• September/October 2019 Scholarships




    There are several free websites for scholarships searches.  A few that we recommend are www.scholarships.com and www.fastweb.com. There are a variety of scholarships:  by major, athletics, occupational, associational, etc. You will need to search the websites.  Some may be past the deadline, not available anymore, or not applicable to you. They will direct you to a website for more info.  They are not just for our local students. (Use your own discretion when applying for them-most are legitimate, some may not be as helpful). Several of our local scholarships are in the spring:  Dolly Parton, Seymour Breakfast Rotary, Ned McWherter, etc. I only post them month to month as students may look into those later in the year and overlook those which have sooner deadlines. Usually students do not get full rides to college.  It is normally made up of scholarships and grants from a variety of sources: Lottery/Hope, scholarships from the school itself, pell grants, extracurricular/community service awards, etc. Awards ranging from $500.00 to several thousand are typical.

     *Make sure you pay attention to deadlines and criteria listed. Some scholarships are school specific.

    Note if you are planning on attending Walters State, you need to apply for both the TN Promise Scholarship and The Walters State Scholarship.



    TN Promise (local scholarship)


    ·         2 years FREE tuition at any of the state’s 13 community colleges, 27 colleges of applied technology, or other eligible institution offering an associate’s degree program

    ·         NO GPA or ACT requirements!

    ·         Application opened up August 1stDeadline to apply is November 1st, 2019.  Deadline is a hard deadline with no exceptions!

    ·         Go to tnpromise.gov to apply

    ·         Even if a community college is not your top choice, please apply.  You can always decline the scholarship at a later date if you decide not to use it.

    ·         A great opportunity for all students!

    College Match Scholarship

    ·         Full 4 year scholarships for seniors who have demonstrated academic excellence in the face of economic obstacles.  Also, if students are first generation in their family to attend college it is a plus

    ·         35 partner colleges that participate- must attend the specific colleges/universities – not local colleges- very specific schools on the list

    ·         Looking for Top Ten percent students (High academics-mainly A’s in Honors Courses- and 28 or above on the ACT)

    ·         Finalists typically come from households earning less than $65,000 annually for a family of four, and often less.

    ·         See your counselor if you are interested in this scholarship as someone from the school will need to verify and nominate the student.

    ·         Deadline to apply is September 26th, 2019

    Davidson’s The Bryan Scholarship/Athletic

    ·         Must attend Davidson College in North Carolina

    ·         Two awards are given out annually at 30,000 each for two scholar athletes

    ·         Candidates are chosen on the basis of academic and personal excellence, strong promise of significant impact in their classes and lives on campus, proven potential for significant success in Davidson’s NCAA Division I athletic program.

    ·         We may nominate up to 3 candidates

    ·         Nomination Deadline is Sept. 20th  2019

    ·         See your counselor if interested.







    ·         Must be nominated by the school VERY COMPETITIVE scholarship program- can nominate 2 students).  Looking for OUTSTANDING students

    ·         Support not to exceed $30,000 annually for one academic year

    ·         Criteria:  Leadership ability- good character, drive, energy, work ethic-students who are going to make a positive contribution to their communities.  Academic ability-high grades and standardized test scores.  Financial need-.Many are middle class families who cannot afford tuition at elite colleges and universities.  Service to the community-A commitment to return to East Tennessee for work and service in their chosen profession-(vital criteria)  Students must sign a contract pledging to return to this region in the future to pursue whatever career path they have chosen. Character- Evidence of high personal integrity and care and concern for others.

    ·         See your counselor by Monday, September 9th, 2019 if interested and meet criteria.

    ·         Application deadline is September 25th.

    AES Engineering Scholarship

    ·         $500 scholarship

    ·         Must answer an essay question: When you look back on your life in 30 years, what would it take for you to consider your life successful?  What relationships or accomplishments will be important on this journey? Must be 500-1000

    ·         You are not required to be taking Engineering courses to be eligible

    ·         Go to http://www.aesengineers.com/scholarships.htm. To apply.

    ·         Deadline for entry is October 6, 2019 


    Roan Scholars Leadership Program- ETSU

    Must Attend ETSU

    ·         Full fees, room, meal plan, and a textbook allowance- most prestigious scholarship- VERY COMPETITIVE

    ·         Nomination criteria include strong character, exemplary leadership ability, intellectual curiosity, and evidence of physical activity

    ·         (High ACT-30 and above- scores a big plus). 

    ·         SHS can nominate two students (our best leaders)

    ·         The nomination application is lengthy

    ·         See your counselor by Monday, September 16th 2019 if interested.

    ·         Deadline for all materials is October 16th.




    Horatio Alger Association Scholarship Program

    ·         Scholarship valued at up to $10,000

    ·         Criteria includes financial need, have a strong commitment to pursue and complete a bachelor’s degree, exhibited integrity and perseverance in overcoming personal adversity, demonstrate academic achievement (minimum GPA of 2.0), and commitment to pursue a bachelor’s degree.

    ·         Parents would need to send a copy of the front page of their tax form in order to apply and validate a financial need.  (55,000 or lower adjusted gross income, preferably) 

    ·         Go to https://scholars.horatioalger.org/scholarships/ to apply.

    ·         Deadline to apply is October 25th, 2019


    Coca-Cola Scholarship/Coca-Cola Scholars Program

    ·         Scholarship ranges from 20,000.

    ·         Looking for students that are recognized for their capacity to lead and serve, as well as their commitment to making a significant impact on their schools and communities

    ·         Register and apply on line at https://www.coca-colascholarsfoundation.org/apply/

    ·         Deadline is October 31st, 2019

    Ellen Davies Rodgers/Zachariah Davies Scholarship

    (state scholarship) `

    ·         $750 scholarship for students who are entering a 4 year college or university

    ·         Students must complete an application, include a resume, a narrative on patriotic endeavors, provide 3 letters of recommendation, send a transcript, and write a 300-500 word essay

    ·         See your counselor for an application.

    ·         Applications are due to your counselor by Tuesday, October 15th, 2019

    ·         We can only send 3 applications from our school



    SunTrust Off To College Scholarship Sweepstakes

    $500 scholarship

    ·         Fifteen drawings will be held and one winner will be chosen every two weeks starting late October through the middle of May.

    ·         Apply online starting mid September 2019 through May 2020

    ·         Go to  https://www.suntrust.com/loans/student-loans/scholarship for more information



    UTK Nuclear Engineering Scholarship

    ·         Student must be attending UTK in the nuclear engineering department

    ·         Scholarships based on financial need, extraordinary academic performance, or a combination of both.

    ·         Applications are accepted year round

    ·         Must also submit a one page essay on why you chose Nuclear Engineering as your discipline of study

    ·         See your counselor for an application

    Walters State Scholarships
















    ·         Application opens up September 1st and runs through February 1st, 2020.

    ·         Students must be admitted to WS before applying for WS scholarships

    ·         There are several scholarships that Walters State offers. Listed below are a few different types of scholarships that WS offers.   There is only one application for all scholarships. Please go to http://www.ws.edu/financial-aid/types/scholarships/.


    ·         Presidential Scholarship- One person is chosen from SHS.  Must be a Valedictorian that is going to attend WS full time.  Scholarship will cover registration and maintenance fees plus 300 dollars per year.  If you are a Valedictorian and want to go to WS, come and let your counselor know by March 1st.

        Senators Scholar

    $1000 per semester-Minimum 3.7 high school GPA and 26 national or state ACT score must be achieved prior to fall semester starting date.

    75 hour per semester institutional work requirement.

    ·         Senators Scholars Dual Enrollment Award

    $500 per semester- Supplemental award to former dual enrollment

    students who meet Senators Scholars requirements and have at least 12

            institutional earned hours of college credit with a 3.0 college


    ·         Senators Dual Enrollment Achievement Award

    $1000 per semester-Must have earned at least 12 institutional hours of college credit with 3.0 college GPA as a Walters State dual enrollment student beginning fall 2015 and 75 hour per semester institutional work requirement