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Scholarships for Transfer Students

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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 eligible associate’s degree and who wish to complete their college education at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. 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 transfer 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.

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 A.A. or an A.S. 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 A.A. or A.S. degree who meet the Tennessee Pledge financial need requirements. 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 February 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 must submit the FAFSA by February 15 to be considered.

Tennessee Transfer Associates

This is a $1,500-per-year transfer scholarship. It will be awarded for up to two years for any Tennessee resident graduating from a Tennessee community college with an A.S. or A.A. degree and a minimum 3.0 transferable college GPA. No scholarship application is required for this award. Recipients 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. Please note, spring 2017 is the final semester this award will be offered to new transfer students, but previously awarded students who remain eligible will receive up to four semesters of funding.

Several scholarships are in this category, with varying award amounts and qualifications.

One-Year

UT has a wide range of one-year scholarships available to students who submit the transfer student scholarship by April 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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