Preparing a Scholarship Application So That You Stand Out, Class 2, More than $30,000 in scholarships; Thursday, Jan. 31, 11:10 am-12:05 pm

On Thursday, January 31, we will have our second class in the 10-week Scholarship Tigers More Money, Less College Debt Workshop Series.

We will meet in the TSU Writing Center, room 310, 11:10 am-12:05 pm in the Student Success Center, also known as the LRC, or the Harold M. Love Learning Resource Center.

Arrive early if you can to talk to me and make sure you get registered for the workshop.

We will examine a few upcoming scholarships and discuss how to make your scholarship application stand out in our 2nd class, Preparing a Scholarship Application So That You Stand Out.



$2,000 Bryan A. Collins Scholarship, D: Feb. 15, 2019

 Selected criteria:

“Any Tennessee State University student meeting the eligibility criteria is encouraged to apply.

Eligibility Criteria

 Scholarship applicants must:

  • Be a enrolled as an undergraduate student at Tennessee State University.
  • Be involved in extra-curricular or campus activities outside of the classroom, demonstrating leadershipin such activities.
  • Have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better (on a 4.0 scale).
  • Provide at least one faculty recommendation that highlights the applicant’s interpersonal excellence in working with students, faculty, administrators, campus employees or in the community.
  • All winners must be present at the Annual Bryan A. Collins Scholarship awards luncheon held in the late March/early April time frame immediately after notification to be recognized and honored.  Those not present will forfeit the scholarship.”



$25,000, $10,000 and $5,000 Taco Bell Live Mas Scholarship, D: Feb 21, 2019

 Ages 16-24

Applicants must be located in and be a legal resident of the 50 United States or D.C., which means lawful permanent residents are also eligible

Selected criteria from website:

“Submit a video (2 minutes or less in length) that tells us the story of your life’s passion. It could be a short film, animation or just a simple testimonial. This is not about how well you can make a film – we just want you to show us your passion and explain why you should be considered for a Live Más Scholarship.


Think about filming this video on your phone, computer, tablet, your school or library’s computer lab, or on any other MP4 video enabled camera to which you have access. Your video must be 2 minutes or less to ensure it’s easy to upload to the application.

If you are a minor, you’ll need written consent from a parent or legal guardian to participate.

Submit an original video that tells us the story of your real, driving passion. It could be a short film, animation or just a simple testimonial. Your video must be 2 minutes or less and must be no larger than 1 GB to ensure it’s easy to upload to the application.

Your video should be less than 2 minutes and be formatted as an MP4, MPEG, MOV, AVI, or WMV.

Be sure to edit and review your video before uploading. You will not be able to delete or edit your video after submitting.

Please be sure to answer at least these first four questions in your video:

  • What is your passion and how are you pursuing it today?
  • How do you plan to achieve your passion through your educational goals?
  • What impact will following your passion have on your local community or the world?
  • What is your dream college, school or next step in your education? Each applicant must identify a specific secondary education program, college or certificate/degree option he/she wishes to attend, or for which he/she needs funds.

I would read the complete rules.



University and TSU Foundation Scholarships open in February 2019

The deadline will often be the last day in March.

We will discuss how to be ready and make sure your scholarship application stands out.

We will also discuss Departmental scholarships.

“Tennessee State University Foundation Scholarship Application period for the 2019-2020 academic year will begin in February.

All new and currently enrolled students can apply. New students who applied during the freshman application period should review and update their applications as necessary to be considered for Foundation opportunities.”



Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee (CFMT) Scholarship Program, D: Mar. 15, 2019

More than 100 different scholarships administered by the CFMT



Other Community Foundation Scholarships

Not from the Middle Tennessee.

Then, use this Community Foundation Locator at the link above to find a community foundation close to your permanent residence and see what scholarships may be available.



Academic Common Market

Tennessee, Mississippi, and Arkansas are three of the 15 states that are a part of the Academic Common Market.

They are “Alabama, Arkansas, Delaware, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia and West Virginia; Florida and Texas participate only at the graduate level.”

North Carolina no longer participates in the Academic Common Market.

From webpage: “The Academic Common Market is a tuition-savings program for college students in 15 SREB states, who want to pursue degrees that are not offered by their in-state institutions. Students can enroll in out-of-state institutions that offer their degree program and pay the institution’s in-state tuition rates. More than 1,900 undergraduate and graduate programs are available.”

You might pay in-state tuition rates for out of state programs.

 Tennessee State University is one of the participating institutions.

 Click on your state to find the contact and webpage for the Academic Common Market for your state.


 More Scholarships


This handout includes many more scholarships, including some very valuable ones with February and March 2019 deadlines:

2019 National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) and ESPN Stuart Scott Internship-Scholarship, D: Feb 15, 2019;  

Print and Graphics Scholarship Foundation (PGSF) Scholarship Scholarship, up to $5,000, D: March 1 2019;

$5,000 a year (total: up to $20,000) Beyond the Boroughs Scholarship, D: Mar. 15, 2019;

$5000 College Scholarships for Students with Disabilities, and Veterans and Children of Veterans, D: April 30, 2019

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