Scholarships

Honors Scholarships for Prospective Students

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.

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 (up to 16 hours) guaranteed for four years (excluding summers), special seminars, priority registration, a book allowance, priority consideration for study abroad, and much more.

The Buchanan Fellowship

Transfer Fellowship

The Honors Transfer Fellowship, limited to 30 students per year, is the highest academic award given to transfer students at Middle Tennessee State University.

Honors Transfer Fellows, who must complete a separate application process, receive a host of special benefits including $3,500 per semester (for students classified as in-state for tuition purposes; $7,000 per semester for out-of-state students) for up to four semesters (fall and spring only), priority consideration for study abroad scholarships, and much more.

 Honors Transfer Fellowship

Honors Freshman Scholarship

Honors Freshman Scholarship

Provides $3750 per year for four-years (or $1,875 per semester, excluding summer), is renewable each semester provided the recipient is on-track for Honors College graduation and has the requisite MTSU GPA of 3.25 or higher.

Priority Consideration Deadline: May 1, 2022


CRITERIA: available to incoming first-time freshmen starting at MTSU in Fall who meet one of the following eligibility criteria:

  • 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 18 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.

You must be admitted to MTSU before you can complete this scholarship application.

Available in January: Honors Freshman Scholarship Application - log in with your Pipeline username and password
(Selections are not made until after May 1, 2022.)

If you have questions regarding this opportunity please email: Laura.Clippard@mtsu.edu

Ralph & Elizabeth Gwaltney Centennial Scholarship

The Ralph & Elizabeth Gwaltney Centennial Scholarship not currently available for the Fall 2022 application cycle.

It provides $4000 per year ($2000 each semester, excluding summer) and is renewable for five (5) years provided the recipient is on-track for Honors College graduation and has the requisite MTSU GPA of 3.25 or higher. This scholarship can be stacked with other guaranteed scholarships like the Trustee Scholarship.

DEADLINE TO APPLY: TBD
 

CRITERIA:

  • Incoming freshmen need a minimum 3.5 high school GPA and 29 ACT

APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS:

You must be admitted to MTSU before you can complete this scholarship application. 

The Ralph & Elizabeth Gwaltney Centennial Scholarship application requires an essay and one letter of recommendation (attach both to your online application). The essay prompt is the same that is found in both the Buchanan and Honors Freshman Scholarship applications. You are welcome to utilize the same essay in more than one application as applicable.

RENEWAL REQUIREMENTS: Students must maintain a 3.25 college GPA and complete the Honors College program including 18 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. Only one student can receive this scholarship at a time. Applications do not open until a spot is available.

If you have questions regarding this opportunity please email: Laura.Clippard@mtsu.edu

  
Honors Scholarships for Current Students

Currently enrolled honors students may apply for all honors scholarship opportunities listed below by completing an online application. The Scholarship Application opens up every year on October 1st and closes on March 1st for Honors opportunities. Qualifications are listed below, additionally students must 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.

The following prompts will be required on the honors scholarship applications:

  1. Are you a current student in good standing in the MTSU Honors College?
  2. What qualifies you for an Honors Scholarship?
  3. Please list activities/participation with the Honors College.
  4. Essay: How do you think your participation in the Honors College will contribute to your future development?

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. 

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Merit Based Scholarships

Paul W. Martin 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. There is not a separate application for this scholarship. Students who complete an application for the Paul W. Martin scholarship will also be considered for this opportunity.

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
  • the application will require students to provide additional details regarding their eligibility based on this criteria

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, 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. Preference is given to Psychology majors and minors who are in good standing with the Honors College.

Elliot Ozment New American Scholarship

To be eligible for consideration for this scholarship, candidates must meet the following criteria:

  • Must be a full-time undergraduate student in the Honors College.
  • First preference will be a student who is working towards American citizenship or is of Hispanic descent.
  • Applicant must be either a junior or senior standing when the scholarship is awarded.
  • Financial need, as determined by the University, is required.

Joseph and Teresa Santiago Olmstead International Scholarship

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.

Preference is given to students who meet the following criteria:

  • International students of Hispanic/Latino or Asian ethnicity
  • Business majors
  • Students with demonstrated financial need

Julia Powell Scholarship

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. Students must also have financial need, as determined by the University.

Preference is given to students who meet the following criterion:

  • School of Nursing majors or intending to pursue a career that focuses on older adult health

Hanna Romans Witherspoon Scholarship

Junior or Senior classification status. 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. Students must also have financial need, as determined by the University.

Preference is given to students who meet the following criterion:

  • Student working in the James E. Walker Library

 

 Other Honors Scholarships

Study Abroad Scholarships

The June Hall McCash and Hannah/Harris scholarship applications are available through the general scholarship link: www.mtsu.edu/scholarships/opportunities.  Students will need to provide information regarding their study abroad plans with the following prompts: 

  • Do you plan to go on a Study Abroad Experience?
  • If YES, to what country?
  • If YES, which semester and year?

June Hall McCash Founder's Award. To be eligible for consideration for this scholarship, a student must be in good standing with the Honors College, be pursuing a major or minor in a foreign language, be in good standing with the University, have completed 15 credit hours or the equivalent in foreign language courses, maintain a grade point average of 3.25 or higher, and plan to study abroad in a country where the student will be able to deepen his or her knowledge of the chosen major or minor language.

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. 

Other Honors Study Abroad Scholarships are available throughout the year. Click the link below to learn more.

General Honors Study Abroad Scholarships

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.