The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga

Tennessee Lottery Scholarships

Tennessee Lottery Scholarship Information

Current freshmen at The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga may be eligible to receive lottery scholarships for the 2004-05 school year.

Students who graduated from high school in June 2003 will be eligible for the scholarship funds if they maintained at least a 2.75 grade point average and attempt at least 24 credit hours during their first college year. Students must also be a Tennessee resident for one year and enroll in a Tennessee public college/university or private college/university that is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS). To be eligible, students must graduate from high school with a 3.0 unweighted overall and college core grade point average out of a possible 4.0 or score at least a 19 on the ACT, according to the Tennessee Student Assistance Corporation.

"We don't think a lot of freshmen are aware of the scholarship," said Jonathan Looney, UTC director of financial aid. "It's important for us to get information out so they will be prepared."

Eligible students attending a 4-year private or public school will receive the Tennessee HOPE Scholarship worth $3,000 per year. Supplemental awards of $1,000 are available to students who meet financial-need or academic-based requirements. The first awards will be available for the fall 2004 semester.

Lottery scholarships are also available to current high school seniors for the 2004-05 academic year.

To retain the Tennessee HOPE Scholarship, students must maintain at least a 2.75 GPA for the first year and a 3.00 cumulative GPA after the second, third, fourth and fifth years. Twenty-four credit hours must be attempted each year. If the criteria for renewal are not met, the scholarship can not be regained.

Those interested in receiving lottery scholarship funds must complete the 2004-2005 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by May 1, 2004 and list UTC on this application (school code 003529). The 2004-2005 Free Application for Federal Student Aid will be available on-line January 1, 2004.