The State of Tennessee offers many scholarships and grants to eligible Tennessee residents. Below are a few of the scholarship programs. Please visit TN.Gov for a more complete listing of programs and more detailed information as amount and restrictions may change without notice.
Tennessee HOPE Scholarship- Minimum 21ACT or 980 SAT or Unweighted GPA of 3.0. The Tennessee HOPE Scholarship is awarded to students who graduate from TN high schools and who meet the requirements. Amount - $3,500 per year. Other restrictions and guidelines may apply.
General Assembly Merit Scholarship- Minimum weighted 3.75 GPA and 29 ACT. The General Assembly Merit Scholarship is for entering freshman who have excelled in their TN high school. This scholarship is in conjunction with the TN HOPE Scholarship. Amount- $1,000 per year + HOPE Scholarship amount.
Aspire Award- Must meet the HOPE Scholarship requirements and must have parents' or independent student's and spouse's adjusted gross income of $36,000 or less on IRS tax form. The Aspire Award rewards students an extra scholarship on their HOPE Award if they meet the requirements. Amount - $1,500 per year + HOPE Scholarship.
Tennessee HOPE Access Grant- Minimum unweighted GPA 2.75 GPA and 18-20 ACT/860-970 SAT and must have parents' or independent student's and spouse's adjusted gross income of $36,000 or less on IRS tax form. The Tennessee HOPE Access Grant gives students an opportunity to qualify for the HOPE Scholarship after their first year if the renewal requirements are met. Amount - $2,750 during fall and spring attendance.
Tennessee Student Assistance Award (TSAA)- Based on results from the FAFSA. Must submit FAFSA as soon as possible after January 1st. FAFSA Estimated Family Contribution (EFC) of 0. Full-time Award: $4,000; Prorated Award 3/4 time; $3,000 Prorated Award 1/2 time $2,000.
Ned McWherter Scholarship- Minimum 3.5 GPA and ACT/SAT Score in the Top 5% Nationally Application Due: February 15th. The Ned WcWherter Scholarship is a highly competitive scholarship to reward Tennessee students who finish in the Top 5% nationally on the ACT or SAT. Amount - $6,000 per year ($3,000 from the state with university funds awarded from any university source contributing $3,000 in matching funds).
Workforce Investment Act (WIA)- Workforce Training is provided through TN's career system that is divided into 13 Local Workforce Investment Areas. Carson-Newman's Nursing program qualifies as a eligible workforce training program. For more information on qualifications please contact our School of Nursing.