Transfer Student Scholarships

Enhancing Your Ability to Further Your Education

The scholarships reflected on this page are available for interested applicants.

Community College Graduate Scholarship

Tom Joyner Foundation Teaching Scholarship

Southwest Tennessee Community College Transfer Scholarship

University & Foundation Scholarships

Scholarships by College

Research Program


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Community College Graduate Scholarship

The Tennessee State University (TSU) Community College Graduate Scholarship program is available to undergraduate students who transfer to TSU from one of the thirteen (13) Tennessee Board of Regents community colleges.  The criteria stated below outlines the minimum requirements for this award. For full academic year award consideration, students must apply by April 1st for fall admissions and November 1st for spring admissions. Consideration for awards is based on fund availability.

Minimum Requirements:

  • Graduation within the previous 12-month period from a TBR community college with an AA or AS degree.
  • 3.00 minimum Community College grade point average.
  • Enrolled in a minimum of 15 credit hours each semester the scholarship is awarded.
  • For a one-year renewal, recipients must maintain a 3.0 cumulative GPA and be continuously enrolled full-time at TSU.

Award Benefit:

Up to $4,000 per year ($2,000 per semester), excluding summer and mini-sessions, for four consecutive semesters or two consecutive academic years. This scholarship will cover costs of tuition, mandatory fees and room/board not met by Pell, other federal grants, supplemental funds added to HOPE, TSAA programs or other scholarships.

Application Information:

  • Awards are competitive and the number of awards is based on available funds.
  • Completion of all application information is required for consideration.
  • The scholarship committee will accept a preliminary transcript in order to determine eligibility. However, the official transcript verifying eligibility and graduation must be received by the University before funds will be disbursed.
  • Students must apply for scholarship consideration prior to attending the University and prior to the application deadline .
  • Students must be fully admitted to the University by the application deadline.
  • To request an application contact Community College Initiatives

Application Deadlines:

  • April 1st for fall admissions 
  • November 1st for spring admissions 

Cumulative GPA                 Award per Academic Year          

3.76 - 4.00                                     $4,000                                                                  

3.50 - 3.75                                     $3,500                                                                  

3.0 - 3.49                                       $3,000                                                                  

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Tom Joyner Foundation Teaching Scholarship

The Tom Joyner Foundation and Tennessee State University have joined together to provide full tuition and housing scholarships for transfer students majoring in Math, Biology and Chemistry who want to become teachers.

Minimum Requirements:

  • 3.0 cumulative GPA
  • Graduation within the previous 12-month period from Nashville State Community College, Columbia State Community College, Volunteer  State Community College, Motlow State Community College, or Southwest Tennessee Community College  with an  associate of science degree
  • Declare Math, Biology, or Chemistry as a major prior to consideration for scholarship
  • Enroll in a minimum of 15 credit hours each semester the scholarship is awarded
  • Maintain a 3.0 cumulative GPA
  • Agree to teach for at least  1 year following degree completion

Award Benefit:

This scholarship covers the cost of tuition, fees, and housing, excluding summer and mini-sessions, for four consecutive semesters or two consecutive academic years.

 Application Information:

  • Awards are competitive and the number of awards is based on available funds.
  • Completion of all application information is required for consideration.
  • The scholarship committee will accept a preliminary transcript in order to determine eligibility. However, the official transcript verifying eligibility and graduation must be received by the University before funds will be disbursed.
  • Students must apply for scholarship consideration prior to attending the University and prior to the application deadline.
  • Students must be fully admitted to the University by the application deadline.
  • To request an application contact Community College Initiatives.

Application Deadlines:

  • April 1st for fall admissions
  • November 1st for spring admissions

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Southwest Tennessee Community College Transfer Scholarship

Tennessee State University offers 10 full scholarships per year for Southwest Tennessee Community College graduates.

Minimum Requirements:

  • 3.25 cumulative GPA
  • Graduation within the previous 12-month period from Southwest Tennessee Community College
  • Enroll in a minimum of 15 credit hours each semester the scholarship is awarded
  • Maintain a 3.0 cumulative GPA

Award Benefit:

This scholarship covers the cost of tuition, fees, housing and meal plan, excluding summer and mini-sessions, for four consecutive semesters or two consecutive academic years.

 Application Information:

  • Awards are competitive and only 10 scholarships are awarded  per semester.  
  • Completion of all application information is required for consideration.
  • The scholarship committee will accept a preliminary transcript in order to determine eligibility. However, the official      transcript verifying eligibility and graduation must be received by the University before funds will be disbursed.
  • Students must apply for scholarship consideration prior to attending the University and prior to the application deadline.
  • Students must apply to the University by the application deadline.
  • Preference will be given to students pursuing degrees in STEM fields.
  • To request an application contact Community College Initiatives.

Application Deadlines:

  • April 1st for fall admissions

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University & Foundation Scholarships

Details (Academic Works)

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Scholarships By College

College of Engineering

College of Business

College of Agriculture

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Research Program

The MARC*U-STAR program provides research experience and financial support for 10 students from underrepresented groups who intend to pursue a Ph.D. degree in Biomedical Sciences (biology, chemistry, biochemistry, psychology, epidemiology). Students participate in the program for two years. Students must have 60 or more credit hours by the time they begin the MARC program (June 1 of each year) and a grade point of 3.0 or higher.

Students who participate in the program must also be able to participate in Academic Year Research (about 15 hours a week) and full-time summer research at another institution (i.e. any University that provides summer research opportunities) for a minimum of eight (8) weeks of the summer. Contact: Dr. Whalen, mwhalen@tnstate.edu.

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