Scholarship Opportunities for First-Time Incoming Freshmen
MTSU Freshman Guaranteed Scholarships Finish Line Scholarship Buchanan Fellowship
MTSU DREAM Scholarship MTSU Foundation and Departmental Scholarships
State Scholarships, Grants, and Loan Forgiveness ProgramsHOPE Supplemental Scholarships
MTSU awards an array of academic merit scholarship opportunities based on ACT scores and GPA.
No separate scholarship application is required, students are guaranteed the award if they meet the scholarship requirements, complete their application for admission (including submitting transcripts), and pay the application fee by December 1.
If you are planning to enroll in the spring term, please be aware that these awards cannot be guaranteed. The number and amount of scholarships awarded for spring enrollees will depend on the amount of scholarship funding remaining for the current academic year after all fall enrollees are awarded. For spring consideration, all materials must be received by October 1.
Students who will be joining MTSU in the summer or fall semesters, who apply by the priority deadline, and who meet minimum eligibility requirements for the following awards will be offered the appropriate scholarship as long as funding is available.
National Merit and Achievement
National Hispanic Recognition Program Semi-Finalist Scholarship
- $6000 per year
- Students must submit the letter from the National Merit Scholarship Corporation verifying your Semi-Finalist Status or from the College Board for National Hispanic Recognition Program
- based on PSAT scores
- Priority deadline is February 15
The fine print
GPA and test scores on file with the Admissions Office at the time of the scholarship review will be used for awarding purposes. Typically, the 6th-semester GPA and ACT/SAT scores (without writing sub-scores) through the December test date will be used for scholarship considerations. Students taking a December test should include MTSU as a score recipient to ensure that scores arrive in time for scholarship consideration.
We are happy to accept a weighted GPA if one is provided by the high school, but are unable to calculate a GPA other than what is provided on the official transcript. We will consider your highest test score (without writing sub-scores) on a single national or state test date.
Unless noted, scholarships are granted for a maximum of 8 semesters. Scholarships are not available during the summer term.
Recipients must meet GPA, enrollment, service (where applicable), and Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) requirements to maintain continuing eligibility. In general, students receiving most MTSU Academic Merit Scholarships must earn a 3.0 cumulative MTSU GPA as measured at the end of each fall/spring semester.
Recipients must be US citizens or permanent residents.
In the event that MTSU offers multiple scholarships to a student, only one scholarship from the MTSU Financial Aid & Scholarship Office (including the Buchanan Fellowship) can be accepted. A student may receive a university scholarship in addition to a Tennessee Education Lottery Scholarship.
A student's total aid including scholarships cannot exceed his or her budgeted Cost of Attendance. For more information, please contact the MT One Stop.
The awarding of scholarships is based on the availability of funds and the criteria set forth by the appropriate governing bodies, and is subject to change without notice.
The Finish Line Scholarship is designed to encourage students to complete all requirements and successfully graduate from MTSU in four years. Research conducted nationally provides evidence that students who take 15 or more credits per semester earn better grades, are more likely to stay enrolled in school, and most important of all, are far more likely to graduate.
The Finish Line Scholarship is a tangible motivation for MTSU students to enroll in course loads of 15 credit hours each term, and/or to use summer sessions wisely to ensure that the 120 credit hours required for completion of most of our academic programs are completed in four academic years. Students who successfully meet this benchmark—successful graduation in four years—will become eligible for a Finish Line Scholarship in their eighth/final semester that reflects tuition increases which occurred during the four-year period of their studies.
To enroll in this program, simply sign into PipelineMT, select the RaiderNet tab, Student tab, Student Records link, and finally the Finish Line Scholarship link. This will provide you all the details related to the scholarship, and you can then click the SUBMIT button to sign up. There are no negative consequences, and if you go ahead and accept today you will have your scholarship waiting on you in four years.
The Buchanan Fellowship is awarded through the prestigious MTSU Honors College, and is the highest academic award given to an entering freshman at Middle Tennessee State University. Students must plan to enroll for the first time in the summer or fall semester to be eligible for the Buchanan Fellowship.
Buchanan Fellows must complete a separate application process that is administered through the Honors College. Fellows selected for participation enter the university as a part of an elite cohort and participate in a specially designed cohort curriculum of courses. Fellows receive a host of special benefits including a full tuition scholarship for up to 16 credits each semester, special seminars, priority registration, a book allowance, priority consideration for study abroad, and much more. The Buchanan Fellowship award is guaranteed for four years, providing you continue to meet all requirements.
To compete for a Buchanan Fellowship, an applicant must
- apply for undergraduate admission to Middle Tennessee
- complete and return the Buchanan application form to the Honors College by December 1 of the year prior to fall enrollment
- have a high school GPA greater than or equal to 3.5
- have a composite ACT greater than or equal to 29 (SAT greater than or equal to 1280)
- provide an official transcript of all high school work completed
Successful applicants generally possess qualifications that equal or surpass those
required for other MTSU academic scholarships. For more information and scholarship
application, visit the website of the Honors College.
Middle Tennessee State University values the richness of learning opportunities brought to our campus through diversity in our student body and faculty. To demonstrate that commitment and encourage the enrollment of students from populations underrepresented at MTSU, scholarships are offered to freshmen who will contribute to the creation and education of a diverse student body. For the purpose of this scholarship, diversity is considered to include (but is not limited to) any of the following: Veterans, Non-Traditional students, Disability status, First-generation college students, Gender identity/expression, Personal hardships, Race or ethnicity, sexual orientation or Special gifts or talents.
Through a combination of state and University funds, recipients of the DREAM Scholarship will receive $2,000 per year.
MTSU DREAM Scholarship eligibility requirements
- An incoming freshman joining the university in the summer or fall semester
- A Tennessee resident, and US citizen or permanent resident
- A graduate of Tennessee high school or Tennessee homeschool
In addition, you must:
- Meet current academic and other eligibility requirements for the Tennessee Education Lottery Scholarship as of the February 15 scholarship application deadline
- Have an Estimated Family Contribution (EFC) of 12,000 or less on FAFSA
- Enroll full-time for every fall and spring semester
- Students may apply for this scholarship by submitting the online Scholarship Application by February 15 to be considered for an award for the following year. To complete, go to www.mtsu.edu/scholarships/opportunities and login using your PipelineMT username and password. Once logged in, complete the “Profile Information” section to be considered for scholarships.
- Meet diversity requirements
MTSU DREAM Scholarship renewal requirements
The DREAM Scholarship will be available for fall and spring semesters only and will be renewable for up to eight semesters, dependent on available funding. Students must meet the following requirements to retain the award:
- Enroll full-time (at least 12 hours) every fall and spring semester
- Have an Estimated Family Contribution (EFC) of 15,000 or less on FAFSA
- Meet all renewal requirements for the Tennessee Education Lottery Scholarship, including but not limited to the following:
- Complete the FAFSA annually, by March 1 of each year, and complete the verification process by July 1, if selected
- Meet Satisfactory Academic Progress requirements
- Meet GPA and enrollment requirements for the Tennessee Education Lottery Scholarship Program.
MTSU Foundation and departmental scholarships
MTSU offers approximately 700 endowed and other scholarships to approximately 2000 students each year through special programs sponsored by various academic and administrative departments. Application processes vary from department to department. Many of these Foundation and departmental scholarships require online applications or paper applications.
Of special interest to new freshmen will be the generous Centennial Scholarship, made possible by private donations celebrating MTSU’s 100th anniversary. Centennial Scholars receive awards in the amount of $4000; criteria include a 3.5 GPA, an ACT Composite score of at least 29, and other requirements related to activities, leadership, letters of recommendation. For more information, please search for the Centennial Scholarship via the online scholarship system at www.mtsu.edu/scholarships/opportunities.
Foundation and departmental scholarship deadlines
Most scholarships have an application deadline of February 15. After a scholarship deadline has passed, the application for that scholarship will no longer be available or accepted. After all deadlines have passed for the upcoming year, the scholarship search page will be available but students will not be able to apply for any of the listed awards.
Departmental scholarships of special interest
Information regarding four of our most popular areas of interest are noted below. Please be aware that this is not a comprehensive list, so you should contact departments of interest to ask about scholarship opportunities and search the website for other opportunities.
- Army ROTC Scholarships - Awarded to ROTC program participants by the Military Science department. For more information, visit the above website or call 615-898-2470.
- Music Scholarships - Competitive music scholarships are awarded to both music and non-music majors for instrumental or vocal performance. Band scholarships are also available. For audition dates and requirements, please visit the above web site or call (615) 898-2469.
- Scholarships through the June Anderson Center Scholarship for Women and Non-traditional Students
- Student-Athlete scholarships at MTSU are awarded by the coaches of that particular
sport. For more information, please contact the appropriate coaching staff.
In addition to the Tennessee Education Lottery Scholarship program (TELS), Tennessee residents may qualify for state-based aid programs, which include a need-based grant, several scholarships based on merit or other factors, and loan forgiveness programs for students in certain majors. These programs are administered through the Tennessee Student Assistance Corporation.
As part of the Student Success Advantage, the MTSU HOPE Supplemental Scholarship was created by MTSU for new Lottery eligible incoming freshman who stay on track to graduate in four years.
These supplements will offset the state's recent reduction of the TN HOPE scholarship from $4,000 a year to $3,500 a year for freshmen and sophomores enrolling at a four-year university. This reduction was announced by Gov. Bill Haslam to help finance the Tennessee Promise, the statewide plan to offer free technical college and community college to high school graduates starting in 2015.
MTSU will partner with entering freshmen who qualify for the TN HOPE Scholarship to off-set this reduction in funding. Students who, at the completion of their first academic year, have successfully met all eligibility requirements to retain their TN HOPE scholarship will receive a $500 MTSU HOPE Supplemental Scholarship. This MTSU Hope Supplemental Scholarship will be applied against tuition due at the beginning of their second year of enrollment.
Similarly, students who, at the completion of their second academic year, have successfully met all eligibility requirements to again retain their TN HOPE scholarship will receive a second $500 MTSU HOPE Supplemental Scholarship. The second MTSU HOPE Supplemental Scholarship will be applied against tuition due at the beginning of their third year of enrollment.
If a new freshman brings dual enrollment, AP, ACT, etc., type credit, the amount of the MTSU HOPE Supplemental Scholarship will be adjusted accordingly based on when the student earns 60 credit hours.
Please review the MTSU HOPE Supplemental Scholarship Q&A for additional information.
Please click here for more information regarding Tennessee HOPE renewal criteria.
Please contact the MT One Stop!