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Tennessee Explore Scholarship Program

Our Tennessee Explore Scholarship program exclusively recognizes out-of-state students with an excellent academic record and gives greater access to the opportunities available here at Tennessee. 

Incoming first-year, out-of-state students with a minimum 3.6 GPA* who apply for admission for the fall 2020 semester are eligible (Students who apply after the December 15 admission deadline will be fully considered). New test scores to determine eligibility for the Tennessee Explore Scholarship are accepted through December of senior year. You must matriculate the fall semester immediately following your graduation from a US high school and be a US citizen or permanent resident to be considered.

In order to keep the Tennessee Explore Scholarship, you’re required to:

  • Maintain a 3.0 cumulative grade point average (GPA) and federal Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP)
  • Maintain full-time enrollment throughout each semester


GPA* **ACT/SAT Score Annual Award Four-Year
Award Amount
3.6–3.79 28–36 / 1300–1600 $7,500 $30,000
3.6+ 24–27 / 1160–1290 $4,000 $16,000
3.8+ 25–27 / 1200–1290 $6,000 $24,000

These out-of-state amounts are for the entering Class of 2020. Amounts shown are for the 2020–21 academic year and are good for four years. Scholarship programs are reviewed annually and may change for future academic years. 

This scholarship cannot be combined with the Volunteer Scholarship. 

*UT Weighted Core GPA

**Composite superscore; writing component of the standardized test scores not factored into the calculation

Retain Your Scholarship

Find out the requirements to retain your Tennessee Explore Scholarship after it is initially awarded to you.