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Yellow Ribbon Scholarship

The Yellow Ribbon GI Education Enhancement Program (Yellow Ribbon Program) provides matching funds from the Department of Veterans Affairs as a supplement to the Post - 9/11 GI Bill--which pays up to the highest public in-state undergraduate tuition.  If a student enrolls at a Yellow Ribbon participating institution and the tuition and fees exceed the highest public in-state undergraduate tuition, additional funds may be available for their education program without an additional charge to their entitlement.

You may be eligible if you: 

  1. Have served an aggregate period of active duty after September 10, 2001, of at least 36 months; 
  2. Were honorably discharged from active duty for a service connected disability and served 30 continuous days after September 10, 2001; 
  3. Are a dependent eligible for Transfer of Entitlement under the Post - 9/11 GI Bill based on a veteran's service under the eligibility criteria listed above. 

Application Process

  1. If eligible, students should apply for benefits under the Post - 9/11 GI Bill with the  Department of Veteran Affairs . 
  2. Apply for admission to East Tennessee State University. 
  3. Upon acceptance to ETSU, forward your Certificate of Eligibility to the Veterans Affairs Office to be considered for the Yellow Ribbon Program.
  4. Complete the application for Yellow Ribbon Program and return it to the ETSU Office of Veterans Affairs.  The Certifying Official will review the application and contact the applicant.

Buc Hero Scholarship

The Buc Hero Scholarship covers up to 100% out-of-state costs and is intended to assist out-of-state veterans who do not qualify for the Yellow Ribbon Scholarship.

To be eligible the applicant must have served (or be currently serving) as a member of the Guard, Reserves, or Active Duty, and released from the military under "Honorable" conditions. Applicants must provide a copy of form DD-214 (Discharge from Active Duty). Applicants who have more than one DD214 must provide the most recent copy.

Freshmen:
Minimum high school GPA of 3.0 and
Minimum ACT composite of 22 or SAT score of 1020 (Math and Critical Reading scores only)

Applicants who do not meet these academic criteria may be considered based on length of service, MOS classification, or military credit earned.

Transfers:
Minimum transfer GPA of 3.2 and
Minimum of 24 transferable hours

Applicants who do not meet these academic criteria may be considered based on length of service, MOS classification, or military credit earned.

Graduate Students:
Graduate students will automatically be considered for the scholarship upon admission to a graduate degree program or graduate certificate program.

Note:  Renewal Criteria

The scholarship is renewable for three (3) additional years for undergraduates by maintaining an overall GPA of at least 2.5 and passing a minimum of 12 credits per semester.

The scholarship is renewable for up to two years for master's degree students by maintaining an overall GPA of at least 3.0 and passing a minimum of 9 credits per semester.

The scholarship is renewable for up to five years for educational specialists and doctoral students by maintaining an overall GPA of at least 3.0 and passing a minimum of 9 credits per semester.
 

Additional Grants, Scholarships, and Tuition Assistance

University Scholarships

There are also various scholarships opportunities offered through the university.

Tennessee Reconnect + Complete 

Tennessee Reconnect is Governor Bill Haslam’s initiative to help adults enter higher education so that they may gain new skills, advance in the workplace, and fulfill lifelong dreams of completing a degree or credential.  This program is designed for students who have previous course work but no degree.

Military Resources Website

To help current (and aspiring) student veterans and their families, this comprehensive guidebook serves two complementary purposes:  To address the many challenges that college-bound veterans face daily, including those of a financial, social, academic, medical and geographic nature; and To provide valuable information and resources vetted by actual student veterans who have experienced (and overcome) these challenges first-hand.

Paying for Grad School

In this guide, you’ll find funding tips you can use in addition to, or in place of, the GI Bill. Many of the sources listed below are tailored to veterans, their spouses or family members looking for alternative options to pay for school. You will also find a checklist for applying for scholarships and numerous resources for finding additional aid opportunities.

Helping Heroes Grant

The award amount is $1,000 per semester for a student who successfully completes twelve (12) or more semester hours with no failing grade as the final grade for the course. The student shall receive $500 per semester for successfully completing six (6) to eleven (11) semester hours with no failing grade as a final grade for the course. The student shall not receive an award if enrolled in fewer than six (6) semester hours.  The Helping Heroes Grant is awarded on a first-come, first-served basis.  

Veterans Benefits Scholarship

VeteranAid.org is pleased to announce its first scholarship program for advancement in higher education. The Veterans Benefits Scholarship will award three $2,000 scholarships to college students enrolled in an associate’s degree, bachelor’s degree or graduate level program at an accredited 2-year college or 4-year university during the 2016-2017 academic year. These students will be awarded based on their innovative ideas to improve the world of military veterans benefits. The deadline to enter is December 31, 2016. Essay topic and details can be found at  http://www.veteranaid.org/apply.php  at the bottom of the page.

Outside Scholarships List

Keep in mind, this list is ever-changing.  The easiest way to find out if these scholarships are active is to Google them!

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