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Distinguished Tennessean Award

Incoming first-year, in-state students who apply for admission by December 15 of their senior year in high school will be automatically considered for this award.

A top scholar with exceptional academic performance and demonstrated engagement in their respective county and/or the state from each of the 95 Tennessee counties will be awarded a tuition and mandatory fees scholarship, which is renewable for four years. Eligible students must have a minimum 3.2 UT core weighted GPA and will be selected based on a holistic review of their admissions application and supplemental materials.

You must be admitted to the University and matriculate the fall semester immediately following your graduation from a US high school and be a US citizen, permanent resident, or domestic international student to be considered.

In order to retain this scholarship, students must maintain a 3.0 cumulative GPA, federal Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP), and full-time enrollment each semester. This award cannot be combined with other institutional merit scholarships (Volunteer, Orange & White, Provost or Beacon), but students who qualify based on family income may receive a need-based scholarship, Pledge or Tennessee Connect, to be used toward room and board expenses.