Editor’s Note: The new HHS rock needs a name. You can submit suggestions to an envelope outside the Guidance Office, across from the cafeteria.
They say beauty is in the eye of the beholder, and the big rock splattered with paint outside the gym is a prime example.
It might not be much to look at, but the rock, which Principal Bob Cotter had placed there at the beginning of the school year, is a thing of beauty to many at HHS.
“That rock symbolizes the War Team,” said senior Conner Strumm, class treasurer and War Team leader. “Through all the storms, that rock will stand. That is how the War Team should be. Whether we are winning 10 touchdowns to zero or if we are getting blown out, the War Team will be there to cheer and encourage our boys. I think our students have pride in the rock and are glad to see it painted black and gold.”
Even Mr. Cotter is a little gushy about the rock. “It’s a matter of spirit where the seniors, student body officers, and War Team can be creative and show that HHS has school spirit.”
The principal put the rock in motion, so to speak, after student body officers suggested to him that it would make a nice addition to campus. Gallatin High and Merrol Hyde Magnet already had rocks – why not HHS?
So Mr. Cotter figured it was time to rock and roll. He cleared things with the county maintenance folks and the idea became, well, set in stone.
The rock hasn’t been without controversy, though. Before the football game with Beech, the Beech Patrol sneaked in the night and defaced it with orange and blue.
Strumm came to school early to paint over it.
“I did not want any Commando to have to see such a putrid and gross orange and blue rock,” he said.
Story by Kelsey Dotson, Giulia Giordani, and Kayla Delk
HHS Principal Bob Cotter is an avid hunter who can sit still for hours in a tree stand, but you won’t catch him sitting still much at school. He rushed to a recent interview with The Ville News and answered questions with a walkie-talkie by his side. Still, Cotter was patient and candid in discussing a wide-range of issues. His edited remarks are below.
Do you foresee any changes in the dress code? We understand that it was developed years ago when styles were much different.
Right now, it’s really not my call. The high school dress code was developed by the high school principals several years ago. We revisit it every now and then as a group to see if it needs tweaking. At this point, I just can’t go out and say ‘Hey, I’m getting rid of this part of the dress code’ because it was a mutual agreement among high school principals. Right now I’m satisfied with it. I really want people to look at the dress code and understand and follow it.
The administration seems really strict with IDs. Would it be acceptable to wear IDs tied to backpacks instead of around the neck?
The number one reason to have it on is for security purposes, so that we know who is in the building is supposed to be in the building. Secondly, we have learned from different scenarios involving emergencies at schools that the police that come in during those times are also looking for the IDs. If you are separated from your backpack, they don’t know if you’re legit or not supposed to be here. We try to reiterate this with the staff too, because police request that they have them on to know if they are supposed to be here or not.
When do you think it is appropriate for students to use their phones in the building?
Basically what we have lined up now, which is during lunch and when teachers allow that access in the classroom. Students need to realize that when their phone is on, whether it is being used or not, it is pulling data down from the network. This messes with online testing because our network may not be able to support everybody being online at one time. That is why we make announcements sometimes requesting for you to turn your phones off.
Is it acceptable for students to listen to music during down time?
We don’t have a problem with this at lunch, and I think there are teachers who allow some of that in their classrooms. Our big concern is when you have headphones on and you’re walking through the hall because it makes it hard to communicate with you. It is a safety issue because you can’t hear announcements that may be telling you to get into the classroom, or anything. We aren’t against listening to music, it just has to be at appropriate times.
How do you feel Commando Time is going, and do you expect any changes?
I think it’s better than it was last year. It’s another one of those things where you’ve got a new program you’re starting and you evaluate it when it’s over and you try to tweak it and make changes to it. The teachers have a big part in making Commando Time work and we’ve tried to make things a little easier for the teachers as opposed to having so many different options like we did the first year.
Why can’t students leave campus during lunch?
Lunch is only 25 minutes long, and it’s a huge liability to let students leave campus. To leave to go somewhere and come back all within 25 minutes just doesn’t work.
What are your thoughts on homework and the amount teachers should assign?
Homework is important to reinforce what you’ve learned. It should always be something your teacher has already taught you because if you learn something the wrong way, it will be really hard to learn it the right way. The amount of homework assigned should depend on the skill. But I don’t think a teacher needs to assign 20 problems when five will show mastery of the skill. And we have to talk to teachers about that sometimes.
There is a lot of emphasis on football and basketball, yet many students play other sports. Is there more that can be done to call attention to the other sports?
Football and basketball are our two main revenue sports. It’s not purposeful, and I admit that we should do a better job of promoting other sports.
Some students would like to see prom held off campus so it would be more of a special event. What are your thoughts?
There is a cost factor with having prom off campus because you have to rent the facility that you want to use. Here we don’t have to rent the gym. There is also a safety factor of driving somewhere to have prom. By coming to campus, we eliminate a lot of that.
What are your favorite and least favorite things about your job at HHS?
My favorite thing would be the energy that high school students put off. It keeps me feeling young - if not looking it. I also like being able to interact with a large group of kids. There are always so many things going on; as an administrator you never get bored. My least favorite part is having to do discipline and dealing with all of the change, with trying to keep up with the newest thing the state wants you to do which they pass down to the county. The constant change is sometimes hard to deal with.
What would you do if you were not a principal?
I would probably go back to teaching history and social studies, probably back to sixth grade. I have a soft spot for sixth graders.
Article by staff writers Kelsey Dotson, Abigail Lewis, Bryce Mathias and Giulia Giordani
Some HHS students were plenty resourceful and a little bit sneaky in navigating the new numbered parking system.
Several went to a different Golden Opportunity night than they were supposed to, enabling them essentially to cut in line for purchasing parking passes and to snap up many of the best spots.
The Golden Opportunity oversight won’t happen again, HHS Principal Bob Cotter told The Ville News recently.
“We are considering … switching the arrangement of Golden Opportunity to put juniors and seniors together on the first night, and then sophomores and freshmen on the second night so the only group that should be buying on that first night is juniors and seniors,” he said.
Another likely change for Golden Opportunity, the principal said, is requiring students to show their driver’s license to prove that they are even eligible to drive and rearranging the stations so students must verify their grade level and get an ID badge BEFORE they buy a parking pass. Last time, no one checked grade level.
“We know for a fact that’s a couple of areas we need to get ready for Golden Opportunity next year,” Cotter said.
Shenanigans aside, the new parking policy draws mostly positive reviews from students and staff.
Before the change, Cotter said, “It was getting harder because people were parking everywhere. You know, people were parking by the band trailer and parking in the grass.”
Now, he said, everybody is guaranteed a place. “Theoretically, if you get here 10 minutes before school, you have a parking spot.”
Many at HHS like the new setup.
“It keeps people out of my spot,” said sophomore Jonathon Coomer.
“I think it’s pretty cool if you have a spot that’s up close, because like no matter when you get to school you know you have a parking spot,” said senior Connor Pace.
“But,” Pace added, “having a spot that’s behind the away (side of the) stadium kind of” stinks.
Office worker Cheri Glor said the new policy has reduced first-block tardiness. “Before we had assigned parking, people had to drive around to find a spot,” she said.
Teachers also prefer the new arrangement. “I know that I’ll have a spot waiting for me every day,” said English teacher Carmen Watts.
History teacher Amanda Elmore likes that she can leave campus during the day and have the same spot when she returns.
Not everyone is pleased, though. As Pace mentioned, for students with good spots, the new policy is great, but for those with bad ones, the old first-come, first-serve method was better.
“I feel like if you get here early you should get a good spot, but if you get here late you should park in the back,” said senior Reggie Grisham.
“It’s so dumb because sophomores have better parking than juniors” said junior Hayden Redditt, adding “seniors should get first pick.”
Pace suggested staggered pricing, like concert seating; students would pay more for prime spots.
Others think more places should be designated for visitors so they wouldn’t have to take student or teacher spaces.
Nearly everyone seems to have a horror story about arriving to school and finding another vehicle in his or her spot.
Cotter says he’s working on that.
“We try initially to send someone out to get them to move their car,” he explained. “If they don’t have a parking pass, then we tell them they can’t drive back on campus. If it becomes a repeated issue, then we issue tickets.”
Article by staff writers Sarah Kovach, Bailey Guy, Peter Livesay, Giulia Giordani, Kayla Delk, Kelsey Dotson and Olivia Nutting
With every new school year comes new teachers, but this year there are more new faces than usual.
Twenty-five teachers started at HHS this school year, about double the number from last year.
Principal Bob Cotter said there is no single reason for the spike. “There are new teachers each year because people retire, choose to pursue other professions,” he said.
“And quite frankly,” he added, “some are not rehired because they turned out to not be a good fit for HHS.”
There are so many new teachers that it wasn’t uncommon the first weeks of school for a student to drop by a classroom expecting to see one teacher only to find he or she gone and a new teacher occupying the room.
The Ville News recently spoke to a few of the newcomers about their early impressions of HHS.
Following is a list of other teachers new to HHS along with their room numbers and subjects:
Article by Staff Writer Kelsey Dotson
Fall 2017 Advisory Dates
August Dates: 7th, 8th, & 25th
September Dates: 8th & 22nd
October Dates: 6th & 27th
November Dates: 10th
December Dates: 1st & 15th
Spring 2018 Advisory Dates
January Dates: 12th & 26th
February Dates: 9th & 23rd
March Dates: 9th
April Dates: 6th & 20th
May Dates: 4th & 18th
Links to the websites for more information are in bold.
Helpful Scholarship Websites:
Class of 2020 TN Promise Handbook scholarships for their school.
On TNFAFSAFrenzy.gov, students, families, and college access professionals can access resources about completing the FAFSA. This includes webinars reviewing the entire FAFSA form, and an overview of the new FAFSA app. For more information about FAFSA in Tennessee, please visit www.tnfafsafrenzy.gov.
FAFSA opens on October 1, 2019 and deadline to complete FAFSA for TN Promise is February 1, 2020. Please also use your TN Promise handbook as a resource.
2019-2020 SCHOLARSHIPS and STUDENT OPPORTUNITIES
September 5, 2019 - 6-8pm - Sumner Co. College GPS - College Fair Kick Off Season, "Cracking the ACT", and choosing the "right" college will be a few breakout sessions.
September 12, 2019 - 6-8pm - Sumner Co. College Night - Pickel Gym, Vol State. You MUST register online at www.gotocollegefairs.com. Once registered you will receive a barcode to bring to the college fair.
Deadline 09/26/19 Quest Bridge - National College Match - Quest Bridge National College Match is a college and scholarship application process that helps outstanding low-income high school seniors gain admission and full four-year scholarships to the nation's most selective colleges.
Deadline 09/30/19 Don't Text and Drive Scholarship -$1000 How to apply: Complete the application including a 140-character message about texting while driving.
Deadline 09/30/2019 - Jack Kent Cooke Young Artist Award - 1. After reading this page and our Scholarship FAQs, visit the link at the bottom of the page to proceed to the online application. 2. Applicants will be asked to upload at least two unedited, un-enhanced video or audio samples of their music. 3. We require two recommendations – one from an academic teacher and one from a music teacher. You will be asked to provide contact information for them, and they will receive recommendation forms via the online application. 4. After completing your online application, you must mail us a copy of your most recent tax forms, academic transcript, and standardized test scores (if applicable). Directions will be provided at the end of the online application. 5. The Jack Kent Cooke Young Artist Award is given in conjunction with a performance on NPR’s From the Top with Host Christopher O’Riley. In order to apply for the Young Artist Award, indicate that you are applying for either “NPR’s From the Top with Host Christopher O’Riley” or “Both” the radio show and Center for the Development of Arts Leaders. On the following page, you will select your application type as one of the following: soloist, composer, or small ensemble. You will then be asked if you are applying for the Jack Kent Cooke Young Artist Award. Select “yes.”
Deadline 10/5/19 - Responsify.com - Please write a 1,000 to 1,500 word essay - Prompts are on the website. Please provide acceptance letter to your college/university.
Deadline 10/4/19 - Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated, Nashville Metropolitan Alumnae Chapter. GPA - 3.0, ACT 21, must be Sumner county resident. African American students who will be attending a four-year college are encouraged to see Mrs. Henry in the guidance office fto be nominated.
Deadline 10/11/19 - National Young Arts Foundation Make sure you read the website to ensure you are eligible (i.e. 15-18 years old and 10-12 grade) before you apply. Up to $10000. Fees may be involved.
October 15 - December 15 (Yearly) - Burger King McLamore Foundation Scholarship - Have a cumulative high school grade point average of 2.5 or higher on a 4.0 scale, or the equivalent. Plan to enroll full-time, without interruption, for the entire 2020-21 academic year at an accredited two- or four-year college, university or vocational-technical school in the U.S., Canada or Puerto Rico
Deadline 10/17/19 - Dr. Pepper Tuition Create a profile, briefly describe your goal, upload a video. (Must be 18 by 12/6/19).
Deadline 10/25/19 - DAR - Ellen Davies Rodgers/Zachariah Davies Scholarship - $750. Please see application for all requirements for this scholarship.
Deadline 10/25/19 - Tennessee Society Daughters of the American Revolution (TSDAR). $2500. Essay. Please click here for the scholarship application.
Deadline 10/25/2019 - Applications are now being accepted from junior and senior high school students to participate in the United States Senate Youth Program. Two Tennessee delegates, selected through a rigorous application and interview process, will participate in an annual March Washington Week which includes a variety of events that promote a unique understanding of the structure of our national government.
Deadline 10/25/19 Horatio Alger Scholarship/ State and National Scholarships - Be enrolled full time as a high school senior in the United States; be progressing normally toward graduation in spring/summer of 2020 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.
Deadline 10/25/19 - University of Dayton - Leadership in Service Scholarship - $10,000 ($2500/year). If you are interested in going to the University of Dayton, please see Mrs. Henry so you can be nomiated for this scholarship.
Deadline 10/28/19 - Davidson College - John M. Belk Scholarship - The Belk Scholarship recognized and rewards students of demonstrated intellectual and personal achievement and significant leadership ability. If you are interested in attending Davidson College and would like to be nomiate for this scholarship, please fill out a nomination form and return it to Mrs. Henry in HHS Guidance.
Deadline 10/31/19 Coca-Cola Scholarship - Students are recognized for their capacity to lead and serve, as well as their commitment to making a significant impact on their schools and communities.
Deadline 10/31/19 - VFW Voice of Democracy - Open to grades 9-12. Students must write and record a 3-5 minute essay on the 2019-2020 theme "What Makes America Great" and submit with the entry form. All entries must be submitted to VFW Post 9851. Potential scholarship money involved.
Deadline 11/1/19 or Final Deadline 1/9/20 -- Ron Brown Scholar Program - The Ron Brown Scholarship honors the legacy of Ronald H. Brown through a selective scholarship program that advances higher education for community-minded and intellectually gifted African Americans. RBSP competitively awards Ron Brown Scholars four-year $40,000 scholarships ($10,000 each year) to the most talented and economically-challenged high school seniors who demonstrate a keen interest in public service, community engagement, business entrepreneurship and global citizenship – the four pillars of the late Ronald H. Brown’s mission to uplift people of all races, cultures and ethnicities – especially our disadvantaged youth.
Deadline 11/1/19 - Electric: Mobile Device IT Innovation Scholarship - $1000
Deadline 11/5/2019 - Prudential Spirit of Community Award - $1000. The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards program is the United States’ largest youth recognition program based exclusively on volunteer community service. Created in 1995 by Prudential and the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP), the program honors middle level and high school students for outstanding service to others at the local, state and national level.
Deadline 11/5/19 - Elks Most Valuable Scholarship - Any high school senior who is a citizen of the United States is eligible to apply. Applicants need not be related to a member of the Elks. College students are not eligible to apply. Applicants must be citizens of the United States on the date their applications are signed; permanent legal resident status does not qualify. Ranging from $1,000 per year to $12,500 per year, Most Valuable Student scholarships are for students pursuing a four-year degree, on a full-time basis (minimum of 12 semester hours), in a U.S. college or university. All scholarships are in the form of certificates of award conditional upon the full-time enrollment of the winner in an accredited U.S. college or university.
Deadline 11/13/19- Jack Kent Cook College Scholarship Program - At a minimum, applicants must: Plan to graduate from a US high school in spring 2020. Intend to enroll in an accredited four-year college beginning in fall 2020. Earn a cumulative unweighted GPA of 3.5 or above. SAT combined critical reading and math score of 1200 (based on the old SAT scores) or above and/or ACT composite score of 26 or above. Demonstrate significant unmet financial need. We will consider applicants with family income up to $95,000. However, we anticipate that a majority of scholarship recipients will be eligible to receive a Pell grant. This highly competitive scholarship includes: Up to $40,000 per year to attend a four-year accredited undergraduate school. Ability to pursue any area of study. Personal advising about selecting a college and navigating financial aid. Multifaceted advising about how to transition to college and maximize the college student experience.
Deadline 11/15/19 - Roberston Scholars Program - High School Seniors interested in DukeU and UNC, the application for the Robertson Scholars Leadership Program is now open! The Robertson Scholars Leadership Program seeks students who have demonstrated the outstanding potential to become great leaders in college and beyond. Our hope is that all Robertson Scholars will play significant and impactful roles in their communities and society, today and in the future.
Deadline 11/18/19 - TN Governor's Schools 2020 The Tennessee Governor's Schools provide eleven challenging and high-intensity programs for rising 11th and 12th grade students nominated by high school faculty. Students interested in participating in a Governor's Schools program may obtain the application(s) from Mrs. Henry in the guidance office/ or print from the Governor's School website. Governor's Schools for the Arts also needs an online data form completed. Follow all instructions accurately.
Deadline11/22/2019 - BARON & BUDD ATTORNEYS MESOTHELIOMA CANCER VICTIMS MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIPS - $2500. Must be accepted to a US-based four-year university or college for any field of study (scholarship funds will be dispersed directly to your school). Must provide two letters of recommendation specific to this scholarship. You may submit either a written essay or video. Written essay must be between 800-1,250 words. Video essay must be a 2-3 minute YouTube video. YouTube videos must link back to https://www.baronandbudd.com/mesothelioma-lawyers/scholarships/ . Cannot be an employee or family member of an employee of Baron & Budd.
Deadline 11/22/19 - Jefferson Scholars - University of Virginia - The Jefferson Scholars Foundation attracts the most promising leaders, scholars, and citizens in the world and provides them with sufficient financial support so that they are free to develop their talents—using them for the good of the University community and beyond. If you are interested in being nominated for this award, please fill out the nomination application form by clicking here.
Deadline 11/30/19 - Sixt Scholars - The Sixt Scholars Program is available to high school seniors graduating in the academic year of 2019/2020. To find out more information and to apply for the Sixt rent a car scholarship program click the 'Apply Now' button! $5000
Deadline 12/1/19 - University of Dayton - Future Flyer Pitch - Up to $40,000 tuition at University of Dayton. Video submission - 2 minutes long about a solution to a challenge our local commuity faces.
Deadline 12/1/19 - MTSU Guaranteed Scholarships for Fall 2020- SCHOLARSHIPS: Trustee: ACT 30 - 36 (1390 - 1600), GPA 3.5, Award Amount $5000; Presidential: ACT 25 - 29 (1200-1380), GPA 3.5, Award Amount - $4500. MTSU Honors College Scholarship GPA 3.5, ACT 29, Full Tuition. Must apply by the priority deadline = December 1st!
Deadline 12/1/19 Innovation Scholarship - Essay. Up to $2500.
Deadline 12/02/2019 National Space Club Scholarship - The applicant must be a U.S. citizen. The scholarship is open to seniors in high school through graduate students. The applicant must have the intention of pursuing a career in the STEM fields and plan to attend an accredited U.S. college or university to follow a course of study to pursue a career in the STEM field, with a preference for those with space related interests. The applicant can only use the $10,000.00 scholarship towards tuition for the 2020-2021 academic year.
Deadline 12/02/19 CGTrader Scholarship - $2000 - Every year CGTrader challenges students to dig into the field of technology by writing an essay on how innovative technologies are transforming our lives.
Deadline 12/6/19 - Comcast Leaders and Achievers - $2500. Do you have what it takes? Do you have a demonstrated commitment to community service, outstanding qualities in character, integrity and leadership? 12th grade student, 3.0 GPA, and demonstrate financial need.
Deadline 12/12/19 - Middle Tennessee Art Region - Scholastic Art and Writing Awards. Submission fees may apply. Take note of the image requirements.
Deadline 12/15/19 Scarlett Family Foundation - Qualified applicants must meet all the following criteria: 1. Graduated high school (or GED) from one of the eligible counties. 2. Demonstrate financial need via 1040 tax return. 3. GPA of 2.5 or higher. 4. Pursuing a business or STEM approved degree at a 4 year, non-profit college or university. 5. Planning to enroll full-time in the fall of 2020. $2,500+.
Deadline 12/15/19 - AXA Achievement Scholarship - The AXA Achievement Scholarship offers college scholarships of $2,500, $10,000 and $25,000 to high school seniors who have demonstrated outstanding achievement in their activities in school, the community or the workplace. Scholarship winners are known as AXA Achievers. They are ethnically and economically diverse, but they share these qualities: ambition and drive; determination to set and reach goals; respect for self, family and community; ability to succeed in college.
Deadline 12/15/19 - Hexter and Baines - $1250 - essay
Deadline 12/27/19 - National WWII Museum Essay Contest - Your essay must be 1,000 words or less. Only one essay per student may be submitted. All essays should: be double spaced, have 1 inch margins, include page numbers, include an essay title, be typed in 12 point font, be in Microsoft Word-compatible format only.
Deadline 12/30/19 - Andrew Flusche Scholarship Contest The Andrew Flusche Scholarship Contest requires students to raise awareness about the avoiding distracted driving. Applicants must create a public service advertisement video (PSA) which raises addresses the severity of the problem. $500
Deadline 12/31/19 - George S. and Stella M. Knight Essay Contest - Grades 9-12 - To participate, students must submit an original 800- to 1,200-word essay based on an event, person, philosophy or ideal associated with the American Revolution, Declaration of Independence, or the framing of the United States Constitution. Each student’s essay will be judged based upon its historical accuracy, clarity, organization, grammar and spelling, and documentation.
Deadline 12/31/19 - Bad Credit.com Wealth Wise Scholarship - $1000, Essay, GPA 3.5
Deadline 12/31; 3/31; 06/30 - OppU Achievers Scholarship - $2500 - GPA 3.0 - To apply for the OppU Achievers Scholarship, submit a short essay responding to the prompted question. Scholarship decisions are based solely on an applicant’s essay response.
Deadline 01/03/20 - GE-Reagan Foundation Scholarship - Minimum 3.0. Up to $40,000 for 4 years. High school seniors who demonstrate exceptional leadership, drive, integrity, and citizenship are invited to apply for the 2019 GE-Reagan Foundation Scholarship Program.
Deadline 1/3/20 - Footlocker Scholarship - Minimum GPA 3.0. Twenty Foot Locker Scholar Athletes will each receive $20,000 in college scholarship money for their excellence in school, on their sports teams, and in their communities.
Deadline 01/08/2020 - Nashville Athena Scholarship Program - Must have a 3.0 GPA, senior, female, resides in select counties in TN. (Sumner).
Deadline 01/10/2020 - The American Legion High School Oratorical Scholarship Program - "A Constitutional Speech Contest". The main purpose of the National High School Oratorical Contest is to develop a deeper knowledge and appreciation of the Constitution of the United States on the part of high school students. Other objectives of the contest include the development of leadership qualities, the ability to think and speak clearly and intelligently, and the preparation for acceptance of the duties and responsibilities, the rights and privileges of American citizenship.
Deadline 01/15/2020 - SeniorAdvice.com - $2000 - We are offering a $2,000 scholarship to an eligible student who has been a caregiver for a senior friend or relative. One student, who will be attending college or university in the Spring of 2020, will receive $2,000 for tuition and/or books.
Deadline 1/15/2020 Nashville Sertoma Club -Freedom Essay Contest - Up to $3500. 300 word essay on: "Article One of the US Constitution states that Congress has the power to set the budget for the country (e.g., tax, allocate funds, etc.). Should the president of the United States have the authority to re-direct funds allocated by Congress for a specific purpose to another purpose?"
Deadline 1/16/2020 - The Coolidge Scholarship is a full-ride, four-year, merit scholarship that may be used by recipients for undergraduate study at any accredited college or university in the United States. Any high school junior who plans on enrolling in college in the fall of 2021 and is an American citizen or legal permanent resident is eligible to apply (unfortunately current high school seniors are not eligible to apply).
Deadline 01/17/20 - JFK Profile of Courage Essay Contest - 9th - 12th grade students - Up to $10,000. Essays can be no more than 1,000 words but must be a minimum of 700 words. Citations and bibliography are not included in the word count. Essays must be the original work of the student.
John F. Kennedy, Robert F. Kennedy, and Edward M. Kennedy are not eligible subjects for essays.Essays must describe an act of political courage by a U.S. elected official who served during or after 1917, the year John F. Kennedy was born. The official may have addressed an issue at the local, state, or national level. See Contest Topic and Information and Helpful Tips for Writing Your Essay for more information. Essays about past recipients of the Profile in Courage Award will be disqualified unless they describe an act of political courage other than the act for which the award was given. Essays about the senators in Profiles in Courage will be disqualified.Essays must have a minimum of five sources.
Deadline 01/17/2020 - Allegra Ford Thomas Scholarship - Be a graduating high school senior who will be attending a two-year community college, a vocational/technical training program, or specialized program for students with LD and/or ADHD in the fall. Submit current financial information. Provide most current documentation of an identified learning disability and/or ADHD (e.g., psycho-educational report, neuropsychological evaluation, IEP or 504 plan) and has utilized services, supports and/or accommodations. Please note: LD and ADHD can co-occur with other issues such as speech/language, hearing and vision, and autism spectrum disorders; to be eligible candidates must provide documentation of a specific LD and/or ADHD. Be a United States citizen. $2,500
Deadline 01/17/2020 - Anne Ford Scholarship - Be a graduating high school senior who will be attending a four-year bachelor’s degree program in the fall. Have an overall grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 or higher on a 4-point scale (or equivalent). Submit current financial information. Provide most current documentation of an identified learning disability and/or ADHD (e.g., psycho-educational report, neuropsychological evaluation, IEP or 504 plan) and has utilized services, supports, and/or accommodations. Please note: LD and ADHD can co-occur with other issues such as speech/language, hearing and vision, and autism spectrum disorders; to be eligible candidates must provide documentation of a specific LD and/or ADHD. Be a United States citizen. $10,000 ($2,500/year 4 years)
Deadline 01/31/20 - USDA 1890 National Scholars Program 2020 - The USDA/1890 National Scholars Program will provide full tuition, employment, employee benefits, fees, books and room and board each year for up to 4 years to selected students pursuing a bachelor's degree at the following universities - (click link above for universities).The goal of the USDA/1890 National Scholars Program is to increase the number of minorities studying agriculture, food, natural resource sciences, and the related disciplines.
Deadline 1/31/2020 - Bank of America Student Leaders Program - Juniors and Seniors - awarded paid summer internships with local nonprofits such as Boys and Girls Clubs of America and Habitat for Humanity and participate in a national leadership summit in Washington, D.C. The Student Leaders Summit focuses on skill building and creating a more civically engaged society.
Deadline 2/15/20 - UTC - Watson Mathematics Scholarship - The Marjorie Watson Mathematics Scholarship is intended for an incoming freshman attending the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga who majors in mathematics. This is a $5000 scholarship, with $2000 awarded in the freshman year, and $1000 awarded for each of the sophomore, junior and senior years.
Deadline 2/15/20 - UTC - Dorothy Dean Mathematics Scholarship - full tuition scholarship (renewable)
Deadline 02/19/20 .- Sumner County Retired Teachers Association (SCRTA) - $1500 to a senior who plans to major in education. Please pick up an application in the guidance office or download the application here. Applications are due to Mrs. Henry in the guidance office.
Deadline 2/19/20 - Nashville Panhellenic Scholarships - $1000 for senior females. All applicants will be reviewed based on scholarship, school activities, community involvement, personal statement, and recommendations.
Deadline 2/22/20 - Kyle William Kiihnl Memorial Scholarship - REQUIREMENTS 1. Cover letter. 2.400 word minimum essay 3.Copy of Acceptance Letter from college/trade school of choice. 4. Applicant must take the pledge to not drive drowsy at https://dontdrivedrowsy.org. 5.For best results, applicant should use only the latest drowsy driving data provided by NHTSA at nhtsa.gov
Deadline 2/22/20 - Nashville Central High Alumni Association - Any student scheduled to graduate from high school this year can be sponsored as a scholarship applicant if he/she is a natural or adopted descendant (child,grandchild, great-grandchild) of a Nashville Central High School graduate or of someone who attended Nashville Central for at least two years but did not transfer to or graduate from another school. Please see Mrs. Henry in the counseling office for an application.
Deadline 2/28/20 - National Youth Science Camp - Graduating seniors. Two delegates from each state will be selected to attend the camp between June 22 and July 15 at no expense. Leading scientists from across the country will present lectures and hands-on science seminars, and student delegates will have opportunities to present seminars focused on their own areas of interest and research.
Deadline 2/28/2020 - Hendersonville Masonic Lodge Scholarship - $1000. Please fill out google form to apply. https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfjpWjkFQgZe89BTucyEKDNJdhylII-18T3g-qXAcSs1RNgmQ/viewform
02/29/2020 - College Board Opportunity Scholarships - up to $40,000. Starts with Class of 2020! Log in to your College Board account on BigFuture. Explore colleges. Build your list. Log in to your Khan Academy account. Practice for the SAT. Make sure to link your Khan Academy and College Board accounts. Taking the above steps gives you a head start. That's because once you join the program in December, you’ll be able to immediately see your progress. You may also automatically qualify for the first two scholarships. Don’t miss out—sign up now to be notified when the program launches. Questions? Call 844-298-3554.
Deadline 03/01/2020 - Nashville Alumnae Chapter Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. - $1500. Must be an African American Female Student, 3.0 GPA, transcript, ACT Scores, 300 word essay, 2 letters of recommendation, and evidence of participation in extracurricular activities. Please download the application here.
Deadline 03/01/2020 - AOPA Flight Training Scholarship - Current member of AOPA at both the time of application and when the scholarship is awarded. Not a member? AOPA offers a free AV8RS membership to high school students, a free 6-month student pilot
membership, as well as other membership options. 2. Current high school student, 15- to 18-years old 3. U.S. citizen or U.S. permanent resident 4. Parent or guardian approval (if under 18 years of age) 5. Not have completed a sport, recreational, glider, or private pilot certificate at the time of application 6. Minimum GPA of 2.75 7. Agree to complete solo flight or achieve pilot certificate within one year of receiving the scholarship
* Employees of AOPA and their immediate family members and household members are not eligible to participate in the AOPA High School
Flight Training Scholarship program.
Deadline 3/1/2020 - UT Vet Summer Program - The program seeks to provide worthwhile opportunities for students interested in veterinary medicine while simultaneously generating a pool of potential veterinary students. To this end, the program has been designed to provide valuable educational experiences and acquaint students with all facets of our exciting profession. Students will shadow in local veterinary practices for five weeks and then spend one week in Knoxville as guests of the veterinary college. Be a current high school junior or senior at the time of application submission.
• Be at least sixteen years of age by June 1, 2020.
• Have a minimum 3.0 cumulative grade point average.
• Be available for full participation (40 hours/week) between June 1 - July 10, 2020
• Have not previously participated in the Veterinary Summer Experience Prog
Deadline 3/1/20 - Tennessee Relocation Council Scholarship - $1000 - To qualify for the scholarship, the student must have relocated more than 50 miles sometime between grades 9 (after completion of 8th grade) and 12 and changed schools due to their family’s relocation. Residence eligibility is defined as a senior attending a public school within the Middle Tennessee Public Schools system. The applicant must also have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0 on a scale of 4.0. Scholarship application. Student instructions.
Deadline 03/02/2020- The Mary McAuley Memorial Scholarship - This is a new scholarship dedicated for "siblings of those with special needs". Please click here for a copy of the application.
Deadline 03/03/2020 - Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation - Up to $40,000 over 4 years. APPLICANTS MUST BE THE CHILD OF ONE OF THE FOLLOWING: Active duty, reserve, or veteran U.S. Marine*; A Marine killed while serving in the U.S. Marine Corps; Active duty, reserve, or veteran U.S. Navy Corpsman who is/was attached to a U.S. Marine Corps unit or who was killed while serving with a U.S. Marine Corps unit*; A U.S. Navy Chaplain or Religious Programs Specialist who is/was attached to a U.S. Marine Corps unit or who was killed while serving with a U.S. Marine Corps unit*.
Deadline 3/5/2020 - Rotary Club of Hendersonville - Please click here for a copy of the application. Up to $3000. Scholarships will be based on academic achievement and financial need.
Deadline 3/15/20 - The Community Foundation Scholarship Program of Middle Tennessee - There are more than 100 scholarship funds through an open application process. Some scholarships help students from a particular school or area; others provide financial assistance to those pursuing a specific field of study; still others assist students most in need.
Deadline 3/20/20 - Skyline Auxiliary Student Scholarship Program - $2000 for a Senior graduation who will be pursuing college and majoring in the medical field. Please see Mrs. Henry for the application.
Deadline 3/25/20 - D.Y.M.O.N Scholarships - "Shine Bright Like A Diamond" - $1500 Minority male or female, 2.8 GPA, community service, college acceptance letter. The Brittany Bowers Beauty and Brains Scholarship - $1500 minority female only, 2.8 GPA,
Deadline 3/28/20 - High School Social Leaders Bi-Annual Scholarship $1000 - To apply, students must be actively involved in organizations working to solve key social issues that we face today.
Deadline April 1st (annually) - Mattress Nerd’s Sustainability Scholarship - $1000 - Essay - please see link for more information
Deadline April 15th (annually) - Bird Dog Foundation Scholarship - $1500. See detailed document in the link for important information. All essays must be 900-1,000 words in length, be written on a topic of the student’s choosing within the categories of conservation and wildlife or sporting dogs and field trials.
Your scholarship essay of between 750 and 1,000 words, explaining your career aspirations, how you plan to advance healthcare and/or education through your work, and what inspired you to commit yourself to this field. Your scholarship essay can be attached as a Word file, or linked as a Google Doc.
Deadline 5/31/20 - PB&J Scholarship - $500-$1000 Scholarship.
Deadline June 1st (annually) - Kids Chance of Tennessee - The Kids’ Chance of Tennessee Scholarship Program awards scholarships to dependent children of a parent or guardian who has been seriously, catastrophically or fatally injured as a result of a work-related accident that meets the criteria of the Tennessee Workers’ Compensation Act and that has resulted in a substantial financial need. The scholarship application can be located here. Please apply after you complete your FAFSA. You will need proof of enrollment and good academic standing.
9/3/19-6/26/2020 - ACT Scholarship Giveaway Dream Big! Win Big! Enter for your chance to win a $15,000 Scholarship + $5,000 Tech Package in the ACT Scholarship Giveaway! Eligible sophomores, juniors and seniors who register for the ACT® test between 9.3.2019 and 6.26.2020 are automatically entered for a chance to win. It’s that easy!
2018-2019 SCHOLARSHIPS and STUDENT OPPORTUNITIES
Deadline 03/01/19 - GFWC of Tennessee Scholarship (General Federation of Women's Clubs) - $1000 -The Tennessee Federation awards scholarships of $1,000.00 to deserving students in Tennessee. Candidates must be planning to attend or currently be enrolled in a Tennessee college or university. Please download the application here.
Deadline 03/08/2019 - Tennessee Housing Association Scholarship - Stan and Thelma Plumlee Scholarship - $8000 - Please click here to print the application. Applicants must be associated with the manufactured or modular housing industry.
Deadline 03/08/19 - Bethel University Hendrix Scholarship Competition - The winner of the competition will earn full tuition, room and board. A runner-up will earn full tuition. All others who compete will be considered for Bethel’s other institutional grants. You must apply to Bethel by November 3rd for the competition. In order to be considered for the Hendrix Competition, you must be a high school senior with at least a 3.25 GPA and a 23/*1050 or above ACT/SAT score. The winner and runner up must maintain a 3.6 GPA to renew the scholarship each year.
Deadline 03/15/19 -Bridesmaid Gifts Boutique - $500. Our scholarship program should be of a particular interest to the students currently studying in the field of Marketing, Business or IT Communications.
Deadline 03/15/19 - HomeAdvisor will award a $2,500 to six students who can devise a creative solution to America’s skilled labor crisis. Essay requirement.
Deadline 3/20/19 - 2019 QuestBridge College Prep Scholars Program - for Juniors. This program is for academically outstanding, low-income students who can receive special awasrds, recognition, and opportunities that will give and early advantage in applying to college.
Deadline 3/22/19 - UT Martin - Department of Communications Scholarship - If you declare Communications as your major at the University of Tennessee Martin, please apply for this scholarship by clicking here.
Deadline 03/29/2019 - FIDM National Scholarship Competition - FIDM has 4 campuses in California and offer the following majors: Fashion, Visual Arts, Graphics, Interior Design, Social Media, and Entertainment?
Deadline 3/31/19 - MTSU Biology Scholarship - 3.5 GPA, 25 ACT, $1500. Must be an incoming MTSU freshman majoring in Biology. Please fill out the attached application.
Deadline 3/31/19 - UPCDC Scholarship - $500/semester, 2.0 GPA. Please click here to download a copy of the application.
ACT Scholarship Giveaway - $40,000 + a $5000 tech package! Eligible sophomores and juniors that register for the April, June, or July, 2019 US national test date (and opt-in to the giveaway during registration) has a chance to win the scholarship. (There are separate entry cut-off dates and times within the entry period for inclusion of an entry in the applicable ACT test date prize drawing, which cut-off dates and times are 11:59 p.m. CT on 3/25/19 for the April test date prize drawing, 11:59 p.m. CT on 5/20/19 for the June test date prize drawing, and 11:59 p.m. CT on 6/24/19 for the July test date prize drawing.)
Deadline 04/01/2019 - Union High School Class of 1966 Alumni Scholarship - 2.5 GPA, demonstrate active involvment in school and/or community, exemplify exceptional character, acceptable ACT/SAT score. Please downloand an application here or pick one up in the Guidance office.
Deadline 04/05/19 - GWFC Woman's Club of Hendersonville - Please click on the scholarships for Main Scholarship (girls only) and the Arts Scholarship (girls and boys). Return your completed applications to Mrs. Henry in the guidance office.
Deadline 4/15/19 - Christopher A. Taylor Memorial Scholarship - $1000 - This scholarship is for a graduation senior who plans to major in math, science, secondary education, or ministry. Please pick up an application in the guidance office or by clicking here.
Deadline 4/15/19 - Vol State Scholarships - Take a look at their website today!
Deadline 4/15/19 - Katherine Skaggs Scholarship - $500; 2.5 GPA; Plans to major in Human Ecology, Nutrition, Food Services, Elementary Education. Please download the application here. Return the application to Ms. Henry in the guidance office.
Deadline 4/15/19 - The Honorable C.L "Buck" Rogers Memorial Scholarship - $1000. For any graduating senior who plans to major in nursing, secondary education, or political science/pre-law. Please click here for a copy of the application. Copies of the application are also available in the guidance office.
Deadline 04/15/19 and 10/15/19 - Pretty Photoshop Actions recognizes the importance of higher education and the role it plays in our personal and professional fulfillment. $500. Please use link for guidelines to apply.
Deadline 04/22/2019 - Student-View Scholarship - Up to $4000 - Complete a 15-20 minute application survey about colleges in your area.
Deadline 4/25/19 - Vietnam Veterans of Sumner County Scholarship - Please click here for a copy of the application.
Deadline 05/01/2019 - The Shepherd Scholarship Foundation - Please apply if you are in the upper 10% of your graduating class. The committee will look at academic achievements, extra-curricular activities and financial need. Please click here for more details on how to apply. Make sure you tell your counselor if you apply.
Deadline 05/31/19 - Mitsui USA Scholarships in Tennessee Program - $5000. Must plan to enroll in a 4 year public college/university; APSU, ETSU, MTSU, TSU, TTU, U of Memphis, or U of TN system school. Click here for the application.
Deadline 6/14/19 - 2019 Sigma Phi Epsilon at Tennessee - Balanced Man Scholarship - $2000, male students who are "committed to academic excellence, leadership and service, impacting their community, and pursuing sound mind and sound body".
Deadline 7/15/19 - Senior Caregiver Scholarship - Senior Advice.com is offering a $2,000 scholarship to an eligible student who has been a caregiver for a senior friend or relative. Please click the website for more information and apply early.