The Tennessee Teaching Scholars Program is intended to encourage exemplary students to enter the teaching field in Tennessee. Participation is limited to college juniors, seniors, and post baccalaureate candidates admitted to a teacher education program in a Tennessee college or university.
To be eligible, the applicant must:
An application, in order to be considered complete, must be accompanied by:
Those who accept the award must sign a promissory note and in doing so incur an obligation to teach at a PreK-12 in a Tennessee public school one year for each year an award is received. Recipients must be employed as a full-time teacher to be considered for forgiveness.
If recipients do not meet this obligation, the award must be repaid to TSAC. Repayment will begin if the recipient does not complete the plan of study or is not employed at an eligible PreK-12 eligible school. Interest accrues at 9% from the date of each disbursement.
Awards are made in equal installments each term throughout the academic year. The award may be renewed three times for a total of four years. The recipient must maintain at least a 2.75 grade point average to remain eligible.
Applications are available by clicking on the link above (On-line Application). Awards are very competitive and based on funding. Renewal applicants are given first priority. Applicants seeking initial licensure are considered. TSAC must receive the completed application and required attachments by April 15.