Types of Scholarships

Attention:The priority Chattanooga State scholarship application deadline is February 15 for the upcoming academic year beginning each fall. Students who complete the application by the priority date will receive preference with regards to scholarship awards.

External Scholarship Resources

Outside Scholarship Resource Guide

Scholarships Offered at Chattanooga State

*Students must re-apply each academic year. Students meeting the eligibility to retain a scholarship may receive it up to a maximum of four semesters.*

Academic Service Scholarship

Scholarship StudentsThe Academic Service Scholarship & President's Academic Service Scholarship are based on academic achievement. A student is required to complete a work assignment as mandated by the Tennessee Board of Regents. If all service hours are not completed, a portion or all money received may be owed to the institution. Initial recipients must meet all of the following qualifications:

  • Enroll for a minimum of six (6) credit hours each semester (awards pro-rated on credit hours)
  • Must not have an associate’s or bachelor’s degree
  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.9
  • President's Academic Service applicants must have a 23 or higher ACT
  • Transfer students must have successfully completed 12 credit hours with a minimum GPA of 2.9 (students with less than 12 credit hours will be considered as first-time freshmen).

Termination from the program may occur due to the following reasons:

  • Failure to enroll and maintain at least six (6) credit hours each semester.
  • Failure to maintain both semester and cumulative grade point average of 2.5 or above.
  • Failure to complete the work obligation.
  • Failure to successfully complete a renewal application by the priority deadline each year.

TBR Policies for Academic Service

Foundation Scholarships

All students are encouraged to apply for Foundation scholarships, regardless of financial situation, program of study, or GPA. The Foundation Scholarships are provided by the Chattanooga State Foundation and private donors. The Foundation, a private nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization, was chartered in 1977 by citizens interested in the educational well-being of Chattanooga State’s students. Requirements and award amounts vary.  Scholarships may be renewed depending upon scholarship criteria. Failure to meet individual qualifications of awarded scholarships during any semester will result in forfeiture of the scholarship for the following semester. Recipients must enroll for a minimum of twelve (12) credit hours each semester unless program is approved for less hours or specific scholarship criteria states otherwise.

View a complete list of Foundation Scholarships

Empowerment Grant

The Empowerment Grant is designed to assist in meeting the campus mission of maintaining an environment of open access to learning while providing an enriched curriculum and environment that celebrates diversity and recognizes the strength of differences. Chattanooga State understands diverse educational experiences allow our students to successfully compete in a global workforce and to assist in sustaining our country’s global economy and competitiveness.

Recipients must meet the following qualifications:

  • Tennessee resident (any exceptions will be reviewed on an individualized basis in accordance with Chattanooga State and/or Tennessee Board of Regent policies)
  • Minimum 2.0 high school or college (semester and cumulative) GPA or a minimum score of 450 on the GED.

A student must also meet at least one of the following criteria:

  • Rural service area
  • Economic Disadvantage—persons experiencing economic hardship who might be a part of the AHEAD program; Families First; WIA; Disability Support Services or referred through other support services on campus.
  • Experiencing extenuating circumstances which would prevent attending college without an Empowerment Grant
  • First generation college student (neither parent possesses a bachelor’s degree). The award amount is based on several factors, included but not limited to, the number of applications received and available funds.