The state of Tennessee introduced the Tennessee Promise scholarship in 2015. This scholarship provides two years of tuition-free attendance to a community or technical college in Tennessee. The main goal of this scholarship is to remove the financial burden from incoming students. The award has been called a “last-dollar” scholarship, meaning it will cover all the tuition and fees left over from other awards like the Pell Grant, the HOPE scholarship or other state assistance funds.
Who is eligible?
Potential recipients of the scholarship must be residents of the state of Tennessee. Also, potential recipients must have graduated high school no more than one year ago.
Where can you use the Tennessee Promise Scholarship?
The scholarship can be used at eligible institutions offering an associate’s degree program, as well as the 13 community colleges and 27 colleges of applied technology in Tennessee.
How does the scholarship work?
The Tennessee Promise is focused on increasing the number of students that attend college in the state of Tennessee, but it is also focused on helping students become better people with brighter futures. This focus is evident in the mentoring program that goes hand-in-hand with the scholarship. Everyone who receives the Tennessee Promise will be assigned a mentor who will assist the student as he or she begins to apply for different colleges. After acceptance, recipients will be required to attend mandatory meetings every semester to remain eligible for the scholarship. Students must also complete eight hours of community service and remain in good academic standing (2.0 GPA).
How do you apply?
Students who wish to apply for the Tennessee Promise Scholarship must complete the Tennessee Promise application, which can be found here.
If you are graduating from high school and plan on attending college in Tennessee, then this is a great opportunity for you. Learn more about the programs we offer at South College that are TN Promise eligible!