Scholarship Opportunities for Currently Enrolled Students

Scholarship opportunities don’t stop after your initial enrollment at MTSU! As a continuing student, you may become eligible for additional scholarships. These awards include Enrichment awards that recognize academic achievement, as well as Diversity scholarships that recognize the contributions that students from underrepresented backgrounds make to our campus. Both of these awards are generally made in the fall semester, but a limited number of one semester only awards may also be available. Some academic departments and other programs also have awards for continuing students that recognize their academic achievement or special distinction. 

The 2019-2020 Scholarship Guide provides an outline of all scholarships, and is suitable for printing for your review or to share with family members.

Enrichment Scholarship

Enrichment Scholarships are competitively awarded to applicants based on academic achievement. The standard award amount for the Enrichment Scholarship is $1,000 per year for full-time enrollment; the award will be prorated for part-time enrollment or early graduation. Selected recipients may additionally be awarded a $500 "high need" amount for an EFC of 12,000 or less and/or a $500 "diversity" amount for meeting diversity requirements, for a maximum award of $2,000. Award amounts may vary each year, depending on available funding and the number of eligible applicants. This scholarship is awarded for one academic year only; students must reapply each year to be considered.

Applicants must meet the following criteria to be considered:

  • GPA: You must have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 after the fall semester. Please Note: Cumulative GPA is defined as the Overall Combined GPA, which includes all college credits (including transfer and remedial credits).
  • Enrollment: You must be enrolled in at least 6 hours for the spring semester. (Enrollment will be verified in mid-spring, when applications are being processed.)
  • You must be meeting Satisfactory Academic Progress requirements
  • You must be pursuing your first undergraduate degree; if you are working on a graduate degree or a second undergraduate degree, you will not be considered.
  • You must be a US citizen or permanent resident.
  • You cannot be a recipient of other scholarships awarded and/or funded by the MTSU Financial Aid & Scholarship Office.

In late spring, you will receive notification regarding whether you were selected as a recipient. An email will be sent to your MTSU email address at that time.

How to apply for the Enrichment Scholarship

The Scholarship Application opens up every year on October 1st and closes around March 1st. To complete the scholarship application, 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

Diversity scholarships

MTSU values the richness of learning opportunities brought to our campus through diversity in our student body and faculty. To demonstrate that commitment and to encourage the enrollment of students from populations underrepresented at MTSU, scholarships are offered to students who contribute to the creation and education of a diverse student body. 

MT Diversity Scholarships are awarded based on academic achievement, diversity, and financial need. These scholarships are awarded for one academic year only; students must reapply each year to be considered.  

The award amount for the MT Diversity Scholarship can vary from $500/year to $2,000/year. Award amounts will vary based on the student’s academic ability and/or financial need. Award amounts will also be prorated based on enrollment load each semester.

Applicants must meet the following criteria to be considered:

  • GPA: You must have a cumulative GPA of at least 2.5 after the fall semester. Please Note: Cumulative GPA is defined as the Overall Combined GPA, which includes all college credits (including transfer and remedial credits).
  • Diversity: TheMTSU campus is a rich blend of students from a variety of racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic backgrounds that bring with them a diverse array of life experiences. For the purpose of these scholarships, diversity is considered to include, but is not limited to, any of the following:
    • Disability status
    • First-generation college students
    • gender identity/expression
    • Non-traditional students
    • Personal hardships
    • Race or ethnicity
    • Sexual orientation
    • Special gifts or talents
    • Veteran status
  • Financial Need: You must file a FAFSA by February 15 and must have an EFC of 12,000 or less according to your FAFSA results. 
  • Enrollment: You must be enrolled in at least 6 hours for the spring semester. (Enrollment will be verified in mid-spring, when applications are being processed.)
  • You must be meeting Satisfactory Academic Progress requirements
  • You must be pursuing your first undergraduate degree; if you are working on a graduate degree or a second undergraduate degree, you will not be considered.
  • You must be a US citizen or permanent resident.
  • You cannot be a recipient of other scholarships awarded and/or funded by the Financial Aid & Scholarship Office.

In late spring, you will receive notification of any scholarship award(s) or no award(s) after the scholarship priority deadline. An email will be sent to your MTSU email address at that time.

How to apply for the MT Diversity Scholarships

The Scholarship Application opens up every year on October 1st and closes around March 1st. To complete the scholarship application, 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

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, while others are awarded based on academic achievement or other factors and do not require an application.

The Scholarship Application opens up every year on October 1st and closes around March 1st. To complete the scholarship application, 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.

What is a Foundation Scholarship?

A Foundation Scholarship is an endowed award, with funding that initially came to MTSU from an outside benefactor. The scholarship donor, often an MTSU alumnus or a local charitable organization, gives funds to MTSU and designates that the funds be used to offer scholarships to students meeting certain criteria. MTSU uses the available funds to award scholarships to students who match each donor's preferences and requirements. For example, a donor might ask that a scholarship be given to students in a particular major, or to students who have financial need. Additional Foundation Scholarships are assigned to the departments which are best able to identify eligible students; for instance, a scholarship for chemistry majors will be awarded by the chemistry department, while a scholarship for art students is assigned to the art department. 

What is a departmental scholarship?

A departmental scholarship has funding that comes from within the budget of a specific academic or other department, and that department selects the recipients. These scholarships are often performance-based, with specific performance requirements, which must be completed for the student to continue to receive the scholarship. For example, a music departmental scholarship may require a student to register for certain classes and to participate in specific music ensembles; an athletic scholarship may require the recipient to play on a certain athletic team. 

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 accepted.

The Scholarship Application opens up every year on October 1st and closes around March 1st. To complete the scholarship application, 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.

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 additionally contact departments of interest to ask about scholarship opportunities and follow the instructions above to 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.

Scholarship Thank You Letters

If you are awarded a Foundation and/or Departmental Scholarship, we strongly encourage you to write a Thank You letter to the scholarship donor, showing your appreciation for the scholarship.  Your Scholarship offer notification letter should include information regarding a Thank You letter.

Scholarships are made possible through the generous donations of corporations, professional associations, college alumni, and individual philanthropists. Scholarships make it possible for thousands of students every year to attend college without having to incur large amounts of student loan debt. For many college students, a scholarship could mean the difference between continuing their education or abandoning their personal and professional education ambitions. That is why it is very important to remember that when a student receives a scholarship, they need to thank those individuals with a formal letter of appreciation. 

The people, corporations, & organizations that donate these funds very much appreciate knowing the students who are directly benefiting from their scholarship funds. Scholarship donors like to know that their contributions are making a difference, but typically ask for nothing in return from the student. But receiving a well-written Thank You letter lets the donor know that his or her scholarship donation was greatly appreciated, and shows the student’s appreciation for receiving the funds they needed to pay for college. A properly worded, formal Thank You letter acknowledges the importance of the scholarship, and the impact the donors’ generosity has had on an individual. When they receive a Thank You letter, the donor can see the difference their generosity has made and helps secure continuing donations for future MTSU students.

Tips for writing a well-written Scholarship Thank You Letter:

  • Mention the scholarship program by name
  • Identify your college or university
  • Mention your educational background and any obstacles you’ve overcome to make it to college
  • Mention any extracurricular activities you are involved in, particularly community service projects
  • Discuss both your educational and career goals
  • Express your enthusiasm & appreciation for the scholarship, and the impact it has had on you and your family
  • Make sure the letter is free of both grammatical and spelling errors. 
  • Write clearly and concisely.
  • Be sincere.

 For examples, please visit:

 http://www.collegescholarships.org/scholarships/thank-you-samples.htm 

https://www.template.net/business/letters/sample-scholarship-thank-you-letter/

https://morethankyounotes.com/scholarship-thank-you-notes/

Please send your Scholarship Thank You Letters via postal mail to
                  Scholarship Program Name – Put the name of your Scholarship received here
                  c/o Gina Stanley
                  MTSU Development Office Box 109
                  1301 East Main Street
                  Murfreesboro, TN  37132

If you have questions about the thank you letter, call Ms. Stanley at 615-898-5015 or email MTScholarships@mtsu.edu.