Honors Scholarships for Prospective Students

Freshman Scholarship

This is a four-year scholarship (eight semesters at $1,875 per semester, excluding summer) renewable each semester provided the recipient is on track for Honors College graduation and has the requisite GPA.


  • 25 ACT (1200 SAT) and high school GPA of 3.5 or higher
  • OR 24 ACT (1160 SAT) and high school GPA of 3.7 or higher
  • OR 27 ACT (1280 SAT) and high school GPA of 3.3 or higher

MTSU HONORS COLLEGE REQUIREMENTS: Students must maintain a 3.25 college GPA and complete the Honors College program including 20 hours of lower-division (1000 and 2000 level Honors classes); UH 3000 Honors Lecture Series; UH 3500/4010/4600 interdisciplinary seminar; UH 4900 Thesis Tutorial; UH 4950 Thesis or Creative Project; and three hours Honors elective (upper-division Honors course or Honors Contract). Students must stay on track each semester and complete the Thesis or Creative Project.

THIS SCHOLARSHIP IS COMPETITIVE: Please note that this is a very competitive scholarship. Submission of this application does not guarantee acceptance as funds are limited. Preference will be given to MTSU students who are not already receiving another four-year scholarship from MTSU.

Priority Deadline: MAY 1, 2019
Freshman Scholarship Application

The Buchanan Fellowship     Honors Transfer Fellowship

Honors Scholarships for Current Students

Currently enrolled honors students may apply for all honors scholarship opportunities listed below by completing an application online. The Scholarship Application opens up every year on October 1st and closes on February 1st for Honors opportunities. To complete the scholarship application, go to and login using your PipelineMT username and password. Once logged in, complete the “Profile Information” section to be considered for scholarships. Honors scholarships are selected by the Scholarship Committee each spring and are only awarded to students who meet the criteria as listed below for specific awards. Students must also be considered as "on-track" for Honors requirements and be approved for early priority registration each semester in order to be considered for an Honors Scholarship.

Merit Based Scholarships

Paul W. Martin Sr. Scholarships: Martin Scholarships are awarded on a competitive basis to students enrolled in the Honors College and provide a $1,500 stipend to each recipient. Four to six scholarships per year are generally awarded.

To qualify, students must be enrolled on a full-time basis, be on-track for Honors course requirements, and be in good academic standing with the Honors College. Sons or daughters of a TVA employee, military veterans, or married students are given priority in the scholarship competition. Involvement and leadership in Honors College organizations are also important. 

Honors Academic Achievement Scholarship: Recipients of the Academic Achievement Scholarship receive $1,000 per academic year. In order to qualify for the scholarship, students must have a 3.25 or greater cumulative GPA; be enrolled as a full-time student, be on-track for Honors course requirements, and be in good academic standing with the Honors College. 

Gordan and Sara Bell Honors Scholarship: For consideration for this scholarship, a student must:

  • be a junior or senior
  • have an overall GPA of 3.25 grade point average on a 4.0 scale
  • be majoring or minoring in Native American Studies; pursuing a thesis related to Native American Studies; OR working directly directly to serve the needs of Native American populations

Michael Martinelli Memorial Scholarship: Scholarship recipients will be awarded $250 to $500, dependent upon available funds. To qualify, students must have a cumulative GPA of 3.25 or greater, have junior or senior standing, complete the application prompts, and currently be enrolled as a full-time student, be on-track for Honors course requirements, and be in good academic standing with the Honors College. 

Bart McCash Scholarship: This scholarship awards $350 to a junior or senior with a cumulative GPA of 3.25 or greater who is enrolled as a full-time student, is on-track for Honors course requirements, and is in good academic standing with the Honors College. 

Lawrence R. Good Scholarship. Scholarship recipients will be awarded $350. In recognition of Dr. Lawrence R. Good, funded by Dr. Elaine Good Royal and Matthew Royal. Scholarship is awarded to Psychology majors and minors who are in good standing with the Honors College.

Study Abroad Scholarships

June Hall McCash Founder's Award. Provides funds for students studying abroad, preferably in French-speaking countries. 

Hannah/Harris Honors Study Abroad Endowed Scholarships: Scholarships of approximately $400 (dependent upon availability of funds) will be awarded for the purpose of studying abroad. In order to qualify, students must be admitted to and participating in the Honors College as a full-time student. Each scholarship is awarded for one semester or summer term. Prior recipients are not disqualified from consideration for this scholarship during subsequent years. Demonstrated economic need will be considered in the selection process. 

Research Based Scholarships 

*Not included through the online application process. Please contact your honors advisor for additional information on how to apply for these scholarships.

Ingram-Montgomery Honors College Thesis/Research Scholarship: Winners of the Ingram-Montgomery Scholarship receive $1,000 in two $500 increments. The first increment is placed in the recipient's MTSU student account the semester after the thesis proposal is approved. The remaining $500 increment is awarded upon completion and approval of the recipient's thesis. The Honors Dean and Associate Dean will review applications using the following criteria: quality and focus of request, soundness of methodology, pre-request research, working bibliography, potential for development as a thesis, and potential for producing an original contribution to the field of study. 

Philip M. and Marilyn Mathis Honors Research Scholarship. Provides support for current students presenting research at academic conferences and conventions.

June McCash Honors Enrichment Scholarship. This scholarship provides additional support to students in the University Honors College who seek to give papers or presentations at scholarly conventions, study abroad, or secure funds for research.

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