Institutional Scholarships

The UT Institutional Scholarship programs are currently being assessed through the annual review process. The scholarship information below applies to the fall 2014 entering freshman class. Official scholarship criteria and award amounts for students beginning in fall 2015 will be available by mid-October 2014.

UT’s Volunteer Scholarship program recognizes high achieving students with an exemplary academic record based on a combination of GPA and test scores. Awards are four-year scholarships in the amount of $6,000 per year, which may be added to other scholarships awarded by UT. They’re available to Tennessee residents. You must apply for admission by the December 1 regular admission application deadline.

Eligible students from the previous year represented the top 16% of the in-state, incoming freshman class and were selected from a top group of applicants with a Core GPA range of 3.65 to 4.0 and an ACT range of 32-36.

The Volunteer Scholarship cannot be combined with the University Scholarship.

UT’s University Scholarship program recognizes high achieving students with a very strong academic record based on a combination of GPA and test scores. Awards are four-year scholarships in the amount of $1,500 per year, which may be added to other scholarships awarded by UT. They’re available to Tennessee residents. You must apply for admission by the December 1 regular admission application deadline. Recipients who show financial need, based on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) submitted by February 15, may receive an additional need based supplement for a maximum total of $2,500.

Eligible students from the previous year represented 23% of the in-state, incoming freshmen class and were selected from a top group of applicants with a Core GPA range of 3.5 to 4.0 and an ACT range of 27-31.

The University Scholarship cannot be combined with the Volunteer Scholarship.

The UT administration believes that accessibility to an education at Tennessee’s flagship land-grant university should be available to all citizens of the state so we offer need-based scholarships to qualified members of the fall entering freshman class who are Tennessee residents and graduate from a Tennessee high school. The scholarships are offered to admitted freshmen with a family income of up to $40,000, which equates to approximately 200% of the federal poverty level. Family Income combines parent and student Adjusted Gross Income (AGI) plus untaxed income, such as alimony, child support, social security income, and other forms of untaxed income reported on the FAFSA. Please note – Additional family resources, including assets, will also be considered when determining eligibility for the Pledge Scholarship.

The scholarship, when combined with other federal, state, and institutional aid, will cover a student’s direct costs—tuition, fees, and an average for on-campus room and board, as determined by UT—without the use of student loans. This scholarship is a four-year award. A fifth year is available for students who initially enroll and maintain enrollment in the Architectural degree program.

To be eligible for the Tennessee Pledge Scholarship, you must submit all application materials by the regular application deadline of December 1. Late applicants will not be considered for the Pledge Scholarship.

Criteria

  • Application deadline: Admission application must be postmarked by the December 1 deadline
  • Family adjusted gross income (AGI) of $40,000 or less
  • Tennessee resident
  • Matriculate for fall semester immediately following graduation from a Tennessee high school
  • Submit FAFSA by February 15 prior to enrollment (no scholarship application required)
  • Award is based on all offered gift aid, including the Tennessee Education Lottery Scholarship

Retention Requirements

  • Submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) annually by February 1
  • Annual family income (AGI) of $40,000 or less
  • Maintain 2.0 cumulative grade point average (GPA) and federal Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP)
  • Maintain required minimum eligibility for all awarded institutional, federal and state funds

UT’s Achieve the Dream Grant recognizes high achieving students from lower-middle-income families. Awards are based on academic achievement and financial need in the form of four-year grants with a maximum amount of $2,500 per year, when combined with the University Scholarship. They’re available to Tennessee residents. You must apply for admission by the December 1 regular admission application deadline and also submit the FAFSA by February 15, prior to enrolling, in order to qualify.

The Tennessee Promise Scholarship program is the only one of its kind in the state. Any new first-year student who is admitted and enrolls at UT from one of the eligible high schools will receive the Promise Scholarship.

The Promise Scholarship, when combined with the HOPE and other university scholarships, will provide funds to assist with tuition and fees for up to four years (eight semesters) on the Knoxville campus.

Although no scholarship application is required for this guaranteed award, the following must be satisfied to qualify:

  • Apply for admission as a first-time, first-year entering freshman by December 1
  • Tennessee resident
  • Graduate from a Tennessee Promise high school (listed below)
  • Submit FAFSA prior to February 15
  • Enroll as a full-time student

Eligible Tennessee High Schools

School City
Antioch High School Antioch
Austin-East High / Magnet Knoxville
B T Washington High School Memphis
Brainerd High School Chattanooga
Carver High School Memphis
Central High School Memphis
East High School Memphis
East Ridge High School Chattanooga
Fairley High School Memphis
Fayette Ware Comprehensive High School Somerville
Frayser Middle/ High School Memphis
Fulton High School Knoxville
Glencliff Comp High School Nashville
Hamilton High School Memphis
Howard School Of Academics Technology Chattanooga
Kingsbury Middle/ High School Memphis
Kirby High School Memphis
Manassas High School Memphis
Maplewood Comp High School Nashville
Melrose High School Memphis
Mitchell Middle/ High School Memphis
Northside High School Memphis
Oakhaven Middle/ High School Memphis
Pearl Cohn Magnet High School Nashville
Raleigh Egypt High School Memphis
Sheffield High School Memphis
Stratford Comp High School Nashville
Trezevant High School Memphis
Tyner Academy Chattanooga
Westwood Middle/ High School Memphis
Whites Creek Comp High School Whites Creek
Wooddale High School Memphis

 

This four-year scholarship is awarded to National Merit Finalists and National Achievement Finalists. It’s valued at $2,000 per year, which may be added to other scholarships awarded by UT. It’s available to Tennessee residents and non-residents. Finalists must name UT as your first college choice with National Merit Corporation and must have applied for admission by the December 1 regular admission application deadline.

This scholarship program recognizes high achieving students with an exemplary academic record based on a combination of GPA and test scores. A limited number of awards are offered as four-year scholarships in the amount of $10,000 per year, which may be added to other scholarships awarded by UT. They’re available to out-of-state residents. You must apply for admission by the December 1 regular admission application deadline. Out of State Excellence Scholarship recipients who later qualify to pay in-state tuition will only receive a pro-rated award amount.