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Scholarship Opportunities for Incoming Freshmen

(for first-time freshmen enrolling for the Summer 2014 or Fall 2014 semester)

(Enrolling in the spring? Visit our Spring Enrollees page.)

Please visit the following pages for information about scholarships which may be available to you. Please note that application requirements and deadlines vary; prospective students should read scholarship descriptions carefully to note important instructions and information.

Scholarship Checklist 

2014-15 MTSU Scholarship Guide

MTSU Scholarships

  • Incoming Freshman Academic Scholarships
    Awarded to first-time freshmen who meet academic requirements.
  • DREAM Scholarship
    Awarded to first-time freshmen who meet academic and diversity, and financial need requirements.
  • Buchanan Fellowship
    MTSU's highest academic award, awarded to first-time freshmen who meet academic requirements; Recipients are selected by the Honors College, with funding provided through the Financial Aid Office.
  • International Baccalaureate Scholarship
    Awarded to first-time freshmen who graduate from high school with an International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma.
  • Foundation Scholarships
    Awarded by various MTSU departments. All incoming freshmen are encouraged to apply for Foundation Scholarships offered by the Financial aid Office and the Admissions Office, in addition to other scholarships of interest. In particular, you may wish to apply for the SouthEast Bank Scholarship and/or the Centennial Scholarship.

Departmental Scholarships

Several MTSU departments offer departmental scholarships to students participating in certain courses or activities. Students may or may not be required to major in a particular area to qualify for such scholarships. Departments offering such scholarships include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Army ROTC Scholarships
    Awarded to ROTC program participants by the Military Science department. For more information, visit the above website or call 615-898-2470.
  • Music Scholarships
    Competitive music scholarships are awarded to both music and non-music majors for instrumental or vocal performance. Band scholarships are also available. For audition dates and requirements, please visit the above web site or call (615) 898-2469.
  • Athletic Scholarships
    Student-Athlete scholarships at MTSU are awarded by the coaching staff of that particular sport. For more information, please visit the above website.

Students are encouraged to contact other departments of interest, to ask about scholarship opportunities.

Awards Available to Tennessee Residents

  • Tennessee Education Lottery Scholarships
    Tennessee residents with a 21 ACT or 3.0 GPA at an eligible high school may qualify for a lottery scholarship of between $4000 and $5500 per year. A FAFSA must be submitted at by September 1. 

    Don't see your lottery scholarship on your account? visit our Lottery Tips page for ideas on what the problem might be, and how to fix it!

  • State Scholarships, Grants, and Loan Forgiveness Programs
    Tennessee residents may qualify for state-based aid programs, which include a need-based grant, several scholarships based on merit or other factors, and loan forgiveness programs for students in certain majors.

Other Opportunities

  • Private Scholarships
    Information about how to search and apply for the millions of private scholarships given to US students each year; instructions on how to submit a scholarship check to be applied to your account.
  • College Goal Sunday

    Receive free assistance in applying for financial aid at one of several College Goal Sunday (CGS) events.

    CGS FAFSA Prep Workshop

    • Saturday, January 11, 2014; Time TBA
    • Held at MTSU
    • Receive assistance with filing your FAFSA (the Free Application for Federal Aid, the application for grants, loans, and the lottery scholarship).
    • See our College Goal Sunday webpage for more information.

    CGS FAFSA Assistance

  • Click here for Helpful Hints for finding and winning scholarships.

Questions? Please contact us!

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Updated September 2013