Request Info!
Home Apply Now! Request Info!


Additional University Scholarships & Gift Aid

2020-21 University Scholarships & Gift Aid (Deadlines Vary by Scholarship)

Carson-Newman offers other scholarship program opportunities in an effort to support and invest in your long-term graduation and career goals as an undergraduate student.  Scholarships are renewable for a maximum of four years, beginning with the first-time freshman fall semester, provided that the requirements as specified by the program or school are still being met.  Scholarships are applicable towards a student's first bachelor's degree during fall and spring terms, not summer terms. 

Students are encouraged to apply for more than one scholarship to maximize aid opportunities and involvement on campus!

Athletic Scholarships- Amounts Vary.  Carson-Newman is a NCAA Division II member of the South Atlantic Conference and offers competitive scholarships.  Awards are based on recommendations from the coach.  Athletic aid will be noted on the award letter as a respective sport name.  In addition to listing the aid on the award letter, the Office of Financial Aid will issue an athletic contract, detailing more specific eligibility requirements. Athletic aid may only be offered one year at a time under current NCAA rules and cannot be guaranteed as renewable for up to a specific number of years. An NCAA scholarship athlete will receive either a renewal contract, reduction letter, or cancellation letter annually while on a roster. Contact the respective sport for more information and make sure to enroll in the NCAA Clearinghouse for eligibility.

Art Scholarships- $1000 per year- Students majoring in Art click here for scholarship information.

Bonner Scholars and Community Service Scholarships- These scholarships represent our commitment to community service.  Recipients are expected to be part of a team that will promote and foster positive community change through action.  Bonner Scholars are based on financial need as determined from the FAFSA filing and demonstrated commitment to community service.  Amounts vary based on your financial need as a Bonner Scholar, but we will meet 100% of your financial need including only one loan as part of the award letter.  For more information, visit the Bonner page.

Eagles Engage / Community Connections / Faith & Justice Scholars- $1000 per year. Each of these is an annual scholarship that is not need-based.  Community service hours are required to maintain eligibility for each of these scholarships.  For more information, visit the Bonner page.

Cheer & Dance Audition and Scholarships- $1000 per year.  Available for participation in our Cheer and Dance Squads.  For more information, visit our information page.

Chemistry & Biochemistry Scholarships- Amounts vary.  Available to new students majoring in these respective areas.

C-N Grant- Amounts vary.  A need-based grant, based on your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) filing status and housing status each year. The amounts of the grants will vary and are not automatically renewable each year.  A FAFSA application listing Carson-Newman University, federal code 003481, is required for consideration, and not all students will qualify.  C-N Grant funds are awarded as last dollars by the University and may need to be reduced by the Office of Financial Aid upon recipient notification of other scholarships that would exceed our gift aid cap policy, and/or your financial need.  Additionally, C-N Grants may also be funded with University Endowed Scholarship(s) at a later date based on various qualifications. Being identified as a University Endowed Scholarship Recipient is a great honor, and recipients are encouraged to write a thank you note to donors.

C-N Promise Scholarship-  $2000 per year.  For eligible students that have successfully completed their associate degree and remained TN PROMISE Eligible.  Minimum 2.5 cumulative GPA to receive and to retain scholarship.  This scholarship may be renewed up to two years towards your bachelor's degree and does not require community service hours.

Eagle Anglers Scholarship- $1000 per year- Scholarship for participating on our club fishing team.

Family Consumer Science New Student Scholarship- $1000 for the first year at C-N.  This scholarship is offered to Family and Consumer Science majors and is non-renewable.  Application is here.

Film- $1000 per year for students majoring in filmClick here for more information. 

Forensics (Speech & Debate)- $1000 per year. Available for students participating in our award winning Forensics (Speech & Debate) program.  Contact the Director for more information: 

Theatre Scholarships- $1000 per year. Available to students participating in our Theatre program.  Contact our Associate Professor of Theatre for more information.

Honors Scholars Program-  Eligible students will be sent an invitation to attend our Honors Weekend.  The top five students will receive our Honors Premier Scholarship valued at full tuition each year! Scholarship will take into consideration all other grants and scholarship eligibility first.   Participation in our Honors Weekend is required for consideration.  For renewal eligibility, a student must maintain the required GPA and have continued participation in the Honors Program as outlined in the Honors Program Handbook that each Honors Student will be given.  All other students participating in our Honors program will receive a $1000 per year as an Honors Scholarship, renewable based on Honors Program participation.  For more information, please contact the Office of Admissions.

Legacy Scholarship and Orange & Blue Legacy Scholarship- $1,000 per year. These scholarships are available to new students whose parent(s) or grandparent(s) are alumni of Carson-Newman University.  In order to qualify for either Legacy Scholarship, the alumnus parent/grandparent must be participating in the Orange & Blue Society program. The dependents of all alumni will be eligible to receive the $1,000 Legacy Scholarship. An additional (5) $1,000 Orange & Blue Legacy scholarships will be awarded to students who are a descendant of alumni who are members of the Orange & Blue Society at the Orange level. For more information, see the Orange & Blue Society page or contact Alumni Relations. See also Orange & Blue details.

Minister's Dependent Award- $1000 per year-  Recognizes students who are enrolled full-time in the undergraduate program that are direct dependents of ministers and missionaries (not including online program students).  These students must also file a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) with a dependent student status, as well as answer 'yes' to the minister's dependent question in the admission application.  For more information, please contact the Office of Financial Aid.

Music Department Audition and Tarr Full-Tuition Scholarship- The School of Music hosts a Department audition as an entrance requirement for prospective music majors.  Additionally, they host a Tarr Full-Tuition Scholarship Competition in various areas such as instrument, voice, piano, organ, and strings (full tuition scholarship will take into consideration all other grants and scholarship eligibility first).  Students planning to major in a music discipline should prepare and plan to attend the audition.  An awarded student must continue as a music major and meet the required academic GPA as specified by the School of Music for renewal of scholarships.  Other scholarships are also available valued at a $1000 minimum per year.  For more information, please contact the School of Music.

Band Scholarships for Non-Music Majors- $1000 per year- Students not majoring in music may wish to apply and participate in our University Bands. For more information, contact our Band Director.

Phi Theta Kappa Scholarship- $1000 per year.  Available for our transfer students that have participated in Phi Theta Kappa.  Students should contact their Admissions Representative to self-identify.

C-N Room Grant- $2000 per year  This is designed as a need-based grant to help students experience life as a residential, on-campus student. As a need-based grant, eligibility will be based upon your FAFSA filing status and housing status each year and may not be automatically renewable each year should your housing status change to living off-campus. A FAFSA application listing Carson-Newman University, federal code 003481, is required for consideration.

Robert D. McCray Vocational Ministry Scholarship- $1000 per year.  This scholarship is designed to assist Tennessee Baptist Students preparing for church-related ministry.  Students must complete the required application and submit to the Dean of the School of Religion by February 1, 2020.  Once awarded, renewal guidelines must be met as outlined in the application, and a minimum cumulative 2.5 GPA must be maintained.   For more information, please contact the School of Religion.

Steven Rowlett Memorial Endowed Scholarship- Up to $3000 per year if funding is sufficient.  This scholarship is designated for graduates of Lee High School in Jonesville, VA or Thomas Walker High School in Ewing, VA.  Students that graduated from either of those high school and are transferring from Mountain Empire State Community College may also be eligible.  You must be accepted prior to the application deadline of February 1, 2019.  Four scholarship awards are made per year.  Therefore, not all students that apply are selected.  For consideration, please contact

The Lettie Pate Whitehead Foundation Scholarship- Amounts vary.  We are honored to be able to award this scholarship in keeping with Mrs. Whitehead's legacy.  The scholarship is designated for deserving Christian women attending full-time in our undergraduate program from the following states:  Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, or Virginia.  Recipients must also demonstrate financial need per the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).  Scholarship amounts may vary, and eligible aid applicants are awarded until funding is exhausted.

Important Note:  All University gift aid is subject to the University Caps and Limits Policy, and the Office of Financial Aid reserves the right to reduce or limit scholarships under the caps and limits policy, and/or other guidelines as mandated.

Rankings & Recognitions View All