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Tennessee Scholars

Adds Value to a  Diploma 

 What is Tennessee Scholars?

Tennessee Scholars has a clear and focused mission: to increase the percentage of Tennessee high school graduates prepared for post-secondary education, the workforce, or the military.  It is a rewards and incentives program for students who graduate high school with the required courses and additional expectations of attendance, discipline, and volunteer service. Any student can be a Tennessee Scholar who chooses. The key to success is to prepare early.

What are the benefits for graduating as a Tennessee Scholar?                       

Tennessee Scholars requirements are the minimum requirements one needs to prepare for college. The benefits are scholarships to many Universities, job preferential hiring, recognition at graduation, obtaining the distinction of being a scholar that will be on your permanent record for the rest of your life.  You can never go back and repeat high school so become a Tennessee Scholars today. The list of participating Universities are on the website.

How do you become a Tennessee Scholar?

  1. Apply by completing the application for Tennessee Scholars. Once you and your parents sign it, return to the school counselor in charge of your class.
  2. Tennessee Scholars must be documented on the checklist each year. The requirement must be completed without exception.
  3. Seniors must complete the student checklist before the deadline of your senior year (usually March 1st). Your counselor must approve your checklist to be eligible for the honor.
  4. Seniors must complete the online survey for graduating seniors that is available in January of each year. (Only high school seniors should complete this survey)

Tennessee Scholars supports Tennessee Promise

All students are encouraged to sign up and complete the requirements to receive the funding from Tennessee Promise.

 Job Recruiters are searching for Tennessee Scholar Graduates!!!! Don’t miss out on this opportunity! Contact your School Counselor and sign up to Become a Tennessee Scholar Today!

Requirements for Tennessee Scholars

4 years of English

4 Years of College Preparatory Math (Regular Bridge Math does not count as a 4th Math for Tennessee Scholars, Sails math does count.)

3 Laboratory Sciences(Biology and Chemistry are required as 2 of those sciences, Physics preferred )

3 Years of Social Studies

2 Years of Foreign Language

1 Year of Fine Arts

Personal Finance as required by the State of Tennessee

Physical Education as required by the State of Tennessee

2 Additional classes of your choice in any subject

No class can count more than once.

Additional Workforce Development Requirement

No Out of School Suspension

95% attendance for 4 years (No more than 36 total days missed in 4 years)

Maintain a C or above average in all classes. If your final class completion grade is a D or F you must retake that class and make at least a C to count that grade for the class.

Perform 80 hours or more volunteer service hours to help your community. These hours must be done before school or after school and cannot be counted as a grade or for pay. Mission trips can be counted as 8 hours per day you work. Please make sure you keep a log of your hours.

All documents can be downloaded at

Scholarships and Benefits only for Tennessee Scholars 

  1. Up to $1500 per year from Union University to any Tennessee Scholars graduate
  2. $1500 per semester  scholarship from Cumberland University(Wilson County TN Scholars)
  3. $500  from Bryan College to any Tennessee Scholars graduate
  4. $300  Scholarship dollars from TCAT.
  5. $2500 from Lee University (For Bradley County Students only)
  6. Other Post-Secondary offering scholarship dollars(East TN State Univ.)
  7. All students who plan to attend a TCAT or Community College must apply for Tennessee Promise to get tuition free.

Student should always ask the school they apply to if they have extra dollars for Tennessee Scholars.

Beginning in 2015 students must present a copy of the Tennessee Scholars Checklist, their transcript indicating they are a Tennessee Scholars, and a copy of their diploma indicating what school they graduated from.  If your school does not participate your students are not eligible for any of the above benefits.

Other Benefits:

  1. Rewards and recognition at graduation
  2. Job preferential hiring at  businesses across Tennessee;
  3. Recognized by Drive to 55 as a tool to help students attain and keep the TN Promise funds.
  4. Tennessee Scholars can use the volunteer service hours for  both TN Scholars and TN Promise

Application for Tennessee Scholars must be completed by 9-11th grade at the beginning of each year. This must be given to your counselor.Application for 9-11th grade  must be signed by student and parent and returned to school counselor at beginning of the year.  A student can apply to be a Tennessee Scholars anytime from 8th grade to 12th.  The criteria begins with 9th grade courses.

How do you find ways to volunteer?

A student has endless possibilities to serve the community.  The only requirements are

  1. It must be done before or after school unless the student gives up a activity period to tutor another child in school.  Not during class time.
  2. They cannot paid money or in-kind or accept a grade such as extra credit for this activity.
  3. They cannot count family chores  as voluntary.
  4. They cannot count church activities such as singing in the choir(unless the choir goes into the community to volunteer sing), playing in the church band, and anything they would normally do in service to God and the church.
  5. They can count mission trips but only 40 hours per trip.
  6. They can count volunteer activities that are considered outreach ministries from the church or school.
  7. They can also look at the list provided to see what other students have done in the path.
Suggestions for Volunteer opportunities:
  • Go the web and type 211 and this will lead you to volunteer opportunities through United Way.
  • Check out Volunteer Tennessee web site
  • Call your local Chamber of Commerce to ask if they have volunteer activities.
  • Be creative and think of what things in the community need help and volunteer service.
  • Go the www.dosomething.org  for ideas
  • Visit for ideas.

Following are links for volunteer opportunities:

United Way 211 Site

    Youth Service America

Now is the time to start looking at where you want to go to school.  Following are some helpful websites;
New resources that helps students earn a college education without breaking the bank.

  1. Tennessee Online Colleges:  .
  2. Affordable Online Degree Programs: This guidebook offers prospective students information about non-profit universities and colleges that are offering affordable and accredited online degree programs.
  3. http://www.collegeaffordabilityguide.org/
  4. Search Accredited Colleges:  
  5. The Colleges Database      
  6. Financial aid guide and scholarship database  
  7. and  
  8. Affordable Colleges Foundation, recently published two new guides for students pursuing online education options. Our guides include updated information on college affordability, online learning options, and mor    Ranking of the nation’s Best Online College,   Ranking of the Most Affordable Online College, Expectations for students pursuing full degree programs online,  A detailed examination of online program quality, Tips for choosing a high-quality, affordable online program that meets the student’s education and career goalsYou can view our latest expert-driven guides and rankings here:Best Online Colleges for 2015: Most Affordable Online Colleges: