COOKEVILLE – Earlier this fall, Tennessee Tech University launched the new Presidential Scholars program to offer more scholarships for more students, guaranteed. The program has so far awarded 1,522 students a four-year total of more than $23 million in scholarships.
“We are really pleased with the response to this new scholarship program,” said Brandon Johnson, Tech’s Vice President for Enrollment Management and Career Placement. “I think it has helped encourage applications from students who previously might not have qualified for a guaranteed scholarship. Honestly, it can be life-changing for a student to receive this level of support as they pursue their degree.”
The new Presidential Scholars program offers guaranteed scholarships to high school students who meet the minimum criteria. These new guaranteed scholarships will be effective starting fall 2022 for any new freshmen who meet the requirements listed below and submit their application for admission by Dec. 15.
The three scholarship tiers include: $5,000 annually if the student has a 3.75-plus grade point average (GPA) and a 33-plus score on the ACT exam; $4,000 annually if the student has a 3.40-plus GPA and 25-plus score on the ACT exam; and $3,000 annually if the student has a 3.40-plus GPA and a 23 or 24 score on the ACT exam. Once awarded, these Presidential Scholars awards are renewable for up to four years as long as the student continues to meet the renewal criteria.
“We are recommending students get their application in as early as they can so they can be admitted and considered for these new scholarships,” continued Johnson. “Your likelihood of qualifying for more scholarship dollars goes up when you apply early.”
Tennessee Tech is ranked 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 one of the least debts 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.