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Tennessee Scholars Adds Value to a Diploma
Attention 2017 Tennessee Scholars graduates!!!
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Tennessee Scholars is now a nonprofit 5013c organization with a mission of motivating students to take a more rigorous course of study and meet requirements of attendance, discipline, and 80 hours of volunteer service during their high school career.All students are eligible to apply if their school is participating. Please contact your school counselor to apply.

  Hannah Robison Miss Tennessee 2016  Tennessee Scholar from Henry County High School, Paris, TN

 Alexis Mihalinec Miss Volunteer State Teen USA 2017  Tennessee Scholar Rossview High School Clarksville, TN

Beginning with the class of 2016, the Tennessee Scholars program will be changed to Tennessee Scholars Nonprofit. Eastman Chemical Company began the program over 20 years ago as AIMS Scholars. Eastman has financially supported Scholars since it beginning in 1994. The Tennessee Chamber of Commerce and Industry has been the home for the past 12 years and has been the number one supporter as one of their workforce initiatives .  Many other businesses and foundations have helped to sustain and grow the program. It is now a statewide program of recognition for students who graduate workforce ready. Tennessee Scholars is proud to be a partner with Tennessee Promise and all other education/workforce initiatives that are helping Tennessee students graduate prepared.

Students must complete the requirements and complete the checklist by the second semester of their senior year.  A student can enter the program at any time during their high school career, but the requirements are for all four years.  If the student wishes to enter the program please contact the counselor at the school  and enroll with them.  If your school does not participate, they must  contact Ruth Woodall at for more information.

The road to becoming a Tennessee Scholar has a significant and positive impact on students.  It improves their chances to receive and maintain the Hope Scholarship. According to statistical data, Tennessee Scholars students have a higher percentage of graduating with at least a B average and of scoring a 24 on the ACT, thus having the potential to qualify for more scholarships and to maintain a grade point average in college to keep those scholarships. Statistics show, for example, that more than 80 percent of Tennessee Scholars who are awarded the Hope Scholarship keep it in college and complete school in less time.  Tennessee Scholars are sought after by the military and employers, where they are often offered job preferential hiring because they have developed key workforce skills and competencies.

Tennessee Scholars is a statewide workforce development program that carries with it rewards and incentives. Partners include the Tennessee Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Tennessee Manufacturers Association, SCORE, TNSCORE, TSIN, Kiwanis, Big Brothers, Big Sisters, United Way, Project Lead the Way, Work America , Rotary International,  Urban League, Tennessee Chambers of Commerce Executives, Volunteer Tennessee, American Chemical Society, Tennessee College Access and Success Network, Tennessee Department of Education, Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development, and Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development as part of its 3 Star program. All Tennessee Colleges of Applied Technology support Tennessee Scholars by offering financial assistance to any Tennessee Scholars graduate. Numerous other Universities (public and private) offer scholarships.

To learn more about the Tennessee Scholars program or to become a student participant or a business volunteer, please contact; Ruth Woodall, 615-686-8883 or