Scholarship FAQs

When is the scholarship application deadline?

The deadline for most 2022 scholarships is February 15, 2022.

The Steven L. Coffey Middle College Memorial Scholarship and the Spenser F. Powell Memorial Law Scholarship applications will be available April 1, 2022, and the deadline is June 1, 2022.

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 and board, gas/transportation, technology, childcare, etc.), you may be able to apply your ETF scholarship award to these additional educational expenses.

Do you accept late applications?

No. Please be sure to allow plenty of time for questions you may have, technology issues, gather and upload all required documents, and answer all application questions well before the deadline. We do not accept incomplete applications.

Know that you can work on parts of your application at any time in draft form, but you must finish and submit by the deadline.

What financial documentation is required for those scholarships for which financial need is a consideration?

A copy of the first page of your Student Aid Report (SAR) which includes your Expected Family Contribution (EFC) in the upper right-hand corner. To view a sample of the SAR, please click here.
The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is an application students and their families must complete in order to be considered for federal financial aid and the Tennessee HOPE Lottery Scholarship. The SAR is the report received by the student that summarizes the student's financial need and provides the official EFC number. If you do not have your SAR, we will accept a copy of your completed FAFSA. Click on Guide to Completing Your Common Scholarship Application or Guide to Completing Your Stand-alone Scholarship Application for detailed instructions regarding financial need documents.

NOTE: If you are not eligible to submit a FAFSA due to citizenship/immigration status, you may still apply for our scholarships.

How do I upload the required documents to my application?

  1. 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 application question and choose the desired document from your computer.
  2. 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. NOTE: Please do not upload an encrypted document. 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 overwrite the previous upload.
  3. 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.
  4. If you are unable to upload your required document, you must upload an attachment stating this fact, and it is your responsibility to ensure 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 1, 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 Butler, Program Officer, at or by telephone toll free at (877) 524-1223.

Where can I explain a change in my or my family’s circumstances due to the pandemic?

There are questions on the application where you can describe any special financial, family, pandemic-related, or other extenuating circumstances impacting your and your family’s ability to pay for your post-secondary education that you would like us to consider.

Does it cost money to apply for a scholarship?

There is no charge to apply.

How will I know which scholarships I am eligible for?

Based on your answers to the eligibility questions on our Common Application, you will see a list of ETF scholarships for which you are eligible to apply. You will then need to answer additional questions in order to complete the applications for the specific scholarships listed.

In addition, there are seven stand-alone scholarship opportunities that require separate individual applications. They are listed and described on the How to Apply page of our online scholarship portal and our website.

You may be selected as a recipient for more than one scholarship.

If I am awarded a scholarship, do I get the check?

No. Payments are mailed directly to your school before the beginning of each semester, trimester, or school year. Checks are made payable to the school, and your account will be credited by the amount of the scholarship award.

How are the scholarship decisions made?

Scholarship recipients are selected based upon the specific criteria of each scholarship program. 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.