East Tennessee Foundation Scholarships


Investing in Our Region’s Future                                     

Thanks to the generosity of our donors dedicated to investing in students' futures, we administer more than 70 scholarship funds. ETF scholarship program requirements range from financial need to scholastic achievement. Several scholarships are targeted toward specific schools or counties, students involved in certain extracurricular activities, or those who may not display the highest scholastic rankings yet still possess great potential and motivation. Others are geared toward students pursuing a specific field, such as business or nursing.

2019 materials and applications will be available November 1, 2018*.

Preparing to Apply for a Scholarship:

  1. Carefully read the Guide to Completing Your Online Scholarship Application.
  2. 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.
  3. On October 1, 2018, the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) opens. The Student Aid Report (SAR), which comes from the FAFSA and that shows each student's Estimated Family Contribution (EFC), is required for many scholarships.
  4. The most up-to-date transcript, official or unofficial, will be required for all scholarships.

*The Steven L. Coffey Memorial Middle College Scholarship applications will be available March 15, and the deadline is May 12, 2019.*
*The Spenser F. Powell Memorial Law Scholarship applications will be available on April 1, and the deadline is June 1, 2019.*

The Determination Process

Scholarship recipients are selected based upon the specific criteria made by each fund's donor.

Each scholarship application is reviewed for completion of all required elements. Completed applications are reviewed by members of one of the Foundation's volunteer scholarship selection committees. After the applications have been reviewed, the Foundation's Board of Directors will review all recommendations and approve the scholarship awards.

Notification of Awards

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.

Payment of Awards

Payments are mailed directly to the recipient's school before the beginning of each semester or school year. Checks are made payable to the school and not to the individual recipient. The scholarship recipient's account will be credited by the amount of the scholarship award.

Scholarship award amounts listed on the website are subject to change.


Contact Beth Heller, Vice President for Scholarship Programs or Ashley Siferd, Program Officer at East Tennessee Foundation.

East Tennessee Foundation scholarships are administered in compliance with ETF's equal opportunity/non-discrimination policy.