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Funding Options

Tennessee Funding Options

Tennessee Student Assistance Award – The Tennessee Student Assistance Award Program (TSAA) was established to provide non-repayable financial assistance to financially-needy undergraduate students who are residents of Tennessee. Applicants must be enrolled or accepted for enrollment, at least half time, at a public or an eligible non-public postsecondary institution in Tennessee. The TSAA is a state-funded grant program and includes funds from the Tennessee Education Lottery.

Tennessee Teaching Scholars Program – The Tennessee Teaching Scholars Program is intended to encourage exemplary students to enter the teaching field in Tennessee. Participation is limited to college juniors, seniors, and post baccalaureate candidates admitted to a teacher education program in a Tennessee college or university.

Diversity in Teaching Grants – The Diversity in Teaching Grant (formerly known as the Minority Teacher Education grant program) is a competitive matching grant program that aims to increase the number of qualified teachers from under-represented groups who are committed to diversity as an instructional tool and entering the teaching profession in grades K-12.

Minority Teaching Fellows Program -The Minority Teaching Fellows Program is intended to encourage talented minority Tennesseans to enter the teaching field in Tennessee. The award is $5,000 per year for students who pursue a teacher certification at an eligible Tennessee college or university.

University of Tennessee Funding Options

Charles Lattimore– This award provides financial assistance to African American students interested in pursuing a career in education. Current undergraduate and post baccalaureate students are eligible to receive this award.

CEHHS scholarships- Teacher Licensure scholarships are available only to upcoming Teacher Education interns. The application for this scholarship this will be emailed to all qualified pre-interns in the semester prior to the start of their internship.

Transfer Scholarships – The Volunteer Transfer Scholarship will be awarded for up to two years to students with a 3.25+ UT-calculated GPA who have received an eligible associate’s degree and who wish to complete their college education at the UT Knoxville. The scholarship is available to in-state or out-of-state transfer students who have received an associate’s degree from a Tennessee Board of Regents (TBR) community college.