Foundation Scholarship and Criteria

Southwest scholarships are dependent upon availability of funds and may not be awarded every year.

A completed Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) application is required for all types of financial aid awarded at Southwest including scholarships. You must complete a FAFSA application even if you do not believe that you are eligible for grant programs.

Scholarships are available for tuition and fees for an academic year.  Scholarship is renewable provided criteria are maintained.  

Emerging Student Scholarships


  1. Returning adults or freshmen may apply.
  2. May be currently enrolled in developmental courses
  3. Applicant must agree to work with an advisor and a coach throughout their academic career.
  4. Applicant should qualify as financially disadvantaged (i.e. Must demonstrate financial need (Maximum family income must not exceed 80% of the HUD median family income for the Memphis Metropolitan Area for 2011.  Income must not exceed $46,240.00) or classified as at-risk, i.e.—first generation, underprepared students (those with low ACT scores), adult learners, veterans, etc.
  5. Full or part-time student are eligible to apply for the award.
  6. Cumulative GPA of 2.5 for award and to maintain award in first academic year.
  7. Award may be renewed for a second academic year and third if required by academic coach if recipient maintains a 2.8 GPA and satisfactory progress. 
  8. Any degree program 
  9. Strong desire to succeed.
  10. Completed essay explaining why they should receive the scholarship 
  11. Applicant must have received a high school diploma or a GED to be eligible. 


Submit application (opens new window) to the Southwest Tennessee Community College Financial Aid Office by March 15.

Selection Process

Southwest Tennessee Community College Scholarship Committee

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