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Students/Seniors Heavily Encouraged to Apply for Scholarships

Students are heavily encouraged to try and apply for many of the scholarships that are readily available for them in the Counseling department. The Walters State Foundation offers over $500,000 in scholarships each year. Students who plan to attend Walters State are encouraged to complete the Walters State Foundation Scholarship Application. The deadline to apply is Feb. 1, 2024. Scholarships are awarded based on many factors. Some are reserved for residents of certain counties or students majoring in a particular field. Many are based on academic achievement, while others are focused on financial need. Scholarships may be available in areas such as athletics, debate and music. Funding for scholarships is provided through endowments and donations made by generous donors to the Walters State Foundation.  Scholarship funds can be applied to tuition, books, transportation and other college-related expenses. For more information about financial aid or available scholarships, contact the Walters State Financial Aid Office at 423-585-6811. Below are six active scholarships that students can feel free to apply for.


John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Essay Contest- students in grades 9-12 are eligible to participate. All students must register online here. This website has a complete list of guidelines.

Deadline: Jan. 12, 2024


The American Legion High School Oratorical Scholarship Program- “A Constitutional Speech Contest” aims to develop a deeper knowledge and appreciation of the Constitution of the United States on the part of high school students. Students in grades 9-12 are eligible to participate. Visit www.tennesseelegion.org for full contest details. The Department of Tennessee awards $6,000 each year and the state winner competes for another $25,000 at the national level.

Deadline: Jan. 26, 2024


Horatio Alger Association Scholarship- provide financial assistance to students throughout the nation who have financial need and have exhibited integrity and perseverance in overcoming personal adversity.  Scholarship criteria also include high school graduation, demonstrate financial need, commitment to pursue and complete a bachelor’s degree, and United States citizenship. Apply online here.

Deadline: March 15, 2024


Young American Creative Patriotic Art Contest- Students in grades 9-12 are to submit an original two-dimensional piece of artwork.  Entry must have completed during the current school year.  Entries must be submitted to VFW Post 5266 Auxiliary by March 31, 2024. Students begin by competing at the local VFW level. The first-place winner from each Auxiliary advances to the state competition. First place from state level compete for their share of $34,500 in national awards, and the national first-place winner is awarded a $15,000 scholarship.  Download an entry form online.

Deadline: March 31, 2024


3-Dimensional Patriotic Art Contest -Students in grades 9-12 are to submit an original three-dimensional piece of artwork.  Entry must have completed during the current school year.  Entries must be submitted to VFW Post 5266 Auxiliary by March 31, 2024. Students begin by competing at the local VFW level. The first-place winner from each Auxiliary advances to the state competition. First place from state level compete for their share of $5,500 in national awards, and the national first-place winner is awarded a $2,500 scholarship.  Download an entry form online.

Deadline: March 31, 2024


Appalachian Fair Scholarship-  $1,000 scholarships. Student must have participated in Appalachian Fair within past two years, minimum 2.5 GPA, three letters of recommendation, essay on why you want the scholarship.  The application can be found in the Counseling Office Google Classroom, or see Mrs. Gillett for a paper copy.

Deadline: April 10, 2024

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