About the Scholarship

The High school senior students who are planning to enroll in a university or college in the state of Tennessee are awarded merit-based scholarship awards by the Tennessee Higher Education Commission and Student Assistance Corporation.

The students of the state are awarded the Tennessee Ned McWherter Scholars Program that is funded by the state government and the university or college the applicant is enrolled in.

Students at the beginning of the senior year of high school are eligible to apply as well.


Tennessee Ned McWherter Scholars Program Awards

  • The recipients of the scholarship program receive an amount of $6000 per year of which the State of Tennessee and the educational institution contributes $3000 each.

  • The scholarship program is renewable for students for 3 consecutive years after the first year of the program.

  • Students are expected to maintain good academic standing with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 in order to remain a recipient of the scholarship.


Tennessee Ned McWherter Scholars Program Application

The recipients of the scholarship are chosen by the scholarship committee on the basis of certain eligibility criteria.

The applicants must submit the following in order to complete the application process:

  • An official high school transcript consisting of the grade records of the first semester of the senior year.

  • An official record of the ACT or SAT test scores.

  • The completed application form, that is available on the official website.


Tennessee Ned McWherter Scholars Program Application Deadline

The application including all the required attachments must be submitted to the scholarship committee by 15th February without fail. Any applications received past the deadline will be considered invalid.


Eligibility Criteria

  • The applicant should be a Tennessee resident.

  • The student should be a U.S. citizen or an eligible noncitizen.

  • The student should have a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or more.

  • The student should be enrolled in an accredited Tennessee institution.


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