The deadline for most scholarships is March 1, 2024.

Applications for the Spenser F. Powell Memorial Law Scholarship and the Haley Elise Van Pelt Scholarship are open April 1, 2024, and must be submitted by June 1, 2024.


Tennessee Promise covers the cost of tuition and mandatory fees not met from the Federal Pell Grant, HOPE Scholarship, or Tennessee Student Assistance Award Programs. Because ETF scholarships may cover other educational expenses, (for example, non-mandatory fees, books, supplies, room and board, etc.), you may be able to apply your ETF scholarship award to these additional educational expenses.

No. We do not accept late or incomplete applications.

Know that you can work on parts of your application at any time in draft form, but you must finish and submit by the deadline.

In years past, students who were eligible for need-based scholarships were prompted to upload a Student Aid Report (SAR). The SAR is an electronic or paper document that summarizes the information you reported on your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The FAFSA is an application students and their families complete to be considered for federal (loans, grants, work study, etc.) and state (Tennessee HOPE Lottery Scholarship, Tennessee Promise) financial aid.

Because of processing delays in the U.S. Department of Education applicants will not have to submit a SAR to be considered for need-based scholarships for the 2024-2025 academic year.

If you are not able to submit a FAFSA because of your immigration status, citizenship status or processing delays you may still be eligible for scholarships.

  • If the required document exists in an electronic format on your computer, upload it by clicking the “Upload a File” button below the application question and choose the desired document from your computer.
  • If necessary, use your phone to take a photo of the document and upload the photo.
  • If your application requires you to upload a document you do not have, in its place create and upload a document which explains why you don’t have access to the one that is required. It is your responsibility to send the required document before the application deadline.
  • Please do not upload a document that is password protected.
  • File upload questions only accept one file per question, so combine all the pages of your document into one or else each page you upload will replace the one before. Once a file has been uploaded, it can be deleted by clicking the red X next to the file name.

East Tennessee Foundation makes every effort to notify all applicants of their status; however, if you have not received notification by July 1, assume you have not been selected to receive a scholarship.

Contact Rachel Schott, Director of Scholarships, at rs*****@et*.org or by telephone at (865) 524-1223.

There is no charge to apply.

1. Click Apply Now.

2. Answer all the questions in the ETF Common Application and click submit.

3. Review the list of ETF scholarships that appear on the confirmation page and answer any additional questions those require.

5. Preview the scholarships that have unique criteria that require separate applications. You can read about those here and also on your dashboard once you choose Apply Now

You may be selected as a recipient for more than one scholarship.

No. Payments are mailed directly to your school before the beginning of each semester, trimester, or school year. Checks are made payable to the school, and your account will be credited by the amount of the scholarship award.

Scholarship recipients are selected based upon the specific criteria of each scholarship program. Completed applications are evaluated by the Foundation’s volunteer evaluators and ETF staff. Evaluators recommend students to receive scholarship awards. The Foundation’s Board of Directors will review all recommendations and approve the awards.


If you are an adult student, current college student, or GED recipient, many tools and organizations are available to help in your search for college, scholarships, and financial aid.
  • The college, university, or career and technical education program you will be attending typically offers resources and people to assist you.
  • For graduating high school seniors, the best sources of information and guidance are often available at your high school.
  • Visit the websites of colleges you are interested in attending to see what financial aid and admissions scholarships they may offer. Financial aid officers also routinely provide information, which includes federal and state resources, as well as institutional grants and scholarships.
  • If you have decided on your course of study, you may also want to contact the appropriate department regarding scholarships.
  • Additionally, you might research scholarships available on a national level (not awarded based on geography or city/state of residence) that are based on course of study, your personal background, and other individual criteria.

Scholarship and financial aid websites

Please note: The external organizations and websites listed below have no connection to East Tennessee Foundation. While we cannot endorse any of these resources, students and families may find them helpful.