Grants and Scholarships

Federal Pell Grant

The Federal Pell Grant is a federal aid program designed to provide financial assistance to those who need it to attend post-high school educational institutions. These grants are intended to be the floor of a financial aid package and may be combined with other forms of aid in order to meet full costs of education. The amount is determined on the basis of student and family financial resources. Application is required each year. Grants are limited to U.S. citizens, permanent residents and certain other non-citizens. This is gift aid and usually does not have to be repaid. Awards range from $298 to $5645 for the 2013-2014 academic year for eligible students.

12 Semester Lifetime Limit for Federal Pell Grant

The duration of a student's Federal Pell Grant eligibility will be limited to 12 full time semesters, or until a bachelor's degree is earned, whichever comes first. This new amendment to the Higher Education Act, Section 401 (c)(5) is a federal mandate and not subject to appeal.

Application Procedures: Complete the Free Application for Federal Aid (FAFSA)

Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (SEOG)

The Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (SEOG) provides funds for students who have extreme financial need as determined by the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and their eligibility for other types of financial assistance. Priority is given to Federal Pell Grant recipients. SEOG is gift aid and usually does not have to be repaid. Awards range from $100 to $1,500 per academic year for eligible Pellissippi State students.

Application Procedures: Complete the Free Application for Federal Aid (FAFSA)

Tennessee Student Assistance Award (TSAA)

The Tennessee Student Assistance Award (TSAA) is a state grant program established to assist eligible Tennessee residents who will be enrolled as undergraduate students at eligible Tennessee colleges and universities. The grant is based on financial need, and in NO case may the grant be more than the amount of tuition and fees assessed by the institution.

Application Procedures: Complete the Free Application for Federal Aid (FAFSA)

Academic Service

Academic Service scholarships are based on scholastic achievement and the fulfillment of a 75-hour work obligation. The scholarships cover the cost of tuition and mandatory fees and are limited to two years.

Eligibility Requirements:
Applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • Graduated from high school in the past two years with a minimum grade point average of 2.9 or the equivalent or a 21 ACT. (Awards to GED and home-school students will be based upon evidence of comparable scholastic ability.)
  • Be a first time college student.
  • Enroll as a full-time student each semester

Maintenance Requirements:
Continuation will be evaluated at the end of each semester based on the following criteria:

  • Fulfill a 75 hour work obligation each semester. 
  • Maintain a minimum grade point average of 2.5 each semester.
  • Enroll in at least 12 credit hours and maintain full-time status throughout the semester
  • We will only evaluate the overall GPA at the end of each term to verify you are maintaining a 2.5 Cumulative GPA. We will not look at individual class performance.

Application Procedures:

East Tennessee Foundation Scholarships for Adult Students

East Tennessee Foundation (ETF) is happy to announce that East Tennessee Foundation’s (ETF) 2016 Scholarship opportunities include scholarships for which adult students are eligible. View a listing of ETF scholarships for which adults may apply. Scholarship criteria may also include county of residence, field of study, and other eligibility requirements, so it is important that candidates review all the scholarship criteria carefully.

Scholarship information, including detailed descriptions and application instructions, as well as 2016 applications, will be available on our website,, beginning December 1, 2015.  All ETF scholarship applications must be completed and submitted online. You can view a copy of the online applicant tutorial. The application deadline for ETF 2016 scholarships is March 14, 2016. 

Edscholar Scholarship

Sponsored by edsouth Funding, dedicated to expanding access to higher education for qualified post-secondary students in Tennessee. The award amount is $2,250 for the academic year.

Eligibility Requirements:

Applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • Enroll in a degree program at Pellissippi State
  • Be a Tennessee resident
  • Have a 3.25 GPA for 7 semesters or ACT Composite score of 23
  • Demonstrate financial need according to the FAFSA
  • Show community service and leadership
  • Meet college standards of admission

Application Procedures:

  • Complete the Pellissippi State Scholarship Application
  • Essay: On a separate sheet of paper attached to the application, submit an essay on one of the topics below. Include your name on the essay. Please limit your essay to 250 words or less.
    1. Elaborate on your involvement in community service or leadership roles, specifically noting initiative taken and leadership shown.
    2. Describe a community activity or project in which you had (or have) a leadership role. How did you specifically contribute to it's success? What did the project achieve?
    3. Why is participating in community service or leadership important to you?
  • Submit an official high school transcript containing at least seven semesters of course work and your grades.
  • Submit official results of your SAT or ACT exam.
  • Two letters of recommendation - one academic and one personal from an unrelated party.
  • Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), and have the information sent to Pellissippi State (Code 012693).
  • Submit all of the above documentation to the Pellissippi State Financial Aid Office.

East Tennessee Foundation

The East Tennessee Foundation administers scholarships to students living in East Tennessee. The eligibility requirements may vary per scholarship. Please refer to their website at for more information on each scholarship available, the eligibility criteria, an application and the deadlines. Please note the Coffey Scholarships are specific to Pellissippi State or Roane State college students.

Access and Diversity Scholarship

The Access and Diversity Scholarship is designed to assist in meeting the college’s goal to enhance education by increasing access to and success in college while promoting diversity in the student body.

TO QUALIFY, a student must meet ALL of the following criteria:

  1. Be admitted to the College
  2. Have a minimum cumulative high school or college Grade Point Average (GPA) of 2.0 or a minimum General Education Diploma (GED) score of 450
  3. File the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
  4. Complete the online scholarship application by March 15
  5. Meet with director of Access and Diversity to complete an academic plan for the upcoming semester

ADDITIONALLY, a student must meet AT LEAST ONE of the following criteria:

  1. Underrepresented minority student
  2. Low income student
  3. Adult student age 25 or older

Award Amount: the amount of the scholarship shall be determined as follows:

  1. Full-time student (12 or more credit hours) - $1000 per academic year, the amount to be divided equally between fall and spring semesters
  2. Part-time student (11 or fewer credit hours) - prorated amount to be based on number of hours attempted each semester

Award Stipulations: The scholarship will be awarded fall or spring semester. Awards made fall semester will be renewed spring semester if the student meets the following criteria.

  1. Maintains a minimum 2.5 GPA
  2. Completes 2/3 of attempted hours
  3. Participates in the mentoring and retention program through the Access and Diversity office

GEAR UP TN Bridge Scholarship

To be eligible, for the GEAR UP TN Bridge Scholarship, a student must:

  • Be a participant in GEAR UP TN in the following counties: Campbell, Cocke, Grundy, Hardeman, Johnson, Lake, Meigs, Union or Wayne.
  • Be high school graduate from the past two years with a regular or special education diploma from a public high school participating in GEAR UP TN.
  • Be a United States citizen and a permanent resident of the State of Tennessee and be less than 22 years of age at the time of the scholarship reward.
  • Be enrolled as a full-time or at least half-time freshman (Half-time students must maintain no less than six hours. If a student drops below six hours at any time, he/she is no longer eligible for the award.) at a regionally accredited college or university in the state of Tennessee or be enrolled as a first-year student of post-secondary study at any Tennessee technology center in the fall of 2012.
  • Complete and submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
  • GEAR UP TN Bridge Scholarship award amount is $750.

Project Grad Scholarship

Students that successfully graduate from Austin East or Fulton High Schools and fulfill other achievable requirements (see below) are guaranteed a $1,000.00 scholarship for four years of college.

The Scholarship Component

When the partnership between GRAD and a high school is established, the scholarship component becomes available to all entering ninth graders. Project GRAD’s non-competitive scholarships typically provide a minimum of $1,000 per year for four years in any accredited college or university in the United States. The scholarships are available to all students who meet the eligibility requirements. The eligibility requirements, which are formalized in the "contract," provide students with motivation to stay in school and focus on college preparation.

A campus-based Scholarship Coordinator, together with social services/parent involvement staff, work to help students graduate and gain access to college through a number of key activities:

Walk for SuccessSM and Learning Contract:

Early in the ninth grade year, the Scholarship Coordinator, Project GRAD staff, social services/parent involvement counselors, school staff and community volunteers visit the homes of all students to inform them about Project GRAD's goals and enlist their support in fulfilling the scholarship component's criteria. They are also asked to sign a learning contract that stipulates what is expected of both the student and parents, as well as what the high school and GRAD will provide during the high school years and beyond. In order to receive the scholarship, the contract stipulates that the student must:

  • Graduate from the GRAD feeder system high school
  • Graduate with at least a 2.5 GPA
  • Attend at least two summer/intersession institutes
  • Successfully complete the courses designated as college preparatory by their state, district, and school
  • Graduate in four or fewer years

Summer/Intersession Institutes and College Visits: Beginning during the summer after GRAD is launched, students between grades nine and ten are expected to attend a four-week Summer Institute. These are planned jointly by high school and college partners, situated on a college campus, and taught at least in part by college faculty. These Institutes serve a dual function: they provide remediation and/or academic enrichment, depending on the student’s needs, so that he or she is better prepared to succeed academically during the coming school year. They also encourage students to think that college is a realistic possibility. Following the initial Institute, students must complete at least one more Institute during the summer between grades ten and eleven and/or between grades eleven and twelve.

College Support: Once students have matriculated in college, they will work with a College Manager. The College Manager works with them and their colleges to help assure a successful first year experience, keeps up with the students as the scholarship is renewed annually, and invites students back to their high schools to provide mentoring experiences for future GRAD graduates during College Day activities.

TNCIS Study Abroad Information

Financial Aid does not offer any scholarships for study aboard. Financial aid is available if you have not used all of your yearly funding. The scholarships referenced below are privately funded specifically for this program.

Students who currently attend PSCC may qualify for a study abroad scholarship that covers a percentage of the program fee costs published on the TnCIS website. Qualified applicants should submit their application between October 1, 2015 and January 31, 2016. After the January 31st deadline, scholarships may be awarded if funds are still available. Go to this link for more details and to apply online.

All TnCIS programs except for Cuba, are eligible for the federally funded Gilman Scholarship. You must be a current Pell Grant recipient and apply through the online process for summer awards. Please go to visit their website for more details.

Additional Study Abroad Scholarship Opportunities Announced for 2016

The Karen Anderson Study Abroad Scholarship. The criteria for this study abroad scholarship is as follows:

  • Accepted into the TnCIS Ecuador/Galapagos Study Abroad Program
  • Adult student over the age of 25
  • Letter of Academic Recommendation
  • Demonstrated Financial Need
  • Maintain GPA of 2.00

Additionally, TnCIS requires the following for ANY student to participate in a program, including students receiving the scholarship above:

  • Complete online application
  • Completed a minimum of 12 college level credit hours before the start of the program
  • Minimum GPA of 2.0
  • Online Recommendation Form from a faculty member (completed through TnCIS website)
  • A non-refundable $100 application fee.

Interested students can contact the TnCIS office (AL 103) at 539-7280 or email at

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