Incoming Freshman Academic Scholarships
(for first-time freshmen enrolling for the Summer 2014 or Fall 2014 semester)
Scholarships At a Glance (click on each heading for more details)
- Priority Deadline: December 1
- Application Requirements: Apply for admission by priority deadline (no scholarship application required)
- Academic Requirements: Minimum of 26 ACT and 3.5 GPA (23 ACT if ranked 1 or 2)
- Award Amounts: $2000-6000 per year, for 4 years
- The Fine Print
- Competitive Academic Scholarships
- Continuing Eligibility Requirements
Application Requirements and Deadlines
No scholarship application is required; all incoming freshmen who apply for admission,
meet scholarship requirements, and will first enroll in the summer or fall term will
be considered. (Enrolling in the spring? Visit our Spring Enrollees page). Priority consideration will be given to students who establish eligibility
for a scholarship by December 1. Scholarship award letters for priority applicants
will be sent between November and March.
Students who establish eligibility for a scholarship (such as applying for admission
or submitting missing transcripts or test scores) between December 2 and February
15 may be considered if funding is available after eligible priority applicants have
been awarded. If funding is available for late awards, scholarship award letters for
late applicants will be sent in April. Scholarship funding for students who qualify
after the February 15 secondary deadline is generally not available; however, if funding
is available for awards after February 15, scholarship award letters may be sent in
- Applying for admission includes submitting the $25 application fee, which is required
for an admission application to be processed. Students who submit an application but
not an application fee will not be considered for scholarships.
- 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. 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.
- 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; we are unable to "superscore" (that is, combine
the highest subscores from different dates) or to accept residual scores (that is,
scores for tests taken individually at a testing center rather than on a national
Academic Requirements and Award Amounts
Students who apply by the priority deadline and meet minimum eligibility requirements
for the following awards will be offered a scholarship as long as funding is available.
Priority Deadline: December 1
- National Merit/Achievement/Hispanic Scholarship
- $6000 per year
- National Merit, Achievement, or Hispanic Semi-Finalist (based on PSAT scores)
- $5000 per year
- 3.5 GPA & 32 ACT (1410 SAT)
- $4000 per year
- 3.5 GPA & 29 ACT (1280 SAT)
- Academic Service
- $3000 per year
- 3.5 GPA & 27 ACT (1210 SAT)
- $2000 per year
- 3.5 GPA & 26 ACT (1170 SAT)
Priority Deadline: February 15
- $3000 per year
- 23 ACT (1060 SAT), Ranked 1 or 2 in high school class
- International Baccalaureate
- $1000 per year
- 3.5 GPA
- Will graduate with an International Baccalaureate (IB) diploma (verification form
- IB Scholarship can be combined with any award except Buchanan Fellowship
- No service requirement, unless student is also receiving a higher scholarship which
requires service hours
The Fine Print
- The above information is for 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
- No scholarship application is required, except as otherwise noted; all incoming freshmen
who apply for admission by the priority deadline and meet the minimum requirements
will receive a scholarship offer.
- Unless noted, scholarships are granted for a maximum of 8 semesters. Scholarships
are not available during the summer term.
- Only students who receive scholarships will be notified. Award letters will include
an agreement form which must be signed and returned.
- Scholarship recipients (except Provost and International Baccalaureate) are required
to complete 75 hours of service to MTSU each semester for most scholarship types.
For more information, visit the Scholarship Service Program webpage.
- Recipients must meet GPA, enrollment, service (where applicable), 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
- 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)
- 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.)
MTSU offers two competitive academic scholarships to incoming freshmen: The Buchanan
Fellowship and the DREAM Scholarship. Additionally, several Foundation Scholarships
are offered by the Financial Aid & Scholarship Office to incoming freshmen. Competitive
scholarships are awarded to students who will first enroll in the summer or fall semester.
A scholarship application is required for each of the competitive scholarship types.
Please visit the Incoming Freshman Scholarships homepage for links to information about these awards.
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. The
following renewal criteria will generally be required for the specified scholarship
- Guaranteed Academic Scholarships: Scholarship recipients are required to complete
75 hours of service to MTSU each semester (except as noted). Five service hours per
week will be completed in an academic or administrative department. Please visit our
Scholarship Service Program webpage for information about the Scholarship Service Program at MTSU.
- Guaranteed Academic Scholarships: Students must earn an MTSU GPA of 2.75 after the
first semester and 3.0 cumulative GPA after each subsequent semester, except as noted.
- DREAM Scholarships: Students must maintain eligibility for the Tennessee Education
Lottery Scholarship by meeting lottery GPA, enrollment, and other requirements.
- Buchanan Fellowship: Students must meet GPA and course enrollment requirements as
stated by the University Honors College in the award letter.
- All scholarships: Students must enroll full-time every fall and spring semester and
must meet federal Satisfactory Academic Progress requirements.
If a student is unable to meet any of the continuing eligibility criteria due to extenuating
circumstances, he or she may appeal to regain eligibility by submitting supporting
documentation. A student may also appeal after losing eligibility for personal or
academic reasons, in certain cases. Additionally, if a student is unable to meet the
GPA requirement, he or she may appeal to regain eligibility when he or she is meeting
GPA requirements again. Reinstatement of the scholarship is dependent on funding and
is not guaranteed, regardless of circumstances or GPA. Information about the appeal
process is available on our Institutional Scholarship Appeals webpage.
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Updated October 2013