East Tennessee Foundation Scholarships

Investing in Our Region’s Future: Empowerment Through Education                                    

Thanks to the generosity of our donors dedicated to investing in students' futures, we administer 79 scholarship funds. East Tennessee Foundation (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.

How to Support Our Scholarships

To make a donation to any of our scholarship funds, please click here. To learn about starting a scholarship fund, please click here or contact Beth Heller at bheller@etf.org.

All 2023-2024 materials and applications are available on this website November 15, 2022 - February 1, 2023.*

*The Steven L. Coffey Middle College Memorial Scholarship, the Spenser F. Powell Memorial Law Scholarship and the Haley Elise Van Pelt Scholarship applications are available April 1, 2023, and the deadline is June 1, 2023.

The 2023 East Tennessee Foundation Common Application is open November 15, 2022 - February 1, 2023. The Common Application provides the simplicity of completing one application for 71 scholarships! Stand-alone applications are also be available for seven additional scholarships. Please see descriptions of our Common Application and Stand-alone applications on our How to Apply page.

Preparing to Apply for a Scholarship:

  1. Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), which will provide you with the Student Aid Report (SAR.) Many ETF scholarships consider the student's financial need in the selection process.
  2. If you are not eligible to submit the FAFSA due to citizenship/immigration status, you may still apply for many of our scholarships.
  3. Get your most up-to-date transcript (official or unofficial.)
  4. Consider possible individuals to ask for a letter of recommendation, if requested.
  5. Carefully read the Guide to Completing Your ETF Scholarship Application.
  6. Carefully read the How to Apply page.

The Determination Process

Scholarship recipients are selected based upon the specific criteria of each scholarship program. Each scholarship application is reviewed for completion of all required elements. Completed applications are reviewed by members of one of the Foundation's scholarship selection committees. Committee members recommend students to receive scholarship awards. The Foundation's Board of Directors will review all recommendations and approve the awards.

Notification of Awards

If you are awarded a scholarship, you will receive an award packet from ETF explaining everything you need to know about your scholarship and next steps. ETF staff make every effort to notify all applicants of their status; however, if you have not received notification by July 1, 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, trimester, 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 our website are subject to change.


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

East Tennessee Foundation (ETF) respects, celebrates, and encourages diversity that positively contributes to our community. ETF is an equal opportunity provider of services and employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, gender, familial status, sexual orientation, age, disability, covered veteran status, or any other classification protected by federal, state, or local law. ETF encourages its grantee and partner organizations to adhere to these principles.