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SCHOLARSHIP INFORMATION

 

There are several scholarships for graduate students available through the College of Graduate Studies. Below you will find information and guidelines for each scholarship.

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Foundation Graduate Student Scholarship

Application Deadline - April 1st of each year

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The MTSU Foundation Graduate Scholarship is established through the Senior Gift Program by graduating seniors of MTSU and for the purpose of providing scholarship support to graduate students of Middle Tennessee State University.  The number and the amount of the scholarships to be awarded shall be determined by the College of Graduate Studies Scholarship Committee and limited to the funds available in the spendable account.  Recipients receive the scholarship dollars for the fall semester.  In order to receive scholarship dollars for an additional semester, the recipient is expected to achieve a minimum of a 3.0 GPA in the preceding semester.  Each scholarship is for one academic year (fall and spring semesters) and may not be renewed beyond the one year.  Preference shall be given to students who participated in the Senior Gift Program before obtaining their undergraduate degree from MTSU.

To be eligible, a student must:

  • Have an undergraduate degree from Middle Tennessee State University.
  • Have an overall undergraduate grade point average of 3.5 or greater.
  • Be fully admitted as a graduate degree seeking student.
  • Submit a letter stating his or her career intent and a short statement of financial need.

Samuel H. Howard MBA Scholarship

Application Deadline - April 1st of each year

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The Samuel H. Howard MBA Scholarship is to provide financial assistance to African American students pursuing the MBA degree or provide financial assistance for African American students pursuing the MBA degree to participate in the National Black MBA Association, particularly attending annual conventions.  The number and the amount of the scholarships to be awarded shall be determined by the College of Graduate Studies Scholarship Committee and limited to the funds available in the spendable account.

To be eligible, a student must:

  • Be an African American graduate student pursuing the MBA degree.
  • Provide three letters of reference.
  • Provide a statement of financial need and a brief personal narrative supporting the application.

Tammy Jones Memorial Scholarship

Application Deadline - April 1st of each year

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The Tammy Jones Memorial Scholarship is awarded annually to an incoming or current graduate student majoring in mathematics or vocal music at Middle Tennessee State University.  The number and the amount of the scholarships to be awarded shall be determined by the College of Graduate Studies Scholarship Committee and limited to the funds available in the spendable account.   This scholarship may be renewed for a maximum of one year.  Prior recipients must re-apply for consideration.

To be considered, a student must:

  • Be majoring in mathematics or vocal music at MTSU.
  • Provide a brief narrative supporting the application.

Mary W. and Chester R. Martin Graduate Academic Scholarship

Application Deadline - April 1st of each year

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The Mary W. And Chester R. Martin Graduate Academic Scholarship emphasizes academic scholarship and leadership.  This scholarship, in the amount of $500, will be awarded each fall and spring semesters as a tuition grant.  This award is made for one semester only and is non-renewable.

To be eligible, a student must:

  • Be a first-semester graduate student.
  • Be a Tennessee or Kentucky resident.
  • Have graduated from an accredited, undergraduate institution with a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or greater.
  • Be a full-time (enrolled for nine credit hours of graduate coursework) graduate student.
  • Provide three letters of reference giving supporting statements that the applicant displays evidence of exceptional promise for academic excellence and leadership.

Albert L. and Ethel Carver Smith Scholarship for Graduate Students

Application Deadline - April 1st of each year

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The Albert L. and Ethel Carver Smith Memorial Scholarship is awarded in the amount of $1000 for the first semester and is renewable for one additional semester contingent upon satisfactory academic progress. 

To be eligible, a student must:

  • Be fully admitted as a graduate degree seeking student.
  • Be enrolled as a full-time (nine credit hours of graduate coursework) graduate student.
  • Provide a statement of financial need and a brief personal narrative supporting the application.

Walton O. Warren Graduate Scholarship

Application Deadline - April 1st of each year

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The Walton O. Warren Graduate Scholarship is awarded annually in an amount determined by the College of Graduate Studies Scholarship Committee and limited to the funds available in the spendable account.   

To be eligible, a student must:

  • Be a Tennessee resident.
  • Have earned a Bachelor’s degree.
  • Have a minimum of four (4) years of experience in the Tennessee public school system.
  • Be planning a career in the public schools of Tennessee.
  • Be admitted to graduate study.
  • Submit a personal narrative supporting the application. The narrative should address your goals for graduate study and how receiving the scholarship will aid in your personal and professional development.
  • Include a letter of endorsement from your school principal (on school letterhead) to your application. An administrator’s endorsement should come from the system superintendent (on letterhead).  It must verify the applicant’s number of years of public school teaching experience.  At a minimum, the endorsement should address why the applicant is deserving of the scholarship, how the award would contribute to the professional development of the applicant, and how the applicant’s school will benefit if the award is granted.  (Principals and superintendents may only endorse one applicant per year).
  • Submit official transcripts of all undergraduate work and any previous graduate work.

Scholarships and Financial Aid Through Other Sources

American Indian Graduate Center - (American Indian and Alaskan Natives)
MTSU Financial Aid Office
MTSU McNair Program