Pictured above – Patrick “PJ” Barnes transferred to Tech from Roane State Community College and found the support he needed to succeed at Tech, connecting quickly with faculty and staff who have supported him.

These new guaranteed scholarships were effective starting fall 2022

Cookeville – Paying for college just got easier for students transferring to Tennessee Tech University, with new guaranteed transfer student scholarships now available for those who meet the qualifications.

“We know students have a lot to consider when making decisions about continuing their education and transferring to a university,” said Karen Lykins, vice president for enrollment and communication at Tech. “We want to give more students the opportunity to attend the best university in the state.”

These new guaranteed scholarships were effective starting fall 2022 for any new transfer students who meet the requirements listed below and submit their application for admission May 1.

The three scholarship tiers include: $3,000 annually if the student has a 3.75-plus grade point average (GPA); $2,000 annually if the student has a 3.50-plus GPA; $1,500 annually if the student has a 3.25-plus GPA and $1,000 annually if the student has a 3.00-plus GPA.

Once awarded, these scholarships are renewable for up to three years as long as the student continues to meet the renewal criteria.

When transferring to Tennessee Tech University from Roane State Community College, Patrick ‘PJ’ Barnes, Crossville native, found a welcoming environment and more opportunities than he ever anticipated.

“I’m a first-generation college student. I want to be the first to get an associate degree, bachelor’s degree and maybe even a master’s degree. If I decide I’m going to do that,” Barnes said.

“Roane State was very beneficial for me; it gave me the fundamentals of how to succeed in college,” he said. “But as soon as I stepped onto Tech, every single staff member and faculty member, especially in the College of Business, was very welcoming. I felt cared for off the bat.”

Guadalupe Hernandez came to Tech after a full career in human resources and with an associate’s degree from Vol State Community College. This December, she becomes the first in her family to graduate with a Bachelor’s degree.

“It was a really good experience [at Vol State]. But the biggest thing I always go by is something my father taught me, and that is no te rajes, meaning keep going, don’t give up, you’re going to do it and don’t quit,” she said. “There’s always a way to get where you want, and there’s always a goal; if you want it bad enough, you’re going to get there, and here I am, a first-generation college student about to graduate with a bachelor’s degree.”

In addition to these new scholarships, Tennessee Tech offers supplemental aid to support and recognize students. These scholarships and grants may be awarded to students based upon their academic performance, community service, residency, financial need, leadership experience and other criteria as defined by the requirements of each award.

Tennessee Tech is ranked as the number one public university in the state, according to Money Magazine, as well as a “Best National University” by U.S. News & World Report. The university offers more than 200-plus programs of study, and Tech grads leave with the least debt of all public universities in the state. In fact, based on total cost and alumni earnings, Tech provides students with the highest return on investment for any public university in Tennessee, according to PayScale.

Find out more at tntech.edu/admissions.

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