Tennessee HOPE Scholarship

Each year, Tennessee HOPE Scholarship open to any student entering college or university program at selected Tennessee public colleges, universities, or private colleges. The winner may expect to receive various amount of award; from $1, 000 to $2,250. Applications are accepted bi-annually.

Scholarship Description
The HOPE Scholarship is established and funded from the net proceeds of the state lottery and awarded to entering freshmen who are enrolled at an eligible postsecondary institution within sixteen (16) months after graduating from a TN eligible high school.

Award Value

  • Four-Year Institutions and two-year institutions with on-campus housing: Up to $1,750 per full-time enrollment semester as a freshmen and sophomore; then up to $2,250 per full-time enrollment semester as a junior and senior
  • Two-Year Institutions: Up to $1,500 per full-time enrollment semester as a freshman and sophomore
  • Four-Year Institutions and two-year institutions with on-campus housing: Up to $2,000 per full-time enrollment semester; including summer
  • Two-Year Institutions: Up to $1,000 per full-time enrollment semester; including summer

Level and Area of Studies
Undergraduate degree in any field.

Place of study
At Tennessee public colleges, universities, or private colleges in the United States..

Eligibility and Requirement

  • Have been a Tennessee resident for one year by September 1 of the application date. For students beginning spring and summer terms, residency determined by February 1 as of application date
  • Graduate from a TN eligible high school
  • Enroll in one of the Tennessee public colleges, universities, or private colleges.
  • Entering freshmen must achieve a minimum of a 21 ACT or a minimum of 1060 SAT, exclusive of the essay and optional subject area battery tests (concordant equivalent score) OR
  • Overall minimum 3.0 grade point average (GPA*)
  • Home School graduates – minimum 21 ACT exclusive of the essay and optional subject area battery tests
  • GED ® recipients – minimum 21 ACT exclusive of the essay and optional subject area battery tests and qualifying GED ® score. Minimum average Revised GED ® score is 170.
  • HiSet recipients – minimum 21 ACT exclusive of the essay and optional subject area battery tests and qualifying HiSet score. Minimum average HiSet score is 15.
  • ACT/SAT exams must be taken on a national test date or state test date and prior to the first day of college enrollment. The ACT Residual test is not accepted.
  • Must enroll within 16 months following high school graduation at any postsecondary institution. However, enrollment at an ineligible postsecondary institution during the 16 months will make the student permanently ineligible

Application Instruction
Please see further instruction at the website and application link below.

Submission Deadline
Applications must be received by September 1st for fall semester, February 1st for spring and summer semesters. Early application is recommended.

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