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Walters State Community College offers many types of scholarships for students within our service area. A committee comprised of faculty, administration, and students select all recipients. This process gives consideration to high school GPA, ACT scores, post-secondary GPA and other demographic information such as county of residency, program of study, and availability of funds.

WSCC Scholarship Application
available September 2nd - March 15th for the following fall term
All students are encouraged to apply

Application Period Begins
September 2nd
Application Period Ends

March 17th (Deadline extended)  
The deadline for submission is March 17th.
Late applications will not be accepted.

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The WSCC Scholarship Committee meets in April of each year to review scholarship data and to make the awards. Each award recipient will be notified by mail regarding the type of scholarship they have been offered. Students are required to submit a scholarship acceptance form by the date indicated on the letter in order to be eligible for the scholarship. Once all acceptance letters are received, additional scholarships may be awarded based on scholarship offers that were declined.

Like other types of financial aid, scholarships come with responsibility and retention standards. It is the responsibility of the student to know and understand what is expected of them in order to retain the scholarship for future terms if applicable. Minimally students are required to meet WSCC's Satisfactory Academic Progress Standards (SAP); however, some scholarships have more stringent GPA requirements, enrollment status requirements, duration limits and work requirements.

Walters State Promise

At Walters State, we value the academic accomplishments of students from our area. Through the Walters State Promise Scholarship Program, we are guaranteeing scholarships to students who meet certain academic requirements. Like the Tennessee Promise, the purpose of the Walters State Promise is to help students achieve their educational goals. It funds costs, such as textbooks and travel expenses, not covered by the Tennessee Promise or other financial aid.

Walters State Promise

Senators Scholars
Senators Scholars Dual Enrollment Award
Senators Dual Enrollment Achievement Award
Senators Adult Learner Completion Award

Complete the WSCC Scholarship Application for the following Promise scholarships

Senators Scholars
$1000 per semester

Minimum 3.7 high school GPA and 26 national or state ACT score must be achieved prior to fall semester starting date

Beginning with the class of 2015, awarded to graduating seniors who meet above academic requirements beginning fall 2015

Must maintain full-time enrollment at least 12 credit hours

Awardable for maximum of first four continuously enrolled semesters excluding summer

Must maintain an overall institutional 2.75 college GPA

75 hour per semester institutional work requirement

Senators Scholars Dual Enrollment Award
$500 per semester

Supplemental award to former dual enrollment students who meet Senators Scholars requirements and have at least 12 institutional earned hours of college credit with a 3.0 college GPA

Awardable for four continuous semesters as long as Senators Scholars eligibility is maintained


Senators Dual Enrollment Achievement Award
$500 per semester

Awarded to graduating seniors who have earned at least 12 institutional hours of college credit with 3.0 college GPA as a Walters State dual enrollment student beginning fall 2015

Must be enrolled full-time at least 12 credit hours

Awardable for maximum of four continuous semesters excluding summer

Must maintain an overall institutional 2.75 college GPA

40 hour per semester institutional work requirement

Senators Adult Learner Completion Award
$250 per semester

Awarded to adult student 26 years of age or older

Have earned between 40 and 70 college hours with minimum 3.0 college GPA

Must enroll in minimum of 6 credit hours per semester

Must be within 15 credit hours of current degree completion

Must maintain overall institutional 3.0 college GPA

1 meeting per semester with retention staff member to discuss academic plan and completion

If you don't meet the above criteria for a Walters State Promise Scholarship, you may qualify for other scholarships at Walters State. Make sure you complete a Walters State Scholarship Application.

GEAR-UP TN Scholarship
Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs

Application: N/A

Award: The full GEAR UP TN Scholarship amount is $1,000 for students enrolled at least half time in an eligible institution.  Students enrolled less than half time in an eligible institution of higher education qualify for 50% of the full GEAR UP TN Scholarship award.  

Renewal : The GEAR UP TN Scholarship is renewable for up to six years after the student’ scheduled completion of secondary school.  Students must complete an Intent to Enroll Form annually.  Funds are awarded on a first come first served basis as funds are available.

Students who withdrawal from classes will be subject to the refund policy of the institution.


  • Student must be less than 22 years of age at the time of first scholarship award.
  • Student must receive a secondary school diploma or its recognized equivalent on or after January 1, 1993.
  • Student must enroll in a program of undergraduate instruction at a Federal Pell Grant Program eligible institution of higher education.
  • Student must have participated in a GEAR UP TN activity as a member of the class scheduled to graduate in the 2010-2011 academic year while at a public high school or middle school participating in GEAR UP TN in Cocke or Union county.

This discretionary federal grant program is designed to increase the number of low-income students who are prepared to enter and succeed in postsecondary education. GEAR UP serves an entire cohort of students beginning no later than the seventh grade and follows the cohort through high school. Students for the program were selected during their 7th grade and tracked through high school and post-secondary education. Currently Cocke and Union counties are the only counties in our service area that are participating in this federal program.

Robert C. Byrd Scholarship – State Scholarship
Awarded by TSAC

Application: Application available from TSAC

Award: $1,500 per year

Deadline: March 1


  • TN Residents
  • HS/GED received one year prior
  • Degree seeking
  • 3.5 HS GPA or 570 GED or a 3.0 GPA and a 24 ACT
  • Undergraduate
  • Meeting SAP (Satisfactory Academic Progress)
  • Not in default of student loan or owe a federal repayment

The Robert C. Byrd Honors Scholarship Program provides aid for Tennessee residents who meet citizenship requirements and who will be graduating from high school, or received a GED no more than one year prior to the award year. Recipients are identified from among qualified applicants utilizing a scientifically based stratified random selection procedure.

Ned McWherter Scholars Program – State Scholarship
Awarded by TSAC

Approx. 50 awards per year throughout the state

Application: Application available from TSAC

Award: Up to $6,000 per year

Deadline: February 15


  • U.S. Citizen
  • TN Residents
  • Full-time
  • Degree seeking
  • 3.5 HS GPA and an ACT/SAT in the top 5% nationally
  • Undergraduate
  • Meeting Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP)
  • Not in default of student loan or owe a federal repayment

The Ned McWherter Scholars Program is intended to encourage academically superior Tennessee high school graduates to attend college in Tennessee. One-Half of the award is from the State and must be matched on a 1:1 basis by the college or university attended.

Academic Performance Scholarship

Application: WSCC Scholarship Application (deadline 3/15)

Award: $2,000 year; $1,000 per term (renewable for second year)

*student must submit an individual graduation plan


  • Minimum high school G.P.A. 2.9 and ACT of 19
  • Attended high school in our ten county area.
  • Awarded at the annual scholarship meeting in April.

Academic Service Award

Application: Recommendation in writing.

Award: $3,600 year; $1,800 per term (renewable for second year)


  • Minimum high school G.P.A. 2.9 and ACT of 19
  • Utilize special talents to the service of the college from one of the following areas:
    • WSCC Debate Team
    • Theatre
    • Music
    • Athletic Team (men's basketball, women's basketball, baseball, softball, golf, and volleyball)
  • 2nd year student will be required to submit graduation plan