Scholarships, Grants, and Awards

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Out-of-State Scholarship

The Out-of-State Scholarship is open to applicants applying to a graduate program who are not eligible for most other scholarships and fee-waivers.

Diversity Out-of-State Scholarship

The Diversity Out-of-State Scholarship is open to applicants applying to a graduate program who are not eligible for most other scholarships and fee-waivers.

International Merit Scholarship

The International Students Academic Merit Scholarship is open to new international students seeking a graduate degree. The scholarship covers 50 percent of the total of in and out-of-state tuition and maintenance fees only. No additional fees or costs are covered

Other Scholarships

Many scholarships programs are available to assist students in various fields of study. Scholarships are intended to assist students in funding the direct costs of their higher education. Full scholarship support at ETSU is defined as those scholarships, or combinations of scholarships, which provide the current costs of education including tuition and standard fees, a semi-private room in a residence hall and meal plan (i.e., the Resident Advantage Plan), and $1000 per semester for books and other incidental fees.

Full scholarship support does not necessarily cover all expenses incurred by a student attending ETSU. In keeping with the intent of scholarship support, ETSU reserves the right to limit internally funded scholarships to an amount that does not exceed these direct costs. Scholarships or loan amounts received from sources other than ETSU or the State of Tennessee shall not be limited nor included in assessment of the funds granted for full scholarship support.

  • Unless otherwise stated, scholarships are not renewed automatically. Recipients are encouraged to read the information sent with the scholarship announcement or ask the program coordinator for renewal information.
  • Unless otherwise stated, scholarships are awarded for fall and spring semesters and are not available for summer semesters.
  • Unless otherwise stated, scholarships are only awarded to full-time students.
  • Unless otherwise stated, the scholarship application deadline is March 1.

The Scholarship Office is available to assist students with any questions or concerns.

Category Two Scholarships

The Ben and Jeanne Greene Family Endowment
Preference for graduate students shall be given to students from Blount or Hawkins Counties, Tennessee. A graduate students, once selected to be a recipient, may continue to receive the award for two consecutive years of graduate work, providing the recipient continues in good standing with the School of Graduate Studies.

Edna Harrison Family Scholarship
Entering freshmen, undergraduate, and graduate students with a minimum 3.0 GPA and demonstrating good character and promise for future career or professional achievement.

Johnson City Lions Club Memorial Scholarship
For disabled students, primarily those with a vision or hearing disability, or a junior, senior, or graduate student preparing for a career working with the disabled. Recipient must have documented financial need.

J. C. Kensinger Memorial Scholarship
For residents of Hawkins County, TN who graduated from a high school in Hawkins County. For entering students or currently enrolled undergraduate or graduate students. A GPA of 3.0 is required.

The Charles and Martha Montgomery Scholarship
The Charles and Martha Montgomery Scholarship Endowment is awarded to full-time undergraduate or graduate students with a 2.7 minimum GPA. Preference is given to students from Northeast Tennessee, Southwest Virginia, Western North Carolina, and Eastern Kentucky. Financial need is considered.

Nebraska Book Company Book Scholarship
For full-time or part-time, undergraduate or graduate students. Documented financial need is required.

Nontraditional Student Scholarship
Applicants must be at least 21 years of age or older. Applicants should be other than typical freshmen entering college directly from high school and be upgrading career skills on a part-time or full-time basis. Recipients must have documented financial need.

Category Three: General University Scholarships

James H. Quillen Scholarship
A scholarship established by the late Congressman James H. (“Jimmy”) Quillen to provide financial assistance to deserving undergraduate and graduate students. Preference will be given to applicants from the following counties in Tennessee: Carter, Claiborne, Cocke, Grainger, Greene, Hamblen, Hancock, Hawkins, Jefferson, Johnson, Knox, Sevier, Sullivan, Unicoi, and Washington. Students must have demonstrated financial need. Incoming freshmen applicants must have a GPA of 2.5 or higher and an ACT score of 19 or higher (or comparable SAT score). Graduate, transfer and currently enrolled students must have a GPA of 3.0 or higher. Applicants must demonstrate achievement in one or more of these areas: scholastic endeavors, school and community leadership, volunteer services and activities, other extracurricular activities, or work experience. Recipients shall be known as “Quillen Scholars”.

Public Performance Scholarships for Out-of-State Students
For entering undergraduate and graduate students who are talented performers and who would represent ETSU well in its various performing venues. The scholarship is awarded in an amount equivalent to the out-of-state fee. Recipients are required to participate in public performances as determined by their particular performance area. These areas are: Art, Bluegrass, Broadcasting, Digital Media, Gospel Choir, Music, Theatre, and Storytelling. Information, including contact information, may be found at the scholarships website.

College of Arts and Sciences Scholarships

Department of Art and Design

Arrowmont Scholarship

Graduate Program: Art M.F.A
Scholarship Criteria:
  • Art Major
  • Scholarship will help to fund the costs of housing and material
Apply to: Department of Art and Design, 121 Ball Hall
Application deadline: March 15th

Department of Biological Sciences

Maria Davis Research Award Endowment

Graduate Program: Biology M.S.
Scholarship Criteria:
  • Demonstrated promise in scientific research in the Department of Biological Sciences
  • Research must provide increased scientific knowledge in molecular, cellular or organismal biology.
Nominations made by the faculty – no applications

William Harvey Fraley and Nina M. Fraley Memorial Award Endowment

Graduate Program: Biology M.S.
Scholarship Criteria:
  • Demonstrated promise in scientific research in the Department of Biological Sciences
  • Research must provide increased scientific knowledge in molecular, cellular or organismal biology
Nominations made by the faculty – no applications

Denise I. Pav Scholarship

Graduate Program: Biology M.S.
Scholarship Criteria:
  • Graduate Student in 2nd or 3rd year of graduate research.
  • M.S. Biology
  • Minimum GPA – 3.4
  • Demonstrated academic excellence.
  • U.S. citizen, Canadian citizen or landed immigrant.
Nominations made by the faculty – no applications

Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology

Steven E. Buttolph Criminal Justice Scholarship

Graduate Program: Criminal Justice and Criminology M.A.
Scholarship Criteria:
  • Criminal Justice Major
  • Minimum GPA – 3.0
  • Preference given to police officers continuing their education
Apply to: Chair, Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology, 201-I Rogers-Stout Hall
Application deadline: March 1st

Todd W. McKeehan Memorial Scholarship

Graduate Program: Criminal Justice and Criminology M.A. Scholarship Criteria:
  • Full-time student.
  • Criminal justice major.
  • Demonstrated exceptional promise for contributing to the field of criminal justice.
Apply to: Chair, Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology, 201-I Rogers-Stout Hall
Application deadline: March 1st

Thomas E. & Thelma Sell Mitchell Criminal Justice and Criminology Scholarship

Graduate Program: Criminal Justice and Criminology M.A. Scholarship Criteria:
  • Tennessee resident. Criminal Justice & Criminology major
  • Intent to pursue career in juvenile justice
  • Maintain minimum GPA – 3.0
Apply to: Chair, Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology, 201-I Rogers-Stout Hall
Application deadline: March 1st

Judge Shirley B. Underwood and Dr. Charles T. Underwood Memorial Criminal Justice Scholarship

Graduate Program: Criminal Justice and Criminology M.A. Scholarship Criteria:
  • Graduate student pursuing a degree in Criminal Justice
  • Demonstrates professional career interest in and commitment to the administration of juvenile justice
  • Minimum GPA of 3.2 for Criminal Justice coursework
Apply to: Chair, Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology, 201-I Rogers-Stout Hall
Application deadline: March 1st

Department of Literature and Language

Mary Bomar Herrin Memorial Scholarship

Graduate Program: English M.A. Scholarship Criteria:
  • Preference given to local residents with documented financial need
  • Scholarship amount is approximately $1000
Apply to: Chair, Department of English, 103 Burleson Hall
Application deadline: March 25th

Department of Political Science, International Affairs, and Public Administration

Gary B. Johnson Scholarship

Graduate Program: Masters of Public Administration M.P.A. Scholarship Criteria:
  • Urban and regional planning major
  • Minimum graduate GPA - 3.5
Apply to: Department of Political Science. For more information contact Dr. David Briley at (423) 439-6697 or briley@etsu.edu
Application deadline: March 1

Michael and Nina Marchioni Scholarship

Graduate Program: Masters of Public Administration M.P.A. Scholarship Criteria:
  • Must be enrolled as a Master of Public Administration (MPA)
  • Demonstrate professional promise and commitment in the field of Public Administration
  • Demonstrated financial need
Apply to: Department of Political Science. For more information contact Dr. David Briley at (423) 439-6697 or briley@etsu.edu
Application deadline: March 1st

Department of Psychology

Priester-Sloan Award

Graduate Program: Psychology M.A. Scholarship Criteria:
  • Preference will be given to students with financial need and/or military veterans
  • However, academic performance may be taken into consideration
  • One $500 award per year is available
Apply to: Department Chair - Wallace E. Dixon, Jr., Ph. D., 420 Rogers-Stout.
Application deadline: March 1st

College of Business and Technology

James H. Widener Memorial Scholarship Endowment

Graduate Program: Business M.B.A Scholarship Criteria:
  • Demonstrates interest in risk management/insurance after graduation
  • Tennessee resident
  • Minimum GPA – 3.0
  • Preference given to a member or dependent of the Johnson City Lions Club or Lions Clubs in Tennessee
Applications available: at www.etsu.edu/cbat
Application deadline: March 1st

Department of Engineering Technology, Surveying and Digital Media

James and Jane Hales Scholarship

Graduate Program: Technology M.S. Scholarship Criteria:
  • Full-time Graduate Student
  • Engineering Technology Majors
  • Minimum GPA – 3.0
  • Documented financial need
Apply to: Chair, Department of Engineering Technology, Surveying and Digital Media, 201-A Wilson-Wallis Hall.
Application deadline: March 1st

Scott M. Niswonger Scholarship Endowment

Graduate Program:G Technology M.S. Scholarship Criteria:
  • Digital Media majors
  • Resident of Greene County, Tennessee Currently enrolled minimum GPA – 3.0
Apply to: Chair, Department of Engineering Technology, Surveying and Digital Media, 201-A Wilson-Wallis Hall.
Application deadline: March 15th

Public Performance Scholarships for Digital Media

Graduate Program: Technology M.S. Scholarship Criteria:
  • New out-of-state students (currently enrolled students are not eligible)
  • Graduate students in Digital Media
  • Award is equivalent of out-of-state tuition (students still pay in-state tuition)
  • Recipients participate in public performance or exhibitions
Apply to: Chair, Department of Engineering Technology, Surveying and Digital Media, 201-A Wilson-Wallis Hall.

College of Clinical and Rehabilitative Health Sciences

Department of Physical Therapy

Dr. Paul E. and Nancy B. Stanton Jr. Family Scholarship Endowment

Graduate Program: Physical Therapy D.P.T. Scholarship Criteria:
  • Scholarship recipient selected by committee
Apply to: Ute Breese, Department of Physical Therapy, VA-Building 2 Room 226
Application deadline: April 15th

William M. “Mac” Hensley Scholarship Endowment

Graduate Program: Physical Therapy D.P.T. Scholarship Criteria:
  • Tennessee resident and U.S. citizen
  • Second-year physical therapy student (completed four semesters in physical therapy)
  • Must reflect high moral character and Christian values
  • Documented unmet financial need
Apply to: Ute Breese, Department of Physical Therapy, VA-Building 2 Room 226
Application deadline: April 15th

Department of Dental Hygiene

Tennessee Dental Hygiene Association Tuition Benefit

Graduate Program: Master of Science in Allied Health (M.S.A.H.). Scholarship Criteria:
  • Obtaining or Renewing a TN dental hygiene license
  • In-state tuition in for Out-of-state students
Apply to: Rita Bills (ritabills@bellsouth.net or 931-302-5255), liaison to the Tennessee Dental Hygiene Association (TDHA)
Amount: In-state tuition for Out-of-state students with Tennessee dental hygiene licenses

College of Education

Claudius G. and Katherine Earnest-Clemmer Endowment

Graduate Program: Master of Arts in Teaching M.A.T. Scholarship Criteria:
  • Priority given to Tennessee residents
  • Minimum undergraduate GPA – 2.8
  • Demonstrated financial need considered
  • Show potential for a successful teaching career
Apply to: Dean’s Office, College of Education, 321 Warf-Pickel Hall
Application deadline: March 1st

Sara J. Goodin Memorial Scholarship

Graduate Program: Master of Arts in Teaching M.A.T. Scholarship Criteria:
  • Possess a baccalaureate degree with an Arts and Sciences major
  • 3.2 undergraduate GPA
  • Two of the four recommendations must be from faculty members of the College of Arts and Sciences
  • Documented financial need
Apply to: Dean’s Office, College of Education, 321 Warf-Pickel Hall
Application deadline: March 1st

Tennessee Math and Science Teacher Loan Forgiveness

Graduate Program: Master of Arts in Teaching M.A.T. Scholarship Criteria:
  • Be a citizen of the United States
  • Be a resident of Tennessee
  • Be admitted to and attend an eligible postsecondary institution
  • Agree to teach to math or science in a Tennessee public school system two (2) academic years for each year funded by this program
Apply to: Tennessee Student Assistance Corporation (TSAC), Website: www.tn.gov/collegepays
Application deadline: September 1st for the Fall & May 1st for the Spring

Tennessee Teaching Scholars Program

Graduate Program: Master of Arts in Teaching M.A.T. Scholarship Criteria:
  • Be a citizen of the United States
  • Be a resident of Tennessee
  • Have at least a 2.75 cumulative GPA (or higher if required for the teacher education program at their school of choice)
  • Not be a licensed teacher or receive the scholarship while employed in a teaching position
Apply to: Tennessee Student Assistance Corporation (TSAC), Website: www.tn.gov/collegepays
Application deadline: September 1st for the Fall & May 1st for the Spring

Dr. L. Scott Honaker, Jr. Memorial Scholarship

Graduate Program: All Graduate-Level Education Programs Scholarship Criteria:
  • Candidate must be nominated by a committee made up of a member from each College of Education department
  • Must be a graduate student
  • Emphasis will be given to students’ graduate academic record; undergraduate GPA is reviewed but is of lesser importance
  • Promise of future contribution to teacher profession
Apply to: Dean’s Office, College of Education, 321 Warf-Pickel Hall
Application deadline: March 1st

Joan Brandon Hull Memorial Scholarship Endowment

Graduate Program: All Graduate-Level Education Programs Scholarship Criteria:
  • Preference given to students from Greene County
  • Minimum undergraduate GPA – 2.8
  • Documented financial need
  • $1,000 per student if funds are available, otherwise the College of Education will determine awards as appropriate
Apply to: Dean’s Office, College of Education, 321 Warf-Pickel Hall
Application deadline: March 1st

Mabel Clair Ligon Memorial Scholarship Fund

Graduate Program: Counseling M.A. Scholarship Criteria:
  • Documented financial need
  • Graduate Student- Counseling (Community Agency Concentration)
  • 3.5 Graduate GPA
  • Must be a full-time student
  • Priority: Female Student, if all applicants are equal
  • Demonstrate potential for success as a teacher or counselor
Apply to: Dean’s Office, College of Education, 321 Warf-Pickel Hall
Application deadline: March 1st

Louise Skalco Scholarship Endowment

Graduate Program: Special Education M.Ed. Scholarship Criteria:
  • Preference given to students with disabilities, especially the hearing impaired
  • Declared Media Service major in Instructional Technology or Special Education major
  • Financial need considered
  • Must be full-time
  • 2.8 undergraduate GPA
  • Recipients selected by the Department of Curriculum & Instruction, Director of Media Services and the Office of Disability Services
Apply to: Dean’s Office, College of Education, 321 Warf-Pickel Hall
Application deadline: March 1st

Karen & Russ West Teaching Leadership Endowment

Graduate Program: All Graduate-Level Education Programs. Scholarship Criteria:
  • Currently employed as an elementary, middle school or secondary classroom teacher
  • Currently be, or be approved to enroll in CCOE and the ETSU School of Graduate Studies for the purpose of obtaining a master’s degree
  • Demonstrate creativity and innovation for effective classroom teaching
Apply to: Dean’s Office, College of Education, 321 Warf-Pickel Hall
Application deadline: March 1st

Knox County Retired Teachers Association Scholarship

Graduate Program: All Graduate-Level Education Programs. Scholarship Criteria:
  • Graduate Student in a State of Tennessee teacher certification program
  • Cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • Demonstrated financial need
  • (Students at other Universities are also eligible to apply for this extended scholarship)
Application deadline: October 12th

Department of Kinesiology, Sport and Recreation Management

Lloyd T. and Winifred O. Roberts Scholarship

Graduate Program: Kinesiology M.A. (Physical Education K-12 concentration). Scholarship Criteria:
  • 2.5 undergraduate GPA
  • Financial need considered
Apply to: Dean’s Office, College of Education, 321 Warf-Pickel Hall
Application deadline: March 1st

College of Nursing

Norma Paisley Barker Memorial Scholarship Endowment

Graduate Program: Nursing M.S.N Scholarship Criteria:
  • Accepted to M.S.N. program
  • Member of a State Nurse’s Association
  • Preference given to full time students
Apply to: College of Nursing Office of Student Services, 233 Nicks Hall
Application deadline: May 1st

Betsy H. Brogan Scholarship Endowment

Graduate Program: Nursing M.S.N Scholarship Criteria:
  • Full-time Graduate Student (formally admitted into the Nursing Program)
  • Satisfactory GPA
  • Documented financial need should be considered
Apply to: College of Nursing Office of Student Services, 233 Nicks Hall
Application deadline: May 1st

Mayme Frazier Scholarship Endowment

Graduate Program: Nursing M.S.N Scholarship Criteria:
  • Graduate Nursing student
  • Highest GPA
  • Potential for Success
  • Documented Financial Need
Apply to: College of Nursing Office of Student Services, 233 Nicks Hall
Application deadline: May 1st

Dorothy K. Parker Nursing Scholarship Endowment

Graduate Program: Nursing M.S.N or Ph.D. Scholarship Criteria:
  • GPA of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale, or equivalent “B” average
  • Demonstrate future promise and potential as a nursing professional
Apply to: College of Nursing Office of Student Services, 233 Nicks Hall
Application deadline: May 1st

Dr. Paul Dishner Scholarship

Graduate Program: Nursing M.S.N or Ph.D. Scholarship Criteria:
  • Full time nursing student
  • Documented Financial Need
Apply to: College of Nursing Office of Student Services, 233 Nicks Hall
Application deadline: May 1st

Graduate Nursing Loan-Forgiveness Program

Graduate Program: Nursing M.S.N or Ph.D. Scholarship Criteria:
  • Be a Tennessee resident and a U.S. citizen
  • Have an unencumbered Tennessee nursing
  • (Students at other Universities are also eligible to apply for this extended scholarship)
Apply to: Tennessee Student Assistance Corporation (TSAC), Website: www.tn.gov/collegepays
Application deadline: March 1st

College of Public Health

Bruce A. and Amelia R. Goodrow Endowment

Graduate Program: Public Health M.P.H. Scholarship Criteria:
  • Preference will be given to candidates who are either residents of Hawkins or Grainger County, Tennessee or veterans of the military forces of the United States residing in East Tennessee; to students from any other East Tennessee county, in that order
  • Candidates must demonstrate academic potential and ability, and be committed to a successful career in a public health profession
  • Candidates must meet all the requirements for entrance into the university and into their chosen health major
  • Graduate GPA of 3.5
  • A break of at least two (2) years must occur between completing the undergraduate degree and beginning the graduate program. A full load for a graduate student will be 9 hours
Apply to: Submit application to the Dean’s Office of Public and Allied Health
Application deadline: February 1st

Frist Global Health Scholarship

Graduate Program: Public Health M.P.H. Scholarship Criteria:
  • Desire to travel to underserved countries around the globe and to improve the health of people living in those countries
  • Scholarship may provide up to $5,000 per selected student (this cannot exceed 80% of the total expenses for the international field experience)
  • Students will be responsible for the remaining 20% of total expenses
Apply to: Submit application to Assistant Dean for Public Health Practice (Room 42, Lamb Hall)

The Wykoff Public Health Student Scholarship

Program: Public Health M.P.H. or Dr.P.H. Scholarship Criteria:
  • Meet all academic requirements to enroll in Public Health Field Experience course
  • Minimum cumulative graduate GPA of 3.5
Apply to: Submit application to Assistant Dean for Public Health Practice (Room 42, Lamb Hall)
Application deadline: Completed scholarship application must be received no later than ninety (90) days prior to the anticipated start of the international field experience

Graduate School Assistantships and Tuition Scholarships

Once admitted to a graduate program, students can apply for a graduate assistantship or tuition scholarship. Out-of-state tuition is waived for graduate students who hold assistantships, and all or part of in-state tuition may be waived, depending on the level of the award. Students who wish to be considered for a graduate assistantship or tuition scholarship should so indicate on the degree application for admission to Graduate School. When the application is forwarded to a department’s graduate program, the student’s qualifications for a graduate assistantship or tuition scholarship are evaluated. Students who wish to be considered for assistantships or scholarships outside their department should submit a letter of interest and current resume directly to the office that posts the vacancy.

The Graduate School posts vacant positions here.

Here are some other awards that may not be included:

In addition to Tuition Scholarships and Graduate Assistantships the Accountancy Department offers a Fred Cason Scholarship, and a Karl Sharp Scholarship. Students are also eligible to apply to for Appalachian Chapter of the Tennessee Society of CPAs, and Tennessee state Society of CPA Scholarships. (Accountancy)

The Physical Therapy department has the following:
Two 1/2 time G.A. positions per class
Two Tuition Scholarships per class
These positions are only given to students in the Physical Therapy program.

The William M. "Mac" Hensley Scholarship - given to a second year PT student in the spring semester. (Physical Therapy)

For information on other scholarships, please go to the Scholarship Office web site.