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Institutional Scholarship Appeals

Each MTSU scholarship has continuing eligibility requirements in regard to GPA, enrollment, and service (for certain scholarships). Scholarship recipients are notified of these renewal requirements in the scholarship agreement form sent with the original scholarship award letter.

Scholarship recipients who fail to meet enrollment and/or GPA requirements will have their scholarships rescinded beginning with the next semester. Students are notified of their Scholarship Suspension status via their MTSU email account shortly after grades are issued for a semester.

Students who fail to meet service requirements (if applicable) may have the scholarship reduced for the semester in which they do not complete the service hours, and will have their scholarships rescinded beginning with the next semester. Students are notified of their Scholarship Suspension status via their MTSU email account at the time that the reduction is made or approximately two weeks after the end of the semester.

Who Can Submit an Appeal

  • Scholarship recipients who could not meet GPA, enrollment, or service requirements because of extenuating circumstances such as serious illness or extreme financial hardship
  • Scholarship recipients who did not meet GPA requirements due to academic issues such as failure to study, but who can reach the required GPA in a single semester and have a written plan for raising their GPA to the requirement
  • Scholarship recipients who did not meet service requirements due to personal issues such as failure to prioritize their time, but who completed at least 50 hours and have a written plan for improving their service performance (Students who completed less than 50 hours may appeal but are unlikely to be approved, unless they had extenuating circumstances which prevented them from meeting the requirement.)
  • Incoming freshmen who met academic requirements for a guaranteed academic scholarship but who were unable to apply for admission by the deadline due to extenuating circumstances such as serious illness


What an Appeal Should Include

Your appeal must include the following paperwork:

  • A completed and signed Institutional Scholarship Appeal Form
  • A detailed letter regarding your situation, including a description of why you were unable to meet the scholarship requirements and an explanation of how you will correct the problem in the upcoming semester
  • If you are appealing based on extenuating circumstances: Documentation to support the appeal, such as statements from doctors, counselors, or other professionals (See the FAQs webpage for tips on determining what documentation you should submit.)


How to Submit An Appeal

We strongly recommend that you submit your entire appeal at one time, including all supporting documentation.  If you choose to submit documentation separately from the rest of your appeal, you must include your name and M#, along with a note that it is to be added to the appeal you already submitted.  Please note:  Documentation that is received after an appeal is reviewed will not be considered: for this reason, if you choose to submit documentation separately from your appeal, we cannot guarantee that the documentation will be reviewed.

Please submit your appeal to the Scholarship Office (mail to MTSU Box 31, hand-deliver to JUB 206, or fax to 615-494-7770). You will receive a response via your MTSU email account approximately three weeks after you submit your appeal.


Who to Contact for More Information

Still have questions? Visit our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) webpage!

After reading all of the information on the FAQs page, if you have additional questions about the appeal process or the documentation you need to provide (if applicable), you should speak with Bonnie McCarty or Julie Hughes. You can find contact information on our Office Staff webpage, in the Scholarship Staff section.

If you have a question about an appeal you have submitted but for which you have not received a decision yet, you should send an email to Bonnie or Julie and ask that it be forwarded to the Scholarship Appeal Committee.