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Scholarships from the Tennessee Student Assistance Corporation (TSAC)

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Tennessee Hope Lottery Scholarship (21 ACT or a 3.0 weighted GPA) (Application is the FAFSA):

Other scholarships available through the Tennessee Hope Lottery Scholarship Program (application is the FAFSA):

Merit based HOPE Lottery Scholarship

General Assembly Merit Scholarship (GAMS): 3.75 unweighted GPA and 29 ACT. ACT score must be from a national or state test date prior taken prior to the first day of college enrollment. ACT residual is not accepted. Award amount – Up to $1,500 supplement to the HOPE Scholarship. The award is divided equally between fall, spring and summer semesters. Awards to part-time students are prorated.

Ned McWherter Scholars Program (Separate Application from the FAFSA):

The Ned McWherter Scholars Program is intended to encourage academically superior Tennessee high school graduates to attend college in Tennessee. Tennessee high school seniors starting their last semester in high school may apply.The award is $6,000 per academic year, $3,000 from the State of Tennessee and $3,000 from the college or university attended. Awards are made in equal installments each term throughout the academic year.

The award may be renewed three times for a total of four years. The recipient must maintain at least a 3.0 cumulative grade point average and attend full-time to remain eligible.

To be eligible, the applicant must:

  • be a resident of Tennessee, a U.S. citizen or permanent resident, and attend an eligible Tennessee college or university full time, and
  • have at least a 3.5 unweighted cumulative grade point average, and
  • have a minimum composite score of 29 on the ACT (or concordant equivalent score on the SAT).

An applicant may receive extra credit for honors or advanced placement courses and leadership in extracurricular activities while in high school.

An application, in order to be considered complete, must be accompanied by:

  • an official high school transcript that contains the applicant’s high school grades through the first semester of the senior year, and
  • an official ACT/SAT score.
  • Student must request their transcript be sent by contacting the HVA registrar (in the Counseling Office).

Applications are available in the TSAC Student Portal. Awards are very competitive and are based on limited funding. Renewal applicants are given first priority. TSAC must receive the completed application and required attachments by February 15, 2021.

Need Based HOPE Lottery Scholarships

Hope Aspire Award: Meet Tennessee HOPE Scholarship requirements AND must have parents’ or independent student’s and spouse’s adjusted gross income of $36,000 or less on IRS tax form.

  • Four-Year Institutions: Up to $750 per semester as a supplement to the HOPE Scholarship; including summer
  • Two-Year Institutions: Up to $250 per semester as a supplement to the HOPE Scholarship; including summer

HOPE Tennessee Student Assistance Award (TSAA): To be eligible, the applicant must:

  • complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), and
  • have a valid Expected Family Contribution (EFC) of $3500 or less, and
  • to receive priority consideration, students are strongly encouraged to submit a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) as soon as possible after October 1 each year.
  • Awards are made until funds are depleted. Award Information:

Four-year/two-year private $4,000
Four-year public $2,000
Two-year public $1,300
Career Schools $2,000
TN College of Applied Technology $1,000


HOPE Foster Child Tuition Grant: Students must meet the HOPE general scholarship or HOPE Access Grant requirements. Students who were in the custody of the Department of Children Services for at least one year after 14th birthday. Must maintain satisfactory progress according to the standards and practices used in Title IV programs by which the student is enrolled. Amount varies based on level of unmet need after all financial assistance (exclusing loans and work study) has been applied and not to exceed cost of tuition and mandatory fees. If enrolled at an independent instition not to exceed the statewide average public tuition and mandatory fees for the type of tuition attended.