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Scholarships FAQ's

When is the scholarship application deadline?
All 2017 scholarships have been awarded.  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 Oak Ridge Rotary Club Brad Sturm Memorial Essay Contest and 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".  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.
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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 is a scholarship/mentoring program providing assistance for tuition and mandatory fees at community colleges, Tennessee Colleges of Applied Technology, or four-year Tennessee universities/colleges which offer two-year degrees, for up to four semesters (see www.tnpromise.gov for more information).  

Tennessee Promise only covers the cost of tuition and mandatory fees NOT MET from the Federal Pell Grant, HOPE Scholarship, or Tennessee Student Assistance Award Programs. ETF scholarships may cover other educational expenses, for example, non-mandatory fees, books, supplies, room & board, gas/transportation, technology, childcare, etc., in addition to tuition and mandatory fees. This means that you may be able to receive both Tennessee Promise and an ETF scholarship. Therefore, receiving Tennessee Promise does not mean you cannot receive ETF and/or other scholarships.
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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?
No.
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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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What are the Eligibility Criteria questions at the top of each application?
Each scholarship has different eligibility criteria which reflect the wishes of the donor who established the scholarship, and each scholarship application has screening questions that must be answered to determine if you are eligible to apply for the scholarship.  If you cannot answer "Yes" to these screening questions, you are ineligible for the scholarship and are advised not to complete the application.
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How do I upload the required documents to my application?
If the document is already saved on your computer, you can click the "Upload a file" button on the application and select the document to upload.  For documents that may be more than one page, make sure that you upload all the pages as one document.  If you upload pages individually, the new upload will override the previous upload.  In order for you to see that the document has successfully uploaded, you must "save" your work. If you do not have the document on your computer or the file size is too large, consider using the Fax to File feature in the application.  This tool is located on the left hand side of each application under the "Tools" heading, and it allows you to fax documents to your application for uploading.  Click on  "Fax to File" for instructions. Click on "Guide to Completing your East Tennessee Foundation Online Scholarship Application" on our website for a detailed applicant tutorial which includes screen shots and detailed instructions for uploading required documents.
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I do not have access to a scanner or fax machine.  What do I do?
Start by talking to your guidance counselor at school to see if the school has equipment that you can access.  If that is not an option, please contact East Tennessee Foundation, as we want to ensure that all eligible students have the opportunity to complete an application and are happy to assist you.  However, do not mail us copies of the required attachments, as everything must be submitted online, and hard copies will not be accepted.
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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.
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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?
You will be notified by letter or email sometime in May.
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What if I have questions about a scholarship or about completing my application?
Contact Beth Heller at bheller@etf.org or by telephone toll free at (877) 524-1223.
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