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TABLE OF CONTENTS

Table of Contents ……………………………………………….………………………………………… Page 2

Contact Information ………..……………………………………..……...………………………………. Page 3

Post-Secondary Planning Information .......................................……..……………………………. Page 4

Federal Student Financial Aid ………………………………………………………………………… Page 7

State Scholarship Programs …………….……………………………………………………………… Page 8

University/Institutional Scholarships (School Specific).…………………..…..……………………Page 9

National Scholarships (Non-School Specific).…………………..…..……….…….…………………Page 19

Local Scholarships (Non-School Specific).…………………..…..…………...…………………….... Page 32

Scholarships That Require Nomination ..……………………………..…………...….……………… Page 39

Resources for Latino Students …………………………………………..…………...………………... Page 44

Senior Year Checklist ……………………………………………………………………..……………… Page 45
FULTON HIGH SCHOOL COLLEGE & SCHOLARSHIP INFORMATION

Fulton College & Career Access Staff Contact Information:


Position

Name

Contact E-mail

Skilled Professions SLC

Kristen Frye

kfrye@projectgradknoxville.org

Health Sciences SLC

Jana Beth Neubert

jneubert@projectgradknoxville.org

Communications SLC

Justin Long

jlong@projectgradknoxville.org

Scholarships Coordinator

Cynthia M. Dirl

cmanning@projectgradknoxville.org

Registrar (Transcripts)

Carol Morris

carol.morris@knoxschools.org

TRiO Services

Vernon Anderson

vanderson@bgctnv.org












To Receive Text Messages with FHS Senior Updates (including College & Scholarship Information):


  • Sign up for Remind101 by sending a text message to: “@fhs-pgk” to 81010


College Planning Bulletin
A College Planning Bulletin will be published by College & Career Access on a bi-monthly basis. This will be available on the website and in the College Access Center Families should utilize this resource for updates regarding college visits, college open houses, scholarships, and other important information.
No Internet Access?
Most of the college and scholarship application process is done online. If you do not have internet access at home, please note that students can utilize the computers in the FHS library and the College Access Center for college preparation and scholarship application purposes.

Parents are encouraged to utilize public internet access at the Fountain City Public Library (865-689-2681). If you possess a library card, you can access the internet for an hour long session, with up to 2 per day if there is no waiting. Library cards are free to Knox County residents, and can be obtained by bringing ID and proof of address. With no library card, you can still access the internet express terminal for 15 min at a time. The Fountain City Library is located on the KAT bus line (Bus Route “22 Broadway”).



POST-SECONDARY PLANNING INFORMATION
Types of Post-Secondary Schools


  • Technical School – A school which provides job preparation skills for trained labor through programs that last from three months to two years. (Ex: Nashville Auto Diesel School)




  • Community College – A two-year school, usually without residential facilities, that offers an associate’s degree and/or transfer credits toward a bachelor’s degree. (Ex: Pellissippi State, Roane State)




  • 4-year College – A four-year college offers students a bachelor’s degree in a wide range of academic majors and are significantly smaller in student body, as well as campus size, compared to a university. (Ex. Berea College)




  • University – Undergraduate programs that provide a bachelor’s degree as well as graduate programs for Masters and Ph.D. degrees across a huge spectrum of majors and specializations, typically on a large campus to accommodate the large student body. (Ex: University of Tennessee)




  • Public – A school that is administered by the government and supported by public funds. (Ex. Middle Tennessee State University)




  • Private – A non-profit school that is privately controlled and supported by contributions and tuition. (Ex: Vanderbilt University)




  • For-Profit Schools – A post-secondary school that utilizes public funds to finance operations. Much controversy has surrounded the “for-profit” approach to a secondary education- but for many students, it proves to be a worthy path for training, education, and financial and career success. Make sure you do your own research on the for-profit school(s) in which you are interested. Weigh the cost of education versus your projected salary. (Ex. Virginia College)


College Search & Planning ToolS
Need help making the right college choice? Search & compare colleges, get detailed info on admissions policies and apply for scholarships at https://www.collegegreenlight.com/
A collection of webinars that focus on various aspects of the college planning process:

www.CollegePlanningWebinars.com



General Scholarship and Financial Aid Information Resources
One of the best sources of scholarship and financial aid information is the Financial Aid and Scholarship Office at the college to which you are applying. Be sure to visit each college’s website and follow that individual school’s instructions regarding required forms and deadlines.
Helpful information on scholarships and financial aid can be found online at:


  • http://www.finaid.org/ - excellent site answering questions about financial aid

  • http://www.fafsa.ed.gov/ - FAFSA online, basis for all federal financial aid

  • http://www.pin.ed.gov/ - get your PIN (student and parent) to fill out the FAFSA online

  • www.studentaid.ed.gov - information about US Government funds for college

  • http://www.tn.gov/CollegePays/ - TN Education Lottery Scholarship Programs and TN Student Assistance Corporation

  • http://www.zinch.com – a free scholarship search engine

  • http://www.cappex.com – a free scholarship search engine

  • http://www.fastweb.com – a free scholarship search engine


Beware of Scholarship Scams!
Be wary of a company/scholarship provider if they offer the following claims:


  • You are guaranteed a college scholarship. No scholarship is guaranteed until your application has been reviewed by the organization that offers it. A company that offers this claim has no control over the scholarship judge’s decisions.

  • We’ll do all the work. In order to receive an authentic college scholarship, you must do the work that is involved. You have to write your own essay and submit your own scholarship applications and letters of recommendation. Most likely, you will not receive a scholarship if a “scholarship company” does all the work for you.

  • For a small fee, we’ll give you a list of college scholarships. You should never have to pay any amount of money for a scholarship. Scholarship matching services are available for free on the Internet.




  • We’ll need a bank account/credit card number to hold this scholarship. Never give out your personal financial information to a company with which you are not familiar. A valid scholarship provider will never ask for your bank account or credit card number because you do not have to pay anything in order to receive a college scholarship.

  • Our database is unique. If any organization claims that you can’t get the scholarship information anywhere else, don’t be fooled. Scholarship information is usually made available to the public, and some scholarship databases might overlap and have the same scholarship information available.

  • Everyone is eligible. Scholarships are usually based on merit and/or need and restrictions usually apply. Scholarship sponsors look for candidates that best match their criteria.



Southern Regional Education Board’s Academic Common Market
For students interested in majors not available in their home state, this program enables them to apply for in-state tuition rates while pursuing their degree at an out-of-state institution. This agreement applies to most public universities in the 16 SREB states: Alabama, Arkansas, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, and West Virginia. Note that Florida, North Carolina, and Texas only participate in ACM at the graduate level. For information about ACM participating institutions, available programs, and the application process visit http://www.state.tn.us/thec/Divisions/AcademicAffairs/ACM/acm.html or email ACM.Coordinator@tn.gov

Types of Scholarships


  • Federal Student Aid: When calculating overall monies available to a student applying for college, grant money does not have to be repaid. By filling out the FAFSA in January, students and parents will find out what federal grants the student will be eligible for. Based on several factors, such as family income, number of students in the home attending college, and parents’ age, will be used to calculate the Expected Family Contribution (EFC), which will indicate what federal and state grant monies for which a student may qualify.



  • State Scholarship Programs: The Hope Scholarship, the General Assembly Merit Scholarship, and the Wilder-Naifeh Technical Skills Grant are just a few available scholarships for students who are Tennessee residents and choose to attend a community college or university in the state of Tennessee. See www.collegepaystn.com for a full list of Tennessee state scholarships and requirements.



  • School Specific Scholarships: Colleges and Universities have what can be called “school specific scholarships” directly pertaining to monies that school can offer. Some are merit based, athletic, or community service and leadership based. When you have found a college/university you are interested in, check the website or call Admissions to find out about scholarships offered to incoming freshman students. Specific departments also provide money to students, but rarely to incoming freshman. However, students are encouraged to pursue asking Admissions or departmental professors about availability of any extra funds for departmental scholarships for freshman. You never know until you ask. Even if you are planning ahead for a scholarship that might be available in later years of your college career, that will lower your overall 4-year tuition.



  • Non-School Specific: Numerous organization and businesses through the country and the state of Tennessee have established scholarships to assist students in pursuing post-secondary education. In addition, Fountain City has a supportive surrounding community providing students with several local scholarship options. These scholarships typically can be used at the school of the student’s choice.



FEDERAL STUDENT FINANCIAL AID
Federal Pell Grant

  • This need-based grant is given to help undergraduates maintain the cost of education. Eligible students may receive these funds to attend an eligible post-secondary school. Pell Grant awards are based on the EFC (Expected Family Contribution) number reflected after the student’s FAFSA is filed.

Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG)

  • This grant is given based on exceptional financial need and is awarded primarily to Federal Pell Grant recipients.

Federal Work Study

  • This is a self-help type of aid and is awarded to students with financial need. Students can work part time to earn this award money and to help with the cost of attendance. Work-study jobs can be found on or off campus through the school’s Financial Aid office. Students receive notice of being their work-study amount when the college/university sends out the award notification (usually in the spring after application acceptance).


Military

  • If you or your parent/guardian is on an active duty, a reservist, or a veteran, you may be eligible for federal assistance.

Indian Higher Education Grant Program

  • Students who are members of an Indian tribe may be eligible for assistance from the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA). Contact your tribal headquarters or visit www.bie.edu for more information.

STATE SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAMS
Tennessee Education Lottery Scholarship Program

  • HOPE Scholarship (Up to $1,750 per semester for 4-year schools 2-year schools that offer on-campus housing; up to $1,500 per semester for 2-year institutions)

  • General Assembly Merit Scholarship (Up to $500 per semester SUPPLEMENT to TN HOPE Scholarship)

  • Aspire Award (Up to $750 per semester SUPPLEMENT to TN HOPE Scholarship)

  • Hope Access Grant (Up to $1,250 per semester for 4-year institutions; up to $875 per semester for 2-year institutions)

  • Wilder-Naifeh Technical Skills Grant (Up to $2,000 for students attending any TN College of

Applied Technology)

  • Tennessee HOPE Foster Child Tuition Grant (up to the cost of tuition & mandatory fees)

See www.TN.gov/collegepays for qualifications and criteria.
Important explanation of Lottery Scholarship grade point average: TSAC (Tennessee Student Assistance Corporation), who administers the HOPE Scholarship, uses the phrase “a 3.0 weighted GPA” in all of their literature. What TSAC calls a weighted GPA is what Knox County considers an unweighted GPA. A ‘TN State Lottery GPA’ is now listed on the Knox County Schools electronic transcript. Note that a “weighted GPA” is calculated adding extra point values for Honors, AP, and accelerated courses. An unweighted GPA does not include extra point values added to a student’s accelerated courses.

Students must submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to be eligible for Tennessee Education Lottery Scholarship Program. The FAFSA should be filed as soon as possible after January 1 of a student's senior year. Students will need their FAFSA PIN number, Social Security number, driver's license, income tax return, bank statements and investment records before filling out the form. PIN numbers can be applied for at www.pin.ed.gov. The FAFSA can be completed at www.fafsa.ed.gov.


TN Promise Scholarship

Last dollar scholarship to cover tuition and regular fees at a TN Community College or Tennessee College of Applied Technology



Deadline: November 1

 

Tennessee Student Assistance Award Program (TSAA)

Funds are awarded on a first come, first-served basis. To be eligible, the applicant must complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), be a Tennessee resident, and have a valid Expected Family Contribution (EFC) of $2,100 or less. To receive priority consideration, students must submit a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) as soon as possible after January 1.

See http://www.tn.gov/CollegePays/mon_college/tsa_award.htm for more information.

Ned McWherter Scholars Program


  • 3.5 GPA and 29 ACT or 1280 SAT

  • Award amount is $6,000 per year for 4 years

  • Apply at http://www.tn.gov/CollegePays/mon_college/ned_mc_shcolar.htm

  • Deadline February 15


Dependent Children Scholarship Program

  • Residents who are dependent children of a Tennessee law enforcement officer, fireman, or an emergency medical service technician who has been killed or totally and permanently disabled while performing duties within the scope of such employment

  • Award amount varies and depends on available funds

  • Apply at http://www.tn.gov/CollegePays/mon_college/depend_child_scholar.htm

  • Deadline July 1






UNIVERSITY/INSTITUTIONAL SCHOLARSHIPS (SCHOOL SPECIFIC)
Agnes Scott College- Agnes Scott Scholarships

Agnes Scott College awards numerous scholarships for students who have excelled in academic achievement, community service, leadership, and extracurricular involvement. These awards range from $12,000/year to full tuition. All applicants who meet the Early Action application deadline are automatically considered for these awards.

Visit http://agnesscott.edu/admission/financial-aid/agnes-scott-scholarships.html

Deadline: ED and EA-November 15, EA II- January 15, Regular Decision- March 15
Art Institutes - Fashion, Design, Media Arts or Culinary Scholarships

Full or partial scholarships to one of the Art Institutes are available for potential students enrolling in the Fashion, Design, Media Arts or Culinary programs.

More information is available at: http://new.artinstitutes.edu/scholarships

Deadline: Varies by program
Austin Peay - Presidential Scholarship

These competitive scholarships are available to high school seniors based on ACT composite score, cumulative grade-point average (GPA), acceptance date, and other criteria. To be eligible for this scholarship, applicants must be entering APSU for the first time in the fall after graduating the previous spring. Award amounts range from $500-$6,000 per year. Work placement is required.

For additional Austin Peay scholarship information, visit http://www.apsu.edu/Scholarships/

Deadline: December 1
Ball State University - Theatre and Dance Auditions

Fine arts scholarships of $4,000 - $30,000 over four years available on a talent basis in theatre, musical theatre, and dance. Find more information and guidelines at www.bsu.edu/theatre/auditions



Deadlines: Begin in January (in accordance to your pertaining audition date)

Belmont University

Belmont University offers a variety of merit-based scholarships. The application for admission to the university serves as the merit-based scholarship application. December 1 is the application deadline for consideration for Belmont’s most competitive named and departmental scholarships. For more information visit www.belmont.edu/sfs/scholarships/merit_scholarships.html



Deadline: December 1

Berea College (Berea, KY)

All students admitted to Berea College receive a four-year tuition scholarship valued between $50,000 and $100,000. Priority consideration begins in September and continues through April. For more financial aid and scholarship information, visit http://www.berea.edu/



Deadline: Priority deadline #1 is October 31, Priority #2 is February 28

Bethel University (McKenzie, TN) - Dance Team / Athletic Scholarship

Earn a scholarship as a member of the Bethel University Dance Team. This is a renewable, four-year athletic scholarship opportunity. An ACT score of 21 is required (the University will “super score”). Students must maintain a 3.0 GPA during enrollment. A dance audition will be required. The student must apply and be accepted into Bethel University, then make an appointment with the coach for review. For more information please see the website at http://www.bethelu.edu/. Dance team information is under “athletics”. Contact Coach Tharpe for details at tharpec@bethelu.edu



Deadline: Estimated early April, 2014 (based on last year’s audition dates)
Carson Newman University

All freshmen admitted to Carson Newman are considered for the Presidential, Dean’s Faculty, Achievement, and Opportunity Scholarships. There is no separate application for these scholarships. Minimum GPA is 2.69 and ACT is 20. Scholarship amounts range from $6000-$14,000.

For more information go to

http://www.cn.edu/administration/financial-assistance/undergraduate-students/types-of-assistance



Deadline: see website

College of Wooster

The College Scholars Award pays one-half to two-thirds tuition per year at Wooster. Winners are determined on the basis of overall academic achievement (GPA, ACT/SAT score, competition essay), extra-curricular involvement, leadership, personal merit, recommendations, and scholarship essay. The recommended minimum is top 15% of graduating class. The Clarence Beecher Allen Scholarship also pays one-half to two-thirds tuition per year. Awards are made to African-American students on the basis of overall academic achievement, Allen essay competition, and participation in an on-campus scholarship event. Additionally there are four Special-Interest Awards which range from $1,000 to $8,000 per year. For more information and specific details on each award, visit http://www.wooster.edu/admissions/scholarships
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