At The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee, we firmly believe in “Connecting generosity with need” throughout Middle Tennessee. We do this by not only distributing over 150 Scholarship Funds established by our generous donors, but also by sharing our expertise on the college admissions process. We want to not only assist in making an educational dream a reality through financial support, but also by providing advice throughout what can be a stressful process.
Every Sunday on our Instagram page, we share local scholarship recipients, national scholarship databases, tips for the college application process, and scholarships held here at The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee. Here you will find an archive of those posts to assist you in your own scholarship application process or share with students who are.
CFMT College Advice
- For many applications you will need to submit a resume. A resume isn’t something you type out just once. Add a monthly reminder to your calendar to update your resume so you aren’t leaving anything out.
- Most applications will require a recommendation and asking for one can be nerve-wracking. Therefore, practice your in-person ask or ask through email.
- Think through which teachers you would like to write your letter of recommendation – why that teacher? Write up a summary of yourself to give them to aid in writing your letter (include how you’ve grown their class, what you enjoyed the most from their class how they’ve prepared you for college, etc.).
- Applying to college is different for everyone. Check out some of these resources that offer advice for a variety of student gro
- CFMT College Advice with Lead College & Career Coordinator at Hunters Lane High School, Laura Herrell – Click here for full video.
- CFMT College Advice with Executive Director of Persist Nashville, Scott Campbell – Click here for full video.
- CFMT College Advice with College Success Coach at Conexión Américas, Linly Stowe – Click here for full video.
- CFMT College Advice with Program Manager at Oasis Center, Daryl Curry. – Click here for full video.
- College applications can be overwhelming with all of the different deadline! Make sure to create a spreadsheet with all of the information you need so you don’t miss a deadline. Click here for the resource.
- Make sure you finalized your list of colleges you want to apply for. If you need help making sure you’ve created a solid list, we’ve got a great resource for you. Click here for the resource.
- How do you know exactly how much a college will cost? Each college is required by law to provide a net price calculator on their website; however, they are all different and a little confusing! Click here for the resource.
- Attending college can be expensive on its own, but the college application fees on your journey to attend college can stack up as well. How do you know if you qualify for an application fee waiver? Click here for the resource.
- What is the FAFSA? The FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) is a necessary form to complete to be considered for any federal aid. Click here for the resource.
- When should I complete the FAFSA? The FAFSA opens every year on Oct. 1 and the earlier you complete it the better! Make sure you select the FAFSA completion choice for the year range that you will be in college. You need to complete the FAFSA every year you are in college. Click here for the resource.
- In order to complete a FAFSA, you and your parents/guardians will need to create a FSA ID.
- You need a few documents to complete the FAFSA, so make sure to have these items nearby when completing it. These include: your FAFSA ID, SSN, Driver’s License #, Federal Tax Return, etc.
- Most college will require a completed FAFSA to determine your financial aid; however, some college will require a completed CSS Profile. Learn about the CSS Profile here: https://cssprofile.collegeboard.org/\
- The Tennessee Student Assistance Corporation (TSAC) administers over 20 different state student financial aid programs, including the HOPE scholarship, Tennessee Promise, Tennessee Reconnect, Tennessee Student Assistance Award, and the Dual Enrollment grant. TN Promise. They also have reps throughout the state that are available to answer students’ questions. Find your rep here: The map is located in the I drive and will update annually. CFMT>Fund Activities> Scholarship Funds> 2022 Activities>Kelly> Outreach Map. Also located on the CFMT website under scholarship resources.
- TN Promise – Tennessee Promise is both a scholarship and mentoring program focused on increasing the number of students that attend college in our state. It provides students a last-dollar scholarship, meaning the scholarship will cover the cost of tuition and mandatory fees not covered by the Pell grant, the HOPE scholarship, or the Tennessee Student Assistance Award. Students may use the scholarship at any of the state’s 13 community colleges, 27 colleges of applied technology, or other eligible institution offering an associate degree program.
- Community Members: Mentors are crucial to the Tennessee Promise program. They are the local citizens who will help students navigate the college admission process and ensure they complete the Tennessee Promise program requirements in order to receive the scholarship. Consider signing up if you are 21 & up and are willing to invest 10-15 hours annually. https://www.tn.gov/tnpromise/volunteers.html
- TSAC offers a multitude of Grants/ Scholarships for students throughout TN. Check out this website to see what you may qualify for when completing your FAFSA: https://www.tn.gov/collegepays/financial-aid.html.
- Linley Stowe, College Success Coat at Conexión Americas discusses scholarship opportunities for undocumented students living in Tennessee. https://youtu.be/2YwS0Qn8xDo
We hope most students can get their college expenses covered through scholarships and/or grants. However, most students will have to take out a laon at some point in their education. Check out this resource to learn the difference in federal & private loans. Click here.
- Are you an adult returning to college? Check out this financial aid information specifically for you!Click Here.
CFMT Scholarship Highlights
- PRSA Nashville Scholarship Fund – The scholarship will be awarded annually to one or more full-time public relations student(s) entering their junior or senior year and demonstrating academic excellence and an active engagement in their own professional development toward becoming successful PR practitioner(s). Students must also be enrolled in a college or university with a PRSSA Chapter officially affiliated with PRSA Nashville’s chapter. PRSA Nashville created this endowed Scholarship Fund as a testament to the chapter’s commitment to the future of public relations in Middle Tennessee.
- Drue Smith/Society of Professional Journalists’ Scholarship Fund – Applicants must be college juniors, seniors or graduate students who have graduated from high school in Middle Tennessee and have chosen journalism or broadcast news as a career or mid-career working journalists who seek training to develop professionally or further their careers.Drue Smith was the first woman to join the Middle Tennessee Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists and was the first woman to become its chapter president.
- Robert Churchwell Sr. and Mary Churchwell Scholarship Fund – This scholarship will benefit juniors, seniors, graduate or PhD. candidates in the field of journalism who are committed to a career in the profession. Students must compose an essay on “The Role of Professional Journalism in Today’s Society” and provide samples of journalistic work. Applicants must also have at least a 3.0 GPA or better, qualify for financial aid, and share their extracurricular and community service activities. Recipients of this scholarship may reapply for support for one additional year.
- Eloise Pitts O’More Scholarship Fund – Applicants must attend O’More College of Architecture and Design at Belmont University.
- The Sponsors Scholarship Fund – George Langstaff founded The Sponsors Scholarship Program in 1995 to address a challenging American problem of how to encourage students to obtain an adequate post high school education improve their long-term economic prospects, and strengthen the overall economic environment in our community.
- Cyndy and Al Baran Fine Arts and Music Scholarship Fund – Cynthia and Alan Baran have a great passion for the arts. After 25 years in the corporate world, Cynthia followed her passion for the arts and enrolled in fine arts classes at two local universities. Alan’s interest in music, specifically the mandolin and guitar, has provided him with a creative outlet from his work in the nonprofit sector. This Fund was established to help provide and opportunity for young people to pursue their passion early in life in the areas of visual arts and music.
- First Cumberland Properties Scholarship Fund – Phil Owen and Robert Trent founded First Cumberland Properties in 1991 with a commitment to provide working families with extraordinary housing. This scholarship was established to support students living in six affordable housing communities, owned by First Cumberland Properties, with their educational opportunities following high school.
- MTSU Specific Funds
- Ken Ship Scholarship Fund – Those students eligible to apply should be graduating seniors from Rutherford County, Tennessee public high schools who plan to attend Middle Tennessee State University and have a minimum grade point average of 2.75 and/or meet the eligibility criteria for the Tennessee Lottery if applicable, be of good moral character and have financial need.
- Archie Hartwell Nash Memorial Scholarship Fund – Archie Nash always knew he would rise above the poverty in which he was raised, no matter what it took. By sheer determination and tenacity, Archie worked his way through college and later became the owner of Overton Produce Co., and several related companies. His wife, Carolyn, established this Fund in Archie’s memory to benefit Middle Tennessee State University students who embody his work ethic and commitment to education
- Cameron Black Parnell Scholarship Fund – Students at MTSU in their junior or senior year with a 3.0 gpa or higher who are majoring in aerospace with a goal of becoming a pilot.
- Pauline LaFon Gore Scholarship Fund – Students eligible to apply are high school seniors and current college underclassmen who are from Smith County, Tennessee, and have lived there for the majority of their pre-college schooling.
- The Naveen and Suma Srinivas Family Scholarship Fund – Naveen and Suma were born and educated in a small town near Bangalore in South India. They both graduated and emigrated to America to begin internship and Residency training in OB/GYN in Baltimore. After moving to Nashville in 1982 they set up a private practice in the Donelson/Hermitage area. Dr. Navreen Srinivas retired in 2018 after a successful and rewarding practice of delivering babies and caring for women. This is a family that values education and wanted to do something for students in Metro Nashville Public Schools high schools were financial needs are the greatest.
- Technology Scholarship Fund – The Technology Scholarship Fund was established by the board of the Nashville Technology Council, an organization devoted to helping the Middle Tennessee technology community succeeded by leading in education, innovation, exposure and connections. The Fund will endow permanently one or more scholarships benefiting Nashville high school seniors entering two- or four-year degree programs in pursuit of an education in fields related to the creation, innovation, installation or maintenance of technology.
- At the Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee we offer two scholarships specifically for students that are originally from Kentucky.
- Ben T. Harris Memorial Scholarship – Graduating seniors who reside in Logan and Muhlenberg counties in Kentucky who are planning to pursue post-secondary education at an accredited college/university, community college, or vocational school. Ben left this world on November 29, 2016, but his legacy of caring, giving back, and making a difference continue through his family and this scholarship fund.
- Cadiz Rotary Club/Rise Carol Thompson Memorial Scholarship – Applicants should be graduating seniors who are residents of Trigg County, KY, who have earned a grade point average of 3.75 or above.
- Heloise Werthan Kuhn Scholarship Fund – Applicants are pregnant or parenting teens, living in the State of Tennessee, who are enrolled in or planning to enroll in post-secondary education at an accredited college, university, junior college, technical school, or job-training program as a way to increase their job skills and become more employable.
- Catie Summers Scholarship Fund – Applicants must be graduating seniors from the Middle Tennessee area, with preference given to seniors from Clarksville-Montgomery County Schools, who have survived cancer at some point in their lives and who have either a GPA of 3.0 or a score of 21 or better on the ACT. Verification of cancer diagnosis and/or treatment will be required.
- Tiffany Paige Ferguson Memorial Scholarship Fund – Seniors at Loretto High School or that area in Lawrence County with a 2.5 or better who plan to enter the nursing profession. Students can attend two-year college, technical school or four-year college or university.
- A.D. and Peggy Hewlett and Colonel David R. Inman Medical Scholarship Fund – To create a legacy for their parents and Colonel David R. Inman, Steve Hewlett, Pam Inman and Faye Houston established this Fund to honor their caring and compassionate concern for others, their belief in the importance of a good education, their commitment to nurturing the thirst for knowledge, and their dedication to providing a foundation on which others might build a career in health care. Those who will benefit are: students planning to enter the field of nursing as LPN, RN or Nurse Practitioner; pharmacy or physical therapy; and all those who will be comforted and cared for as a result.
- Jayme Johnson Smith Memorial Scholarship Fund – The GFWC Woman’s Club of Hendersonville and Dr. Peter Smith established this scholarship to honor the memory of Jayme Johnson Smith. Mrs. Smith’s father was a physician. Her stepfather was a veterinarian. While in nursing school she met her husband, Peter, a surgeon. She often joked that she knew no other topic than medicine. Mrs. Smith was a nurse and held a master’s degree in public health. Her love of nursing was a natural result of her innate desire to care for others. It is the hope of the GFWC Woman’s Club of Hendersonville that by creating this scholarship for nursing students, Jayme Johnson Smith’s work on earth will continue for many years to come.
- Brown Center for Autism: Benjamin M. Liske Scholarship Fund – Benjamin (Ben) MacArthur Liske was diagnosed with “severe autism,” probably cognitive deficits, and significant sensory processing disorder” on April 23, 2oo2. On April 23, 2016, 15-year-old Ben was preparing to graduate, two full years early, from University School of Nashville as a National Merit Scholar Finalist with a multitude of scholarship offers to pursue his two passions: mathematics and music. In August 2017, the Brown Center Board of Directors unanimously voted to establish a Scholarship Fund to carry on the legacy of the Brown Center for Autism, the vision of its founder, Juli C. Like, and its ultimate inspiration, Ben Liske.
- B’nai B’rith Maimonides Lodge #46 Scholarship Fund – As the oldest Jewish service organization in Nashville, B’nai B’rith Maimonides Lodge #46 has a long tradition of community service. This includes 38 years of hosting an annual summer camp for visually-impaired children of Middle Tennessee. In commemoration of the camp, B’nai B’rith Maimonides Lodge has established this Fund to provide assistance to students who are legally blind and plan to attend a post-secondary educational program.
- John E. Mayfield ABLE Scholarship Fund – Those eligible to apply must be graduating seniors and be participants of the ABLE program. Applicants must attend an accredited college, university, junior college, technical school or job training program. Individuals who have previously received scholarship assistance from this scholarship are eligible to re-apply. Participants in the Athletes Build Life Experiences (ABLE) program play sports at the highest levels for their age group, but unlike many other children, they do it from the seats of wheelchairs. Through sports and recreational activities, the children in ABLE build strength, confidence and social skills and, through the process, learn that no barrier should prevent them from achieving their goals, especially educational goals. John Mayfield created this scholarship to encourage not only participants in ABLE, but also individuals with disabilities to pursue their dreams of post-secondary education thereby giving them the tools needed to become productive and independent citizens in our communities.
- The Shoot For The Future Scholarship Fund– The Shoot For The Future Scholarship Fund was established to honor persons with spinal cord injuries who have overcome obstacles while displaying enthusiasm and perseverance. Most spinal cord injuries (60%) happen in young adults who are in the career development stage of life, life satisfaction and adjustment, and educational attainment are the strongest predictors of returning to work.
- Stewart County High School Class of 1958 Scholarship Fund – The founding members of The Stewart County High School Class of 1958 Scholarship selected the name as an homage to the members of the class. The Fund is intended to endow permanently one or more scholarships benefiting current Seniors at Stewart County High School who intended to enroll in a four-year college or university.
- Pastor Russell “Rusty” J. Perkins Memorial Scholarship Fund – This scholarship is for an African American male student. Students eligible to apply are students currently attending a Metro Nashville Public High School with preference given to Whites Creek High School Seniors. Applicants must be enrolling in either a two-year or four-year university/college and have a minimum 3.0 GPA. The Fund is need-based; therefore, applicants must demonstrate a need for financial assistance to attend college. Applicants must also demonstrate an involvement in sports with preference given to students who have participated in high school baseball or have been a member of the Parkwood Baseball Team.
- SRVH Scholarship Fund – Applicants must be enrolled in a technical school program, community college or 4-year university/college. A preference will be given to students expressing an interest in a career in the legal field. The GPA minimum for this renewable scholarship is a 2.5 for technical or community college and 3.0 for a 4-year university.
- The Toward an Inclusive Architecture Scholarship Fund – The Toward An Inclusive Architecture Scholarship is an endowment that helps create a path for Tennesseans of color to start an architectural education and seeks to nurture individuals entering the profession. The scholarship provides both funds to help pay for their education at the architecture school of their choice, and opportunities for professional development through priority placement in internship programs at participating partner firms.
National Scholarship Highlights
- http://cappex.com – Research schools, get scholarships, and understand where you fit — at any stage of your college journey.
- http://www.raise.me – Fill out a profile on raise.me to qualify for micro scholarships from schools all over the country.
- http://www.fastweb.com – Fastweb is a free scholarship search platform that connects students to scholarships and financial aid tools.
- Ask a parent or guardian if their employer provides a scholarship that you could apply for.
- Check out local businesses or community organizations that offer scholarships in your hometown. Make sure to check with your High School Counselor to see if they have a list of some of these funds for you to research.
- This year marks the 50th Anniversary of the Pell Grant. The Pell Grant is a form of need-based federal financial students can receive by completing the FAFSA. It is awarded by the U.S. Department of Education to help eligible low-income students pay for college costs. The Pell Grant is the largest grant program offered by the Department of Education to undergraduate students.
- In searching for scholarships, make sure to check out this great national database: https://www.fastweb.com.
- Check out local businesses or community organizations that offer scholarships in your hometown. Make sure to check with your High School Counselor to see if they have a list of some of these funds for you to research.
- The Gates Scholarship (TGS) is a highly selective, last-dollar scholarship for outstanding, minority, high school seniors from low-income households. Each year, the scholarship is awarded to 300 of these student leaders, with the intent of helping them realize their maximum potential. Learn more about the scholarship and apply at www.thegatesscholarship.org.
- Going Merry is a free scholarship search database and application platform. Create a free profile at www.goingmerry.com.
- The Heisman High School Scholarship program extends the Heisman prestige to the nation’s most esteemed high school seniors be celebrating and rewarding outstanding male and female scholar-athletes who understand that the most important victories happen not only on the field, but also in their schools and communities. Learn more and apply here www.heismanscholarship.com.
- The VFW is dedicated to promoting patriotism and investing in our future generation. If you are a democracy-loving high school student interested in a $30,000 college scholarship or a patriotic middle school student interested in winning $5,000, these scholarships may be for you. Learn more about the VFW Youth Scholarships: http://www.vfw.org/community/youth-and-education/youth-scholarships.
- The Scarlett Family Foundation offers scholarships to Tennessee students pursuing business or graduated high school (or GED) from one of the eligible Tennessee counties, must demonstrate financial need and must be pursuing a business or STEM related degree. Applicants must have graduated high school (or GED) from one of the eligible Tennessee counties, must demonstrate financial need and must be pursuing a business or STEM approved degree at a 4 year, non-profit college or university. Applicants must be enrolled or planning to enroll full-time at the time of the application.
- QuestBridge’s National College Match is a college scholarship application process that helps outstanding, low-income high school seniors gain admission and full four-year scholarships to the nation’s most selective colleges.
- The Golden Door Scholars Program believes that immigration status should not determine opportunity. Tenacity and hard work should. With the Golden Door Scholarship, undocumented students invest in their education and define their futures.
- Honoring the legacy and character of our nation’s 40th President, the GE-Reagan Foundation Scholarship Program rewards college-bound students who demonstrate exemplary leadership, drive integrity, and citizenship with financial assistance to pursue higher education.
- The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation’s scholarship programs are designed to encourage and support outstanding students who work hard and have a financial need. Our scholarships provide financial assistance and academic support to high school, undergraduate, and graduate students. In addition to the monetary award, students join a thriving network of nearly 3,000 Cooke Scholars.
- The Coca-Cola Scholars program is an achievement-based scholarship for graduating high school seniors which recognizes students for their ability to lead and serve, as well as for their commitment to making a significant impact on their schools and communities. The Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation exists to bring better to the world through investment in exceptional high school students who are dedicated to leadership, service, and action that positively affects others.
- The Dell Scholars Program is a scholarship and college competition program that nurtures and empowers students on their path to a college degree. Since starting the program in 2004, the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation has supported 5,000 scholars, including more than 2,000 college graduates.
- In Profiles in Courage, John F. Kennedy recounted the stories of eight U.S. senators who risked their careers to do what was right from the nation. These leaders demonstrated political courage by taking a stand for the public good in spite of pressure by interest groups, their political party, or even their constituents. The Profile in Courage Essay Contest challenges students to write an original and creative essay that demonstrates an understanding of political courage as described by John F. Kennedy in Profiles in Courage.
- The Truman Scholarship is meant to celebrate and prepare the nation’s next generation of public service leaders. Scholars receive up to $30,000 for graduate school as well as access to extensive Scholar programming, priority admission and financial support from public service graduate programs, advising and mentoring from other public service leaders, and preferred hiring with the federal government. https://www.truman.gov/apply
- The Burger King Scholars Program Co-founder James “Jim” W. McLamore, the Burger King Scholars program has awarded $50 million in scholarships to over 40,000 high school students, BK employees and their families across North America. Scholarship grants range from $1,000 to $50,000 and are intended to help students offset the cost of attending college or post-secondary vocational/technical school. Recipients are selected based on their grade point average (GPA), work experience, extracurricular activities and community service. https://www.burgerkingfoundation.org/
- The Hagan Scholarship is a nationwide need-based merit scholarship designed to help rural students graduate college debt-free. The scholarship provides up to $48,000 and other benefits over four years to attend college. Recipients must graduate from an eligible public high school. Hagan Scholars currently attend colleges and universities located in 47 states. https://haganscholarships.org/
- The American Society of Civil Engineers offers multiple scholarships for current ASCE student members. Check out their website to review the multiple scholarship funds. http://ektronstaging.asce.org/scholarships/yang/
CFMT Scholarship Recipients
- Anna Love – Recipient of PRSA Nashville Scholarship Fund, attending Belmont University.
- Caleb Ellis – Recipient of Drue Smith/Society of Professional Journalists’ Scholarship Fund, attending Middle Tennessee State University.
- Tara Isbell – Recipient of Nashville Academy of Medicine Alliance Scholarship Fund for Nursing, attending Vanderbilt University.
- Holli Teige – Recipient of Eloise Pitts O’More Scholarship Fund, attending Belmont University.
- Kermina Wadeh – Recipient of The Sponsors Scholarship, attending Belmont University.
- Westin Nichols – Recipient of the Cyndy and Al Baran Fine Arts and Music Scholarship, attending University of Tennessee at Martin.
- Andrew Brown – Recipient of the Walter Reece Montgomery Scholarship, attending Middle Tennessee State University.
- Ashika Pradeep – Recipient of the Walter Reece Montgomery Scholarship, attending Purdue University at West Lafayette.
- Emma Baker – Recipient of the Pauline LaFon Gore Scholarship Fund, attending Tennessee Technological University.
- Elizabeth Miner – Recipient of The Naveen and Suma Srinivas Family Scholarship Fund, attending Austin Peay State University.
- Kayla Stevenson – Recipient of the Technology Scholarship Fund, attending University of Tennessee Knoxville.
- Rudra Patel – Recipient of Technology Scholarship Fund, attending University of Tennessee Knoxville.
- Kinley Humphries – Recipient of the Cadiz Rotary Club Rise Carol Thompson Memorial Scholarship, attending Murray State University.
- Mackenzie Biven – Recipient of the Tiffany Paige Ferguson Memorial Scholarship Fund, attending Columbia State Community College.
- Bethany Robinson – Recipient of The David Williams II Scholarship for Equality & Equity, attending Nashville School of Law.
- Bailey Rynor – Recipient of Jayme Johnson Memorial Scholarship, attending University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.
- Noah Beaty – Recipient of the Carolyn Morrison Scholarship Fund, attending Tennessee Technological University.
- Arden Cummins – Recipient of the Colonel Richard M. Dawson Highway Patrol Scholarship Fund, attending Middle Tennessee State University.
- Gene Herrmann – Recipient of the DBI Scholarship Fund, attending Texas Christian University.
- Jazlyn Flowers – Recipient of the Rex and Karla Stannard Scholarship for Overton and Clay Counties in Tennessee, attending Volunteer State Community College.
- Katie Campbell – Recipient of the Shoot for the Future Scholarship Fund, attending Union University.
- Harlequine Clay – Recipient of The John W. Work III Memorial Foundation Scholarship Fund, attending Fisk University.
- William Henke – Recipient of The Teddy Wilburn Scholarship Fund, attending Vanderbilt University.
- Alexis Braselton – Recipient of The Scott Wolf Scholarship Fund, attending Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College.
- Kati Coats – Recipient of The William Thomas McHugh and Lou Gower McHugh Scholarship Fund.