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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 15th
The deadline for submission is March 15th.
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.

Tennessee Promise

High School Seniors may apply for the Tennessee Promise scholarship, which will provide two years of tuition-free attendance at a community or technical college in Tennessee.

Walters State Promise

Class of 2015

Community Service Requirement

Complete 8 hours for each semester you receive Tennessee Promise funding, to be completed before the start of each term.  Students may begin to work on their service hours January 1, 2015.

Click here for more information regarding the community service requirement.

August 1
prior to Fall Semester 
December 1
prior to Spring Semester

Failure to complete the community service requirement will result in the loss of the Tennessee Promise scholarship.

Already completed your service requirement?

Please click here to fill out the required Community Service Form.

Still need service hours?

Explore local community service organizations

Click on a County name below to expand and view available options:


  • Upper Room Ministries
    Contact Joheny Russell at 423-489-7773.

    Upper Room Ministries are in need of volunteers to assist with Hand Up food distribution to whoever is in need in Claiborne County. Individual volunteers and groups work together on Friday to count items, check dates on food items, sort and categorize donated items, and box for the food distribution on Saturday. Saturday volunteers will assist with distribution and if needed, assisting food boxes to vehicles. Hand Up is held on the second Friday and Saturday of each month and is located on Hwy 33S, New Tazewell, TN (across from Gose Park).
  • Claiborne County Habitat for Humanity
    Contact or 865-278-3547 to volunteer.
  • Goodwill Thrift Store
    To volunteer at the New Tazewell store, contact 423-626-1909.

    To volunteer at the Rutledge store, contact 865-828-5663.
  • Regional Education Center
    Contact Roger Hansard at 423-526-7513
    1724 Epps St.
  • Manna House
    Contact Lisa Perry at 423-626-8765
    3230 Hwy. 25E
  • Servolution
    Contact Tammy Anstett at 423-851-1086
    245 Powell Valley School Lane, Speedwell, TN 37870
  • Pump Springs Baptist
    Contact Greg Ball at 423-869-8323
    225 Pump Springs Road, Harrogate, TN 37752
  • Cumberland Gap National Park
    Contact Pam Eddy at 606-246-1072
    91 Bartlett Park Road, Middlesboro, KY 40965

Cocke County

  • Volunteer Income Tax Aide in Newport, TN at Newport Housing. Training is required to be a tax aide or a greeter. Please contact Carlene Robinson for more information. 423-623-7296 ext. 4 or at
  • Cocke County Habitat for Humanitycheck their website or call 423-625-9748.
  • Newport Animal Shelter
    check their website, email or call 423-623-1010.


  • Lakeway Area Habitat for Humanity
    Check out their website or call 423-586-9431 for more information.
  • Grainger County Humane Society
    Call 865-567-0832 for more information.
  • Hope Reins
    Check out their website, email or call 423-921-4525.

    Hope Reins (645 Wachtel Road, Bean Station, TN 37708) accepts volunteers to work with rescue horses. Opportunities include horse care, grounds maintenance, landscaping, help with riding lessons for at-risk children, and more.


  • Greene County Schools
    Main Office - 423-639-4194
  • Greene Co Humane Society
  • Mustang Alley Horse Rescue
  • Boys & Girls Club of Greeneville & Greene County
  • Greene County Road Superintendent
  • Greene Co. Skills
  • Greene Co. Firewood Ministry
    David Andrew at 423-552-5301
  • The Living Free Complex
  • Sunrise Community
    Stacy Knight Songer at 423-636-1333 ext. 312
  • Habitat for Humanity
  • Hill Street Church of God
  • Lakebridge Health Care Center, Home office in Johnson City
  • Living Free Center of Hope
  • Davy Crockett State Park
    Contact park manager Bill Knapp at 423-257-2167

    Davy Crockett State Park is currently needs volunteers for trail construction and maintenance in an attempt to meet a state park initiative of having the nation’s best trail system! Trail work would consist of brush and vegetation removal, weed eating, leveling trails with shovels and other hand tools, adding signage, shorter distance hiking, and more. Volunteers will always be within a quarter mile of a main road and bathroom.

  • Rural Resources
  • Doak Elementary School
    Jessie Beth Miller at 423-638-3197


  • Helen Ross McNabb Center
    For more information, please contact Rebecca McKnight at or 865- 392-9176.

    The Helen Ross McNabb Center has several special events throughout the year to raise funds for mental health services to families in East Tennessee. Volunteers are needed for the following events:
    • Big BBQ Bash – June 26-27, 2015 at Founder’s Square in Maryville, TN
    • Russell Bivens Clayfest Tournament – August 7-8, 2015 at Chilhowee Sportsman Club in Maryville, TN
    • Evening of Hope – August 15, 2015 at Morristown Hamblen High School West in Morristown, TN
    • Knoxville Challenger – November 1-8, 2015 at University of Tennessee Goodfriend Tennis Center in Knoxville, TN
    • Dear Santa – December 7-11, 2015 at John Tarlton campus in Knoxville, TN
  • Panther Creek State Park
    Contact Tara Wethington at or 423-587-7046.

    Weekly volunteer opportunities are available at Panther Creek State Park (2010 Panther Creek Road, Morristown, TN 37814) including maintenance and janitorial work, exotic plant and litter removal, administrative tasks and assistance with programs and special events. Please call ahead to schedule a volunteer day.
  • Memory Care Unity at Regency Retirement Village
    For more information, contact Cristi Coats at or 318-617-7735 (call or text).

    The Regency Retirement Village is looking for volunteers to serve residence. Students can simply visit residents, sing, do activities, etc.
    • Volunteers are needed June 15-19 before 4:30 pm; July 9 at 9 am or 3 pm; and/or July 10-11.
  • The Latino Task Force in Morristown
    Please contact Willie Santana at 423-586-3083 or

    The LTF is a group formed for the purpose of linking Latinos with organizations and businesses for the promotion of strong and unified communities. The LTF in Morristown is in need of volunteers to provide administration support with several projects.
  • Stepping out Ministries in Morristown
    Please contact Melanie Owens at 423-748-9910 for more information.
  • Dumplin Valley Boys and Girls Club, White Pine, TN.
    Please contact Melissa Johnson at 865-761-0146 or

    Volunteers are needed in the education room to tutor students from kindergarten to fifth grade in the afternoons, Mondays through Thursdays.
  • Douglas Cherokee Economic Authority and Hamblen Interagency Coalition
    Contact Cassandra “KC” Curberson-Alvarado at 423-318-6912 or

    The Douglas Cherokee Economic Authority and any organization associated with the Hamblen Interagency Coalition will gladly accept volunteers.
  • Lakeway Area Habitat for Humanity
    Check out their website or call 423-586-9431 for more information.


  • Over Home Animal Rescue
    For more information about volunteering with their rescue animals, email


  • Hawkins Habitat for Humanity
    Email or call 423-272-1830 for more information.
  • Hawkins County Humane Society Animal Shelter
    To volunteer at the animal shelter, call 423-272-6538.
  • Meals on Wheels – Rogersville Senior Center
    Contact 865-272-9186 for more information.
  • Of One Accord Ministry
    Contact or 423-272-4626 to volunteer.

    Of One Accord Ministry is looking for volunteers to help with the food pantry, sort clothes at the thrift store, assist in home repairs, deliver meals to the elderly, and more.


  • Appalachian Outreach
    Please contact or call 865-475-5611 for more information.

    Appalachian Outreach is a poverty relief ministry in partnership with the community providing home repairs, food baskets, clothing, firewood, and shelter. Volunteers are needed on an on-going basis, but must serve in a minimum of two-hour increments.
  • Jefferson County Habitat for Humanity
    Contact or call 865-741-0069 for more information.


  • The Old Mill in Pigeon Forge
    If you are interested, call Amy Harper or Kathy Voncannon at 865-430-5727.

    Dates Vary; 8:00 am. The owners of The Old Mill in Pigeon Forge give the coins from their fountain to the United Way. They need volunteers to help remove the coins from the fountain. They remove the coins once a week, beginning at 8:00 am. It takes about an hour, and involves using a wet vac, as well as manually removing coins from crevices, etc. Volunteers will need to wear old tennis shoes or rain boots. The Old Mill/United Way will provide gloves. There is room for three volunteers in the fountain at a time. Dates are flexible.
  • Sevier County Public Library
    Please contact Kathy Bradley at

    The Sevier County Public Library has various volunteer opportunities available.
  • Seven Islands State Birding Park
    Contact Ranger Tyler Farrar at or 865-306-4839.

    Seven Islands State Birding Park (2809 Kelly Ln, Kodak, TN) is welcome to assist Park Rangers with park maintenance and special events. Volunteer groups are accepted anytime. Please contact the park in advance to schedule dates.


  • Union County Humane Society
    Contact Tammy Rouse at or 865-992-7969 for volunteer opportunities.
  • Union County Historical Society
    Contact JV Waller at or 865-599-4385.

    The Union County Historical Society is looking for volunteers, especially on Sunday afternoons.
  • Maynardville Public Library
    Contact Chantay Collins at or 865-924-3107.

    Volunteer opportunities are available at the public library. Visit the website for more information.
  • Luttrell Public Library
    Contact Kimberly Todd at or 865-206-1788.

    Volunteer opportunities are available at the public library. Visit the website for more information.

View the Full List of Opportunities in East Tennessee

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 24 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

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
$1000 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

75 hour per semester institutional work requirement

Senators Adult Learner Completion Award
$250 per semester

Awarded to adult student 25 years of age or older

Have earned at least 40 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