Walters State Community College offers many types of scholarships for students within our service area. A committee comprised of faculty, administration, and students select all recipients. This process gives consideration to high school GPA, ACT scores, post-secondary GPA and other demographic information such as county of residency, program of study, and availability of funds.
The WSCC Scholarship Committee meets in April of each year to review scholarship data and to make the awards. Each award recipient will be notified by mail regarding the type of scholarship they have been offered. Students are required to submit a scholarship acceptance form by the date indicated on the letter in order to be eligible for the scholarship. Once all acceptance letters are received, additional scholarships may be awarded based on scholarship offers that were declined.
Like other types of financial aid, scholarships come with responsibility and retention standards. It is the responsibility of the student to know and understand what is expected of them in order to retain the scholarship for future terms if applicable. Minimally students are required to meet WSCC's Satisfactory Academic Progress Standards (SAP); however, some scholarships have more stringent GPA requirements, enrollment status requirements, duration limits and work requirements.
Award: The full GEAR UP TN Scholarship amount is $1,000 for students enrolled at least half time in an eligible institution. Students enrolled less than half time in an eligible institution of higher education qualify for 50% of the full GEAR UP TN Scholarship award.
Renewal : The GEAR UP TN Scholarship is renewable for up to six years after the student’ scheduled completion of secondary school. Students must complete an Intent to Enroll Form annually. Funds are awarded on a first come first served basis as funds are available.
Students who withdrawal from classes will be subject to the refund policy of the institution.
This discretionary federal grant program is designed to increase the number of low-income students who are prepared to enter and succeed in postsecondary education. GEAR UP serves an entire cohort of students beginning no later than the seventh grade and follows the cohort through high school. Students for the program were selected during their 7th grade and tracked through high school and post-secondary education. Currently Cocke and Union counties are the only counties in our service area that are participating in this federal program.
Application: Application available TSAC
Award: $1,500 per year
Deadline: March 1
The Robert C. Byrd Honors Scholarship Program provides aid for Tennessee residents who meet citizenship requirements and who will be graduating from high school, or received a GED no more than one year prior to the award year. Recipients are identified from among qualified applicants utilizing a scientifically based stratified random selection procedure.
Approx. 50 awards per year throughout the state
Application: Application available from TSAC
Award: Up to $6,000 per year
Deadline: February 15
The Ned McWherter Scholars Program is intended to encourage academically superior Tennessee high school graduates to attend college in Tennessee. One-Half of the award is from the State and must be matched on a 1:1 basis by the college or university attended.
Application: WSCC Scholarship Application (deadline 3/15)
Award: $2400 year; $1200 per term (renewable for second year)
*student must submit an individual graduation plan
Application: Recommendation in writing.
Award: $3600 year; $1800 per term (renewable for second year)