Funding Opportunities & Scholarship Information

Here at the School of Graduate Studies and Research, we realize that financing graduation education maybe an added expense but an investment that holds invaluable returns. While there are many ways to finance your education, scholarships are means that offer a non-repayment option. Please see the listing of the possible funding and scholarship opportunities that may be available to help defray the cost of your graduate education here at Tennessee State University.

Generation Google African-American Scholarships

Deadline   :  February to May
Amount :  Up to $10,000

Generation Google scholarship for blacks is for students majoring in computer engineering, computer science, or software engineering. Graduate or undergraduate degree.

Ford Foundation Fellowship Programs
Deadline :  January 10, 2017 by 5:00pm
Amount   :  Annual stipend:$24,000

Requirement :
All U.S. citizens, U.S. nationals, and U.S. permanent residents (holders of a Permanent Resident Card), as well as individuals granted deferred action status under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Program, regardless of race, national origin, religion, gender, age, disability, or sexual orientation, Individuals with evidence of superior academic achievement (such as grade point average, class rank, honors, or other designations), Individuals committed to a career in teaching and research at the college or university level, Individuals enrolled in or planning to enroll in an eligible research-based (dissertation-required), program leading to a Ph.D. or Sc.D. degree at a non-proprietary (not for profit) U.S. institution of higher education, Individuals who as of the 2017 fall semester require a minimum of three years of study to complete their Ph.D./Sc.D. degree, and Individuals who have not earned a doctoral degree at any time, in any field.
The National GEM Consortium-3 Fellowship Programs
Deadline : July 1-November 15
Amount  :  Minimum $16,000

Under-representation: Candidates are targeted for participation who are members of the following under-represented groups in science and engineering as defined by the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics:

  • - American Indian/Native
  • - African American/Black
  • - Hispanic American/Latino

Citizenship: Applicants must be a U.S. citizen or U.S. permanent resident at time of application. GRE: Applicants are strongly encouraged to take the GRE to qualify for multiple GEM Member University programs. Applicants will be asked to provide test dates and/or GRE scores when available University Graduate Program: Applicants must directly apply to a minimum of three (3) GEM Member Universities STEM graduate departments. The deadline to apply to three GEM Member Universities is January 15th OR the relevant STEM graduate department deadline, whichever is earlier. Applicants must be admitted into a GEM Member University graduate program before the GEM Fellowship is awarded.

Deadline : April each year
Amount :  Multiple awards average $2,200 per semester

Scholarships are for students attending public Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). Both merit andneed based. Academic excellence (GPA 3.0 or higher), leadership qualities, service to others and financial need are considered.

Deadline :  December each year
Amount : 1 award of $1,000 each year

This scholarship for minority students is open to good college students who are Black, Hispanic, Native American or Pacific Islander, with a GPA of 3.0 or better. Both undergraduate and graduate students qualify. 300-page essay required. US citizens only.

Deadline : May every year
Amount   : Awards annual fellowships of $12,000


a ) Applied to a doctoral program and awaiting word on acceptance; b) been accepted into a doctoral program; or c) already matriculated in a doctoral program and pursuing appropriate coursework Earned a Master’s Degree and/or completed at least 3 years of full-time experience in the accounting practice Minority student of Black or African American; Hispanic or Latino; or Native American ethnicity Attend school on a full-time basis and plan to remain enrolled full-time until attaining doctoral degree Agree not to work full-time in a paid position or accept responsibility for teaching more than one course per semester as a teaching assistant, or dedicate more than one-quarter of my time as a research assistant CPA or plan to pursue the CPA credential U.S. citizen or permanent resident (green card holder)

Deadline : February 17, 2017
Amount: Up to $10,000 per year for a one-or-two period

- First masters degree
- Committed to work at a JCC post-graduation for at least (2) years
- Complete a field placement at a JCC during your studies
- Pursuing a masters degree in a field that pertains to JCC employment
- Full-time students ONLY
- Completion of all parts of the application including (3) reference letters, (1) essay & (1) case study. No exceptions past due date.

The Rudolph Dillman Memorial Scholarship

Deadline : March 1-May 31
Amount : Up to $10,000 per year for a one-or two period

The Rudolph Dillman Memorial Scholarship, administered by the American Foundation for the Blind, is a scholarship fund that awards 4 legally blind undergraduate or graduate students with $2,500 scholarships. To be eligible, the applicants need to provide proof of legal blindness, and have to be full-time studying a program in the field of education or rehabilitation of blind or visually impaired persons.


AFCEA Educational Foundation STEM Scholarships

Deadline : April 1
Amoun t : $5000

The Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association Educational Foundation Stem Scholarships award at least 50 students who are working towards a degree or license that will allow them to teach science, technology, engineering or math at a US middle or secondary school.


The Renshaw Fellowship

Deadline : January 16

The Renshaw Fellowship is a fellowship program administered by the Intercollegiate Studies Institute. The fellowship awards its fellows $12,000 grants. To be eligible for the fellowship, applicants need to be members of the Intercollegiate Studies Institute, and current doctoral students or applicants to doctoral programs in education.


The Weaver Fellowship

Deadline : January 16
Amount : $5000

Administered by the Intercollegiate Studies Institute, the Weaver Fellowship is available to graduate students or applicants to graduate schools who intend to pursue a career in teaching at the college level. To become a fellow and receive a $5,000 grant and complete tuition payment in the US or abroad, the applicant needs to be a US citizen and member of the Intercollegiate Studies Institute enrolled in a graduate program with the intention of becoming a college professor.

The Applegate-Jackson-Parks Future Teacher Scholarship

Deadline : October 1 - December 21
Amount   : $1,000 Awarded annually  

Students need to demonstrate their potential to finish their studies and be awarded a teacher’s license upon completion. They must also demonstrate an understanding of principles of voluntary unionism and how it relates to compulsory unionism in the context of the education professions.