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International Undergraduate Student Scholarship

Scholarship award of up to $5000 a year

for first-time international freshmen 


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How to apply for the scholarship?

You can only apply for this scholarship after you have been fully accepted to UTC and have received your acceptance letter with your UTCID.

STEP 1: Complete your international undergraduate application at utc.edu/apply, pay the $30 application fee, and provide all required documents. Receive your acceptance letter and UTCID.

STEP 2: Complete the “Why UTC?” project. See below for more details.

STEP 3: Submit your online Scholarship Application Form.

STEP 4: All submissions will undergo a review process. If you are selected, you will receive a scholarship to help you pay your tuition and university fees. The scholarship will be deposited into your student account in two installments: one in the fall semester and one in the spring.


The Center for Global Education will appoint a selection committee to review the applications. The submissions will be evaluated based on the application content and whether eligibility requirements have been fulfilled. The following factors may be taken into consideration: TOEFL or IELTS scores, on-campus residency, Go Global Themed Living Community membership, and your “Why UTC?” project.


Please note that steps 1, 2 and 3 must be completed for your scholarship application to be reviewed. Funds are subject to availability, and the Center for Global Education reserves the right to suspend the scholarship program at any time. Since funding is limited, consideration will only be given to students entering UTC in the fall semester.


Who is eligible to receive the scholarship?

  • International first-time freshmen who have completed their UTC international undergraduate application and received an acceptance letter with a UTCID are eligible to apply for this scholarship.
  • UTC defines international students as F-1 visa applicants/holders.
  • International students who are currently recipients of other scholarships are NOT eligible for the UTC International Undergraduate Student Scholarship.
  • Students must maintain active F-1 status in order to receive the second installment of the scholarship.
  • Students must be registered for at least 12 credit hours. Students who are placed on a reduced course load are NOT eligible to receive the second installment of the scholarship.
  • Students whose records indicate Code of Conduct violations or Honor Code violations will NOT be eligible to receive the scholarship.
  • Students must earn a minimum 2.5 GPA during their first semester at UTC to receive the second installment of the scholarship.
  • During their first semester at UTC, students must participate in extracurricular activities organized by the Center for Global Education and provide a multimedia or written report by the end of November. The activities may include International Tea Time, Global Spotlight, International Education Week, International Buddy program events, CGE field trips, etc. The details of this assignment will be announced in the scholarship award letter.


“Why UTC?” project

As part of your scholarship application, you must complete one of the following projects: 1) record a three-minute video, 2) create a short presentation, 3) write an essay between 500 and 750 words in length, 4) create a short animation, or 5) create a poster to explain why you selected the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. Alternatively, you can also provide evidence of other extraordinary achievements. 

If you choose to create multimedia content, you must provide a link to it in the scholarship application. You will have to publish your content online first (e.g. youtube.com, youku.com, etc.). You will not be able to upload your content in the application portal.  

If you require accommodations to complete this project, please email us at international@utc.edu.



  • Scholarship application deadline is July 1. 
  • Scholarship recipients will receive their award letters by mid-July.


Frequently asked questions

The scholarship grants up to $5000 for one academic year. The scholarship is not renewable.

The deadline to submit the scholarship application is July 1st.

The scholarship will be applied to your UTC account in two installments. The first will be deposited when you register for fall classes. The money will be used to help you pay your tuition and university fees. You will receive the second installment at the beginning of the spring semester. You will still be responsible for any other tuition, university, housing or meal plan fees that are not covered by your scholarship.

Scholarship recipients will receive a notification email and award letter.

Please email international@utc.edu, and we’ll be happy to answer your questions.


Other terms and conditions

All scholarships are subject to change based on funding availability and are awarded at the discretion of the Center for Global Education at UTC.

The scholarship will be placed in the student's account and used to pay off their fees. The scholarship recipient is responsible for all other charges including tuition, university fees, health insurance, housing, or meal plan charges if applicable.

By submitting the scholarship application, the student gives permission to UTC to publish in print, electronic, and video format their likeness, the digital material submitted as part of their application, their name, and/or their image in publicity materials. The student gives their consent for photographing, filming, recording, videotaping, and/or directly transmitting television signals of their image and voice, and releases to The University of Tennessee all rights of any kind to these materials. 

Further, the student acknowledges that their name, biographical material, portrait, picture, likeness, and/or voice may be used for purposes consistent with The University of Tennessee’s mission of teaching, research, and service. This includes the promotion and publicization of the materials in which the student’s image and/or voice appear. Such uses do not constitute a direct endorsement by the student of any product or service.


 International Scholarship Application Form