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Scholarship Office

ETSU Scholarship Office Policies

The following policies are in place to help manage awards and information regarding the large number of available ETSU scholarships.

 Please browse the information below to find information about the policies that relate to your particular situation.

APS Policies
  • Tennessee residents and residents of border counties in Virginia and North Carolina (Grayson, Lee, Scott and Washington counties in Virginia and Ashe, Avery, Haywood, Madison, Mitchell, Watauga and Yancey counties in North Carolina.)
  • Only entering freshmen and transfer students are eligible.
  • Students who enter ETSU during the spring or summer semesters will be considered "new" students for the following fall semester
  • Graduates, second undergraduate degree-seeking students and currently enrolled students are not eligible
  • New students accepting an APS must register for fall classes or register to attend an orientation program by July 1
  • For departmental awards (Music and Military Science) entering freshmen must have a GPA ≥ 2.9 (4.0 scale) and an ACT composite score ≥ 19
  • Exceptions may be made if student has not attended high school or another post secondary institution for at least four years
  • For departmental awards (Music and Military Science) entering transfer students must have a college GPA > 2.9 (4.0 scale) and a minimum of 12 transferable credit hours
  • Students who have completed less than 12 transferable credit hours must meet the entering freshmen criteria
  • Students who enter ETSU the fall semester following their high school graduation will be considered freshmen for APS purposes
  • Recipients must maintain an overall GPA ≥ 2.5 and earn a term GPA ≥ 2.5
  • APS recipients who first received their scholarsip before Fall 2015 must pass a minimum of 12 credits per semester
  • All new APS recipients must earn a minimum of 15 credit hours per semester, for each semester beginning Fall 2015.
  • Presidential, Provost and Deans Scholarship recipients are required to perform 75 service hours each semester (approximately 5 hours per week).
  • APS recipients are responsible for securing their own positions on campus by September 15. APS positions are posted on the Office of Financial Aid web page.
  • APS awards may be made by the following offices: Scholarship Office, Department of Music, and Department of Military Science
  • The Department of Music may make 28 new APS awards each year, the Department of Military Science may make 2 new APS awards each year, and the Math and Science Scholars Program may have a total of 6 APS students each year.
  • The availability of awards is contingent on funding levels
  • All APS recipients must comply with the State of Tennessee Eligibility Verification for Entitlements Act (EVEA).
  • Initial eligibility and renewal requirements may change in the future
 APS Renewal
  • Students who first received an APS award prior to the 2015 fall semester:  Earn a minimum of 12 credit hours per semester - for 
  • Students who first received an APS award fall of 2015 or after: must earn a minimum of 15 credit hours per semester
  • Maintain a cumulative and term GPA of 2.5 or higher
  • For students who first received an APS award prior to the 2015 fall term, those who fail to earn a minimum of 12 credit hours and/or fail to earn a term or cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher will be placed on probation for the following major term. Students who fail to meet these criteria a second time will lose their scholarship for all future terms.
  • For students who first received an APS award for the 2015 fall term, those who fail to earn a minimum of 15 credit hours and/or fail to earn a term or cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher will be placed on probation for the following major term. Students who fail to meet these criteria a second time will lose their scholarship for all future terms.
  • Must perform 75 services hours each semester in the same department. APS recipients who do not complete the 75 service hours will lose their scholarship for all future terms
  • APS recipients must stay continuously enrolled (fall and spring terms).
  • No APS awards are available for summer terms.
  • APS recipients who will be off campus for a fall or spring term due to participation in co-op programs, internships, student teaching or legislative internships may file a written request to perform the APS hours before the beginning of the term in which they will participate in the program.
  • Students who fail to meet these criteria will lose their scholarship for all future terms
Endowed Scholarship Policies
  • Students may apply for multiple scholarships but can only receive one of the following scholarships:
  • Academic Officer's Transfer Scholarship
  • Academic Performance Scholarship (Faculty, Dean, Provost or Presidential, ROTC)
  • Adobe Scholarships
  • All Tennessee Team Scholarship
  • Coca-Cola Scholarship
  • ETSU Promise
  • Fine and Performing Arts Scholarship
  • Daryl and Bud Frank Theatre Scholarship
  • Honors-in-Discipline Scholarship
  • Math and Science Scholars Award
  • Midway Scholarship
  • Eddie Miller and Bill Olwell Scholarship
  • Music Academic Performance Scholarship
  • Presidential Honors Community Service Scholars Award
  • James H. Quillen Scholarship
  • Roan Scholars Leadership Program Award
  • ROTC Academic Performance Scholarship
  • University Honors Scholars Award
  • Volunteer State Student Assistance Scholarship
Out-of-State Student Policies
  • Out-of-State students may apply for multiple scholarships but can only receive one of the following:
  • Academic Common Market
  • Academic Excellence Scholarship
  • Adobe Scholarships
  • Buc Hero Scholarship
  • Creative Arts Scholarship
  • E-rate
  • Fine and Performing Arts Scholarship
  • George L. Carter Scholarship
  • Graduate Out-of-State Scholarship
  • Graduate Assistantship/Tuition Scholarship
  • Honors-in-Discipline Scholarship
  • International Merit/Partners Scholarship
  • Midway Honors Scholarship
  • Public Performance Scholarship
  • Public Service Corps Scholarship
  • Regional Scholarship
  • Roan Scholars Leadership Program Award
  • Sidney G. Gilbreath Scholarship
  • University Honors Scholarship
Other Policies
  • Financial need is determined through the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Students applying for scholarships with a financial need consideration should submit the FAFSA by March 1. www.fafsa.ed.gov
  • Only those students admitted to ETSU will be considered for scholarships.
  • ETSU does not use "superscores" for scholarship purposes.
  • Unless otherwise stated in the awards letter, scholarships are granted for a maximum of eight semesters.
  • Scholarships are awarded for fall and spring semesters and are not available for the summer semester.
  • Scholarship awards are based on the availability of funds and the criteria set forth by the appropriate governing body and are subject to change.
  • Unless otherwise stated, scholarships are only awarded to full-time students.
  • Unless otherwise stated, scholarships are not renewed automatically. Recipients are encouraged to read the information sent with the scholarship announcement or ask the program coordinator for renewal information.
  • Full academic scholarship support at ETSU is defined as those scholarships, or combinations of scholarships which provide the current cost of education including: tuition and standard fees, a semi-private room in a residence hall and meal plan, and up to $1000 per semester for books and other incidental fees. Full scholarship support does not necessarily cover all expenses incurred by a student attending ETSU. ETSU reserves the right to limit internally funded scholarships to an amount that does not exceed these direct costs. Scholarships or loans received from sources other than ETSU or the State of Tennessee shall not be limited, nor included, in the assessment of funds granted for full scholarship support. This policy is available in the ETSU Scholarship Office.
  • Students receiving scholarship funding designated for "housing" must live in ETSU housing.  Students receiving ETSU scholarship funding designated for "room", "board", or "meals" must purchase a campus meal plan.
  • ETSU scholarship policies are subject to change.
  • For many ETSU scholarships, recipients must comply with the State of Tennessee Eligibility Verification for Entitlements Act (EVEA).
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