Scholarship FAQs

When is the scholarship application deadline?

2019 scholarship applications will be available November 1, 2018 with a deadline of February 15, 2019.

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.

How do I know which scholarships I am eligible for?

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.

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.

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.

Do I use the same user code and password to logon to complete all scholarship applications?

Yes. Please DO NOT create more than one user code (email address) and password.

Do you accept late applications?


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.

How are my letters of recommendation submitted?

Letters of Recommendation submitted for your application are uploaded directly from your recommender. Follow the steps below, which can also be found on your application:

  1. Enter the email address of the individual from whom you are requesting a letter of recommendation. We strongly suggest that you confirm that the individual has agreed to write your letter. NOTE: Do not send more than one email for each Letter of Recommendation question.
  2. Click on "Compose Email" and compose an email to your recommender requesting that he/she write a letter of recommendation for you. Be sure to include your full name and the name of the scholarship in the email.
  3. Click on "Send".
  4. The recommender will then receive your email and an email from East Tennessee Foundation.

Check with your recommenders to be sure they received the emails. This is very important because emails can be blocked by spam filters.

You may submit your application before the letter of recommendation has been uploaded; HOWEVER, letters of recommendation must be received by the application deadline for your application to be complete!

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 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. Click on "Guide to Completing your East Tennessee Foundation Online Scholarship Application" on our website for detailed instructions regarding financial need documents.

PLEASE NOTE: If you are not eligible to submit a FAFSA due to citizenship/immigration status issues, you may still apply for our scholarships! Please contact Beth Heller at for alternate instructions.

How do I upload the required documents to my application?

If the required document exists in an electronic format on your computer, you may upload it by clicking the "Upload a file" button below the question and choose the desired document from your computer.

If you do not have an electronic version, but have access to a scanner, scan the document to create an electronic file and upload it. For documents that are more than one page, make sure you upload all the pages as one document. If you upload pages individually, the new upload will override the previous upload.

If you do not have access to a scanner, you may use "Fax to File" to obtain an electronic copy. Click on "Fax to File" at the top of the screen and follow the directions provided.

If you are unable to upload your required document, you must upload an attachment stating that fact, and it is your responsibility to ensure that the required document is received by East Tennessee Foundation by the deadline.

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.

What if I have questions about a scholarship or about completing my application?

Contact Beth Heller, Vice President for Scholarship Programs, at or Ashley Siferd, Program Officer, at or by telephone toll free at (877) 524-1223.