Tennessee Behavioral Health Pathways Scholarship


**Please Note: After significant interest from hundreds of prospective recipients, applications for this scholarshp are currently closed.  Please check back for future developments.**

For the first time, Tennessee is offering up to $30,000 in tuition aid for master’s degrees in behavioral health. Eligible students are now able to seek tuition assistance for Spring 2024 tuition and beyond.

To qualify, applicants must:

  • Be a Tennessee resident seeking a master's degree in counseling, psychiatric nursing, social work, psychology, or similar behavioral health profession.
  • Be enrolled or in the process of enrolling in an accredited higher education institution in Tennessee.

The maximum scholarship amount is $30,000 over a two-year period.

What does this opportunity mean to the recipients?  Hear from one in the news story below!

In exchange for tuition assistance, scholarship recipients will commit to working at a state-funded community behavioral health agency that serves Tennesseans with the greatest needs and the least ability to pay.*  The scholarship recipient must work at one of these agencies for the same duration of time as the tuition assistance received.

The Tennessee Behavioral Health Pathways Scholarship was established in 2023 by the Tennessee General Assembly and Gov. Bill Lee to address the growing demand for more behavioral health professionals. The scholarship program is jointly administered by the Tennessee Association of Mental Health Organizations (TAMHO) and the Tennessee Association of Alcohol, Drug & other Addiction Services (TAADAS).

* These community agencies must be members of TAADAS or TAMHO and must have a provider contract with the state Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services. Click this link for a list of eligible community agencies.