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Scholarships for Transfer Students

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The transfer student scholarship application is available after January 1 each year.   It must be submitted no later than July 1 for consideration.

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Volunteer Transfer Scholarship

The Volunteer Transfer Scholarship will be awarded for up to two years to students with a 3.25+ UT-calculated GPA who have received an AA or AS degree and who wish to complete their college education at the UT Knoxville. Transfer students with an AAS degree do not qualify. The scholarship is available to in-state or out-of-state transfer students who have received an associate’s degree from a Tennessee Board of Regents (TBR) community college.

Scholarships will be awarded to incoming eligible students beginning fall 2017 and any entry term after that. You must enroll at UT for the fall or spring semester immediately following your completion of your community college degree. Prior enrollment in a four-year institution forfeits eligibility. You must be a US citizen or permanent resident to be considered.

Award amounts for eligible students are based on the following criteria:

GPA
UT calculated transfer GPA
Annual Amount
Awarded annually up to two years (four semesters)
3.25–3.49 $1,500
3.50–3.74 $3,000
3.75+ $5,000

In order to keep the Volunteer Transfer Scholarship, you are required to maintain a 3.0 UT-cumulative GPA, federal Satisfactory Progress (SAP), and maintain continuous full-time enrollment throughout each fall and spring semester.

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F. Rodney and Dell R. Lawler

This is for a Pellissippi State Technical Community College transfer student. The scholarship recognizes academic and leadership achievement for a greater Knoxville area graduate who also demonstrates financial need. The one-year award assists with the annual maintenance fee. A recipient maintaining a 2.5 GPA at UT may be reconsidered for renewal of the award, along with other applicants. One award is offered per year.

Phi Theta Kappa Member

Twenty-five scholarships have been designated for Phi Theta Kappa members who will graduate with an AA or an AS degree or have completed 60 semester hours of earned transferable credit. The scholarships are open to qualified students from any institution. A GPA of 3.5 at the two-year institution is required, along with a letter of recommendation from the Phi Theta Kappa campus advisor. The stipend is $1,000 for in-state students, $2,000 for out-of-state students. The award is for one year and is renewable. You must be admitted to UT by April 1 to be eligible for this scholarship. The application deadline is April 1.

Tennessee Pledge (in-state students)

The Tennessee Pledge Scholarship is a two-year (four semesters) award for Tennessee residents graduating from a Tennessee community college with an AA or AS degree who meet the Tennessee Pledge financial need requirements. Transfer students with an AAS degree do not qualify. You must have graduated from a Tennessee High School, enrolled in the in-state community college immediately afterward, and then transferred directly to UT Knoxville with the qualifying credentials.

When combined with other federal, state, and institutional aid, this scholarship will assist with your direct costs without the use of student loans.

Transfer students must submit the FAFSA by January 15 to be considered.

UT Promise (in-state students)

The UT Promise Scholarship is a two-year (four semesters) award that combines with the HOPE and other university scholarships to provide funds to assist with tuition and fees on the Knoxville campus.

You must have graduated from a UT designated Promise High School, enrolled in the in-state community college immediately afterward and earned an AA or AS degree, and then transferred directly to UT Knoxville with the qualifying credentials. Transfer students with an AAS degree do not qualify.

Transfer students must submit the FAFSA by January 15 to be considered.

One-Year Scholarships

There is a wide range of one-year scholarships available to students who submit the transfer student scholarship application by July 1. They are awarded on the basis of merit and/or need.

Most award amounts are between $500 and $2,500. The criteria for these scholarships varies, but awards are usually based on some combination of the following factors:

  • Merit/Academics
  • Financial need
  • Leadership
  • Community service
  • County of residence
  • High school attended
  • Ethnic background
  • Work experience

Many of these scholarships are renewable, and students can receive these awards for one or more years based on the availability of funding.

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