Financial Aid and Scholarships

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The Free Application for Federal Student Aid is available ON-LINE beginning October 1st. This is the form you will need to complete in order to be eligible for financial aid and most college scholarships. It also serves as the application form for the Tennessee HOPE (lottery) Scholarship!  This financial aid form cannot be submitted until October each year, but complete it as early as possible to ensure you don’t miss out on available state funds.  You may want to LOOK at the site, however, to familiarize yourself with the process. This must be completed with the custodial parent and both the student and parent will need FAFSA ID’s. Learn more at the workshops listed below.


We strongly discourage parents and students from using other FAFSA-related websites, such as; they will charge you money to do what YOU should be able to do for free!

The CSS Profile is another financial aid document that SOME colleges require. Please make sure that the colleges on your list require this, because the process will cost you money for EACH college that the CSS Profile sends your information to; it is not free like the FAFSA.


Important FAFSA Dates

September 14thFAFSA/Senior Parent Night6:00pmCentral High Auditorium
September 15thCoffee with the Counselors
(For those who could not attend Parent Night)
8:00amCentral High Library
October 2ndFAFSA Workshop2:30 PM – 4:00 PMCentral High Library
October 3, 2017
PTSA Meeting
* Senior parents will be in a Financial Aid workshop-Rm108
6:00 PM Central High Library
October 18thFAFSA Workshop8:00am-12:00pmCentral High Library
October 26thFAFSA Workshop3:00pm-5:00pmCentral High Library



Scholarships and financial aid information is communicated through announcements using the school announcement times, social media, and will be listed below.

  • The HOPE Scholarship is awarded to graduates attending a Tennessee college or university who have earned a 3.0 SCS cumulative un-weighted GPA or a 21 ACT composite. Amounts vary based on FAFSA and degree program. This is automatic through the FAFSA. More information September 14.
  • The majority of scholarships are awarded from the institutions themselves. It is extremely important to adhere to those deadlines.
  • There are several free scholarship searches online. NEVER pay for assistance with this process.
  • Look for local scholarships available through churches, community organizations, and employers.

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To be eligible to apply for the Horatio Alger National Scholarship, applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • Be enrolled full time as a high school senior in the United States; be progressing normally toward graduation in spring/summer of 2018 with plans to enter a college in the United States no later than the fall following graduation
  • Exhibit a strong commitment to pursue and complete a bachelor’s degree at an accredited non-profit public or private institution in the United States (students may start their studies at a two-year institution and then transfer to a four-year institution)
  • Demonstrate critical financial need ($55,000 or lower adjusted gross family income is required)
  • Be involved in co-curricular and community service activities
  • Display integrity and perseverance in overcoming adversity
  • Maintain a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 2.0; and
  • Be a United States citizen
Scholarship Information/Deadlines
 TSAC The Tennessee Student Assistance Corporation administers a number of scholarships and grants, including the HOPE Scholarship. Application can be made by  completing the FAFSA application, but some require an additional application.
(click on “For Students”, then “Money for College”, and check them out)
FAFSA Deadlines

Central Students: December 15th, 2017

Tennessee Promise

Tennessee Promise is both a scholarship and mentoring program focused on increasing the number of students that attend college in our state. It provides students a last-dollar scholarship, meaning the scholarship will cover the cost of tuition and mandatory fees not covered by the Pell grant, the HOPE scholarship, or the Tennessee Student Assistance Award. Students may use the scholarship at any of the state’s 13 community colleges and 27 colleges of applied technology

Deadline: October 1st for Central seniors

**Must complete FAFSA by December 15th and attend required meetings to remain eligible

Tennessee HOPE

Administered through FAFSA and activated only when the student meets the 3.0 unweighted GPA or 21 ACT requirement AND lists a Tennessee institution as the first choice on the FAFSA

FAFSA Deadlines

Central Students: December 15th, 2017

Tennessee Strong

The Tennessee STRONG Act creates a four-year pilot program for members of the Tennessee National Guard. Eligible members will qualify for tuition reimbursement toward a first time bachelor’s degree. The bill is part of Haslam’s NextTennessee legislative plan aimed at building and sustaining economic growth and the state’s competitiveness for the next generation of Tennesseans.


  • 19 ACT Composite
  • Enlist in Tennessee National Guard

Additional Information through Mr. Allred or SGT Joseph Lane.


 Horatio Alger Scholarship


Deadline: October 25, 2018

To be eligible to apply for the Horatio Alger National Scholarship, applicants must meet the following criteria:

UNCF is the nation’s largest private scholarship provider to minority group members. Each year, we award more than $100 million in scholarships to more than 10,000 students at more than 1,100 schools across the country, including our prestigious network of 37 HBCUs.

We also manage a variety of scholarship programs, such as the Gates Millennium Scholars Program, the Walton-UNCF K-12 Education Fellowship and the UNCF/Koch Scholars Program.

Each of these programs—as well as dozens of other internships, fellowships and faculty development opportunities—comes with its own eligibility criteria, application requirements and deadlines.

 Tennessee State University The Tennessee State University Memphis Alumni Chapter is offering a $1,000 scholarship for incoming freshmen for the 2018-2019 academic year. This is a tuition scholarship; therefore, all funds go solely towards the student’s tuition balance. $500 is allocated for the Fall semester and $500 is allocated for the Spring Semester. Please share this opportunity with your students who are interested in TSU. The requirements are below

Application requirements include

  • Graduating high school senior
  • Official acceptance by Tennessee State University
  • TSU Identification Number (T-Number)
  • At least a 3.0 grade point average
  • High school transcript
  • ACT/SAT scores
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Information on honors, awards, and activities (service, organization, job, etc.)
  • Personal essay

The deadline for submission is April 1, 2018. Applicants will be notified of approval or denial by May 5, 2018. Students’ final official grades and test scores will be checked by June 1, 2018. Applications can also be accessed through the TSU Memphis Alumni Chapter’s webpage at For questions, please email us at Completed applications can be submitted to Tennessee State University Memphis/Shelby County Alumni Chapter
 P.O. Box 2, Collierville, TN 38027

Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority  Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated-Beta Epsilon Omega Chapter is excited to again offer scholarships to the students in the graduating Class of 2018.


Please share the scholarship applications posted here with qualified high school students.  Together with their families and school counselor/teacher, student applicants should carefully read each application and attend to application requirements for supporting documentation prior to submitting the application.  Please be advised, however, that applicants may only apply in one scholarship category.


Frances M. Duvall Scholarship Application

Multiple one-year scholarships in the amount of $1,000.00 will be awarded to high school students with at least a 3.0 GPA and 19 ACT/940 SAT score in the General, ASCEND, EAF, OBS, TIC, and Sorority Legacy sub-categories.


Frances M. Duvall – Goodwill Promise Scholarship Application

Two one-year scholarships in the amount of $1,000.00 will be awarded to high school students with a 2.50-2.99 GPA and 15-18 ACT/790-900 SAT score who demonstrate academic promise and who is a first-generation college student or displays a financial need.


Fannie Spence Leake Scholarship Application

One renewable scholarship in the amount of $1,000.00 per year for up to four years will be awarded to a high school student with at least a 3.0 GPA and 19 ACT/940 SAT score who demonstrates evidence of twenty (20) hours of community service.


Willye Lee Branch Scholarship 

One one-year scholarship in the amount of $1,000.00 will be awarded to an Education major at The LeMoyne-Owen College with a 3.0 GPA and 19 ACT/940 SAT score.



The Alpha Memphis Education Foundation  The Alpha Memphis Education Foundation – the educational arm of the Alpha Delta Lambda chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. – has officially opened its annual scholarship application for the 2017-2018 academic season.  AMEF seeks graduating male high school seniors who have demonstrated academic excellence, and who will pursue collegiate education in the Fall of 2018.  Completed applications must be received by 14 April 2018 for consideration, and can be accessed via Alpha Memphis Education website,, under public documents.



Driven by one of the fraternity’s most exalted aims – “Scholarship” – the Alpha Memphis Education Foundation remains committed to fostering an appreciation for education, erudition, and the development of young minds by assisting high achieving students in their endeavors to attend college.  Furthermore, the foundation sees its annual scholarship as one way of investing into the life of the communities in which it serves, and as a means for eradicating structural and systemic inequality surrounding educational access.


One of the greatest minds of the twentieth century, W.E.B. Du Bois (himself a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.), once noted, “Intelligence, broad sympathy, knowledge of the world that was and is, and of the relation of men to it – this is the curriculum of that Higher Education which must underlie true life.”  Dr. Du Bois understood, more than many of his generation, that the transformative power of a well-rounded education was needed to improve the conditions of the self, the community, and the nation.  AMEF has dedicated itself to that clarion call.


Scholarship recipients will be announced on 17 April 2018, and will be subsequently honored by the foundation and fraternity.  If there are any questions about the annual scholarship and its application, AMEF specifically, or Alpha Delta Lambda in general, please contact Larry D. McHatch Jr. at

Curtis Johnson Scholarship  

The 2nd Annual Curtis L. Johnson Memorial Scholarship:  This scholarship will award a deserving  local High School seniors majoring in Computer Science or a related field.   HS Students must also have a passion and interest for helping end senseless gun violence that has surrounded our Memphis community.  Because of the generosity and support of many donors last year, we were able to award 5 seniors $1000.00 each.


Students can apply online at


The deadline for submission is March 31, 2018 at 11:59 cst. 

 Nursing Schools Almanac has just launched its fourth annual Aspiring Nurse Scholarship. Our website will award a $1,000 scholarship to a future nurse in the high school graduating class of 2018.


We will award this scholarship to the applicant who best demonstrates:

+ A track record of academic excellence, particularly in science and mathematics

+ A passion for the nursing profession and the overall field of healthcare


This scholarship competition is open to all high school seniors who plan to pursue college education in nursing, including LPN / LVN, ADN, and BSN programs. Scholarship applications will be accepted until midnight on August 31, 2018.


Interested students may visit and click the banner on the right-hand side of the website’s homepage. Here they’ll find detailed scholarship information and the official application form.


We welcome you to include information about our scholarship competition on your school’s website. Please feel free to spread the word via social media as well.


Your students may also find our website a helpful reference for their college search. We provide the most complete online directory of U.S. nursing schools. I’ve included below our most popular article on your state, which profiles a comprehensive list of accredited local nursing schools. Feel free to post this link among your online college counseling resources:

Church’s Scholars Program  Church’s Scholars

Due February 15th, 2018


American Association of Blacks in Energy

 AABE Scholarship

Due March 15, 2018

*Hard copies available in guidance

Community Foundation of Greater Memphis Community Foundation Scholarships

Due April 2. 2018

A Step Ahead Foundation In partnership with Girls, Inc. and BankTennessee, we are proud to announce that we are now accepting applications for the 2018-2019 Step Ahead Scholarship. The scholarship is available to any 17 – 35 year old female Shelby County resident with plans to attend an accredited institution of post secondary education. Scholarships of a minimum of $2,000 will be awarded from a $200,000 fund. The application deadline is April 2nd.
Biology Majors


The Biology Department at Middle Tennessee State University has three $1,500 scholarships available to first-semester freshman.  The recipients of the awards must be graduating high school seniors, must declare Biology as their major and be entering MTSU for the Fall 2018 semester.  Successful applicants will also need to demonstrate an interest in the life sciences and have career aspirations in a biological field.  The scholarships will be awarded based on the students’ ACT scores, high-school GPA, and their responses on the attached application form.  In order to apply, a student must have an ACT score of 25 or better and a high-school GPA of 3.5 or above.  The deadline for application is March 31, 2018. 


If you have questions, please contact Tammy Howell at 615-898-2847 or with “freshman scholarship” in the subject line.

 Bio_Freshman_Scholarship_App 2018

 Region’s Riding Forward Scholarship Essay

How to Enter

1. Complete an online application

Click to enter the Regions Riding Forward Scholarship Essay Contest between January 15, 2018, and February 28, 2018. Complete and save all requested information.

2. Write your essay

Choose the African-American you want to write about. It could be someone famous, a relative or a person you know. Just make sure the individual inspires and motivates you. For guidance, review the “How to Enter” instructions and the “Contest Judging Criteria” in sections 4 and 5 of the Official Rules, and be sure your essay is 500 words or less. You can write your essay directly in the application or you can copy and paste it into the appropriate area in the application form.

3. Review and submit

Review your information, check your essay for spelling and submit your entry by 11:59:59 p.m. Central Time on February 28, 2018.

4. Await notification

Winning essays are selected by an independent panel of judges who are not affiliated with Regions. Students with winning essays will be notified by International Scholarship and Tuition Services (ISTS) in April or May 2018. If your essay is selected, you will need to respond to ISTS with the required information. Scholarship checks will be awarded by July 31, 2018.

Sonja Crumble Finer Womanhood Scholarship

The Sonja Crumble Finer Womanhood Scholarship Application 2018

*Hard copies or printing available in guidance

 The Sonja Crumble Finer Womanhood Scholarship is named in honor of an extraordinary sorority sister, Ms. Sonja Crumble, who was a Charter Member of the Chi Lambda Zeta Chapter, as well as an esteemed educator for over 20 years. Ms. Crumble was employed by the legacy Memphis City Schools district and the Unified Shelby County Schools district. She had the privilege and opportunity to work with a group of diverse students during her educational career.

The Sonja Crumble Finer Womanhood Scholarship is a competitive scholarship, and will be awarded in the amount of $500.00. The recipient must currently attend a public, charter, private, or parochial high school within Shelby County. This is a one-time scholarship and will be distributed to the selected recipient during the Fall 2018 semester, upon proof of enrollment in a four year college or university.
Applicants should review the attached information and ensure that all requirements have been addressed. All application materials must be returned to the Chi Lambda Zeta Chapter and postmarked by the deadline, Sunday, April 1st, 2018,

 Federal Student Loans

All federal student loans are part of FAFSA award packages. Loans are sometimes necessary, but you should know the different types as well as the repayment options. Click the link below to learn more:

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