Honors College


The Buchanan Fellowship

The Honors College is also home to the Buchanan Fellowship program, named in honor of MTSU's Nobel Prize winning alumnus, Dr. James M. Buchanan. The Buchanan Fellowship, limited to 20 students per year, is the highest award given to an entering freshman at Middle Tennessee State University. The program began in the fall of 2007.

Buchanan Fellows, who must complete a separate application process limited to first-time freshmen, receive a host of special benefits including a full tuition waiver guaranteed for four years, special seminars, priority registration, a book allowance, priority consideration for study abroad, and much more.


To compete for a Buchanan Fellowship, an applicant must

1. apply for undergraduate admission to Middle Tennessee;

2. complete and return the Buchanan application form to the Honors College by December 1 of the year prior to fall enrollment;

3. have a high school GPA greater than or equal to 3.5;

4. have a composite ACT greater than or equal to 29 (SAT greater than or equal to 1280);

5. provide an official transcript of all high school work completed; and

6. provide a personal statement.

The preceding requirements are minimal. Successful applicants generally possess qualifications that equal or surpass those required for other MTSU academic scholarships. Students accepted to the program participate in a specially designed cohort curriculum of courses which is limited to Buchanan Fellows.

Buchanan Fellows Application for 2015-2016
Buchanan Fellows Brochure  

Other Honors Scholarships

Ingram-Montgomery Thesis/Research Scholarship
Criteria DEADLINE MARCH 14, 2016
Paul W. Martin, Sr. Scholarship
Criteria DEADLINE MARCH 14, 2016
Michael Martinelli Memorial Scholarship
Bart McCash Scholarship
Academic Achievement Scholarship
Hannah-Harris Study Abroad Scholarship
Gordon and Sara Bell Honors Scholarsip
Criteria DEADLINE MARCH 14, 2016

The Honors College offers several scholarships and awards for current Honors College students. See the Honors Web site, www.mtsu.edu/honors for deadlines and other information relating to the following Honors scholarships.

Paul W. Martin Sr. Scholarships : Martin Scholarships are awarded on a competitive basis to students enrolled in the Honors College and provide a $1,500 stipend to each recipient. Four to six scholarships per year are generally awarded.

To qualify, students must be enrolled on a full-time basis, including enrollment in at least one three-hour Honors course in the current semester, or be in the thesis tutorial/thesis project phase, and be in good academic standing with the Honors College. Sons or daughters of a TVA employee, military veterans, or married students are given priority in the scholarship competition. Involvement and leadership in Honors College organizations are also important. The deadline for application is in mid-March each year.

Michael Martinelli Memorial Scholarship : Scholarship recipients will be awarded $250 to $500, dependent upon available funds. To qualify, students must have a cumulative GPA of 3.25 or greater, have junior or senior standing, submit a one-page essay on a specific topic, and currently be enrolled as a full-time student, including enrollment in at least one three-hour Honors course. Applications must be received by the deadline in mid-March.

Bart McCash Scholarship : This scholarship awards $250 to $350 to a junior or senior with a cumulative GPA of 3.25 or greater who is enrolled as a full-time student, including enrollment in at least one three-hour Honors course. Submission of a one-page essay on a specified subject is required, and the application must be received by the mid-March deadline.

Honors Academic Achievement Scholarship : Recipients of the Academic Achievement Scholarship receive $1,000 per academic year. In order to qualify for the scholarship, students must have a 3.25 or greater cumulative GPA; be enrolled as a full-time student, including enrollment in at least one three-hour Honors course; and they must have successfully completed at least 15 hours of Honors courses. The deadline for applying for this scholarship is in mid-March each year.

Gordan and Sara Bell Honors Scholarship: For consideration for this scholarship, a student must:

  • be a junior or senior
  • have an overall GPA of 3.25 grade point average on a 4.0 scale
  • be majoring or minoring in Native American Studies; pursuing a thesis related to Native American Studies; OR working directly directly to serve the needs of Native American populations

Ingram-Montgomery Honors College Thesis/Research Scholarship: Winners of the Ingram-Montgomery Scholarship receive $1,000 in two $500 increments. The first increment is placed in the recipient's MTSU student account the semester after the thesis proposal is approved. The remaining $500 increment is awarded upon completion and approval of the recipient's thesis. The Honors Council will also review applications using the following criteria: quality and focus of request, soundness of methodology, pre-request research, working bibliography, potential for development as a thesis, and potential for producing an original contribution to the field of study. Students must meet the mid-March deadline to qualify for consideration for this scholarship.

Hannah/Harris Honors Study Abroad Endowed Scholarships: Scholarships of approximately $400 (dependent upon availability of funds) will be awarded for the purpose of studying abroad. In order to qualify, students must be admitted to and participating in the Honors College as a full-time student. Each scholarship is awarded for one semester or summer term. Prior recipients are not disqualified from consideration for this scholarship during subsequent years. Demonstrated economic need will be considered in the selection process. The deadline for applying for this scholarship is in mid-March.

James M. Buchanan Study Abroad Scholarships: Buchanan Study Abroad Scholarships are offered to rising juniors enrolled in the Buchanan Fellows Program on a competitive basis. Students must be planning to study abroad through an MTSU-approved program, provide a rationale for their proposed study, and demonstrate excellence in academic work. Financial need may be a consideration. Up to four scholarships of at least $1,000 each will be awarded annually.


The Archie Hartwell Nash Memorial Scholarship Fund benefits MTSU sophomores or above, who are working a minimum of 20 hours a week and maintaining a GPA of 2.0 or higher. For a complete list of scholarships offered, eligibility criteria and an application, visit The Community Foundation's Web site at www.cfmt.org, or call Pat Cole at The Community Foundation, at 615-321-4939. Applications must be submitted by 4:30 p.m. on March 15th.

Oh, the places you will go!

Honors College Tower