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Freshman Merit Scholarships

2018-2019 Freshman Merit Scholarships

Our commitment to awarding you scholarships, funded in part through our generous donors, help make Carson-Newman more affordable, giving you peace of mind. 

Just by being accepted, you will be considered for scholarships.  If you will be attending our residential campus full-time, you will be awarded at least a $4,000 scholarship and potentially even more to include need-based aid.  Award amounts and criteria vary.  Recipients are selected primarily on the basis of the strength of their applications for admissions. The scholarship profiles described below are based on a combination of high school GPA and ACT composite test scores submitted at time of acceptance. SAT scores are converted to equivalent ACT scores for purposes of awarding merit scholarships.  Recipients will be granted the highest award for which they qualify and will receive official notification of their award after filing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), listing Carson-Newman University with federal code 003481. 

The following merit-based scholarships will be automatically renewed for the recipient’s remaining three years at the college, provided grade point average and progress toward degree requirements are met.  Awards and amounts subject to change without notice.

Presidential Scholarship- Amount $12,000- recognizes and rewards students who rank among the strongest in the nation. Recipients are those students who are marked not only by significant accomplishment in their academic and personal lives, but who show extraordinary potential for success as leaders of the future. Students with a 3.90 high school GPA, and a 27 ACT score are eligible.

Dean’s Scholarship- Amount $10,000- recognizes students who have demonstrated exemplary academic achievement and leadership, and are capable of high achievements, contributing scholarly perspectives to the classroom and campus life. Students with a 3.60 high school GPA, and a 23 ACT score are eligible.

Faculty Scholarship- Amount $8,000- recognizes students who have demonstrated outstanding academic achievement and are able to contribute leadership in the classroom and campus life. Students with at 3.30 high school GPA, and a 21 ACT score are eligible.

Achievement Award- Amount $6,000- recognizes students who have demonstrated academic success, and are capable of continued academic success at Carson-Newman. Students with a 3.0 high school GPA, and a 20 ACT score are eligible.

Opportunity Award- Amount $4,000- recognizes students who also have the potential for continued academic success. Students with a 2.70 high school GPA, and a 19 ACT score are eligible.

Please visit our Net Price Calculator to get an estimate of what other enrolled students that have filed a FAFSA have previously been awarded in gift aid.  For application questions, contact the Office of Undergraduate Admissions. Additionally the University offers other competitive scholarship and gift aid opportunities, so be sure check for application deadlines.

Please note that undocumented high school seniors and DACA students should work with both our Admissions Office and Financial Aid Office on aid that may be available to you from the University. Additionally the Net Price Calculator is not applicable to non-FAFSA filers seeking enrollment.

(University grants and scholarships are generally tuition based. Therefore receipt of external funds that are also tuition based will reduce institutional grant and scholarship eligibility.)

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