At the Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee, we firmly believe in “Connecting generosity with need” throughout Middle Tennessee. We do this by not only distributing over 150 Scholarship Funds established by our generous donors, but also by sharing our expertise on the college admissions process. We want to not only assist in making an educational dream a reality through financial support, but also by providing advice throughout what can be a stressful process.

Every Sunday on our Instagram page, we share local scholarship recipients, national scholarship databases, tips for the college application process, and scholarships held here at the Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee. Here you will find an archive of those posts to assist you in your own scholarship application process or share with students who are.

CFMT College Advice

June 2022

  1. For many applications you will need to submit a resume. A resume isn’t something you type out just once. Add a monthly reminder to your calendar to update your resume so you aren’t leaving anything out.
  2. Most applications will require a recommendation and asking for one can be nerve-wracking. Therefore, practice your in-person ask or ask through email.
  3. Think through which teachers you would like to write your letter of recommendation – why that teacher? Write up a summary of yourself to give them to aid in writing your letter (include how you’ve grown their class, what you enjoyed the most from their class how they’ve prepared you for college, etc.).
  4. Applying to college is different for everyone. Check out some of these resources that offer advice for a variety of student gro

July 2022

  1. CFMT College Advice with Lead College & Career Coordinator at Hunters Lane High School, Laura Herrell – Click here for full video.
  2. CFMT College Advice with Executive Director of Persist Nashville, Scott Campbell – Click here for full video.
  3. CFMT College Advice with College Success Coach at Conexión Américas, Linly Stowe – Click here for full video.
  4. CFMT College Advice with Program Manager at Oasis Center, Daryl Curry. – Click here for full video. 

August 2022

  1. College applications can be overwhelming with all of the different deadline! Make sure to create a spreadsheet with all of the information you need so you don’t miss a deadline. Click here for the resource.
  2. Make sure you finalized your list of colleges you want to apply for. If you need help making sure you’ve created a solid list, we’ve got a great resource for you. Click here for the resource.
  3.  How do you know exactly how much a college will cost? Each college is required by law to provide a net price calculator on their website; however, they are all different and a little confusing! Click here for the resource.
  4. Attending college can be expensive on its own, but the college application fees on your journey to attend college can stack up as well. How do you know if you qualify for an application fee waiver? Click here for the resource. 

September 2022

  1. What is the FAFSA? The FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) is a necessary form to complete to be considered for any federal aid. Click here for the resource. 
  2. When should I complete the FAFSA? The FAFSA opens every year on Oct. 1 and the earlier you complete it the better! Make sure you select the FAFSA completion choice for the year range that you will be in college. You need to complete the FAFSA every year you are in college. Click here for the resource.
  3. In order to complete a FAFSA, you and your parents/guardians will need to create a FSA ID.
  4. You need a few documents to complete the FAFSA, so make sure to have these items nearby when completing it. These include: your FAFSA ID, SSN, Driver’s License #, Federal Tax Return, etc.

October 2022

  1. Most college will require a completed FAFSA to determine your financial aid; however, some college will require a completed CSS Profile. Learn about the CSS Profile here: https://cssprofile.collegeboard.org/\
  2. The Tennessee Student Assistance Corporation (TSAC) administers over 20 different state student financial aid programs, including the HOPE scholarship, Tennessee Promise, Tennessee Reconnect, Tennessee Student Assistance Award, and the Dual Enrollment grant. TN Promise. They also have reps throughout the state that are available to answer students’ questions. Find your rep here: The map is located in the I drive and will update annually. CFMT>Fund Activities> Scholarship Funds> 2022 Activities>Kelly> Outreach Map. Also located on the CFMT website under scholarship resources.
  3. TN Promise – Tennessee Promise is both a scholarship and mentoring program focused on increasing the number of students that attend college in our state. It provides students a last-dollar scholarship, meaning the scholarship will cover the cost of tuition and mandatory fees not covered by the Pell grant, the HOPE scholarship, or the Tennessee Student Assistance Award. Students may use the scholarship at any of the state’s 13 community colleges, 27 colleges of applied technology, or other eligible institution offering an associate degree program.
  4. Community Members: Mentors are crucial to the Tennessee Promise program. They are the local citizens who will help students navigate the college admission process and ensure they complete the Tennessee Promise program requirements in order to receive the scholarship. Consider signing up if you are 21 & up and are willing to invest 10-15 hours annually. https://www.tn.gov/tnpromise/volunteers.html

November 2022

  1. TSAC offers a multitude of Grants/ Scholarships for students throughout TN. Check out this website to see what you may qualify for when completing your FAFSA: https://www.tn.gov/collegepays/financial-aid.html.
  2. Linley Stowe, College Success Coat at Conexión Americas discusses scholarship opportunities for undocumented students living in Tennessee. https://youtu.be/2YwS0Qn8xDo
  3. We hope most students can get their college expenses covered through scholarships and/or grants. However, most students will have to take out a laon at some point in their education. Check out this resource to learn the difference in federal & private loans. Click here.
  4. Are you an adult returning to college? Check out this financial aid information specifically for you! Click Here.

December 2022

  1. Are you a First Generation College Student applying to college? Check out this resource for advice on navigating the process: https://www.collegeessayguy.com/blog/first-generation-college-student-low-income#A
  2. Are you a non-native English speaker applying for college? Check out this article for navigating the process: https://www.affordablecollegesonline.org/college-resource-center/college-transition-guide-for-esl-students/
  3. Are you a student learning difference applying to college? Check out this resource for help navigating the process: https://www.collegeessayguy.com/blog/learning-difference-college-application
  4. Are you a student that is interested in transferring colleges? Check out this resource for advice navigating the process: https://www.collegeessayguy.com/blog/transferring-college

January 2023

  1. How do I know if I’ve been selected for verification from the FAFSA?  Students are typically notified with an email or letter from the college they have been admitted to. The best way to keep an eye out for verification status is to watch out for incomplete items in your college financial aid portal.
  2. What is verification? Verification is a review process in which the Office of Financial Aid determines the accuracy of the information provided on the student’s financial aid application. During the verification process, the student and parent (if applicable) may be required to submit documentation for the amounts listed (or not listed) on the financial aid application.
  3. What do I need to complete for verification? Each college will require different items and have a different process for submitting the items; however, the most requested documents are the following:
    1. Signed copy of IRS Tax Return (Form 1040, 1040A, or 1040EZ) and W2 forms for: you and your spouse (if any)
    2. Signed copy of IRS Tax Return (Form 1040, 1040A, or 1040EZ) and W2 forms for your parents (if you are a dependent student)
  4. Why is it important to complete my verification? You won’t be able to receive your financial aid letter until you have completed the necessary verification steps.

February 2023

  1. Attention students! As you start to get in your college decisions and you start to decide where you will attend this upcoming fall, please take the time to write thank you letters to your counselors and recommenders for taking the time to write your letters.
  2. National School Counseling Week: Counselors are an essential part of the Scholarship process. Students, thank your counselor this week for all they do to help you succeed. Use hashtag #NSCW23 to show them some love.
  3. Students, start saving money! A lot of colleges require a variety of deposits, so make sure to put some money back so you can also start to save for different college activities: sorority/fraternity, fun nights out with friends, etc.
  4. Make sure you are keeping your grades up. College still require a final transcript, so don’t slack.off now. You would;dn’t want a college to rescind their acceptance.

March 2023

  1. Understanding your financial aid letters can be difficult since most colleges don’t follow a universal format. We have a resource that will help you understand each Financial Aid Letter you receive so that you can make the best financial decision for you. Click the link in our bio, select “Scholarship Sundays Archive”, and then look under the CFMT College Advice to learn more. https://www.collegeessayguy.com/blog/financial-aid-award-letter
  2. Do you feel as if the FAFSA does not accurately represent your current financial situation? You may be able to file a financial aid appeal with the universities you’ve been admitted to. https://www.collegeessayguy.com/blog/financial-aid-award-letter
  3. What is a college enrollment deposit? Why is it required? Is it the same for each college? –
  4. What are other expenses student should budget for when attending college? https://www.savingforcollege.com/article/hidden-college-costs

April 2023

  1. Preparing for May 1st, the National College Decision Deadline – What does the National College Decision Day deadline mean? Click the link in our bio, select “Scholarship Sundays Archive”, and then look under the CFMT College Advice section to learn more.
    Link: https://blog.collegevine.com/national-college-decision-day/
  2. Make sure you are scheduling time to discuss your college options with your family. It is YOUR decision to make, but you definitely want their support! Make sure to discuss all aspects of the college decision not just the financial aspect. Click the link in our bio, select “Scholarship Sundays Archive”, and then look under the CFMT College Advice section to learn more.
    Link: https://www.explorewhatsnext.com/how-to-talk-to-parents-six-college-tips-for-students/
  3. How do you let other schools know that you won’t be attending? This is essential to do so they can potentially give your spot to someone on the waitlist & so they know you aren’t accepting your Financial Aid offer. Click the link in our bio, select “Scholarship Sundays Archive”, and then look under the CFMT College Advice section to learn more.  Link: https://www.collegeparentcentral.com/2013/03/saying-no-thank-you-to-a-college-acceptance/
  4. If you’ve received community based or national scholarships not associated with the college you are attending, reach out to them to notify them of your final college choice. They need this information so they know where to send the check.

May 2023

  1. It’s time to check out the ACT/SAT calendar for the summer/fall and plan out your test dates. You want to make sure to book a seat as early as you can to ensue you have plenty of times to test. Click the link in our bio, select “Scholarship Sundays Archive”, and then look under the CFMT College Advice to learn more. Link: https://www.act.org/content/act/en.html   &   https://satsuite.collegeboard.org/sat/registration/dates-deadlines 
  2. Use your summer time to get in some college tours for when your schedule is not as packed! What is needed to schedule a campus visit? Click the link in our bio, select “Scholarship Sundays Archive”, and then look under the CFMT College Advice to learn more.
    Link: https://collegemoneytips.com/how-to-schedule-a-college-visit/#:~:text=How%20to%20Set%20Up%20a%20Visit%201%20Determine,a%20written%20thank%20you%20note%20could%20go%21%20
  3. As you gear up for the college application process, check out our resources for great tips in preparing for & going through the college app process! Click the link in our bio, select “Scholarship Sundays Archive”, and then look under the CFMT College Advice to learn more.
    Link: https://www.collegeessayguy.com/college-admissions
  4. Are you a parent helping their child navigate the college process for the first time? This resource is specifically for you! Click the link in our bio, select “Scholarship Sundays Archive”, and then look under the CFMT College Advice to learn more.
    Link: https://www.collegeessayguy.com/parents

September 2023

  1. College applications can be overwhelming with all of the different deadlines! Make sure to create a spreadsheet with all of the information you need so you don’t miss a deadline. The College Essay Guy has an amazing template you can use! https://www.collegeessayguy.com/blog/college-application-timeline
  2. How do you know exactly how much college will cost? Each college is required by law to provide a new price calculator on its website; however, they are all different and a little confusing! Click the link to access information for students to know exactly how to navigate the world of Net Price Calculators. https://bigfuture.collegeboard.org/pay-for-college/calculate-your-cost/net-price
  3. Attending college can be expensive on its own, but the college application fees on your journey to attend college can stack up as well. How do you know if you qualify for an application fee waiver? Click the link to learn more about the application fee waivers. https://www.collegeessayguy.com/blog/college-application-fee-waiver
  4. The Scarlett Family Foundation offers scholarships to Tennessee students pursuing a business or STEM-related degree. Applicants must have graduated high school (or GED) from one of the eligible Tennessee counties, must demonstrate financial need and must be pursuing a business or STEM approved degree at a 4 year, nonprofit college or university. Learn more and apply at https://www.scarlettfoundation.org/students/

November 2023

  1. Are you a First-Generation College Student applying to college? Check out this resource for advice on navigating the process:  https://www.collegeessayguy.com/blog/first-generation-college-student-low-income#A
  2. Are you a student that is interested in transferring colleges? Check out this resource for advice on navigating that process: https://www.collegeessayguy.com/blog/transferring-college
  3. Are you a non-native English speaking applying for college? Check out this article for advice on navigating the process: https://www.affordablecollegesonline.org/college-resource-center/college-transition-guide-for-esl-students/
  4. Are you a student with a learning difference applying to college? Check out this resource for help navigating the process: https://www.collegeessayguy.com/blog/learning-difference-college-application

December 2023

  1. What is the FAFSA? The FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) is a necessary form to complete to be considered for a federal aid. Learn more about FAFSA by clicking on the link: https://studentaid.gov/apply-for-aid/fafsa/filling-out
  2. In order to complete a FAFSA, you and your parents/guardians will need to create a FSA ID. Learn how to here: https://studentaid.gov/sites/default/files/creating-using-fsaid.pdf
  3. You need a few documents to complete the FAFSA, so make sure to have these items nearby when completing it: https://studentaid.gov/articles/things-you-need-for-fafsa/
  4. Most colleges will require a completed FAFSA to determine your financial aid; however, some colleges will require a completed CSS Profile. Learn about the CSS Profile here: https://cssprofile.collegeboard.org/
  5. The Tennessee Student Assistance Corporation (TSAC) administers over 20 different state student financial aid programs, including the HOPE scholarship, Tennessee Promise, Tennessee Reconnect, Tennessee Student Assistance Award, and the Dual Enrollment grant. They also have reps throughout the state that are available to answer students’ questions. Find your rep here: https://www.collegefortn.org/about-financial-aid/

January 2024

  1. We hope most students can get their college expenses covered through scholarships/and or grants. However. most students will have to take out a loan at some point in their education. Check out this resource to learn the difference in federal and private loans: https://collegeinfogeek.com/federal-vs-private-student-loans/#:~:text=Federal%20student%20loans%20are%20money%20the%20U.S.%20government,education%E2%80%9D%20refers%20to%20a%204-year%20undergraduate%20degree%20program
  2. Are you an adult returning to college? Check out this financial aid information specifically for you! https://studentaid.gov/resources/prepare-for-college/checklists/adult-student?_ga=2.247134660.1753184633.1643901064-784883103.1643303126
  3. Students, you will be applying for many scholarships/colleges and you do not want to miss an email. Therefore, it may be smart to set up an individual email only for scholarship & college applications. Make sure to check it often!!
  4. This is your chance to tell YOUR STORY. The admissions & scholarship committees can only review you based on the information you provide. Check out guides here on how to write a personal statement. https://www.collegeessayguy.com/personal-statement
  5. All scholarship funds have different eligibility requirements so make sure you meet them before spending your time on completing the application.

February 2024

  1. How do I know if I have been selected for verification from the FAFSA? Students are typically notified with an email of letter from the college they have been admitted to. The best way to keep an eye out for verification status is to watch out for incomplete items in your college financial aid portal.
  2. Verification is a review by the Office of Financial Aid to confirm the accuracy of information on the student’s financial aid application. Students and parents may need to submit documentation for the amounts listed (or not listed) on the financial aid application.

CFMT Scholarship Highlights

June 2022

  1. PRSA Nashville Scholarship Fund – The scholarship will be awarded annually to one or more full-time public relations student(s) entering their junior or senior year and demonstrating academic excellence and an active engagement in their own professional development toward becoming successful PR practitioner(s). Students must also be enrolled in a college or university with a PRSSA Chapter officially affiliated with PRSA Nashville’s chapter. PRSA Nashville created this endowed Scholarship Fund as a testament to the chapter’s commitment to the future of public relations in Middle Tennessee.
  2. Drue Smith/Society of Professional Journalists’ Scholarship Fund – Applicants must be college juniors, seniors or graduate students who have graduated from high school in Middle Tennessee and have chosen journalism or broadcast news as a career or mid-career working journalists who seek training to develop professionally or further their careers.Drue Smith was the first woman to join the Middle Tennessee Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists and was the first woman to become its chapter president.
  3. Robert Churchwell Sr. and Mary Churchwell Scholarship Fund This scholarship will benefit juniors, seniors, graduate or PhD. candidates in the field of journalism who are committed to a career in the profession. Students must compose an essay on “The Role of Professional Journalism in Today’s Society” and provide samples of journalistic work. Applicants must also have at least a 3.0 GPA or better, qualify for financial aid, and share their extracurricular and community service activities. Recipients of this scholarship may reapply for support for one additional year.
  4. Eloise Pitts O’More Scholarship Fund – Applicants must attend O’More College of Architecture and Design at Belmont University.

July 2022

  1. The Sponsors Scholarship Fund – George Langstaff founded The Sponsors Scholarship Program in 1995 to address a challenging American problem of how to encourage students to obtain an adequate post high school education improve their long-term economic prospects, and strengthen the overall economic environment in our community.
  2. Cyndy and Al Baran Fine Arts and Music Scholarship Fund – Cynthia and Alan Baran have a great passion for the arts. After 25 years in the corporate world, Cynthia followed her passion for the arts and enrolled in fine arts classes at two local universities. Alan’s interest in music, specifically the mandolin and guitar, has provided him with a creative outlet from his work in the nonprofit sector. This Fund was established to help provide and opportunity for young people to pursue their passion early in life in the areas of visual arts and music.
  3. First Cumberland Properties Scholarship Fund – Phil Owen and Robert Trent founded First Cumberland Properties in 1991 with a commitment to provide working families with extraordinary housing. This scholarship was established to support students living in six affordable housing communities, owned by First Cumberland Properties, with their educational opportunities following high school.
  4. MTSU Specific Funds 
    1. Ken Ship Scholarship Fund – Those students eligible to apply should be graduating seniors from Rutherford County, Tennessee public high schools who plan to attend Middle Tennessee State University and have a minimum grade point average of 2.75 and/or meet the eligibility criteria for the Tennessee Lottery if applicable, be of good moral character and have financial need.
    2. Archie Hartwell Nash Memorial Scholarship Fund – Archie Nash always knew he would rise above the poverty in which he was raised, no matter what it took. By sheer determination and tenacity, Archie worked his way through college and later became the owner of Overton Produce Co., and several related companies. His wife, Carolyn, established this Fund in Archie’s memory to benefit Middle Tennessee State University students who embody his work ethic and commitment to education
    3. Cameron Black Parnell Scholarship Fund – Students at MTSU in their junior or senior year with a 3.0 gpa or higher who are majoring in aerospace with a goal of becoming a pilot.
    4. Pauline LaFon Gore Scholarship Fund – Students eligible to apply are high school seniors and current college underclassmen who are from Smith County, Tennessee, and have lived there for the majority of their pre-college schooling.

August 2022

  1. The Naveen and Suma Srinivas Family Scholarship Fund – Naveen and Suma were born and educated in a small town near Bangalore in South India. They both graduated and emigrated to America to begin internship and Residency training in OB/GYN in Baltimore. After moving to Nashville in 1982 they set up a private practice in the Donelson/Hermitage area. Dr. Navreen Srinivas retired in 2018 after a successful and rewarding practice  of delivering babies and caring for women. This is a family that values education and wanted to do something for students in Metro Nashville Public Schools high schools were financial needs are the greatest.
  2. Technology Scholarship Fund – The Technology Scholarship Fund was established by the board of the Nashville Technology Council, an organization devoted to helping the Middle Tennessee technology community succeeded by leading in education, innovation, exposure and connections. The Fund will endow permanently one or more scholarships benefiting Nashville high school seniors entering two- or four-year degree programs in pursuit of an education in fields related to the creation, innovation, installation or maintenance of technology.
  3. At the Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee we offer two scholarships specifically for students that are originally from Kentucky.
    1. Ben T. Harris Memorial Scholarship – Graduating seniors who reside in Logan and Muhlenberg counties in Kentucky who are planning to pursue post-secondary education at an accredited college/university, community college, or vocational school. Ben left this world on November 29, 2016, but his legacy of caring, giving back, and making a difference continue through his family and this scholarship fund.
    2. Cadiz Rotary Club/Rise Carol Thompson Memorial Scholarship – Applicants should be graduating seniors who are residents of Trigg County, KY, who have earned a grade point average of 3.75 or above.
  4. Heloise Werthan Kuhn Scholarship Fund –  Applicants are pregnant or parenting teens, living in the State of Tennessee, who are enrolled in or planning to enroll in post-secondary education at an accredited college, university, junior college, technical school, or job-training program as a way to increase their job skills and become more employable.

September 2022

  1. Catie Summers Scholarship Fund – Applicants must be graduating seniors from the Middle Tennessee area, with preference given to seniors from Clarksville-Montgomery County Schools, who have survived cancer at some point in their lives and who have either a GPA of 3.0 or a score of 21 or better on the ACT. Verification of cancer diagnosis and/or treatment will be required.
  2. Tiffany Paige Ferguson Memorial Scholarship Fund – Seniors at Loretto High School or that area in Lawrence County with a 2.5 or better who plan to enter the nursing profession. Students can attend two-year college, technical school or four-year college or university.
  3. A.D. and Peggy Hewlett and Colonel David R. Inman Medical Scholarship Fund – To create a legacy for their parents and Colonel David R. Inman, Steve Hewlett, Pam Inman and Faye Houston established this Fund to honor their caring and compassionate concern for others, their belief in the importance of a good education, their commitment to nurturing the thirst for knowledge, and their dedication to providing a foundation on which others might build a career in health care. Those who will benefit are: students planning to enter the field of nursing as LPN, RN or Nurse Practitioner; pharmacy or physical therapy; and all those who will be comforted and cared for as a result.
  4. Jayme Johnson Smith Memorial Scholarship Fund – The GFWC Woman’s Club of Hendersonville and Dr. Peter Smith established this scholarship to honor the memory of Jayme Johnson Smith. Mrs. Smith’s father was a physician. Her stepfather was a veterinarian. While in nursing school she met her husband, Peter, a surgeon. She often joked that she knew no other topic than medicine. Mrs. Smith was a nurse and held a master’s degree in public health. Her love of nursing was a natural result of her innate desire to care for others. It is the hope of the GFWC Woman’s Club of Hendersonville that by creating this scholarship for nursing students, Jayme Johnson Smith’s work on earth will continue for many years to come.

October 20222

  1. Brown Center for Autism: Benjamin M. Liske Scholarship Fund – Benjamin (Ben) MacArthur Liske was diagnosed with “severe autism,” probably cognitive deficits, and significant sensory processing disorder” on April 23, 2oo2. On April 23, 2016, 15-year-old Ben was preparing to graduate, two full years early, from University School of Nashville as a National Merit Scholar Finalist with a multitude of scholarship offers to pursue his two passions: mathematics and music. In August 2017, the Brown Center Board of Directors unanimously voted to establish a Scholarship Fund to carry on the legacy of the Brown Center for Autism, the vision of its founder, Juli C. Like, and its ultimate inspiration, Ben Liske.
  2. B’nai B’rith Maimonides Lodge #46 Scholarship Fund – As the oldest Jewish service organization in Nashville, B’nai B’rith Maimonides Lodge #46 has a long tradition of community service. This includes 38 years of hosting an annual summer camp for visually-impaired children of Middle Tennessee. In commemoration of the camp, B’nai B’rith Maimonides Lodge has established this Fund to provide assistance to students who are legally blind and plan to attend a post-secondary educational program.
  3. John E. Mayfield ABLE Scholarship Fund – Those eligible to apply must be graduating seniors and be participants of the ABLE program. Applicants must attend an accredited college, university, junior college, technical school or job training program. Individuals who have previously received scholarship assistance from this scholarship are eligible to re-apply. Participants in the Athletes Build Life Experiences (ABLE) program play sports at the highest levels for their age group, but unlike many other children, they do it from the seats of wheelchairs. Through sports and recreational activities, the children in ABLE build strength, confidence and social skills and, through the process, learn that no barrier should prevent them from achieving their goals, especially educational goals. John Mayfield created this scholarship to encourage not only participants in ABLE, but also individuals with disabilities to pursue their dreams of post-secondary education thereby giving them the tools needed to become productive and independent citizens in our communities.
  4. The Shoot For The Future Scholarship Fund– The Shoot For The Future Scholarship Fund was established to honor persons with spinal cord injuries who have overcome obstacles while displaying enthusiasm and perseverance. Most spinal cord injuries (60%) happen in young adults who are in the career development stage of life, life satisfaction and adjustment, and educational attainment are the strongest predictors of returning to work.

November 2022

  1. Stewart County High School Class of 1958 Scholarship Fund – The founding members of The Stewart County High School Class of 1958 Scholarship selected the name as an homage to the members of the class. The Fund is intended to endow permanently one or more scholarships benefiting current Seniors at Stewart County High School who intended to enroll in a four-year college or university.
  2. Pastor Russell “Rusty” J. Perkins Memorial Scholarship Fund – This scholarship is for an African American male student. Students eligible to apply are students currently attending a Metro Nashville Public High School with preference given to Whites Creek High School Seniors. Applicants must be enrolling in either a two-year or four-year university/college and have a minimum 3.0 GPA. The Fund is need-based; therefore, applicants must demonstrate a need for financial assistance to attend college. Applicants must also demonstrate an involvement in sports with preference given to students who have participated in high school baseball or have been a member of the Parkwood Baseball Team.
  3. SRVH Scholarship Fund – Applicants must be enrolled in a technical school program, community college or 4-year university/college. A preference will be given to students expressing an interest in a career in the legal field. The GPA minimum for this renewable scholarship is a 2.5 for technical or community college and 3.0 for a 4-year university.
  4. The Toward an Inclusive Architecture Scholarship Fund –  The Toward An Inclusive Architecture Scholarship is an endowment that helps create a path for Tennesseans of color to start an architectural education and seeks to nurture individuals entering the profession. The scholarship provides both funds to help pay for their education at the architecture school of their choice, and opportunities for professional development through priority placement in internship programs at participating partner firms.

December 2022

  1. Bishop Joseph and Stephanie Walker Scholarship Fund – Bishop Joseph and Stephanie Walker Scholarship Fund benefits African-American students from Middle Tennessee (having lived here no loss than one year), with a GPA of no less than 2.5, and with a history of community service. Each year, no more than two to five Scholarships can go to graduate students pursuing advanced degrees.
  2.  First Generation Scholarship Fund – Students eligible to receive the scholarship are those with a minimum of 3.0 GPA who attend a public or private high school in the Nashville MSA, a 13-county region in the Middle Tennessee area. Study at a 2-year or 4-year degree granting institution is eligible. First-generation college students face unique challenges (brookings.edu).
  3. Juliann and Joe Maxwell Scholarship Fund for Employees of Tractor Supply – Joe Maxwell worked with Tractor Supply Company for 16 years. He came to appreciate his colleagues as individuals and as an extraordinary team. He also realized that, for many, the price of educating their children, post-high school, was a daunting challenge. Upon retiring, Joe and his wife, Juliann, searched for a way to help.
  4. Kathy D. and Stephen J. Anderson Scholarship Fund – Kathy D. and Stephen J. Anderson have a strong belief in the value of a college/university education. They believe there are high school graduates who, without financial assistance, would have significant difficulty obtaining a college/university degree. The Andersons established this Fund for students graduating from or having graduated from Williamson County public high schools.

January 2023

  1. Cheatham County Community Foundation Scholarship Fund – A group of concerned Cheatham County citizens was looking for a way to serve current and future generations. Based on their sense of county priorities, they opted to create a Scholarship Fund that supports not only the “A” student, but also the “B” and “C” students.
  2. Choose Your Future Scholarship Fund – This anonymous donor believes passionately in the value of education for a life of choice and opportunity. She also believes no one should be denied the opportunity to fulfill his or her potential due to financial constraints. A native Nashvillian, the donor has established this mechanism for helping the students of Davidson County achieve their educational goals.
  3. Rachel Allison Cate Scholarship Fund – Rachel Cate knew she wanted to teach from the time she was a little girl. She was active in drama, student government, and church youth group. She worked with children and “mothered” everyone she loved. Known for her welcoming spirit and love of people, Rachel never met a stranger and touched the lives of countless individuals in her 18 years on earth. A graduate of Overton High School, Rachel was studying elementary/special education at Western Kentucky University when she was tragically killed in an automobile accident. This Fund was established by her family to aid those pursuing a career in education.
  4. Edna L. Martin Scholarship Fund – Edna Martin was a dedicated English teacher for 45 years in Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools and had a passion for English literature and poetry. Ms. Martin touched the lives of so many students during her years of teaching. She was an avid traveler and a member of the Nashville Woman’s Club, the Retired Teachers’ Association and many other education-related organizations. Through her estate, she wanted to make scholarships available to young people who plan to follow her career choice of teaching. This Fund benefits academically deserving and financially needy students of Davidson County.

February 2023

  1. Motherless Queen Scholarship Fund – The Motherless Queen Scholarship Fund – The Motherless Queen Scholarship Fund was established by Linda Hope who shared this: “I’d like to establish this scholarship to honor my mother’s value for education and to offer financial support to students that have experienced the loss of their mother. As a first-generation college graduate, it is important to me to help those who have experienced such a detrimental loss pursue higher education without the worry of additional debt. My hope is that the recipient of this scholarship feels the love and support from someone that has genuinely walked in their shoes.” Incoming or existing college students who have experienced the loss of their mother and plan to attend an Historically Black College or University.  Preference will be given to students attending the Donor’s Alma Mater Florida A & M University and those whose mother is no longer living.
  2. The LadyAID Scholarship Fund – The LadyAID Scholarship Fund was established by the GRAMMY Award-winning trio Lady A to support students attending Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) in hopes of helping relieve financial barriers to higher education and empower Black communities around the country. In an effort to honor the members’ home states, the scholarship will be eligible for students residing in Tennessee and Georgia and attending any HBCU across the country and/or students attending an HBCU within Tennessee or Georgia. 
  3. Brandon Key Scholarship Fund – The Brandon Key Scholarship Fund was established in memory of a young man best known for his commitment to his community, volunteering for causes that were most important to him, and interest in human and civil rights. In addition to serving others, Brandon was a terrific athlete and thespian. During his high school years at Montgomery Bell Academy, he was involved with a variety of teams, clubs, and activities – namely football, wrestling, lacrosse, debate, and theater. The scholarship will benefit Middle Tennessee students who embody the life-loving characteristics that Brandon possessed. Applicants must have a minimum weighted GPA of 2.5 and have shown a willingness to serve their community with plans to attend an accredited college or university, starting the academic year immediately following their senior year of high school. Preference will be given to those applicants from low socioeconomic status who plan to attend a Historically Black College or University.
  4. Dr. K.B. (Krish) Deshpande Family Scholarship Fund – The Family of Dr. K.B. (Krish) Deshpande established this Scholarship Fund to honor Krish’s core values of the promise of academic excellence, scientific inquiry, and evidence-based educational programs to lift up entire communities cast aside by society, regardless of race. Dr. Deshpande was named a Fulbright Scholar in 1957, which brought him to the United States for a post-doctoral fellowship. After his first few years in academia, he was recruited by physicist and future Fisk University President James Lawson to become a Professor of Chemistry. Dr. Deshpande spent a career of scholarship and leadership at Fisk from 1965 until his retirement in 2002. The scholarship will benefit juniors, seniors, graduate students or PhD  candidates enrolled at Fisk University or another Tennessee HBCU who are seeking a science degree and are committed to a career in their chosen profession. Applicants must complete an essay on “The Role of Science Education in Today’s Society”, have a 3.0 GPA or better, qualify for financial aid and describe their extracurricular and community service activities.

March 2023

  1. Davidson County Democratic Women/Shannon Wood Scholarship FundShannon Wood helped start The Davidson County Democratic Women’s Scholarship in 2001 with a dual intention: to help defray the cost of college tuition and to encourage young women to be politically active. Shannon has run for office, campaigned for others, and participated in grassroots efforts to achieve peace, universal health care, and fair elections. Shannon would not have been able to attend Antioch College without financial assistance and, in turn, she is committed to repaying the kindness that was shown her. Scholarship winners will be recognized at the annual DCDW picnic and their essays may be published by the Davidson County Democratic Women.
  2. The Woman’s Club of Nashville Scholarship Endowment Fund – A vital part of The Woman’s Club mission is to help young women further their education. The organization has offered scholarships further their education. The organization has offered scholarships for many years, and in 2001 members decided to set up a permanent Scholarship Endowment Fund through The Community Foundation through The Community Foundation. Qualities of particular interest to the members of The Woman’s Club when choosing recipients are leadership, achievement, community involvement, poise, personality, and a sense of personal goals.
  3. WiTT Endowment Scholarship Fund – Women in Technology of Tennessee has created the WiTT Endowment Scholarship Fund to support women pursuing careers in technology and bring more gender diversity to the IT industry. All across Middle Tennessee, women in technology are dealing with the same challenges, craving the same opportunities, seeking new ways to grow, and looking for like-minded women to share it with. Through education, networking, scholarships and community outreach, WiTT promotes women in technology and helps carve a path for the next generation.
  4. The Ann Buchanan Scholarship Fund – The Patricia Hart Society, the Women’s initiative of United Way of Williamson County, chose to establish the Ann Buchanan Scholarship Fund because of her history in Williamson County and the community-at-large. Ann has been instrumental in addressing problems and solutions that improve the lives of Williamson Countians. Under her leadership at United Way, health and human services were made available in rural parts of the county, pre-K classrooms were expanded throughout the state, and initiatives were put into place to more adequately address the needs of working poor.

April 2023

  1. The Reverend Lonnie and Patricia Gable, Jr. Scholarship Fund– While spreading the gospel and raising a family, Rev. Lonnie Gable Jr. and his wife, Patricia, took on additional jobs to make sure ends were met, and at one time sold their home to purchase land to build a larger church facility. But what they may have lacked in material items, the Gables made up in fellowship and making a difference with each congregation they led. There are thousands of pastors and youth ministers, giving their all for the betterment of those around them while their own children often miss out on the opportunity to pursue a college education, because they simply cannot afford the related expenses. This Fund is designated and intended to assist children whose parents work full-time in Christian ministry (including but not limited to those who are pastors, ministers of music, education or pastoral ministry or missionaries), and do not earn adequate income to meet the rising costs of a college education.
  2. Dennis Greeno & Joan Signorille Scholarship Fund– Dennis Greeno and Joan Signorille both benefited personally and professionally by having college educations. Dennis received his opportunity through the GI Bill, and Joan was fortunate to have parents able to fund her education, though she did have to work to help defray costs. They both want to make sure that students with academic potential are neither left behind due to a lack of finances nor burdened with crippling loan debt. One or more scholarships will be awarded to Davidson and Summer County students who have academic merit and financial need.
  3. The Linda P. Hare Scholarship Fund – This Fund was established in memory of Dr. Linda P. Hare, who contributed significantly to efforts to increase the diversity and support of underrepresented students at both the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine and Meharry Medical College. This Fund benefits underrepresented medical, dental, graduate or nursing students from Meharry Medical College or Vanderbilt University School of Medicine.
  4. Melissa Ann Haught Scholarship Fund – Melissa Ann Haught was born in Chattanooga, Tennessee, and moved to Nashville with her parents and brother Alex. She attended David Lipscomb Elementary School and John Overton High School, where she graduated. She attended Aquinas College and Vanderbilt University. Melissa loved young children and volunteered as a reader in elementary and preschool classrooms and volunteered in the “preemie” department at Vanderbilt. She was ill most of her life with depression, as well as other emotional illness, and was deeply interested in removing the stigma and educating all people about mental health. She felt that all people should have the opportunity to pursue an education, and its intended that this scholarship help others make their education a reality.

May 2023

  1. Jerry Newson Scholarship Fund – Jerry Newson Jr. believed in the possibilities that education offers the mind, body and spirit at any age. This scholarship was established as a fitting testimonial to the man who lost his life in the line of duty as a deputy of the Davidson County Sheriff’s Department. The Fund is designed to help Davidson County residents realize their dreams of attending a four-year accredited college or university, especially those who intend to major in the social sciences or other areas where they will give back to the community from which they came.
  2. The John and Belinda Havron Scholarship Fund – Belinda and John Havron are/were acutely aware that a postsecondary education has lasting and measurable impact on one’s earnings and potential and affords families many more opportunities than would otherwise be available without further education. Not all students have ready access to necessary financial support, and for many students, additional education requires a cobbling together of resources. Belinda and John were pleased to establish this Fund and be able to contribute to the success of young students as they begin life’s journey on a path that begins with education.
  3. JubiLee Scholarship Fund – Diane Lee made it her life’s work to help underprivileged school children. Her concern for others and commitment to volunteering her time to those less fortunate was a philosophy and a way of life. She taught her daughters, Amy and Allison, to embrace that way of life as their own. Diane and her two daughters died tragically when their plane crashed in 2005. In their memory, friends and family created the JubiLee Scholarship Fund at The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee to perpetuate their legacy. The Fund benefits public school children as they pursue an education.
  4. The Walter Reece (Walt) Montgomery Scholarship Fund – Walter Reece (Walt) Montgomery was born in Carroll County (McKenzie), Tennessee, in 1924, and grew up on a cotton farm, where his father was a sharecropper. As a child, Walt’s love of flying was born the day he saw a biplane land in a field near where he was plowing, and the pilot offered him a ride. He later went into the Army  Air Corp and became a pilot, flying B-17 Flying Fortresses over Europe. He returned home after World War II and became the first member of his family to graduate from college. This Fund was created by his sons in Walt’s memory, to help West Tennessee youth attend college and pursue a career in aviation.

September 2023

  1. Maude E. Keisling/Cumberland County Extension Homemakers Scholarship Fund – This Fund was established in memory of Maude E. Keisling, former University of Tennessee Extension Agent in Cumberland County, and in honor of all the extension homemaker members who worked so diligently for many years to make this possible. Following Maude’s death in 1967, club members established a Scholarship Fund to assist students majoring in home economics who pursue degrees in fields of study that will prepare them to work directly with families and children.
  2. Pastor Russell “Rusty” J. Perkins Memorial Scholarship Fund – Spirituality, Generosity, and Personality are characteristics of Pastor Russell “Rusty” J. Perkins, who entered into the joy of the Lord on December 27, 2021. Pastor Rusty was educated in Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools and then completed his Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration and Master of Education and Supervision from Tennessee State University. He also loved sports and became an exceptional athlete in his own right as a member of the Parkwood Baseball Team. He acknowledged that sports taught him discipline, sportsmanship, and being team-oriented, which served him well throughout his career. Pastor Rusty was a man of faith and his sermons focused on Love, Faith, and “Preferring our brothers and sisters above ourselves.” His legacy of these principles will be continued throughout the scholarship fund in his honor.

October 2023

  1. Pauline LaFon Gore Scholarship Fund – As a woman who worked her way through school, Pauline Gore was always interested in easing the way for others with the desire to learn but with financial constraints. Her selection as the 1998 recipient of the Joe Kraft Humanitarian Award gave her the opportunity to address that concern by putting in place a Scholarship Fund for residents of her native Smith County. Her hope was to grow the Fund through additional gifts so that generations of students will be offered a helping hand.
  2. Eunice Lou Gower McHugh Scholarship Fund – Growing up on a farm in Robertson County, Tennessee, Eunice Lou Gower McHugh lived in a community of hard-working people. On the family farm lived her mother and father, Elise Dame Murphey and Joseph Franklin Gower. The Gowers weren’t wealthy, but they constantly served the community by offering to help those in need. “They were always doing for other people,” Lou said, from serving the community church to sacrificing to send her to music lessons. When it came time to sell the farm in Robertson County, it made perfect sense for Lou to donate the land to the Community Foundation so that the proceeds could establish two scholarships. This one is in her parents’ memory and benefits students graduating from high schools in Robertson County who are working or know they will need to work to pay for college. Students must be preparing for a career serving others, including but not limited to teaching, nursing, law enforcement or ministry.
  3. Mary Ellen Merritt Dougherty Scholarship Fund – Mrs. D as she was called by her students, graduated from the University of Alabama with a BA in English and teaching certificate. She received her MA in English from UAB, MA in History from Middle Tennessee State University, and MLS from Trevecca University. For more than 40 years she taught in Nashville public schools and completed her career as a Librarian at Bellshire Elementary. She was driven by curiosity; inspired by “wonder”; passionate for justice; and just plain fun. This scholarship will support students from the schools where Mrs. Doughtery taught in Nashville. Students from Homewood High School (Homewood, AL), where Mrs. Doughtery was a student teacher, are also eligible.

November 2023

  1. Towards an Inclusive Architecture Scholarship Fund – With this gift, it is the intention of a group of Architects at Manuel Zeitlin Architects to create a scholarship within The Foundation in recognition that a diverse and varied profession leads to better outcomes in the design of our buildings, communities, and cities, that it better reflects the values of the diverse constituency that our profession serves, and that it fosters creativity by embracing divergent perspectives, experience, and knowledge. The Donors are establishing a scholarship designed to create a path for more people of color to enrich the field of Architecture.
  2. Paula Herring Memorial Scholarship Fund – The Paula Herring Memorial Scholarship was established in memory of Paula Herring, a 1963 graduate of John Overton High School in Nashville, Tennessee. Paula made friends easily and is remembered as being a fun person to be around. She played basketball all four years and was captain of the team her senior year.  She played tennis and was on the bowling team and was in the “O” Club for athletes who lettered at Overton.  After graduation Paula went to the University of Tennessee in Knoxville intent upon studying biology.

December 2023

  1. First Generation College Opportunity Scholarship Fund – A generous donor who hopes others will join them in supporting first generation college students established this Fund. Students eligible to receive the scholarship are those with a minimum 3.0 GPA who attend a public or private high school in the Nashville MSA, a 13-county region in the Middle Tennessee area. Study at a 2-year or 4-year degree granting institution is eligible.
  2. Bishop Joseph and Stephaine Walker Scholarship Fund – Bishop Joseph and Stephaine Walker Scholarship Fund benefits African-American students from Middle Tennessee (having lived here no less than one year), with a GPA of no less than 2.5, and with a history of community service. Each year, no more than two to five Scholarships can go to graduate students pursuing advanced degrees.
  3. Woman’s Club of Nashville Scholarship Fund – A vital part of The Woman’s Club mission is to help young women further their education. The organization has offered scholarships for many years, and in 2001 members decided to set up a permanent Scholarship Endowment Fund through The Community Foundation. Qualities of particular interest to the members of The Woman’s Club when choosing recipients are leadership, achievement, community involvement, poise, personality, and a sense of personal goals.

January 2024

  1. Kenn Shipp Scholarship Fund – Coach Ken Shipp was born and raised in Murfreesboro, Tennessee. He had a distinguished coaching career, including stints at several colleges, both as a head coach and as an offensive coordinator, before he moved to the National Football League. During his time in the NFL, Coach Shipp was offensive coordinator with the Houston Oilers, New Orleans Saints, Detroit Lions, and the New York Jets, where he was appointed head coach during the storied Joe Namath years. Coach Shipp credited his success to his Rutherford County roots and the fine education he received at Middle Tennessee State University (MTSU). He was always interested in furthering the education of potential high school graduates and in continuing his support of MTSU. For this reason, he established this Fund for students from Rutherford County schools planning to attend MTSU.
  2. Eunice Lou Gower McHugh Scholarship Fund – Growing up on a farm in Robertson County, Tennessee, Eunice Lou Gower McHugh lived in a community of hard-working people. On the family farm lived her mother and father, Elsie Dame Murphey and Joseph Franklin Gower. The Gowers weren’t wealthy, but they constantly served the community by offering to help those in need. “They were always doing for other people,” Lou said, from serving the community church to sacrificing to send her to music lessons. When it came time to sell the farm in Robertson County, it made perfect sense for Lou to donate the land to The Community Foundation so that the proceeds could establish two scholarships. This one is in her parents’ memory and benefits students graduating from high schools in Robertson County who are working or know they will need to work to pay for college. Students must be preparing for a career serving others, including but not limited to teaching, nursing, law enforcement or ministry.

National Scholarship Highlights

June 2022

  1. http://cappex.com – Research schools, get scholarships, and understand where you fit — at any stage of your college journey.
  2. http://www.raise.me – Fill out a profile on raise.me to qualify for micro scholarships from schools all over the country.
  3. http://www.fastweb.com – Fastweb is a free scholarship search platform that connects students to scholarships and financial aid tools.
  4. Ask a parent or guardian if their employer provides a scholarship that you could apply for.

July 2022

  1. Check out local businesses or community organizations that offer scholarships in your hometown. Make sure to check with your High School Counselor to see if they have a list of some of these funds for you to research.
  2. This year marks the 50th Anniversary of the Pell Grant. The Pell Grant is a form of need-based federal financial students can receive by completing the FAFSA. It is awarded by the U.S. Department of Education to help eligible low-income students pay for college costs. The Pell Grant is the largest grant program offered by the Department of Education to undergraduate students.
  3. In searching for scholarships, make sure to check out this great national database: https://www.fastweb.com.
  4. Check out local businesses or community organizations that offer scholarships in your hometown. Make sure to check with your High School Counselor to see if they have a list of some of these funds for you to research.

August 2022

  1. The Gates Scholarship (TGS) is a highly selective, last-dollar scholarship for outstanding, minority, high school seniors from low-income households. Each year, the scholarship is awarded to 300 of these student leaders, with the intent of helping them realize their maximum potential. Learn more about the scholarship and apply at www.thegatesscholarship.org.
  2. Going Merry is a free scholarship search database and application platform. Create a free profile at www.goingmerry.com.
  3. The Heisman High School Scholarship program extends the Heisman prestige to the nation’s most esteemed high school seniors be celebrating and rewarding outstanding male and female scholar-athletes who understand that the most important victories happen not only on the field, but also in their schools and communities.  Learn more and apply here www.heismanscholarship.com.
  4. The VFW is dedicated to promoting patriotism and investing in our future generation. If you are a democracy-loving high school student interested in a $30,000 college scholarship or a patriotic middle school student interested in winning $5,000, these scholarships may be for you. Learn more about the VFW Youth Scholarships: http://www.vfw.org/community/youth-and-education/youth-scholarships.

September 2022

  1. The Scarlett Family Foundation offers scholarships to Tennessee students pursuing business or graduated high school (or GED) from one of the eligible Tennessee counties, must demonstrate financial need and must be pursuing a business or STEM related degree. Applicants must have graduated high school (or GED) from one of the eligible Tennessee counties, must demonstrate financial need and must be pursuing a business or STEM approved degree at a 4 year, non-profit college or university. Applicants must be enrolled or planning to enroll full-time at the time of the application.
  2. QuestBridge’s National College Match is a college scholarship application process that helps outstanding, low-income high school seniors gain admission and full four-year scholarships to the nation’s most selective colleges.
  3. The Golden Door Scholars Program believes that immigration status should not determine opportunity. Tenacity and hard work should. With the Golden Door Scholarship, undocumented students invest in their education and define their futures.
  4. Honoring the legacy and character of our nation’s 40th President, the GE-Reagan Foundation Scholarship Program rewards college-bound students who demonstrate exemplary leadership, drive integrity, and citizenship with financial assistance to pursue higher education.

October 2022

  1. The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation’s scholarship programs are designed to encourage and support outstanding students who work hard and have a financial need. Our scholarships provide financial assistance and academic support to high school, undergraduate, and graduate students. In addition to the monetary award, students join a thriving network of nearly 3,000 Cooke Scholars.
  2. The Coca-Cola Scholars program is an achievement-based scholarship for graduating high school seniors which recognizes students for their ability to lead and serve, as well as for their commitment to making a significant impact on their schools and communities. The Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation exists to bring better to the world through investment in exceptional high school students who are dedicated to leadership, service, and action that positively affects others.
  3. The Dell Scholars Program is a scholarship and college competition program that nurtures and empowers students on their path to a college degree. Since starting the program in 2004, the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation has supported 5,000 scholars, including more than 2,000 college graduates.
  4. In Profiles in Courage, John F. Kennedy recounted the stories of eight U.S. senators who risked their careers to do what was right from the nation. These leaders demonstrated political courage by taking a stand for the public good in spite of pressure by interest groups, their political party, or even their constituents. The Profile in Courage Essay Contest challenges students to write an original and creative essay that demonstrates an understanding of political courage as described by John F. Kennedy in Profiles in Courage.

November 2022

  1. The Truman Scholarship is meant to celebrate and prepare the nation’s next generation of public service leaders. Scholars receive up to $30,000 for graduate school as well as access to extensive Scholar programming, priority admission and financial support from public service graduate programs, advising and mentoring from other public service leaders, and preferred hiring with the federal government. https://www.truman.gov/apply
  2. The Burger King Scholars Program Co-founder James “Jim” W. McLamore, the Burger King Scholars program has awarded $50 million in scholarships to over 40,000 high school students, BK employees and their families across North America. Scholarship grants range from $1,000 to $50,000 and are intended to help students offset the cost of attending college or post-secondary vocational/technical school. Recipients are selected based on their grade point average (GPA), work experience, extracurricular activities and community service. https://www.burgerkingfoundation.org/
  3. The Hagan Scholarship is a nationwide need-based merit scholarship designed to help rural students graduate college debt-free. The scholarship provides up to $48,000 and other benefits over four years to attend college. Recipients must graduate from an eligible public high school. Hagan Scholars currently attend colleges and universities located in 47 states. https://haganscholarships.org/
  4. The American Society of Civil Engineers offers multiple scholarships for current ASCE student members. Check out their website to review the multiple scholarship funds. http://ektronstaging.asce.org/scholarships/yang/

December 2022

  1. Jackie Robinson Foundation Scholars – receive college scholarships of up to $30,000 over four years and are financially sponsored to attend JRF’s annual, four-day “Mentoring and Leadership Conference” in New York City and other events throughout this year. Aside from generous financial support, Scholars benefit from a comprehensive, four-year program that includes career guidance, internship and permanent job placement, travel abroad, and leadership and practical life skills training. https://jackierobinson.org/scholarship/
  2. The Ron Brown Scholarship honors the legacy of Ronald H. Brown through a selective scholarship program that advances higher education for a community-minded and intellectually gifted African Americans. https://ronbrown.org/apply/ron-brown-scholarship/
  3. The Dream, US is the nation’s largest college access and success program for DREAMers. The program believes that all that DREAMers need is an opportunity and to provide them with financial support to attend one of their Partner Colleges, committed to their college completion. https://www.thedream.us/scholarships/
  4. The Society of Women Engineers Scholarships support those who identify as a woman and pursue an ABET-accredited bachelor or graduate student program in preparation for careers in engineering, engineering technology, and computer science globally. In 2021, SWE disbursed 290 new and renewed scholarships valued at more than $1,220,000! https://swe.org/scholarships/

January 2023

  1. Established in 1987, the Thurgood Marshall Scholarship Fund (TMCF) is the nation’s largest organization exclusively representing the Black College Community. TMCF member-schools include the publicly-supported Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU’s) and Predominantly Black Institutions (PBIs). Through scholarships, capacity building and research initiatives, innovative programs, and strategic partnerships, TMCF is a vital resource in the K-12 and higher education space.
  2. The College Board Opportunity Scholarships – Applying to college is a complicated process, so we’ve created a program that guides you through it. This scholarship program is open to all students and it doesn’t require an essay, application, or minimum GPA. Instead, it rewards your effort and initiative. Complete key steps along your path to college for chances to earn scholarships.
  3. The Hispanic Scholarship Fund empowers students and parents with the knowledge and resources to successfully complete a higher education, while providing support services and scholarships to as many exceptional students, HSF Scholars, and Alumni as possible.
  4. Davidson Fellows Scholarship – Fellows scholarships recognize young people 18 and under for completing a significant piece of work that has the potential to make a positive contribution to society in one of the following areas: science, technology, mathematics, music, literature, philosophy, or any other college graduate-level work considered outside the box.

February 2023

  1. Equal Chance for Education was founded on January 15, 2014 as a Tennessee Nonprofit organization by Michael Spalding M.D. after he saw a personal friend denied the opportunity for higher education because of her legal status. At ECE we believe the logical and ethical solution is to provide equal opportunities for all Tennesseans. Through scholarships, mentoring, and student centered programming. ECE has supported 486 scholars at 20 partner colleges and universities.
  2. UNCF is the nation’s largest private scholarship provider to minority group members. Each year, we award more than $100 million in scholarships to students attending more than 1,100 schools across the country, including our prestigious network of 37 HBCUs
  3. The Davis-Putter Scholarship Fund aids people active in movements for social and economic justice. These need-based scholarships are awarded to students who are able to do academic work at the college or university level or are enrolled in a trade or technical program and who are active in the progressive movement.
  4. The American Association of Blacks in Energy (AABE) is a professional organization of African Americans in the energy industry. Through its Scholarship Program, AABE seeks to help increase the number of African Americans, Hispanics and Native Americans (underrepresented minorities) in energy related fields. By doing so, we help our nation address a critical need and a challenge to our future economic vitality in the world market.

March 2023

  1. Awarded annually to 15 high school students, the Cameron Impact Scholarship is an impact-driven, four-year, full-tuition award to be applied to any US-based undergraduate institution. Through the Cameron Impact Scholarship aims to provide ample support for extraordinary young adults who see their college education as a stepping stone toward a lifetime of contribution both professionally and personally. Our substantial, impact-driven scholarship is available to all eligible students who seek to use their gifts and talents to make a positive impact in their communities and in society at large. Learn more & apply here: http://www.bryancameroneducationfoundation.org/
  2. The National Black Nurses Association provides scholarships to students at all levels (LPN to doctorate). Applicants must be a member of the NBNA & a member of a local chapter (if one exists in your area). If a chapter does not exist within a 50-radius of your location you can join NBNA as a Direct Member. Candidates must be currently enrolled in a nursing program (BSN, AD, Diploma or LPN/LVN, Masters, and Doctoral) and in good scholastic standing at the time of application. Finally, applicants must have at lease one full year of school remaining. https://www.nbna.org/content.asp?contentid=82
  3. The Fulbright U.S. Student Program expands perspectives through academic and professional advancement through academic and professional advancement and cross-cultural dialogue. Fulbright creates connections in a complex and changing world. In partnership with more than 140 countries worldwide, the Fulbright U.S. Student Program offers unparalleled opportunities in all academic disciplines to passionate and accomplished graduating college seniors, graduate programs, and young professionals from all backgrounds. Program participants pursue graduate study, conduct research, or teach English abroad. https://www.chegg.com/scholarships
  4. Since 1932, Phi Kappa Phi has supported the educational pursuits of its members through robust awards and grant programs. The Society awards more than $1 million each year to outstanding students, members, chapters and institutions. We encourage members to earn more about each program by reviewing the eligibility requirements, application information, frequently asked questions, and more. There is a program for everyone! https://www.cappex.com/scholarships

April 2023

  1. Target, in partnership with UNCF, has established the Target Scholars Program to provide 1,000 need-based scholarships of $5,000 to first-year Black students enrolled at select historically Black colleges or universities (HBCUs) with a demonstrated interest in pursuing a degree in technology, leadership or design. Learn more & apply here: https://uncf.org/programs/target-scholars 
  2. Do you need help navigating the college process but don’t have the funds to pay for a private counselor? Check out the Matchlighters Scholars Program. The Matchlighters Scholars Program is for high-achieving students from lower-income families who have solid grades, but just need a little extra help on the college application and essay process. Click the link in our bio, select “Scholarship Sundays Archive”, and then look under the National Scholarship section to learn more.
    Link: https://www.collegeessayguy.com/matchlighters
  3. In searching for scholarships, check out this great scholarship database – http://www.cappex.com/
  4. In searching for scholarships, check out this great scholarship database – https://www.raise.me/

May 2023

  1. Students, you will be applying for many scholarships and colleges and you do not want to miss an email. Therefore, it may be smart to set up an individual email only for scholarship & college applications. Make sure to check it often!!!
  2. This is your chance to tell YOUR STORY. The admissions & scholarship committees can only review you based on the information you provide. Check out our resources on writing the best personal statement. Click the link in our bio, select “Scholarship Sundays Archive”, and then look under the CFMT College Advice to learn more.
    Link: https://www.collegeessayguy.com/personal-statement 
  3. Draft a couple of personal statements so they are ready to go for college and scholarship applications. Think through the Common Application essay prompts to have a variety of essays ready. They are available at the link in our bio, select “Scholarship Sundays Archive”, and then look under the CFMT College Advice for Common App Prompts.
    Link: https://www.commonapp.org/apply/essay-prompts 
  4. All scholarship funds have different eligibility requirements so make sure you meet them before spending your time on completing the application.

CFMT Scholarship Recipients

June 2022

  1. Anna Love – Recipient of PRSA Nashville Scholarship Fund, attending Belmont University.
  2. Caleb Ellis – Recipient of Drue Smith/Society of Professional Journalists’ Scholarship Fund, attending Middle Tennessee State University.
  3. Tara Isbell – Recipient of Nashville Academy of Medicine Alliance Scholarship Fund for Nursing, attending Vanderbilt University.
  4. Holli Teige – Recipient of Eloise Pitts O’More Scholarship Fund, attending Belmont University.

July 2022

  1. Kermina Wadeh – Recipient of The Sponsors Scholarship, attending Belmont University.
  2. Westin Nichols – Recipient of the Cyndy and Al Baran Fine Arts and Music Scholarship, attending University of Tennessee at Martin.
  3. Andrew Brown – Recipient of the Walter Reece Montgomery Scholarship, attending Middle Tennessee State University.
  4. Ashika Pradeep – Recipient of the Walter Reece Montgomery Scholarship, attending Purdue University at West Lafayette.
  5. Emma Baker – Recipient of the Pauline LaFon Gore Scholarship Fund, attending Tennessee Technological University.

August 2022

  1. Elizabeth Miner – Recipient of The Naveen and Suma Srinivas Family Scholarship Fund, attending Austin Peay State University.
  2. Kayla Stevenson – Recipient of the Technology Scholarship Fund, attending University of Tennessee Knoxville.
  3. Rudra Patel – Recipient of Technology Scholarship Fund, attending University of Tennessee Knoxville.
  4. Kinley Humphries – Recipient of the Cadiz Rotary Club Rise Carol Thompson Memorial Scholarship, attending Murray State University.

September 2022

  1. Mackenzie Biven – Recipient of the Tiffany Paige Ferguson Memorial Scholarship Fund, attending Columbia State Community College.
  2. Bethany Robinson – Recipient of The David Williams II Scholarship for Equality & Equity, attending Nashville School of Law.
  3. Bailey Rynor – Recipient of Jayme Johnson Memorial Scholarship, attending University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.
  4. Noah Beaty – Recipient of the Carolyn Morrison Scholarship Fund, attending Tennessee Technological University.

October 2022

  1. Arden Cummins – Recipient of the Colonel Richard M. Dawson Highway Patrol Scholarship Fund, attending Middle Tennessee State University.
  2. Gene Herrmann – Recipient of the DBI Scholarship Fund, attending Texas Christian University.
  3. Jazlyn Flowers – Recipient of the Rex and Karla Stannard Scholarship for Overton and Clay Counties in Tennessee, attending Volunteer State Community College.
  4. Katie Campbell – Recipient of the Shoot for the Future Scholarship Fund, attending Union University.

November 2022

  1. Harlequine ClayRecipient of The John W. Work III Memorial Foundation Scholarship Fund, attending Fisk University.
  2. William HenkeRecipient of The Teddy Wilburn Scholarship Fund, attending Vanderbilt University.
  3. Alexis BraseltonRecipient of The Scott Wolf Scholarship Fund, attending Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College.
  4. Kati Coats – Recipient of The William Thomas McHugh and Lou Gower McHugh Scholarship Fund.

December 2022

  1. Brianna JamesRecipient of the Bishop Joseph and Stephanie Walker Scholarship Fund, attending Independence High School.
  2. Ja’Queria OwensRecipient of the First Generation Scholarship Fund, attending Belmont University.
  3. Anna StrohmRecipient of the Juliann and Joe Maxwell Scholarship Fund for Employees of Tractor Supply, attending University of Tennessee Knoxville.
  4. Marisa JacksonRecipient of the Kathy D. and Stephen J. Anderson Scholarship Fund, attending University of Tennessee, Knoxville.

January 2023

  1. Ansley PfefferRecipient of The Cheatham County Community Foundation Scholarship Fund, attending University of Tennessee, Martin.
  2. Mya Robertson – Recipient of The Choose Your Future Scholarship Fund, attending University of Tennessee, Knoxville.
  3. Stauffer Randa – Recipient of The Cheatham County Community Foundation Scholarship Fund, attending University of Tennessee, Knoxville.
  4. Oliver Orellana – Recipient of The Mary Ellen Merritt Doughtery Memorial Scholarship Fund, attending Lipscomb University.

February 2023

  1. Taralyn Harris – Recipient of The Bishop Joseph and Stephanie Walker Scholarship Fund, attending Belmont University.
  2. Shelton Hawkins – Recipient of The LadyAID Scholarship Fund, attending Tennessee State University.
  3. Taylor Franklin – Recipient of The Senator Carl O. Koella, Jr. Scholarship Fund, attending University of Memphis.
  4. Regan SheltonRecipient of Dr. K.B. (Krish) Deshpande Family Scholarship Fund, attending Fisk University.

March 2023

  1. Gillian MortonRecipient of The Davidson County Democratic Women/Shannon Wood Scholarship Fund, attending University of Tennessee, Chattanooga.
  2. Jil Patel – Recipient of  The Woman’s Club of Nashville Scholarship Endowment Fund, attending University of Pittsburgh.
  3. Kimberly Amaya Hernandez – Recipient of the WiTT Endowment Scholarship Fund, attending Belmont University.
  4. Sarah Kessler – Recipient of The Ann Buchanan Scholarship Fund, attending Vanderbilt University.

April 2023

  1. Grace Lee – Recipient of The Reverend Lonnie and Patricia Gable, Jr. Scholarship Fund, attending Northwestern University.
  2. Wesley Kller – Recipient of The Dennis Greeno and Joan Signorille Scholarship Fund, attending University of Tennessee, Knoxville.
  3. Audrey Clark – Recipient of The Dennis Greeno and Joan Signorille Scholarship Fund, attending Western Kentucky University.
  4. Danielle Aguirre and Nancy Nguyen – Recipients of The Ken Shipp Scholarship Fund and the Buddy Pierce and Maggie P. Speight Scholarship Fund for the Arts, attending Middle Tennessee University.

May 2023

  1. Merna Hanna – Recipient of Jerry Newson Scholarship Fund, attending Trevecca Nazarene University.
  2. Mason Melton – Recipient of The John and Belinda Havron Scholarship Fund, attending Middle Tennessee State University.
  3. Christiana Hoskinson – Recipient of The JubiLee Scholarship Fund, attending Belmont University.
  4. Abanoub Awad – Recipient of the Walter Reece (Walt) Montgomery Scholarship Fund, attending Middle Tennessee State University.

September 2023

  1. Kaylee Breeding – Recipient of the Maude E. Keisling/Cumberland County Extension Homemakers Scholarship Fund, attending Trevecca Nazarene University.
  2. Malachi Tate – Recipient of the Pastor Russell “Rusty” J. Perkins Memorial Scholarship Fund, attending Tennessee State University.

October 2023

  1. Jana Abou-Rahma – Recipient of the Pauline LaFon Gore Scholarship Fund, attending Middle Tennessee State University.
  2. Madilynn Angell-Tucker – Recipient of the Eunice Lou Gower McHugh Scholarship Fund, attending Lipscomb University.
  3. Jasmine Williams – Recipient of the Mary Ellen Merritt Dougherty Memorial Scholarship Fund, attending Nashville State Community College.

November 2023

  1. Sandy Real Ramirez – Recipient of the Towards an Inclusive Architecture Scholarship Fund, attending the University of Tennessee Knoxville.
  2. Sadie Boeskool – Recipient of the Paula Herring Memorial Scholarship Fund, attending the University of Cincinnati.

December 2023

  1. Ali Binkley – Recipient of the First Generation College Opportunity Scholarship Fund, attending Austin Peay State University.
  2. Parker Buchanan – Recipient of the Bishop and Stephaine Walker Scholarship Fund, attending Spelman College.
  3. Ziyan Zhu – Recipient of the Woman’s Club of Nashville Scholarship Fund, attending Columbia University.

January 2024

  1. Lucille Myers – Recipient of the Kenn Shipp Scholarship Fund, attending Middle Tennessee State University.
  2. Carson Drake – Recipient of the Eunice Lou Gower McHugh Scholarship Fund, attending the University of Tennessee at Martin.