Scholarships, scholarships, scholarships! Do you want to make college more affordable or FREE? Then you must apply for scholarships and complete the FAFSA your senior year. You may start applying for scholarships before your senior or at least start a list of scholarships that you want to apply for by your senior year. Please remember to read eligibility rules and know your deadlines. Do not wait until the last minute to apply. Most scholarships require recommendation letters, transcripts, and other forms, and you need to give your recommenders and school counselor at least two weeks to get this information to you. Provide those writing recommendation letters a copy of your brag sheet and high school resume that highlights your accomplishments, leadership skills, volunteer service, character, and plans. Your school counselors are here to help in the process, but it takes you to start and finish the scholarship application. A few hours invested in the search, process, and submission may yield hundreds to thousands dollars of FREE money! Don’t miss out!
**Be cautious in your scholarship research. Be careful with websites and programs that request payment for their services; do not provide financial or personal information. Protect yourself from identity theft by making sure the website or scholarship program is a legitimate source. For more information, please visit the following site: https://studentaid.ed.gov/sa/types/scams
AVAILABLE SCHOLARSHIPS 2020-2021
The majority of these scholarships are only available to current seniors. However, all students should take the time to check out these scholarships to see they want to apply for them during their senior year. Please check your email regularly & turn TEAMS notifications for scholarship opportunities.
FORMS & LINKS
Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®) is the form you need to fill out to get any financial aid from the federal government for college or graduate school. Parent and student will need to create a Pin before completing the FAFSA application. The sooner you apply the better chance you have of receiving the highest amount of aid. You may start applying October 1st of your senior year.
TN PROMISE: https://tnachieves.org/
The TN Promise scholarship is a last-dollar scholarship for Tennessee high school students. This scholarship provides two-years tuition free attendance to a TN community college or technical school. Students will have to meet certain deadlines, complete the FAFSA, attend mandatory meetings, communicate with a mentor, and complete community service hours. For further information, please visit the TN Promise website.
the Tennessee Student Assistance Corporation (TSAC) administers over 20 different state student financial aid programs, including the HOPE scholarship, Tennessee Promise, Tennessee Reconnect, Tennessee Student Assistance Award, and the Dual Enrollment grant. Students will go to this website to create an account and apply for the different state financial aid programs. Please visit this website for more information on scholarship and grant deadlines.
Complete this brag sheet and provide to your counselor or anyone that will write a recommendation letter for you.
HIGH SCHOOL RESUME: https://oss.msu.edu/wp-content/uploads/2015/04/Academic-Resume.pdf
This link will help you in creating a high school resume. Your resume should highlight what you have done throughout high school. You will want to include list of activities, community service, leadership roles, awards, and academic achievements. Colleges and scholarship programs may request a resume from you. Provide a copy to your counselor or anyone that will write a recommendation letter for you.
SCHOLARSHIP LINKS & RESOURCES
List of Scholarship Websites: https://s3.amazonaws.com/scschoolfiles/2022/scholarship_resources_mar2020.pdf
There are many different websites with information about scholarships and college planning. For most websites you will need to create an account in order to receive updates about scholarships and deadlines.
Scholarship offered to TN high school students who meet certain criteria. You apply for this scholarship by completing the FAFSA.
This website has scholarship and career information. You may provide your email to receive weekly or monthly notices on scholarships
This website has scholarships and career descriptions. You may provide your email to receive weekly or monthly notices on scholarships.
Provides information on scholarship and post-secondary programs for high school students, college students, grad students and non-traditional adult learners.
This website provides virtual tours of over 1300 college campuses plus informaton on college planning and scholarships.