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General Assembly Merit Scholarship

Application is the FAFSA

 The GAMS is established and funded from the net proceeds of the state lottery and awarded to entering freshmen as a supplement to the HOPE Scholarship.

For students who first received the HOPE Scholarship in fall 2009 and thereafter:

Award amount – Up to $1,500 supplement to the HOPE Scholarship. The award is divided equally between fall, spring and summer semesters. Awards to part-time students are prorated.

  • Students graduating from a Tennessee public school or category 1, 2, 3 private school must have a minimum 3.75  GPA* AND 29 ACT or a minimum 1330 SAT, exclusive of the essay and optional subject area battery tests  (concordant equivalent score)
  • ACT/SAT exams must be taken on a national test date or state test date and prior to the first day of college enrollment after high school graduation. The ACT Residual test is not accepted
  • Students graduating from Homeschool programs (and non-category I, II, & III Schools), in addition to meeting the HOPE scholarship requirements, and during the course of a homeschool program, must meet the minimum academic requirements to qualify for the General Assembly Merit Scholarship.  Click here for more details on how to qualify.

*Grade point average means a grade point average on a 4.0 scale calculated with additional internal quality points awarded for advanced placement, honors or other similar courses according to the Uniform Grading Policy adopted by the State Board of Education.