Scholarship Opportunities for Currently Enrolled Students

Scholarship opportunities don’t stop after your initial enrollment at MTSU! As a continuing student, you may become eligible for additional scholarships. These awards include Enrichment awards that recognize academic achievement, as well as Diversity scholarships that recognize the contributions that students from underrepresented backgrounds make to our campus. Both of these awards are generally made in the fall semester, but a limited number of one semester only awards may also be available. Some academic departments and other programs also have awards for continuing students that recognize their academic achievement or special distinction. 

The Scholarship Guide provides an outline of all scholarships, and is suitable for printing for your review or to share with family members.

Enrichment Scholarship

Enrichment Scholarships are competitively awarded to applicants based on academic achievement. The standard award for the Enrichment scholarship is $1,000 to $2,000 per year for full-time enrollment; the award will be prorated for part-time enrollment or early graduation. Award amounts may vary each year, depending on available funding and the number of eligible applicants. This scholarship is awarded for one academic year only; students must reapply each year to be considered.

Applicants must meet the following criteria to be considered:

  • GPA: You must have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 after the fall semester. Please Note: Cumulative GPA is defined as the Overall Combined GPA, which includes all college credits (including transfer and remedial credits).
  • Enrollment: You must be enrolled in at least 6 hours for the spring semester. (Enrollment will be verified in mid-spring, when applications are being processed.)
  • You must be meeting Satisfactory Academic Progress requirements
  • You must be pursuing your first undergraduate degree; if you are working on a graduate degree or a second undergraduate degree, you will not be considered.
  • You must be a US citizen or permanent resident.
  • You cannot be a recipient of other scholarships awarded and/or funded by the MTSU Financial Aid & Scholarship Office.
  • Priority consideration will be given to students who are not expected to receive a Tennessee Education Lottery Scholarship. However, we encourage all otherwise-eligible students to apply, since we have been able to offer scholarships to lottery recipients in some years. Our ability to do so for this year will depend on the available funding and the number of eligible applicants.


In late spring, you will receive notification regarding whether you were selected as a recipient. An email will be sent to your MTSU email address at that time.

How to apply for the Enrichment Scholarship

Students must submit an online Consolidated Scholarship Application via ScholarX by February 15 to be considered for an award for the following year. Applications will be available through ScholarX in late fall (around the time that fall grades are posted).

Students who miss the priority deadline or who were initially denied but are now meeting scholarship requirements may submit a one-semester scholarship request in the Scholarship Office beginning two weeks before each semester; if funding is available, additional scholarships will be awarded after the first six weeks of the term.

Diversity scholarships

MTSU values the richness of learning opportunities brought to our campus through diversity in our student body and faculty. To demonstrate that commitment and to encourage the enrollment of students from populations underrepresented at MTSU, scholarships are offered to students who contribute to the creation and education of a diverse student body. 

MTSU offers two scholarships to encourage diversity among current MTSU students. Vision Scholarships are awarded based on academic achievement and diversity. MT Diversity Scholarships are awarded based on academic achievement, diversity, and financial need. These scholarships are awarded for one academic year only; students must reapply each year to be considered.  

The standard award amounts for both the Vision and the MT Diversity scholarship is $1,000 per year for full-time enrollment; the award will be prorated for part-time enrollment or early graduation. Selected recipients may additionally be awarded a $500 "high need" amount for an EFC of 12,000 or less and/or a $500 "high ability" amount for a GPA of 3.0 or higher, for a maximum award of $2000. 

Applicants must meet the following criteria to be considered:

  • GPA: You must have a cumulative GPA of at least 2.5 after the fall semester. Please Note: Cumulative GPA is defined as the Overall Combined GPA, which includes all college credits (including transfer and remedial credits).
  • Diversity: The MTSU campus is a rich blend of students from a variety of racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic backgrounds that bring with them a diverse array of life experiences. For the purpose of these scholarships, diversity is considered to include, but is not limited to, any of the following:
    • Disability status
    • First-generation college students
      • gender identity/expression
    • Non-traditional students
    • Personal hardships
    • Race or ethnicity
        • Sexual orientation
    • Special gifts or talents
    • Veteran status
  • Financial Need (For MT Diversity only): You must file a FAFSA by March 1 and must have an EFC of 12,000 or less according to your FAFSA results. (Please note that financial need is not required for Vision Scholarships.)
  • Enrollment: You must be enrolled in at least 6 hours for the spring semester. (Enrollment will be verified in mid-spring, when applications are being processed.)
  • You must be meeting Satisfactory Academic Progress requirements
  • You must be pursuing your first undergraduate degree; if you are working on a graduate degree or a second undergraduate degree, you will not be considered.
  • You must be a US citizen or permanent resident.
  • You cannot be a recipient of other scholarships awarded and/or funded by the Financial Aid & Scholarship Office.
  • Priority consideration will be given to students who are not expected to receive a Tennessee Education Lottery Scholarship. However, we encourage all otherwise-eligible students to apply, since we have been able to offer diversity scholarships to lottery recipients in most years. Our ability to do so for this year will depend on the available funding and the number of eligible applicants.


In late spring, you will receive notification regarding whether you were selected as a recipient. An e-mail will be sent to your MTSU email address at that time.

How to apply for the Vision and MT Diversity Scholarships

Students must submit a 'Consolidated Application for Scholarships through Financial & Scholarship Office' via ScholarX by February 15 to be considered for a scholarship for the following fall semester. Applications will be available through ScholarX in mid-fall (around the time that fall grades are posted). 

Students who miss the priority deadline or who were initially denied but are now meeting scholarship requirements may submit a one-semester scholarship request in the Scholarship Office beginning two weeks before each semester; if funding is available, additional scholarships will be awarded approximately midway through the term. 

One semester only awards

We want to award every possible scholarship dollar to our students. We have learned that each year, some students who are awarded a scholarship are not able to claim that grant for some reason. When that happens, we make those scholarships available to other students on a one semester only basis. Availability of funding obviously varies from semester to semester, but if you believe you qualify for the Enrichment, Vision, or MT Diversity scholarship, but did not receive the award, please submit a One Semester Scholarship application by these deadlines so that you may receive additional consideration. 

Semester 1st Day to Apply Priority Deadline Decisions Sent Last Date to Apply*
Fall August 15 At the end of the first week of classes October 15 November 1
Spring January 2 At the end of the first week of classes  March 1 April 1
Summer May 1 At the end of the first week of classes  June 30 June 1

* Availability of scholarships is dependent on funding; in most semesters, funds will not be available for applications submitted after the Priority Deadline.

MTSU Foundation and departmental scholarships 

MTSU offers approximately 700 endowed and other scholarships to approximately 2000 students each year through special programs sponsored by various academic and administrative departments. Application processes vary from department to department. Many of these Foundation and departmental scholarships require online applications or paper applications, while others are awarded based on academic achievement or other factors and do not require an application.

What is a Foundation Scholarship?

A Foundation Scholarship is an endowed award, with funding that initially came to MTSU from an outside benefactor. The scholarship donor, often an MTSU alumnus or a local charitable organization, gives funds to MTSU and designates that the funds be used to offer scholarships to students meeting certain criteria. MTSU uses the available funds to award scholarships to students who match each donor's preferences and requirements. For example, a donor might ask that a scholarship be given to students in a particular major, or to students who have financial need. Two scholarships of special interest to new freshmen are the generous Centennial Scholarship and the SouthEast Bank Scholarship. Additional Foundation Scholarships are assigned to the departments which are best able to identify eligible students; for instance, a scholarship for chemistry majors will be awarded by the chemistry department, while a scholarship for art students is assigned to the art department. 

What is a departmental scholarship?

A departmental scholarship has funding that comes from within the budget of a specific academic or other department, and that department selects the recipients. These scholarships are often performance-based, with specific performance requirements, which must be completed for the student to continue to receive the scholarship. For example, a music departmental scholarship may require a student to register for certain classes and to participate in specific music ensembles; an athletic scholarship may require the recipient to play on a certain athletic team. 

How do I search for and apply for Foundation scholarships?

MTSU Financial Aid and Scholarships maintains a database of most MTSU Foundation Scholarships. To search for and apply for Foundation Scholarships, take these easy step:

  • Go to the 'ScholarX Search Tool', then click on a search button to indicate how you wish to search. Press Submit to start the search.
    • Use the Category Search feature to find scholarships, which match a certain profile, such as major, county, or classification.
    • Use the Description and Name Search feature to find scholarships, which contain a certain word in the name or description. In particular, incoming freshmen may wish to search for the SouthEast Bank Scholarship and/or the Centennial Scholarship.  
    • The Keyword Feature is not in use at the current time.
  • Read the descriptions of the listed scholarships to find awards in which you are interested.
  • For awards of interest, read the "How to Apply" instructions carefully.
    • If the scholarship uses an online application through ScholarX, a link will be provided in the instructions.
    • Otherwise, the instructions will include a website, phone number, office location, or other information about how to get an application.
    • Please note that some scholarships do not require an application but are instead awarded based on academic achievements or other factors.
    • Important: Disregard the "Apply!" link at the top of the page. MTSU does not use this feature.
       

Foundation and departmental scholarship deadlines

Most scholarships have an application deadline of February 15. After a scholarship deadline has passed, the application for that scholarship will no longer be available or accepted. After all deadlines have passed for the upcoming year, the scholarship search page will be available but students will not be able to apply for any of the listed awards.

Departmental scholarships of special interest

Information regarding four of our most popular areas of interest are noted below. Please be aware that this is not a comprehensive list, so you should additionally contact departments of interest to ask about scholarship opportunities and follow the instructions above to search the ScholarX website for other opportunities.

  • Army ROTC Scholarships - Awarded to ROTC program participants by the Military Science department. For more information, visit the above website or call 615-898-2470.
  • Music Scholarships - Competitive music scholarships are awarded to both music and non-music majors for instrumental or vocal performance. Band scholarships are also available. For audition dates and requirements, please visit the above web site or call (615) 898-2469.
  • Scholarships through the June Anderson Center Scholarship for Women and Non-traditional Students
  • Student-Athlete scholarships at MTSU are awarded by the coaches of that particular sport. For more information, please contact the appropriate coaching staff.