Maintaining Our Legacy of Excellence


Honda Campus All-Star Challenge

The Honda Campus All-Star Challenge (HCASC) is a quiz bowl competition consisting of 64 of the nation’s Historically Black Colleges and Universities. Tennessee State University students are strongly encouraged to compete and represent the university in this nationally based academically challenging adventure. A local campus-based tournament is held in the fall to identify potential members for the national team. The participating institutions share in a grant pool of $328,000 each year. Moreover, all travel, housing and meals are covered by the sponsor, American Honda Motor Co., Inc for the coach and 4 players.

If you are interested in HCASC, please contact Dr. John Miglietta at jmiglietta@tnstate.edu or 615-963-5515.

Career Planning/Graduate School

University Honors Program students are urged to take advantage of the numerous resources engaging career planning and post-graduate opportunities. Throughout the year, mailings announcing scholarships, internships, and graduate opportunities are sent via email. It is highly recommended that you check your TSU email on a regular basis to stay abreast of these valuable options.


One of the most attractive aspects of the UHP is the summer internship. Our students have been placed with such major corporations and universities as Hospital Corporation of America (HCA), EXXON, McDonnell Douglas Corporation, the University of Maryland, the University of Mississippi, the University of California at Santa Monica, Ohio State, Michigan State, Purdue, Howard, Yale, Harvard University, and the National Institute of Health. Watch your TSU email throughout the semester for notification of specific opportunities.

National Student Exchange (NSE)

This program aims to expand the boundaries of the TSU campus to provide an opportunity for eligible students to study at another college or university in the United States and its territories. Specifically, NSE provides an opportunity for eligible students to widen their educational, social, and cultural horizons and to enrich their experiences.  Additionally, it offers an avenue for students to live in a different environment and have access to courses and programs not available at TSU, and to enhance the academic programs and career opportunities of the students.  For more information about this program, please visit the National Student Exchange Program website.




National Collegiate Honors Council (NCHC) Conference

NCHC hosts its annual conference in the fall of each year. NCHC strives to cultivate excellence in American undergraduate education by assisting Honors programs in creating and enhancing academic, cultural, and social opportunities for exceptional and highly-motivated undergraduate students.  Representatives from Honors programs of colleges and universities throughout the country attend the National Collegiate Honors Council Conference.  The conference allows for a free exchange of programming ideas, as well as investigation of issues of significant intellectual merit. For more information about NCHC and its annual conference, visit www.nchchonors.org.

 Southern Regional Honors Council (SRHC) Conference

SRHC is a regional group of Honors programs, which includes colleges and universities from the southern states.  Each spring, the SRHC hosts its annual conference which focuses on a specific theme.  In addition to guest speakers, panel presentations, and elections for student representatives, there are social events that afford opportunities for networking and developing friendships.  Depending on the availability of travel funds, students who successfully submit a proposal for inclusion in the program at the regional and national levels, may be eligible for UHP travel assistance covering all or part of conference registration fees, lodging, and transportation. Grants and stipends are also available for students via SRHC. For more information, please visit SRHC.

 Tennessee Collegiate Honors Council (TCHC) Conference

TCHC is a conglomerate of Honors programs in the state of Tennessee. Typically, this state conference is held in the spring of each year. Students have an opportunity to meet like-minded, bright, and articulate individuals who have the vision and determination to make a difference by contributing to the communities in which they live.  Student proposals are accepted for inclusion to the conference program, and transportation assistance may be available. This local, student-led conference is held in a different location each year and TSU students are highly urged to participate. Watch your TSU email for upcoming information regarding this opportunity.

 Thurgood Marshall College Fund (TMCF)

Thurgood Marshall College Fund (formerly Thurgood Marshall Scholarship Fund) was founded under the leadership of Dr. N. Joyce Payne in cooperation with Miller Brewing Company, Sony Music, the NBA, Reebok, and the American Association for State Colleges and Universities . TMCF is the only national organization to provide merit scholarships, programmatic, and capacity building support to 47 public HBCUs. Since its inception, TMCF has provided more than $68 million in scholarships and programmatic support to students attending the 47 member public HBCUs and six Historically Black Law Schools.  Through the TMCF Leadership Institute and the Member Universities Professional Institute and Exhibition, students are exposed to resources and knowledge needed to be successful in the job market through networking. For more information, check out http://tmcf.org/ or visit the Career Development Center at TSU.




Alpha Kappa Mu National Honor Society                                                                         Dr. D. Lee McGahey, Advisor

Alpha Kappa Mu Honor Society is a general scholarship honor society open to juniors and seniors in all academic disciplines.  It was founded at Tennessee A&I College (now Tennessee State University) in Nashville on November 26, 1937.  The purpose of the Society is to promote high scholarship; to encourage sincere and zealous endeavors in all fields of knowledge and service; to cultivate a high order of personal living; and to develop an appreciation for scholarly work and scholarly endeavor in others. 

Alpha Kappy Mu is an accredited society, with more than 65 active chapters on campuses of regional colleges and universities, and over 75,000 academically gifted and talented men and women committed to the charge. Members include both undergraduate and graduate students who meet certain academic and personal criteria. You can find more information at alphakappamu.org. To contact Dr. McGahey, please email him at dmcgahey01@tnstate.edu.


Golden Key International Honor Society                                                                         Dr. D. Lee McGahey, Advisor

The goals of Golden Key International Honor Society are to recognize and encourage scholastic achievement and excellence in all undergraduate fields of study; to unite with faculty and administrators in developing and maintaining high standards of education; to provide economic assistance to outstanding members by means of both undergraduate and graduate scholarships; and to promote altruistic conduct through voluntary service.  Membership is by invitation only to those students who are in the top 15% of their junior or senior class.  Full-time as well as part-time students qualify, and members include both traditional and non-traditional students.  The TSU Golden Key chapter was chartered in May 1978.  Worldwide, there are more than 250 chapters. For more information, visit https://www.goldenkey.org or contact Dr. McGahey at dmcgahey01@tnstate.edu.


Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi                                                                                  Dr. D. Lee McGahey, President

The primary objective of the National Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi is the recognition and encouragement of superior scholarship in all academic disciplines.  The Society is convinced that by recognizing and honoring those persons of good character who have excelled in scholarship, others will be motivated to strive for excellence.  Moreover, the society serves the interests of  students capable of excellence, by insisting that in order to acquire a chapter of Phi Kappa Phi, an institution provide the means and atmosphere conductive to academic excellence.  Phi Kappa Phi was founded in 1897 and has 281 chapters. The TSU chapter was established in October 1993. For more information, visit Phi Kappa Phi's website or email Dr. McGahey at dmcgahey01@tnstate.edu.


National Society of Collegiate Scholars                                                                       Dr. Adebayo Oyebade, Advisor

The National Society of Collegiate Scholars (NSCS) is comprised of first and second year students in all academic disciplines who, among other requirements, have distinguished themselves by attaining at least a grade point average (GPA) of 3.4 and rank in the top 20% of their class.  The Society aims at recognizing and celebrating high academic achievement among its members; encouraging and promoting high standards throughout their collegiate experience; and providing them an opportunity for personal growth and leadership development. You can visit their website at www.nscs.org or email Dr. Oyebade at aoyebade@tnstate.edu.


Phi Eta Sigma                                                                                                                      Dr. Erik Schmeller, Advisor

Phi Eta Sigma is a national honor society rewarding first-year collegiate scholarship.  The oldest and largest first year honor society, Phi Eta Sigma was founded at the University of Illinois in 1923. Since its founding, the Society has inducted over 1,000,000 students.  Their motto is, “Knowledge is Power”. The TSU Chapter was founded in 2004. For more information, please visit https://www.phietasigma.org, or email Dr. Schmeller at eschmeller@tnstate.edu.


If you have any questions regarding any of these resources, you can also email the University Honors Program at honors@tnstate.edu.






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