Transfer Student Scholarships

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


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.
  • Apply online using the online application
  • Contact Community College Initiatives with any questions. 

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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