Partners in Education Barney Thompson Scholarship
A graduating senior from each Knox County high school will receive a $500 scholarship honoring the late Barney Thompson. The scholarship winners are announced at the Partners-In-Education Celebration Luncheon. Knox County School Partners in Education and the Knoxville Area Association of Realtors offers this scholarship to a senior who needs help in making his dream of attending college a reality. Students need to submit a 500 word personal narrative on why they are applying for this scholarship. In addition, they must submit two letters of recommendation from school personnel, an employer, or other significant adult in their life. Applications can be obtained from your College & Career Access Scholarship Coordinator in February, or on the Knox County School website, http://www.knoxschools.org/ (click on “Departments” and then “Partners in Education”).
Deadline: This scholarship won’t appear on the website until January – Due date will most likely be mid-March.
The Rotary Club of Knoxville
The Rotary club of Knoxville has a long history of sponsoring needy and deserving Knox County high school seniors as they continue their academic education. These scholarships are intended for students with genuine financial needs. The freshman scholarship stipend is $4,000. This can be renewed for the sophomore, junior and senior years provided the recipient makes satisfactory progress toward earning a degree in four years. The application must be accompanied by at least two letters of recommendation (one from a teacher or administrator), a short essay and a copy of your Student Aid Report (SAR) from the FAFSA. Applications may be picked up from your FHS College & Career Access Scholarship Coordinator.
Deadline: March 31
Sons and Daughters Scholarship Program - Alcoa Aluminum
This awards college scholarships to the children of Alcoa Inc. employees. The program is a national competition administered by Recognition Program Services, a division of ACT. Applicants who plan to complete their education at a 2-year community college, technical, or trade school should apply for the 2-year award. Applicants who plan to attend a 4-year institution should apply for the 4-year award. Students should also apply for the 4-year award if they plan to attend a 2-year school and then transfer to a 4-year institution. Scholarships are for $1,500 annually and are renewable for either one or three years, provided the student meets specific academic requirements. The eligible Alcoa parent must be a full-time, active, permanent, U.S.-based employee of Alcoa Inc. or one of its wholly-owned subsidiaries. Eligible children must apply between October and January of their senior year of high school. Students can apply (beginning in mid-October) on-line at http://alcoa.com/global/en/community/foundation/info_page/home.asp
Deadline: October 31
Tennessee HOSA Scholarships
Scholarships are available to a senior secondary student who plans to continue or further his/her education in the health care field. Applicants must be currently enrolled in a health science education program and be a member of HOSA. For full guidelines and application, please see your College & Career Access Scholarship Coordinator or HOSA sponsor.
Deadline: April 1
Tennessee Manufactured Housing Association’s Stan and Thelma Plumlee Scholarship
A maximum of $8,000 awarded to a student associated with the manufactured housing industry, either by living in a manufactured home, working in the industry, or by having a relative who works in the manufactured housing industry. The student must attend a Tennessee college or trade school. For more information and applications, go to http://www.tnmha.net/
Deadline: Late March
Tennessee Marine Family (TMF) Fallen Heroes Scholarship
This scholarship is provided to help remember fallen heroes. It is not a requirement that the student be from a military family. TMF will provide two $1,000 scholarships this year. All applicants must be graduating seniors from an accredited public, private, parochial or home school. All applicants must be attending or plan to attend an accredited Tennessee University or Trade School as a full-time student. Additional application criteria: All applications must be printed (no cursive) or typed using black ink. All forms should be mailed to the Scholarship Coordinator at the address listed on the webpage. Electronic submission is not allowed. Applicants should provide complete information in all categories.
Three (3) Letters of Recommendation – One letter should be from a teacher, employer or a member of the community familiar with you and your goals and the other two (2) letters from people of your choosing, but cannot be from family members and/or relatives
500 to 1000 word student essay. Topic: “What my Country means to me,” and letter of acceptance from the educational institution you plan to attend (if available)
Official High School Transcript for graduating seniors
Recent photograph (NO COPIES - MUST BE AN ORIGINAL PHOTOGRAPH. The photograph will only be used if awarded a scholarship)
The application (to be printed out and mailed), guidelines, and further information can be found at http://www.tnmarinefamily.org/scholarship.html
Deadline: May 1 (Postmark)
Tennessee PTA Teacher/Child-Related Services Scholarship
Any senior interested in teaching or child-related vocation (education, medicine, law, or any other field in child-related studies/practice) is eligible to apply. Financial need and academic record are considered. This scholarship was offered in 2012, so it should be renewed for this school year. After January 2014, go to www.tnpta.org for application materials and details or see the College & Career Access Scholarship Coordinator.
The TSAC Minority Scholarship Opportunities
$5000 per year scholarship designed for students desiring to enter the teaching field following graduation. The program requires students to teach in a Tennessee Pre K-12 public school for the number of years they receive the award. To be eligible, students must: (1) be a minority student, (2) be a Tennessee resident and a US Citizen, (3) be a senior w/ a 2.75 GPA or higher, (4) obtain a minimum composite of 18 on the ACT, (5) and be enrolling in an eligible Tennessee college/university. The application requires a recommendation and essay on “Why I Chose Teaching as a Profession.” For more information, go to https://www.tn.gov/collegepays/article/minority-teaching-fellows-program .
Deadline: April 15
Students in TN may apply for the TN Promise Scholarship, which will provide two years tuition-free education at a community college or technical school in TN. TN Promise is a last-dollar scholarship, meaning it will cover costs of tuition and mandatory fees not met from Pell, HOPE, or TSAA. As a part of the program, students will be paired with a mentor who will support them during the college application process. Apply at www.tnpromise.org .
Deadline: November 1
Y-12 Federal Credit Union – Bill T. Hicks Scholarship
A one-time award of $500 will be given towards education-related expenses. Up to eight scholarships will be awarded. Student must be a member of the Y-12 Federal Credit Union, have a minimum GPA of 2.5 and be a 2014 graduate who has been accepted into an accredited 2 or 4 year college or university for the summer or fall semester, 2014. Application requirements: Y-12 FCU application form; an essay (maximum of 250 words); a certified high school transcript and you may also include up to 3 letters of reference. Applications can be found online at www.y12fcu.org
Deadline: March 9
SCHOLARSHIPS THAT REQUIRE NOMINATION
In order to be considered for one of these scholarships, students must apply to the Central High School Scholarship Nomination Committee. DO NOT SUBMIT YOUR APPLICATION DIRECTLY TO THE SCHOOL OR ORGANIZATION. YOU MUST BE SELECTED AS THE FHS NOMINEE FIRST. FHS THEN SUBMITS THE PACKET. Selected students will be notified and provided information on the next step. The deadlines listed below reflect enough time for the committee to review all submissions, make their selection and then meet the school or organization’s deadline.
Breaking Traditions Award – Tennessee Career & Technical Education
Each year the Division of Career and Technical Education of the State Department of Education awards a $500 scholarship toward the postsecondary education of two career and technical education students (one male and one female) who demonstrate achievement in a career that is not traditional for the student’s gender. Students who receive the awards are requested to be recognized at the Tennessee Career and Technical Education State Conference in the summer. The scholarship funds are paid directly to the postsecondary school in which the student enrolls for use toward the student’s tuition, books, or other related materials. To be nominated, or for more information see your College & Career Access Scholarship Coordinator.
FHS Deadline: May 1
Comcast Leaders and Achievers Scholarship Program
Funded through Comcast Foundation, Central can nominate one student who has demonstrated a strong commitment to community service; displayed leadership abilities in school activities or through work experience; must have a grade point average of 2.8 or higher at the time of application and must attend a high school in a community served by Comcast. Children and family members of Comcast employees and Student must be attending an accredited college in the United States. Comcast subsidiaries are not eligible. The number of scholarships awarded each year varies. Students must submit a resume and express interest to your College & Career Access Scholarship Coordinator.
FHS Deadline: December
Davidson College - Bryan Scholarship
This is for honors scholar athletes who are strong leaders both in the classroom and in their sport. The scholarship is valued at $30,000 annually. Students should possess an exceptional academic record, exhibit outstanding leadership abilities and be rated a top athlete. Students should be interested in playing a Division I sport at Davidson and must apply for college admission to Davidson by October 15. Visit to http://www.davidson.edu/bryan for application and more information. Interested student must complete the supplemental scholarship application, secure a letter of recommendation and submit both to your College & Career Access Scholarship Coordinator.
FHS Deadline: October 1
Executive Women International Scholarship Program
CHS may submit one nominee for the EWI Scholarship. Applicants are first judged by the local Knoxville Chapter; Chapter winners are submitted to the Corporate level for a chance to win one of multiple scholarships. Applicants must plan to pursue a degree at an accredited post-secondary institution, have demonstrated financial need, have a minimum 3.00GPA, and have contributed to their community as demonstrated by their involvement in extra-curricular activities, work, religious or volunteer activities.
The application includes an essay, two letters of recommendation and financial information completed by the parents/guardians. Interested students should submit an updated resume and a brief statement describing why they are a good candidate to the College & Career Access Scholarship Coordinator.
The National Honor Society Scholarship
The nomination process will open in October, led by the CHS National Honor Society coordinators. If you are a senior and a member of the National Honor Society, make sure and express interest to your NHS coordinators if you want to be considered. The nomination procedure will begin in October. See the website http://www.nhs.us/ScholarshipsandAwards/NHSScholarshipProgram.aspx for more information.
Optimist Club of Knoxville – Henry Naff Foundation Scholarship Program
Five scholarships will be awarded for $1,000 each to students attending a Knox County School. This is a non-renewable scholarship. To be considered the applicant will meet the following criteria: Plan to attend college in the fall; have a true financial need; possess a desire and ability to complete their college degree, have performed well in high school scholastically; and be actively involved in community and school activities. If you would like to be nominated for this award you must submit a resume to College & Career Access Scholarship Coordinator and express your interest in being considered.
FHS Deadline: Mid-April
Professional Athletes Foundation Program
CHS may nominate one male and one female athlete to be considered for this $2500 one-time scholarship. Students must have a minimum 2.0 GPA, be accepted to a 2 or 4 year college, have participated in varsity athletics for at least one year and be nominated by a coach. The student athlete may not have accepted any scholarships to participate in college athletic. An essay is required as part of the application. See the College & Career Access Scholarship Coordinator.
The Prudential Spirit of Community Award
If you have made a difference through volunteering, you could win $1000 and a trip to Washington D.C as a winner at the state level. Apply online at http://spirit.prudential.com or www.nassp.org/spirit . Once you have completed the online application, go to the “Certification” page, print out the certification instructions and give them to FHS College & Career Access Scholarship Coordinator.
FHS may certify two students to be considered for the state competition.
Deadline: November 4
SIMPLY SMART Scholarship – Knoxville TVA Employees Credit Union
One scholarship will be awarded to every public high school in the Credit Union service area: Blount, Hamblen, Jefferson, Knox, Loudon, Roane, Sevier and Sullivan counties, as well as Johnson City. A team of staff from CHS select the scholarship recipient, and the dollar amount will vary based on available funds. This is a non-renewable scholarship. Six criteria are considered in the following order: 1) Financial need (15%); 2) Character (35%); 3) Desire to learn (25%); 4) GPA 2.5 or better (10%); 5) Participation in school or community activities (10%); 6) Awards received (5%). To be considered for this nomination, pick up an application from the College & Career Access Scholarship Coordinator.
More information about the scholarship can be found at http://www.simplysmartfoundation.org/
FHS Deadline: March 1
Davidson College - Belk Scholarship
This is a highly competitive scholarship; students must be admissible to Davidson
College. Students who demonstrate exceptional promise in academics, character,
leadership and service should consider this nomination. For more information go to
http://www3.davidson.edu/cms/x27480.xml Students must submit a Scholarship
Nomination Form, a current resume, and a brief essay describing why they are a good
candidate. FHS may nominate one student.
FHS Deadline: October 1
Hampton Scholarship Foundation
FHS may nominate one student for the Hampton Memorial Scholarship which awards a $1500 renewable scholarship to Tennessee residents who demonstrates financial need (EFC is less than $18,000) and rank near the top of their class. The nominated student will complete an application, which includes an essay, and be required to submit a copy of the Student Aid Report (SAR) from the FAFSA. Students interested in being nominated should see your College & Career Access Scholarship Coordinator.
Deadline: To Be Announced
North Carolina State University - Parks Scholars
This highly competitive scholarship provides a computer stipend in addition to full scholarship support. Park Scholars are selected on the basis of academic merit, exemplary character, potential for leadership and service.
For more information go to www.ncsu.edu/park_scholarships/about/index.php. Students must submit a current resume and a brief essay describing why they are a good candidate. FHS many nominate up to two students.
FHS Deadline: October 1
University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill - Morehead-Cain
This is a highly competitive scholarship; students must be admissible to Davidson College. Students who demonstrate exceptional promise in academics, character, leadership and service should consider this nomination. For more information go to http://www3davidson.edu/cms/x27480.xml Students who are interested in this nomination should see your College & Career Access Scholarship Coordinator.
Deadline: October 1
University of North Carolina, Charlotte - Levine Scholar
The successful candidate will be an outstanding senior who demonstrates a commitment to community service; holds an academic record that reflects a sustained intellectual curiosity; and possess a capacity for ethical leadership that will carry them through college and beyond. A benchmark of a 3.8 GPA and 29-36 ACT/1800-2400 SAT is recommended for applicants. UNC Charlotte does not limit the number of students who can apply but each student must be nominated on-line by their School Counselor. The ideal candidate will complete their UNC Charlotte application, submit an official transcript and test scores and complete the supplemental Levine Scholars Program application by early November. Two required letters of recommendation must also be submitted via email. For additional information go to, http://levinescholars.uncc.edu/
Deadline: Early November
University of Indiana - Wells Scholars
The Wells Scholarship, awarded on the basis of merit, provides tuition, academic fees and a living-expense stipend for four years. Wells Scholars may choose to spend one of those years studying abroad. Each Scholar is also eligible for a one-time grant to pursue a summer internship, research or service project, creative activity or other enriching experience. The Wells Scholars Program seeks outstanding students who have shown exceptional academic accomplishment and promise, fine character and leadership, significant involvement in extracurricular activities, and concern for their communities, and interest in the larger world.
FHS Deadline: October 1
University of Virginia - Jefferson Scholar
There is one nomination per school for the University of Virginia’s top scholarship competition. Award is for the full cost of attending the University and is renewable for four years. We are asked to nominate the student in the senior class who best exemplifies excellence in the Jeffersonian ideals of leadership, scholarship and citizenship. Nominee does not have to have a prior interest in UVA. Jefferson Scholar nominations are a binding early decision to UVA and therefore, nominees agree not to make application to a college or university for early decision until Jefferson Scholars are selected. Students may, however, apply to colleges under regular decision. Students must submit a resume and express interest to the FHS Scholarship Coordinator if interested. More information is available at http://www.jeffersonscholars.org
Deadline: November 1
Vanderbilt University - Top TENN Scholarship Program
Scholarships are equivalent to one-half Vanderbilt’s tuition and are awarded to selected students enrolling in the College of Arts and Science, the Blair School of Music, the School of Engineering, or Peabody College (Education and Human Development.) The student must have been ranked first or second in their class at the end of their junior year. To be considered, please see the College & Career Access Scholarship Coordinator.
Deadline: Early December
Washington University in St. Louis - Danforth Scholars
Unlimited nominations for students planning to apply to Washington University @ St. Louis who have exhibited a capacity for service and leadership, as well as academic excellence, and who will embrace the challenges for a rigorous academic curriculum. They are especially interested in students who exhibit the qualities of maturity, strong moral character, selflessness, and commitment to the community. Scholarships range from partial to full tuition and are renewable all four years. Students must submit a resume and express interest to the FHS Scholarship Coordinator in order to be considered. The following link provides more information: http://admissions.wustl.edu/scholarships/programs/pages/danforth.aspx
Deadline: October 1
RESOURCES FOR LATINO STUDENTS
Centro Hispano Scholarship Fund
A Scholarship for highly motivated DACA approved students who without financial aid cannot afford a college education. Selection will be based on demonstrated financial need, academic achievement and high motivation to succeed. Amount: TBD
Deadline: October 1
Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute Scholarship Database
This premier scholarship opportunity is afforded to Latino students who have a history of performing public service-oriented activities in their communities.
*There is no GPA or major requirement
* Downloadable directory:
* Regional scholarship directory:
* National scholarship directory:
Latino College Dollars
Information on how to plan for college and how to pay for it
* Downloadable list: http://www.latinocollegedollars.org/directory.htm#
Scholarships for Hispanics
* Directory that allows you to indicate citizenship status
* Provides information only on scholarships that student would qualify for
SENIOR YEAR CHECKLIST
O Request college information.
O Visit college web sites.
O Be aware of application deadlines.
O Ask teachers and other mentors for
letters of recommendation (along with submitting your “Student Profile sheet)
O Take the ACT.
O Start collecting scholarship
applications and check deadlines.
O Schedule campus visits.
O Write application essays.
O Attend college fairs.
O Apply for TN Promise
O Apply for UT Promise/Pledge
O Take the SAT I and subject tests.
O Complete and submit your
admissions and scholarship
applications. Be sure to keep a copy
O Discuss college cost with your
O Take the ACT.
O Gather income tax information so you
can complete the FAFSA more quickly
beginning January 1st .
O Complete the FAFSA.
O Attend financial aid programs at your
O Watch mail for information
regarding financial aid and
O Complete any remaining college
applications, financial aid papers and
O Watch email for your Student Aid
O Send the SAR to any of your chosen
colleges if they haven’t already
received a copy.
O Watch the mail for college
acceptance and award letters.
O Carefully compare aid packages.
O Accept the best college offer and
send in your tuition deposit by May 1.
O Sign and return award letters and any
other required financial aid forms.
O If you are on a wait list, let the
admissions office know that you are
O Write a note declining admission to
colleges where you have been
accepted but will not be attending.
O Take the AP exams (if applicable).
O Request that your final transcript be
sent to your chosen college(s).
O Go to freshman orientation.
O Plan a budget.
O Find a summer job.