Tennessee Scholars Requirements:

The benefits of graduating as a Tennessee Scholar are scholarships, job preferential hiring, a better preparation for success in college, and/or the workforce, rewards and recognition from business, gives you a global competitive edge, and the chance to better career. If you are interested in the rewards and benefits of graduating as a Tennessee Scholar, please check with your school counselor. All rewards, scholarships, and benefits associated with being a Tennessee Scholar are non-competitive.

The requirements are listed below:

 2012 Graduates2013 Graduates and Beyond


 Tennessee Scholars11,12 graduates Tennessee Scholars 2013 graduates and beyond Tennessee Diploma Path  2013 and beyond
English4 credits4 credits in standard or above 4 credits
Math4 credits (Alg.I,II, Geometry, & 1 higher math4 credits (Alg.I,II, Geometry, & 1 higher math required“Bridge math does not count for TN Scholars”4 credits (These courses could be regular, integrated or technical, 4th year of math can be a bridge math class)
Science3 credits in lab science(Biology and  Chemistry, plus another lab science( Physic preferred)3 credits in lab science Biology and Chemistry required  plus 1 other lab science (Physics Preferred)3 creditsBiology, chemistry or physics, and one other lab science
Social Studies3 credits 3creditsMust meet state TDP requirements3 credits 
Personal Finance .5 credit.5 credit
Additional RequirementsAny combination of two 2 CTE credits or2 additional AP classes or 2 Dual Credit, Dual Enrollment, online classes or2 Additional International Baccalaureate Any combination of two 2 CTE credits or2 additional AP classes or 2 Dual Credit, Dual Enrollment, online classes or2 Additional International Baccalaureate  3 credit elective
Foreign language2 credits in same language(CANNOT OPT OUT)2 credits in same language(CANNOT OPT OUT)2 credits  in same languageCan opt out if not going to college
Fine Arts1 credit (CANNOT OPT OUT)1 credit (CANNOT OPT OUT)1 credit( Can opt out if not going to college)
Physical Education and health WellnessMust satisfy the requirements for TDP 1.5 credit
Attendance 95% Required(9days per year or  no more than 36 total days in 4 years  95% Required(9days per year or no  more than 36 total days in 4 years) 
DisciplineNo “out of school suspensions”No “out of school suspensions” 
Volunteer Service40 hours 80 hours in 4 years  
AverageMaintain “C” average. Maintain “C” average in all Tennessee Scholars classesPass subjects

****Dual and online credit is acceptable to fulfill the requirements to be a Tennessee Scholar. In 2009 56.5% of Tennessee students who took the minimum Tennessee Scholars course requirements met all four benchmarks for College and Career Readiness.  Average ACT score of 2011 Tennessee Scholars is 23.5.



Benefits for Being a Tennessee Scholar

      I.            Scholarships:

1.      All Technology Center give tuition assistance to Tennessee Scholars

2.      Students get financial assistance at the following other post secondary institutions (Certain Criteria apply) :


1. Cleveland State in Cleveland $1500             

2. Bryan College in Dayton $500

4. Walters State Community College $300

5. Roane State Community College $500

6. Mountain Empire Community College in Scott County, VA (Full)

7. East TN State University in Johnson City (Private endowment for Johnson City      area only)

8. Northeast State Community College

9. Volunteer State University full tuition (Sumner County Residents only)

10.  Lee University   $2500

11. Union University $2500 per year for 4 years

12.  Other Universities offer small scholarships if the Tennessee Scholar shows the transcript showing they have met the criteria. They must ask each individual institution.  This is not an announced scholarship, but a last dollars scholarship. All Tennessee universities are aware of the criteria for Tennessee Scholars.  

II.            Rewards and Incentives

1.   Medallion worn at graduation

2.   Gold seal on diploma

3.   Permanent stamp on diploma

4.   Job preferential hiring

5.   Local, state, and national recognition

6.   Extra rewards and incentives given by business leaders for staying on track each year in high school as a Tennessee Scholar

7.   Better prepared for greatest number of options when graduate(workforce, post secondary or military)


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