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Centennial Scholars

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Scholarship Overview

The Centennial Scholars program was established in celebration of MTSU's 100th anniversary in September 2011.  Centennial Scholarships have been generously provided by the following donors:

  • Emmett and Rose Kennon
  • Jimmy Gale and Jonelle Prince 

3 scholarships of $4500 will be awarded for the 2014-2015 year; future awards will depend on available funding. Applicants may qualify if they meet the following criteria:

  • Incoming Freshman
  • Minimum Academic Requirements
    • 3.5 GPA AND
    • Composite 29 or SAT 1280
  • Activities (including athletic and extracurricular activities) and Leadership
  • Some Centennial Scholarships may have additional requirements, such as major or financial need. The application will generally address these additional requirements, if applicable.
  • 2 letters of recommendation (Submitted online-You will need to have the names and email addresses of your references available when you apply!)
  • US citizen or permanent resident
  • Cannot be a recipient of other scholarships from the MTSU Financial Aid and Scholarship Office

Please Note:

  • 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. The GPA used for scholarship purposes is generally through the end of the junior year of high school.
  • ACT and SAT scores (without writing sub-scores) through the December test date will be considered for scholarship purposes. However, for best results, students taking a December test should include MTSU as a score recipient to ensure that scores arrive in time for scholarship consideration.

How Recipients Are Selected

Applicants' academic record and FAFSA will be used to verify eligibility. Applications of eligible applicants will then be judged by a committee, which will consider each applicant's activities, leadership, and recommendations. Scholarships will be awarded to the highest-ranked applicants based on academic achievement and committee scores.

How to Apply

Students must submit 'Consolidated Application for Scholarships through Financial Aid & Scholarship Office' via ScholarX by February 15, 2014.  Applications will be available through ScholarX by late Fall (mid December).

Set up a ScholarX account, if you have not already done so.

  • Go to
  • Under "First Time Users", click on "Create an Account Here".
  • Set up a log-in, using your MTSU email address. (If you have applied for admission and have been at least conditionally accepted, you have been assigned an MTSU email address. Please contact the Admissions Office at 615-898-2111 for more information.)

Submit a scholarship application.

  • Applications will be available by late Fall (mid December).
  • Complete the application marked 'Consolidated Application for Scholarships through Financial Aid & Scholarship Office' via Scholarx.
  • Be careful to provide correct information for each question! Incorrect info or a question left blank can prevent you from being considered!
  • Applications are due by February 15. At least two recommendation forms must be submitted by your selected references no later than March 1.

Tie it up.

  • After you have submitted the scholarship application, click "My Scholarship Portal". There, you can review your application by clicking on "Review your answers".
  • Click on "Printer-Friendly Version" to view and print your application. Keep a printed or electronic copy (e.g., print it as a PDF and save it on your computer) for at least one year.

The Fine Print

  • Scholarships are awarded to students who will first enroll in the summer or fall semester. Please visit our Scholarships for Spring Enrollees webpage for information about scholarship opportunities for freshmen enrolling in the spring semester.
  • Centennial Scholarships are granted for a maximum of 10 semesters;alternately, a recipient may elect to use the 5th-year funding to participate in an international educational experience (that is, study abroad) between the junior and senior year. Scholarships are not available during the summer term, with the exception of the study abroad option.
  • Students who receive scholarships will be notified via postal mail, typically in mid to late April. Award letters will include an agreement form which must be signed and returned.
  • Applicants who are not selected as recipients will be notified via email.
  • Recipients must meet GPA, enrollment, and Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) requirements to maintain continuing eligibility. For more information about SAP requirements, please visit MTSU's Satisfactory Academic Progress webpage.
  • 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 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 Financial Aid Office at (615) 898-2830.
  • 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. (That is, if scholarship funding is reduced by the state or the institution in the future, we will be required to adjust our awarding process accordingly. Such changes may not be posted on the website, due to timing reasons.)

Continuing Eligibility Criteria

Scholarship recipients will be notified of specific scholarship requirements in their award letter and agreement form. Students are strongly encouraged to retain a copy of the award letter and agreement form for future reference, and to refer to this document periodically to ensure that they are meeting scholarship requirements.

  • Students must maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.5.
  • Students must enroll full-time (12 or more credit hours) every fall and spring semester.
  • Students must meet federal Satisfactory Academic Progress requirements.

Questions? Please contact us!

Updated October 2013