Middle College Scholarship

Begins in Fall 2018 semester.

Eligibility Requirements:

Complete and submit the Middle College Scholarship application by September 15

  • Be a Tennessee resident for one (1) year prior to the date of application
  • Obtain a minimum 3.0 high school GPA at the end of the Sophomore year
  • Beginning with the Junior year of high school, enroll full-time for each semester at any of the following institutions; which partners with a Local Educational Agency:
    • Chattanooga State Community College
    • Cleveland State Community College
    • Jackson State Community College
    • Nashville State Community College
    • Roane State Community College
    • Volunteer State Community College

To remain eligible, a student shall:

  • Reapply each year by submitting the online Middle College Scholarship application by the deadline dates
  • Maintain a minimum 3.0 semester college GPA
  • Maintain full-time enrollment for each semester at either of the institutions listed above

The scholarship will terminate by meeting one of the following:

  • Student is no longer enrolled at Middle College
  • Student fails to maintain a minimum 3.0 semester college GPA
  • Student fails to maintain a full-time enrollment status
  • Student has earned an Associate degree
  • Student has graduated from high school
  • Two years have passed from the date of enrollment as a middle college student at any of the institutions listed above

Award Amount Per Semester

  • $600 per semester ($1,200 per year)

Transitioning from the Middle College Scholarship to the HOPE Scholarship

  • Students must meet the academic HOPE Scholarship requirements
  • Students must meet the HOPE Scholarship benchmark requirements
  • Students must enroll within sixteen (16) months after graduating from the Middle College
  • Students must submit the FAFSA application by the HOPE Scholarship deadline dates
  • Semester hours attempted while enrolled at the Middle College shall count towards the 120 semester hours limit for the HOPE Scholarship program
  • Full-time equivalent semesters while enrolled at the Middle College shall count toward the eight (8) full-time equivalent semester hours limit for the HOPE Scholarship program
  • The five (5) year limit shall include the number of years of enrollment at the Middle College; but shall not include the 16 months period between enrollment at the community college and the 4-year institution

Important Notes

  1. Students who complete the Middle College and earn an Associate degree must enroll at an eligible 4-year institution to receive the HOPE Scholarship
  2. Students who do not complete Middle College and did not receive an Associate degree shall have their attempted hours count towards the 120 limit, each full-time semester shall count towards the eight (8) full-time equivalent semester hours and the number of years of enrollment at the Middle College shall count towards the five (5) year limit for the HOPE Scholarship program
  3. Students who do not receive the Middle College Scholarship in the Fall semester of the junior year are not eligible for the scholarship thereafter
  4. Students cannot receive the Middle College Scholarship and the Dual Enrollment Grant at the same time
  5. Students cannot regain the Middle College Scholarship once the award discontinues for any reason