Tennessee is not just the birthplace of rock and roll, country music, blues, and bluegrass. It is more than great white water rapids and rolling hills. It is more than the Appalachian Trail or the Jack Daniel’s Distillery. Tennessee is a place that students struggle to pay for college. Scholarships are very often the only way that some students will be able to afford to pay for their college educations. In the state of Tennessee, there are certainly students who need scholarships. Student loans only pay for a limited amount of the cost, and freshmen receive less than upperclassmen. This means that to get to the point that students are eligible for more in federal student loans, which they must manage to pay for the first two years first. This can create quite a conundrum without scholarships. Very often, students will find that different states will offer scholarships that are not offered to students or residents in any other state. In the state of Tennessee this is true like it is for anywhere else.
Students in Tennessee are now benefiting from the HOPE Lottery Scholarship. This scholarship is available to students who are residents of the state and attending school within the state of Tennessee. Students must be either enrolling in college within sixteen months of graduating from high school, or they must be at or over the age of twenty-five to be eligible. They must maintain a GPA of 2.75 to continue to receive the scholarship. Students will receive $3800 for four year institutions and $2400 for two year institutions.
Students may also seek the Ned McWherter Scholars Program scholarship. This scholarship is available to students who are residents of the state of Tennessee and attending college within the state of Tennessee. Students must be high school seniors with a GPA of 3.5 to qualify. They must also have a 29 on the ACT or the equivalent on the SAT. Students who are awarded this scholarship will receive $6000 in funds per academic year. In order to maintain the scholarship, students must maintain a 3.2 GPA in college.