Apply for Foundation aid

Foundation Scholarship deadline March 1

Are you returning to Volunteer State Community College in the fall?

How are you going to pay for it?

The first step you should take is to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).  This will determine your eligibility for federal financial aid like Pell Grants, state programs like the HOPE and lottery scholarships and other income-based programs.

The FAFSA should be completed early; just as soon as your taxes are filed (you will need to enter information from the return).  Some funding programs are available in a first-come-first-served format, so the early bird gets the worm.

Whether or not you qualify for income-based aid, the next step should be right here at Vol State.

The Vol State Foundation awards more than 200 scholarships, totaling nearly $300,000 each year, according to the school’s website.

In order to qualify for a piece of that proverbial pie, students must complete the scholarship application available at aid.  Click on “Scholarships and Waivers,” then follow the instructions.

With only one application, a student is eligible for all scholarships.

The bulk of the application is fill-in-the-blank.  You will need to list your total income, based upon this year’s tax forms.  Students who are under 24 will be required to provide parent information, including income.

The foundation does require a 2.75 cumulative GPA for eligibility.

The final portion of the application is a short essay, which requires you to “write briefly ‘Why I am applying for a scholarship.

“You will be asked to include your future plans as they relate to your area of study as well as any special circumstances regarding your financial situation.”

The priority deadline for the foundation application is March 1.  Students who have completed the application by that date will have a better chance than those who wait.

Some of the foundation scholarships are very specific in their requirements.  For example, the White House Kiwanis Club scholarship is given to a “graduate of White House High School with a 2.5 GPA, member of WHHS Key Club in good standing with 50 hours minimum accumulated service to home, school & community. Recipient selected by Kiwanis Club of White House committee.”

Others are very general, with a deserving student chosen from a larger pool.

There’s a lot of money out there.  Now, go and get your share!


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