Make Me LaughMust be 13 yrs or older.  250-words (max) on “Describe an incident in your life, funny or embarrassing (fact or fiction), and make us laugh!”$1,5008/31
Career FitterApplicants must be planning to enroll in an accredited college. Must take career test on Career Fitter's website and include results on their application. Selection based on overall strength of application.$5009/15
US SERVICE ACADEMY DAYHeld at Wilson Central High School from 9:30-12:00. Visit the website or call 615-206-8204 for more information. Representatives, alumni, and current Cadets and Midshipmen from all 5 academies will be present. ROTC representatives will be available to discuss college scholarships.9/16
Siemens Competition for Math, Science, & TechnologyUS citizens and permanent residents (green card holders). High school science research competition for grades 9-12.  Can compete individually or as a team with up to 3 students. Team structure due on 8/14Up to $100,0009/19
QuestBridge College MatchUS citizens, permanent residents, and students in a US high school regardless of citizenship. Seniors who have shown outstanding academic ability (top 5-10% of class taking rigorous courses) despite facing economic challenges (family earning less than $60,000) and plan to attend a partner college (listed here tuition, room, & board9/27
KFC Foundation GrantHelps KFC restaurant hourly Team Members and Shift Supervisors (employed at least 6 mths) pursue their educational dreams by providing tuition assistance to recipients attending accredited four-year and two-year colleges, as well as trade/vocational schools. Variable9/28
You Deserve ItYou must be a resident of any of the 50 United States, District of Columbia or US Territories. You must be 16 years of age or older. You must either be enrolled now, or will be enrolled within three months of registration in a qualified high school, college or university within the United States.
Shout It OutMust be 13 yrs or older. 250-words (max) on “If you could say one thing to the entire world at once, what would it be and why?” $1,5009/30
Don't Text & DriveApplicants must be a high school freshman, sophomore, junior or senior or a current or entering college or graduate school student of any level. Home schooled students are also eligible. There is no age limit. Students must also be a U.S. citizen or legal resident.$1,0009/30
FAFSA opensFree Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) application opens for Class of 2017. This is the only application for TN Hope Lottery Scholarship. If you haven't completed your taxes for 2016, you can still complete the FAFSA and estimate by using your 2015 tax return.Variable10/
Hope Scholarship opensTN resident 1 yr prior to application, 3.0 GPA OR 21 ACT. Complete FAFSA to apply. For more info, please visit to $1,500 at 2 yr colleges & $1,750 at 4 yr colleges the 1st & 2nd yrs Awards will increase during jr & sr yrs of college10/
Hope Access Grant opens2.75-2.99 GPA AND 18, 19, or 20 ACT, and adjusted gross family income of $36,000 or less on IRS tax form. For more information, please visit to $875 at 2 yr colleges & $1,250 at 4 yr colleges10/
Hope Foster Child Tuition Grant opensFor students who were in the custody of DCS for at least 1 year after 14th birthday.  Must meet high school academic requirements for the Hope Scholarship or Hope Access Grant.Variable10/
General Assembly Merit Scholarship (GAMS) opensSupplement to the Hope Scholarship above. 3.75 GPA AND 29 ACT. Please visit for more informationUp to $1,000/yr10/
Aspire Award opensSupplement to the Hope Scholarship above. Adjusted gross income must be less than $36,000 or less on IRS tax form. For more information, please visit to $1,500/yr10/
Wilder-Naifeh Technical Skills Grant opensAvailable to all students who enroll in a Tennessee College of Applied Technology (TCAT) in a certificate or diploma program including prior HOPE Scholarship recipients. For more information, please visit to $2,000/yr10/
United States Service AcademiesAt least 17 yrs old, US citizen, & must meet the medical, physical, & academic requirements of the academy.Variablemid-October
Wendy's High School HeismanUnlimited # of applicants! Senior Athletes with a “B” GPA of 3.0 or better. Award will be based on scholarship, athletics and citizenship. $10-$500 in gift cards & $1,000-$10,000 for college10/
AES EngineeringYou do NOT have to pursue engineering to apply.  500-1000 word essay on "When you look back on your life in 30 years, what would it take for you to consider your life successful?  What relationships or accomplishments will be important on this journey?" Be sure to include your full name as well as the name of the school you are attending this year and your plans for next year.  Submit your essay to$500TBA
Young Arts AwardBe a young artist who is 15-18 years old or in grades 10-12, prepare audition or portfolio according to your discipline, review requirements, apply online, and pay $35 non-refundable fee.Cash awards & possible scholarship opportunities10/13
Dr. Pepper Tuition GiveawayMust be 18 yrs old, submit one of a kind goal & how you plan to impact the world, get your friends to vote, once you get 50 votes you submit a videoUp to $100,000TBA
David B Goldberg Music ScholarshipLegal US residents, at least 16 yrs old, and pursuing your own love of music. Through a short essay and one-minute video (uploaded to Instagram or YouTube), show why music is a big part of your life and how it has influenced you and/or your education.$5,000TBA
Horatio Alger Association of Distinguished AmericansHave overcome an adversity, financial need (AGI $55,000 or lower), be involved in co-curricular & community service, maintain a 2.0 GPA, and be a US citizen. Spring graduates.Up to $25,00010/25
U.S. Senate Youth ProgramTwo delegates & two alternates selected per state, junior or senior, based on leadership in an elected or appointed high school student office for the current school year, and a US resident residing in TN along with a parent/guardian. Must attend the program in Washington, D.C. March 3-10, 2018.Trip to Washington, D.C. & possible $10,000 scholarship10/27
SUMNER COUNTY COLLEGE NIGHT 6-8PM, VOL STATEThere will be over 80 college represented. It is open to all students.10/25
Coca-Cola ScholarsAt least 3.0 GPA at the end of junior year, apply online, and are recognized for their capacity to lead and serve, and their commitment to making a significant impact on their schools and communities. U.S. Citizens, U.S. Nationals, U.S. Permanent Residents, Refugees, Asylees, Cuban-Haitian Entrants, or Humanitarian Parolees.150 recipients at $20,000TBA
Elks Emergency Educational GrantsProvides financial assistance to children of deceased or totally disabled Elks, who wish to obtain or further their college education.  Other details apply.Up to $4,000TBA
Zombie Apocalypse ScholarshipLegal resident of US at least 13 yrs old & submit a 250 word or less essay in response to "Imagine that your high school/college has been overrun with Zombies. Your math professor, the cafeteria ladies and even your best friend have all joined the walking dead. Use your brain to flesh out a plan to avoid the Zombies, including where you would hide and the top 5 things you would bring with you to stay alive."$2,00010/31
Wal-Mart AssociateMust meet ALL of the following: US citizen or permanent resident, be employed full or part time for 6 months prior to application deadline, intend to enroll in college upon graduation, seniors must wait to apply until you're w/in 6 mths of starting college, & have a demonstrated financial need.TBDAvailable 11/1
Ellen Davies Rodgers / Zachariah DaviesFull-time student entering his/her freshman year in an accredited U.S. college/university. This scholarship is not limited to a particular curriculum. A 300 to 500 word essay is required, transcripts, resume, a narrative on patriotic endeavors, and three letters of recommendation from a minister, CAR Senior Leader, Scout leader, employer, supervisor or community program or educator (not more than one letter from each field). Apply online.$750TBA
Ron Brown ScholarEARLY DEADLINE!! Must be a US Citizen or hold a permanent resident visa card, Black/African American, excel academically, exhibit exceptional leadership potential, participate in community service, and demonstrate financial need. Apply online by the early deadline to have your contact information shared with additional colleges and scholarship providers.$40,000 over 4 yrsTBA
TN PromiseScholarship & mentor program that requires application by Nov. 1, 2017-2018 FAFSA completion by Jan. 17, application to eligible community or technical college, 2 mandatory meetings, and 8 hours of community service.2 yrs community college or technical school
TSDARSenior who will be attending an accredited U.S. college/university granting a degree. This may be a nursing school or junior college, but not a vocational school. A 150 to 300 word essay is required, transcripts, resume, and two letters of recommendation from a minister, scout leader, employer or educator. Apply online.$2,500TBA
TSDAR American History ScholarshipSenior who will be attending an accredited U.S. college/university granting a degree, who will have a concentrated study of a minimum of 24 credit hours in American History and American Government.$1,000TBA
UT Knoxville Chancellor's, Competitive, Departmental, & Campus-Wide Scholarships and Honors ProgramsPriority admission deadline. Admitted students will receive an email with a scholarship application link and/or honors application to complete by Dec. 15Variable11/1
NCWIT Award for Aspirations in ComputingHigh school females, residing in TN, with an aptitude in IT/computing, having a good academic history, and are interested in post-secondary education. Students from underrepresented groups in computing and juniors and seniors are strongly encouraged to apply. Apply online.VariableTBA
Prudential Spirit of Community Award5th-12th graders, legal residents of the US, and completed volunteer activity in the past 12 months. $1,000 & a trip to Washington, D.C.11/7
Chick and Sophie Major Memorial Duck Calling ContestCompete in a duck calling contest.$500-$2,000TBA
Youth Volunteer Scholarship AwardIn past 2 yrs, complete 50 hrs volunteer work, maintained 3.5 GPA, and in less than 1000 words why you have chosen to volunteer your time with the organization(s) that you have and how your experience has changed your life. Apply online.$500TBA
Education MattersLegal resident of US at least 13 yrs old & submit a 250 word or less essay in response to "What would you say to someone who thinks education doesn't matter, or that college is a waste of time and money?"$5,000TBA
Elks Most Valuable StudentUS citizens; Will be judged on scholarship, leadership, and financial need. In April 2017 the 20 top finalists will participate in an all expenses paid Leadership Weekend in Chicago where they’ll interview with the national judges.500 - $1,000-$12,500/yrTBA
Good360 Sustainability3.8 GPA, an interest in environmentalism or sustainability, but open to all majors. 200-300 word essay on "What does sustainability mean to you?" along with a photo shared on Instagram or Twitter & the caption must include #Good360 & essay answer for Instagram. Twitter post must include @Good360 and link to photo.$1,000TBA
Sertoma "55th Annual Freedom Essay Contest"Seniors are invited to write essays on a given topic concerning freedom. The essays are judged and scholarships are awarded to the top four essays. Topic is provided on the website. Submit to your counselor.Up to $3,500TBA
Belmont UniveristyPriority deadline for consideration for the most competitive named and departmental scholarships. Application for admission serves as merit-based scholarship application.VariableTBA
Boston University Trustee Scholarship CompetitionUsually ranked Top 5-10% of class, are intellectually and creatively adventurous and demonstrate viewpoints, experiences or achievements beyond the usual. They are, in other words, not just top students, but extraordinary people.4 yrs of full
**This scholarship is for college students.  Because of it's worth, we are leaving it listed so you are aware of it as an option.                                                                                        DoD (Department of Defense) SMART Scholarship (Science, Mathematics, And Research for Transformation Defense Scholarship for Service Program)Pursuing a degree listed below, willing to participate in summer interneships and commit to work for the Department of Defense after you graduate. 100% of school paid plus stipends. Full tuition and educational fees. Generous cash stipend ranging from $25,000 - $38,000 per year. Paid summer internships, health insurance, and book allowance. Employment with Department of Defense facilities after graduation. "Students pursuing degrees in the following fields are encouraged to apply:
o Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering
o Biosciences
o Chemical Engineering
o Chemistry
o Civil Engineering
o Cognitive, Neural, and Behavioral Sciences
o Computer and Computational Science
o Electrical Engineering
o Geosciences
o Industrial and Systems Engineering
o Information Sciences
o Materials Science and Engineering
o Mathematics
o Mechanical Engineering
o Naval Architecture and Ocean Engineering
o Nuclear Engineering
o Oceanography
o Operations Research
o Physics"
MTSUPriority deadline for consideration for the most competitive named and departmental scholarshipsVariableTBA
Sons of the American Revolution: Knight Essay Contest9th-12th graders (US citizens or legal resident aliens) interested in the American Revolution can submit an original 800-1,200 word essay based on an event, person, philosophy or ideal associated with the American Revolution, Declaration of Independence, or the framing of the United States Constitution. Each essay will be judged on historical accuracy, clarity, organization, grammar and spelling, and documentation. Mail or email completed applications to John E. Tidwell 847 Loretta Dr. Goodlettsville, TN 37072$100-$5,000 + travelReceived by 12/31
US Air Force ROTCOffers a 2, 3, or 4 –year scholarship with options of attending any university with an Air Force ROTC unit. If the scholarship is awarded, the student still has the opportunity to decline with no obligation to the Air Force. If the student accepts the scholarship, they will have an active duty obligation upon graduation. VariableTBA
UT ChattanoogaComplete UTC Admissions file THEN must submit the UTC Online Scholarship Application.Variable12/1
UT Chattanooga Chancellor's Scholars3.75 GPA & 30 ACT$8,500 (includes TN Hope Lottery funds)TBA
UT Chattanooga Provost's Scholars3.5 GPA & 26 ACT$6,500 (includes TN Hope Lottery funds)TBA