Scholarships Administered by the Tennessee Student Assistance Corporation (TSAC) 1-800-342-1663
Tennessee Lottery Scholarship - HOPE
The Tennessee Education Lottery Scholarship (TELS) Program is funded by lottery revenues and administered by the Tennessee Student Assistance Corporation (TSAC). To be considered for the Lottery Scholarship, students must complete and submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by September 1st. No additional application is required. The FAFSA application is available online at www.fafsa.gov. The TELS program is open to qualifying Tennessee residents who meet the eligibility requirements listed at www.tn.gov/collegepays.
TSAC-Byrd Scholarship Program
The TSAC-Byrd Scholarship Program, formally the Robert C. Byrd Honors Scholarship, is awarded based on federal funding and is renewable for a total of four undergraduate years. Recipients must be Tennessee residents. The program is open to high school seniors with a 3.5 unweighted GPA or GED students with an average score of 570 or ACT composite of 24 and must be utilized in the same year of graduation or receipt of the GED. Students with at least a 3.0 high school GPA with an ACT of 24 or SAT of 1090 (Math and Critical Reading only) may also apply. Applications may be obtained at www.tn.gov/collegepays. The application deadline is March 1st.
Ned McWherter Scholars Program
The Ned McWherter Scholars Program is open to U.S. citizens who are residents of Tennessee. Entering freshmen (must be a full-time student) with a 3.5 unweighted high school GPA and ACT composite of 29 or SAT of 1280 (Math and Critical Reading only) may qualify for up to $6,000 per academic year for a maximum of four years of undergraduate work at an eligible Tennessee post-secondary institution. Applications may be obtained from www.tn.gov/collegepays and must be submitted by February 15th.
Minority Teaching Fellows Program
The Minority Teaching Fellows Program is open to minority students who are U.S. citizens and residents of Tennessee. Entering freshmen with a 2.75 unweighted high school GPA and ACT of 18 or SAT of 860 (Math and Critical Reading only) may qualify. Continuing college students with a college cumulative GPA of 2.5 may also apply. Recipients must be willing to teach grades K-12 in Tennessee one year for each year the award is received. Students may obtain the application at www.tn.gov/collegepays. The application deadline is April 15th.
Dependent Children's Scholarship Program
The Dependent Children's Scholarship is available to dependent children of law enforcement officers, firemen, or emergency medical technicians who were killed or permanently disabled in the line of duty while employed in Tennessee. Recipients must be full-time students who are U.S. citizens and Tennessee residents. The amount of the award is based on state funding and is coordinated with other aid. Completion of the FAFSA and the Dependent Children's Scholarship Application is required. The scholarship may be renewed for four undergraduate years at an eligible Tennessee post-secondary institution. The application deadline is July 15th. Applications may be obtained from www.tn.gov/collegepays.