Scholarships FAQ's

When is the scholarship application deadline?
2018 scholarship applications will be available November 1, 2017 with a deadline of February 15, 2018.
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Are all scholarship applications required to be submitted online?
All scholarship applications, (with the exception of the Tennessee Judicial Conference Scholarship), must be submitted online. Follow the "Steps to Apply" on our website.  When ready to complete the application, click on "How to Apply" for a detailed "Guide to Completing your East Tennessee Foundation Online Scholarship Application."

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How do I know which scholarships I am eligible for?
To determine which scholarships are available for either your county of residence or the location of your high school, click on "Scholarships Listed by County" on our website.  If you know the name of a scholarship you are interested in and want to determine if it is eligible for your county or high school, click on "Scholarships Listed by Name." Once you have determined that your county or high school is eligible, click on the name of the scholarship(s) to determine if you meet all the remaining eligibility criteria. 
In addition, when you log on to the online application site, you will be required to complete an Eligibility Quiz BEFORE you begin any applications.  After you take the quiz you will be provided with a list of ETF scholarships for which you are eligible.
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May I apply for more than one scholarship?
Yes. You may apply for as many of the scholarships for which you meet the eligibility criteria as you wish.  The applications differ and you must complete and submit the specific individual scholarship application for each scholarship for which you apply.
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Can I receive both Tennessee Promise and an ETF Scholarship?
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 & board, gas/transportation, technology, childcare, etc.), you may be able to apply your ETF scholarship award to these additional educational expenses.
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Do I use the same user code and password to log-on to complete all scholarship applications?
Yes. Please DO NOT create more than one user code (email address) and password.
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Do you accept late applications?
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Can I submit the scholarship applications by the deadline and then upload required documents, for example, transcripts, SAR, etc. after the deadline?
No. The uploaded document questions are required for your application to be complete and we do not accept incomplete applications. While you are waiting for documents to upload, you can work on other parts of your application, as you can save your application as a draft and return to it at anytime until the deadline.
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How are my letters of recommendation submitted?
Letters of Recommendation submitted for your application are uploaded directly from your recommender. You must follow the instructions on your application on how to contact your recommender with your request, so that he/she can upload his or her letter directly to your application. Your application is NOT complete if your letter of recommendation has not been submitted.
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What financial documentation is required for those scholarships for which financial need is a consideration?
A copy of your Student Aid Report (SAR) from the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).  The FAFSA, which is available beginning October 1st, is an application students and their families must complete in order to be considered for federal financial aid, and many states and schools also use the FAFSA as part of their application process for non-federal financial aid.  The Student Aid Report (SAR) is the report received by the student that summarizes the student's financial need and provides the official EFC (Expected Family Contribution) number.  If you do not have your SAR, we will accept a  copy of your completed FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid).  Click on "Guide to Completing your East Tennessee Foundation Online Scholarship Application" on our website for detailed instructions regarding financial need documents.
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How will I be notified if I am awarded a scholarship?
East Tennessee Foundation makes every effort to notify all applicants of their status, however; if you have not received notification by July first, you may assume you have not been selected to receive a scholarship.
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What if I have questions about a scholarship or about completing my application?
Contact Beth Heller at or Ashley Siferd at or by telephone toll free at (877) 524-1223.
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