Scholarship Opportunities for First-Time Incoming Transfer Students

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

MTSU Transfer Guaranteed Scholarship

Transfer Promise Scholarship - $3,000 per year for two years (maximum of 4 semesters).

To be considered for a MTSU Transfer Guaranteed Scholarship, students must be a first-time incoming transfer who plans to enroll at MTSU in the Summer or Fall semester. Students must have ALL of the following on file with the Admissions Office by February 15 to be considered for a scholarship:

  • Admission application
  • Application fee paid
  • Official college transcripts (through the fall semester) reflecting the required earned hours and cumulative GPA requirement 
  • Official high school transcript if applicable 
  • Must be US Citizen or permanent resident

Requirements:

  • 3.0 cumulative college GPA
  • 45-105 earned hours after the fall semester prior to summer or fall enrollment at MTSU.

No separate scholarship application is required for the Transfer Promise scholarship. Student will receive notification of the scholarship award offer by April. To take advantage of the scholarship offer, students must accept the scholarship by June 1! Instructions of how to accept the scholarship will be included in the scholarship award notice.

Continuing eligibility criteria

  • Students must earn a 3.0 cumulative MTSU GPA as measured at the end of each fall/spring semester.
  • Students must enroll at least full-time every fall and spring semester. 

The fine print 

  • Deadline for priority consideration is February 15.
  • Recipients must meet GPA and enrollment requirements to maintain continuing eligibility. 
  • 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.
  • In the event that MTSU offers multiple scholarships to a student (including scholarships awarded through other departments but funded by the Financial Aid & Scholarship Office, including the Transfer Promise Scholarship, the Honors Transfer Fellowship and the Phi Theta Kappa Scholarship), only one scholarship can be accepted. Students who are offered two scholarships will be awarded the higher of the two. 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. 

Honors Transfer Fellowship

The highest award given to a transfer student, fellowships are awarded by the University Honors College. Honors Transfer Fellows will receive $7,000 per year for 2 years; a limited number of recipients incurring out-of-state tuition costs may receive $14,000 per year. Recipients may additionally receive consideration for study-abroad scholarships. For more information and an application, please visit the Honors website

Requirements:

  • a minimum of 60 earned hours with
  • at least a 3.5 college GPA.

Phi Theta Kappa Scholarship

The Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) Scholarship is available to transfer students who are members of PTK and who will be enrolling at MTSU for the first time in the summer or fall semester. Priority is given to transfer students who have been selected as members of the All-Tennessee Academic Team. Recipients will be awarded $4000 per year, and the scholarship is renewable for a second year.

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.

Please contact the Admissions Office at (615) 898-2233 for additional information.

The fine print

  • Recipients must meet GPA and  enrollment requirements to maintain continuing eligibility.
  • Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents.
  • Unless otherwise noted, scholarships are granted for a maximum of 4 semesters. Scholarships are not available during the summer term.
  • If selected, applicants will be notified via email in late April with further instruction regarding how to accept the scholarship offer. Applicants who were not selected as recipients will be notified via email in late April.
  • 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.
  • In the event that MTSU offers multiple scholarships to a student (including scholarships awarded through other departments but funded by the Financial Aid & Scholarship Office, including the Transfer Promise Scholarship, the Honors Transfer Fellowship, and the Phi Theta Kappa Scholarship), only one scholarship can be accepted. Students who are offered two scholarships will be awarded the higher of the two. 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.  

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.

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:

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.

Transferring your Tennessee Education Lottery Scholarships

If you are currently receiving a Tennessee Educational Lottery Scholarship (TELS) scholarship at another college or university, you will need to be sure that you complete the following steps so that your scholarship will follow you when you transfer to MTSU.  

  1. Submit your prior college transcripts to the MTSU Admissions Office
    Submit all of your prior college transcripts to MTSU's Admissions Office, and monitor your RaiderNet account to insure that all transfer credits are showing on your MTSU transcript.

    Here is how to check your MTSU transcript:

    • Go to pipeline.mtsu.edu and log in
    • Click on Registration & Student Records on the left menu
    • Click on the Transcript icon
    • Enter the Transcript Level and Transcript Type and click Submit
    • Scroll down to the bottom to check for the most recent semester's grades

  2. Notify the Financial Aid Office at your current school
    Inform your current school's Financial Aid Office that you are planning to transfer, so they can cancel your future aid (including the lottery scholarship and any other grants, loans, or scholarships you are receiving there). 

  3. Add MTSU to Your FAFSA
    If you did not list MTSU on your FAFSA as one of the institutions to receive your information, you will need to add our school code. The Federal School Code for MTSU is 003510.

  4. Notify TSAC that you are changing schools
    It is important that you inform the Tennessee Student Assistance Corporation (TSAC) of which school you plan to attend. You may do so by visiting College Pays TN's Student Portal or by submitting a Change of Institution Form. It is recommended that you use the Student Portal, since it is processed by TSAC immediately. If you choose to send the paper form, please allow 2 weeks for processing. If you have any questions you can contact TSAC by calling them at (800) 342-1663 or (615) 741-1346.

  5. Submit a TELS Transfer Notification Form to the MT One Stop
    When you see all your transfer credits on your MTSU transcript, and you have made MTSU your school of record with TSAC for the applicable award year, complete the online MTSU TELS Transfer Notification Form.

  6. Are you transferring to MTSU mid-year?
    If you are transferring to MTSU in the middle of the academic year (for example, if you transfer in the spring after attending another school in the fall), please be aware that you may not receive your lottery award prior to the fee payment deadline and the beginning of classes, depending on the timing of when you complete all steps for eligibility processing. MTSU is required by state policies to verify your initial and continuing eligibility, and this process cannot be completed until you have taken all steps noted above.

  7. Are you transferring back to Tennessee after attending an out-of-state college or university?
    If you were initially eligible for a TELS award upon completion of high school requirements, and were enrolled at a regionally accredited out-of-state post-secondary institution within 16 months after graduation, and are now transferring to an eligible Tennessee post-secondary institution, you may be eligible to receive the TELS award.

    If the above scenario applies to you, please contact the MT One Stop.

State scholarships, grants, and loan forgiveness programs

Tennessee residents may qualify for a variety of 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

Questions?

Please contact the MT One Stop!