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Freshman Scholarships

Freshman Scholarships in the School of ABAS are available to students majoring in some phase of Agriculture. Scholarships are awarded on the basis of specific requirements of the donor, academic performance, financial need and student involvement in extracurricular activities.

Applications for scholarships are received by April 1, evaluated by the department faculty, personal interviews are conducted, and recipients are announced by individual letters to the students as quickly as possible after the interviews.

One-half of the monetary award is available during registration of the following fall semester. Scholarship applicants will be re-evaluated at the end of the fall semester to verify they have maintained a GPA of 2.5 or above, and will then be eligible to receive the second half of the scholarship for the spring semester. Click here to download a Freshman Scholarship Application.

Specific scholarships available include the following:

  • Agriculture Faculty and Staff Scholarships - 3 @ total of $1750.00; Three scholarships are awarded to the top three individuals in the Agriculture Academic Exposition each year. This contest includes twelve basic agriculture areas and youth from across the state compete annually.
  • Tennessee Farmers Cooperative - 2 @ $1200; Special Requirements: student or parents must be a voting member of a local farm supply cooperative. Must be a resident of Tennessee.
  • Kiwanis Club of Murfreesboro - I @ $500.00; Student should be entering Freshman year and be a native of Rutherford County.
  • Flora Tarwater Beck - 2 @ $1,000.00; Criteria including economic need, demonstrated ability to successfully complete a degree, with priority given to residents of Rhea and Bledsoe counties.
  • Rehabilitation Corporation of Tennessee - 2 @ $1,200.00; Criteria include economic need, ability to successfully complete degree, involvement in extra-curricular activities and recipient must be a resident of Tennessee and have an agricultural background.
  • Farm Credit Services - 1 @ $1,000.00; Criteria include membership in Farm Credit Services grade point average, extra-curricular activities, and potential to succeed in a degree program.