The Buchanan Fellowship

The Honors College is also home to the Buchanan Fellowship program, named in honor of MTSU's Nobel Prize winning alumnus, Dr. James M. Buchanan. The Buchanan Fellowship, limited to 20 students per year, is the highest award given to an entering freshman at Middle Tennessee State University. The program began in the fall of 2007.

Buchanan Fellows, who must complete a separate application process limited to first-time freshmen, receive a host of special benefits including a full tuition waiver guaranteed for four years, special seminars, priority registration, a book allowance, priority consideration for study abroad, and much more.

To compete for a Buchanan Fellowship, an applicant must

  1. apply for undergraduate admission to Middle Tennessee;
  2. complete the ONLINE application form through the MTSU University Honors College (links below) by December 1 of the year prior to fall enrollment;
  3. have a high school GPA greater than or equal to 3.5;
  4. have a composite ACT greater than or equal to 30 (SAT greater than or equal to 1390);
  5. provide an official transcript of all high school work completed; and
  6. provide a personal statement.

The preceding requirements are minimal. Successful applicants generally possess qualifications that equal or surpass those required for other MTSU academic scholarships. Students accepted to the program participate in a specially designed cohort curriculum of courses which is limited to Buchanan Fellows.

Buchanan Fellows Application for 2020-2021:
Students who know their MTSU ID number
Buchanan Fellows Brochure

Other Honors 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, including enrollment in at least one three-hour Honors course in the current semester, or be in the thesis tutorial/thesis project phase, 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. The deadline for application is in mid-March each year.

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, submit a one-page essay on a specific topic, and currently be enrolled as a full-time student, including enrollment in at least one three-hour Honors course. Applications must be received by the deadline in mid-March.

Bart McCash Scholarship: This scholarship awards $250 to $350 to a junior or senior with a cumulative GPA of 3.25 or greater who is enrolled as a full-time student, including enrollment in at least one three-hour Honors course. Submission of a one-page essay on a specified subject is required, and the application must be received by the mid-March deadline.

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, including enrollment in at least one three-hour Honors course; and they must have successfully completed at least 15 hours of Honors courses. The deadline for applying for this scholarship is in mid-March each year.

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

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 Council will also 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. Students must meet the mid-March deadline to qualify for consideration for this scholarship.

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. The deadline for applying for this scholarship is in mid-March.

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.

CRITERIA: 25 ACT (1200-1230 SAT = EBRW + M) and high school GPA of 3.5 or higher OR 24 ACT (1160-1190 SAT = EBRW + M) and high school GPA of 3.7 or higher OR 27 ACT (1280-1300 SAT = EBRW + M) and high school GPA of 3.3 or higher (SAT = Evidence-Based Reading/Writing + Math)
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.

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