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:
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, 2018 and deadline to complete FAFSA for TN Promise is February 1, 2019. Please also use your TN Promise handbook as a resource.
2018-2019 SCHOLARSHIPS and STUDENT OPPORTUNITIES
Deadline 07/31/18 (annually) CardRates.com Scholarship - $1000. Minimum 3.5 GPA. CardRates.com is proud to offer the Financial Futures Scholarship to future and current college students majoring in Business, Accounting, Finance, Mathematics, Management, and others preparing for a career in the personal finance industry. Applicants will be judged based on outstanding academic achievement and submission of an essay.
August 22, 2018 CTCL College Fair - 7pm Music City Center in Nashville. The list of colleges in attendance are on the website.
Deadline 09/27/18 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 09/30/18 Don't Text and Drive Scholarship -$1000 How to apply: Complete the application including a 140-character message about texting while driving.
Deadline 10/01/18 - Tennessee Society Daughters of the American Revolution (TSDAR). $2500. Essay. Please click here for the scholarship application.
Deadline 10/01/18 - 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 10/5/18 - 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 10/12/18 - 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.
Deadline 10/15/18 - Local Adventures Scholarship - $1000 - Essay. Please look at the website for more detailed information.
Deadline 10/15/18 - 12/15/18 - Burger King Scholars Program - Scholarship grants range from $1,000 to $50,000 and are intended to help students offset the cost of attending college or post-secondary vocational/technical school. Recipients are selected based on their grade point average (GPA), work experience, extracurricular activities and community service.
Deadline 10/17/18 - Wendy's Heisman for Class of 2019 - Applying for the Wendy’s High School Heisman is your chance to gain local, state, and even national recognition for all that you’ve put into your high school career. If you’ve maintained at least a B average, participate in at least one school-sponsored sport, are a leader in your community and role model at your school, then you’ve got what it takes to be a Wendy’s High School Heisman.
Deadline 10/17/18 - College JumpStart Scholarship - To apply for the College JumpStart Scholarship you must meet the following requirements: 1) High school 10th-12th grader, college student or non-traditional student; 2) U.S. citizen or legal resident; 3) Attend or plan to attend an accredited 2-year, 4-year or vocational / trade school in the U.S. 4) Be committed to using education to better your life and that of your family and/or community.
Deadline 10/17/18 - Dr. Pepper Tuition Create a profile, briefly describe your goal, upload a video. (Must be 18 by 11/30/18).
Deadline 10/18/18 - WKU Army ROTC Scholarship - Please make sure you look at the minimum qualifications and create an account and apply.
Deadline 10/22/18 - DAR - Ellen Davies Rodgers/Zachariah Davies Scholarship - $750. Please see application for all requirements for this scholarship.
Deadline 10/24/18 - University of Dayton - Leadership in Service Scholarship - If you are interested in going to the University of Dayton, please see Mrs. Henry so you can be nomiated for this scholarship.
Deadline 10/25/18 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 2019 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 10/29/2018 - 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 10/29/18 - TN Governor's Schools 2019 For the ARTS 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 should return the application(s) to Mrs. Henry in the guidance office. Ensure you complete the application and the online student data form.
Deadline 10/29/18 - 05/13/19 - SunTrust Scholarships Sweepstakes - Students can enter to win 30 separate drawings for a $500 scholarship for education expenses. Two winners will be randomly chosen every two weeks throughout the sweepstakes period.
Deadline 10/31/18 - ACT College Readiness Student Champion - ACT Score 22. $500. "The ACT Student Champion is tenacious and persistent, no matter the challenge, and is prepared for life after high school with a goal in mind and a plan in place."
Deadline 10/31/18 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 10/31/18 - VFW Voice of Democracy - Open to grades 9-12. Students must write and record a 3-5 minute essay on the 2018-2019 theme "Why My Vote Matters" and submit with the entry form. All entries must be submitted to VFW Post 9851. Potential scholarship money involved.
Deadline 11/1/18 or Final Deadline 1/9/19 -- 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 11/1/18 - University of Dayton - Future Flyer Pitch - Up to $40,000 tuition at University of Dayton. Video submission - 2 minutes long about
Deadline 11/2/18 - 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 11/12/18 - TN Governor's Schools 2018 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. The Arts application is due to Mrs. Henry by October 29, 2018..
Deadline 11/6/2018 - 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 11/12/18 - 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 11/12/18 - 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 11/15/18 - 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 11/15/18 - 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 11/16/18 - TN Secretary of State Essay Contest - Our goal is to encourage students to be actively engaged citizens by recognizing their important roles as citizens of the great state of Tennessee. The theme of this year’s essay contest is citizenship. Student winners will receive a TNStars 529 Program College Savings scholarship of $100, $250, or $500 in addition to a trip to the State Capitol. See website for more details.
Deadline 11/20/18- Jack Kent Cook College Scholarship Program - At a minimum, applicants must: Plan to graduate from a US high school in spring 2019. Intend to enroll in an accredited four-year college beginning in fall 2019. 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 11/26/18 - 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 11/30/18 - Sixt Scholars - The Sixt Scholars Program is available to high school seniors graduating in the academic year of 2018/2019. To find out more information and to apply for the Sixt rent a car scholarship program click the 'Apply Now' button! $5000
Deadline 11/30/18 - Andrew Flusche Scholarship Contest The Andrew Flusche Scholarship Contest requires students to raise awareness about the dangers of texting and driving. Applicants must create a public service advertisement video (PSA) which raises addresses the severity of the problem. $500
Deadline 11/30/2018 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 2019-2020 academic year.
December 2018 - 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 12/1/18 - MTSU Guaranteed Scholarships for Fall 2019 - 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 12/1/18 Innovation Scholarship - 600 word essay. Up to $2500.
Deadline 12/1/18 - American Quarter Horse Association Scholarship - The Foundation provides financial assistance to members of the American Quarter Horse Association and American Quarter Horse Youth Association through general, career path and state or regional scholarships. Eligibility of applicants is based on the individual criteria and requirements provided for each scholarship offered. Students must submit a current application for evaluation. Recipients are selected based on academic achievement, financial need and Quarter Horse involvement, as well as an applicant’s outstanding leadership and communication skills.
Deadline 12/1/18 - Aperture Education Essay Scholarship Contest - Please see website for more information.
Deadline 12/1/18 - Mississippi State University College of Education - METP Scholarship - Apply for admission to Mississippi State University at apply.msstate.edu/ as an elementary education major with a middle school concentration; a secondary English, mathematics, or science major; or a special education major.Upon admission to the university, eligible applicants will be prompted to apply for the METP. Competitive applicants are expected to have a minimum ACT score of 28 or SAT score of 1310, and a minimum high school GPA of 3.5.
Deadline 12/7/18 - 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 12/13/18 - Middle Tennessee Art Region - Scholastic Art and Writing Awards. Submission fees may apply. Take note of the image requirements.
Deadline 12/14/18 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 12/14/18 - 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 12/15/18 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 2019. $2,500+.
Deadline 12/15/18 - Hexter and Baines - $1250 - essay
Deadline 12/28/18 - 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 12/31/18 - 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.
Kids Chance of Tennessee (no specific deadline)- 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.
Deadline 01/04/19 - 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 01/07/19 - 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 01/07/19 .- 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 1/10/19 - Nashville Athena Scholarship Program - Must have a 3.0 GPA, senior, female, resides in select counties in TN. (Sumner).
Deadline 01/15/2019 - 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 2019, will receive $2,000 for tuition and/or books.
Deadline 01/18/19 - JFK Profile in Courage Essay The contest is open to United States high school students in grades nine through twelve attending public, private, parochial, or home schools; U.S. students under the age of twenty enrolled in a high school correspondence/GED program in any of the fifty states, the District of Columbia, or the U.S. territories; and U.S. citizens attending schools overseas. Past winners and finalists are not eligible to participate. Employees of John Hancock Financial Services and members of their families are not eligible to participate.
Deadline 01/31/2019 -10 Words or Less Scholarship - Scholarship Eligibility: A) Anyone who is between the ages of 14-25 who will be attending school in the Fall of 2019. B) This scholarship is provided by StudentScholarships.org. In order to apply for our scholarship follow these instructions: 1. Go to www.facebook.com/myscholarships. On the left hand side of the page you will find an area entitled "10 Words or Less Scholarship". In the comment section underneath the "10 Words or Less Scholarship" answer the following: In 10 words or less, tell us why you deserve the $500 scholarship. 2. Before or After writing your Answer you will also need to "Like" our Facebook page. Note we will only read the answers provided from people that have "Liked" our page.
Deadline 2/1/19 - 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.
Deadine 02/01/2019 - First Scholars Program - University of Memphis - The First Scholars® Program supports first-generation college students and enhances their ability to successfully graduate. The 4-year program is open to incoming first-time, full-time freshmen whose parents did not attend college. Selected students receive personalized support, an annual award of $5,000, which is renewable for a total award of $20,000 over 4 years. Program Flyer is located here.
Deadline 2/14/19 - Bill of Rights Essay Contest - Grades 9-12
Deadline 2/14/19 - University of Mississippi CLC - Please let Mrs. Henry know if you have applied and been accepted to the University of Mississippi for the fall 2019 AND have completed an application for special programs and scholarships.
Deadline 2/15/19 - DAR - Daughters of the American Revolution - Many different scholarships listed on this website. Read directions carefully. All DAR Scholarship applicants must be citizens of the United States and must be attending an accredited college or university in the US. Some examples of the scholarships are for majoring in Math, Science, and/or English. Please take a look at these opportunities! Scholarship application located here.
Deadline 2/15/19 - DAR -Richard and Elizabeth Dean Scholarship - A scholarship in a preferred amount of $5,000 each year for up to four consecutive years to two graduating high school seniors. The selection process shall be based on academic merit with an initial minimum GPA of 4.0. Renewal is conditional upon maintenance of a GPA of 3.25.
Deadline 2/15/19 - WACE - Have a cumulative high school GPA of 3.5 or better on a 4.0 scale. Apply for the 2019-2020 academic year at one of the WACE Partner Institutions listed. Please note that to be eligible for the scholarship you must apply to one of the ten WACE Partner Institutions.
Deadline 02/18/19 - 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 2/21/19 - CEMC Scholarship - $1000. Seniors, 3.0 GPA, use CEMC electric service, enroll in a TN college by Fall of 2019. Please pick up an application in guidance.
Deadline 2/23/19 - 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 2/26/19 - Nashville Panhellenic Scholarships - $1000 for senior females. All applicants will be reviewed based on scholarship, school activities, community involvement, personal statement, and recommendations.
Deadline 2/28/19 - National Youth Science Camp - Graduating seniors. Please click on the flyer from the link.
Deadline 03/1/19 - 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 03/08/2019 - 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 3/15/19 - 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 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 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?
2017-2018 SCHOLARSHIPS and STUDENT OPPORTUNITIES
Deadline 12/31/17 - Sons of the American Revolution - Knight Essay Contest - 9th through 12th grade students are eligible to apply. 800-1200 word essay. Please click here for more details.
Deadline 12/31/17 - Commaful Scholarship - Commaful is a short story site encouraging teens and young adults to read more and have been amazed by the talented students on the site so wanted to support them further. $1000. This will be judged on creativity. Write one 1000 word essay about something you are passionate about or send in 3 short stories (no length restrictions or minimums) that show why you are a unique storyteller!
Deadline 1/12/18 - 2018 U.S. Army & HOF Award for Excellence - Students must be a current, active member on a school athletic team and have completed one season of play at minimum. Students must hold a minimum 3.5 GPA on an unweighted scale. Students must be involved with and/or support the local commuity. Students must have three letters of recommendation. Write a 500 word or less essay. Please click on the link for more details.
Deadline 01/16/18 Deadline extended to 1/26/18- 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 1/25/2018 - Beta Club 12th grade Senior Beta members, duly registered with the national headquarters as of November 1, 2017, are eligible to apply for a National Beta Scholarship. Selection of National Beta Scholarship winners is based on a number of factors, with an emphasis on academic excellence, demonstrated leadership, commendable character, school and community service, as well as participation in National Beta Club activities.
Deadline 1/30/18 - Technology Addiction Awareness Scholarship - How to apply: Complete the online application including a 140-character message about technology addiction. (9th, 10th, 11th, and 12th may apply). $1,000
Deadline 1/31/18 - ABPA Harrington-Arthur Memorial - $1,000 Scholarship Essay Competition
Deadline 1/31/18 - Semper Fidelis All-American Program - Juniors - The Semper Fidelis All-American Program is a new honorary high school program that recognizes high school juniors from across the country who excel academically, athletically and within their communities. Selected students will receive an all-expenses paid trip to Washington, D.C. to attend the Battles Won Academy with a mentor of their choice, in July 2018. Apply online!
Deadline 2/1/18 - Hendrix College Hays Scholarship - be a senior in high school; achieve at least a 3.6 GPA in high school college preparatory classes; and score a minimum ACT "super score" composite of 32 or a minimum SAT Critical Reading and Math combined "super score" of 1410.
Deadline 2/1/18 - Jackie Robinson Foundation - The completed application • A letter of recommendation • Your ACT or SAT scores • A professional, hi-resolution digital photo (headshots only, in a JPEG format) – you may submit a high school senior graduation photo. Please click here for a more details on the this scholarship.
Deadline 2/2/18 - Bank of America Student Leaders As a Student Leader, you will participate in an eight-week paid internship at a local nonprofit organization where you will learn first-hand about the needs of your community and the critical role nonprofits play. In addition, you will learn valuable civic, social and business leadership skills. Each Student Leader will attend the Student Leaders Summit held in Washington, D.C. where you will learn how government, business and the nonprofit sector work together to address critical community needs. Juniors and seniors may apply. Please check the eligibility requirements on the website above.
Deadline 2/2/18 - Elks National Foundation Scholarship - Legacy Awards - $4000. For the 2018 contest, any child or grandchild (or step-child, step-grandchild, or legal ward) of a living Elk who joined the order on or before April 1, 2015, or a charter member of a Lodge that was instituted on or after April 1, 2015, is eligible to apply. The Elk must also be a paid-up member through March 31, 2018. Great-grandchildren are not eligible.
Deadline 2/12/18 - University of Mississippi - Have you been admitted to the University of Mississippi for fall 2018 and completed the Entering Freshman Special Prgams and Scholarships Application? If so, you could be nominated as a top leader for the Chancellor's Leadership Class. $1000. See Mrs. Henry for details.
Deadline 02/15/18 - Grote Chemistry Scholarship at UTC - $12,000 ($3000/year), 3.5 GPA, 26 ACT, Declare chemistry major at UTC, complete a course in high school chemistry with an A or B.
Deadline 2/15/18 - Alzheimer's Foundation of America Scholarship - Write an essay on the impact that Alzheimer's Disease has had in your life. Up to $5000. Please look at the website for more information.
Deadline 2/16/18 - Nashville Sounds Foundation Scholarship - $2500. College-bound senior. Display leadership qualities in the classroom and/or inspirational qualities on the athletic field. Minimum grade point average of 3.0 from sophomore to senior high school year. Demonstrate the value of education, good work ethic and community outreach. Applications can be found here.
Deadline 2/20/18 - Gordon A. Rich Memorial Scholarship - College scholarship money is available to offspring of those working in the financial services industry. Each GAR scholarship is worth up to $50,000 (approx. $12,500 per year) awarded to bright, hardworking high school seniors who have a financial need. Minimum GPA 3.5.
Deadline 2/28/18 - Hendersonville Masonic Lodge Scholarship - $1000. Please fill out google form to apply. https://goo.gl/forms/fqdxJUPERobCQWb63
Deadline 2/28/18 - East Nashville High Alumni Association William Henry Oliver Scholarship Program - Applicant must be a direct descendant or his/her legal guardian must have graduated from East Nashville High School and be a dues paying member in good standing of the East Nashville High Alumni Association or applicant must be a graduating senior of East Nashville Magnet School. The student shall have exemplified good citizenship in the community and school life experience during the student's high school tenure. The student shall indicate evidence of financial need to the committee.
Deadline 2/28/18 - Regions - Riding Forward Scholarships - $5000- High School Seniors - Write a 500 word or less essay about an African-American who has inspired and motivated you. Please visit their website to apply.
Deadline 3/1/18 - 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 3/1/18 - Engebretson Scholarship - Plan to attend a four year college. Be in need of financial assistance in order to attend a four year college. Have achieved a score of 28 composite or higher on the ACT exam (or at least 1240 on the SAT). Have achieved at least a 3.75 GPA or above and/or top 5% of graduating class. Have applied for federal financial aid and have already received back the Student Aid Report that contains your Expected Family Contribution (EFC); see Filing for FAFSA. $5,000
Deadline 3/1/18 - Ducks Unlimited National Scholarship - Up to $10000.Ducks Unlimited (DU) will award college scholarships to graduating high school seniors who are members of DU. The scholarship program is open to all students; however, it is targeted to volunteers who have shown an exceptional level of commitment to wetlands conservation through participation in their high school club or chapter. In addition, students must maintain a 3.0 or higher cumulative high school GPA.
Deadline 3/1/18 - Cornerstone Financial Scholarship - Apply online. $5000. 3.0 GPA.
Deadline 3/1/18 - Ascend Federal Credit Union Scholarship - $1000 - To be eligible to apply, you must be a member of Ascend Federal Credit Union, you must be at least a graduating high school senior and you must plan to enroll or prove enrollment as a full-time student at an accredited college, university, technical or trade school in the next academic year.
Deadline 3/9/18 - 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 3/15/18 - 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. Opens to the public on 1/1/18.
Deadline 3/16/18 - D.Y.M.O.N Scholarships - "Shine Bright Like A Diamond" - $1500 Minority male or female, 2.8 GPA, community service, college acceptance letter. OR "The Brittany Bowers Beauty & Brains Scholarship" - $1500. Minority female, community service, college acceptance letter.
Deadline 3/16/18 - Skyline Auxiliary Volunteers of TriStar Skyline Medical Center - $2000 - If you will be pursuing a college career in some ofrm of the medical field, please see Mrs. Henry in guidance for an application. Early applications are encouraged.
Deadline 3/21/18 - 2018 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 3/23/18 - UT Martin - Department of Communications Scholarship - If you declare Communications as your major at teh University of Tennessee Martin, please apply for this scholarship by clicking here.
Deadline 3/30/18 - Black Note Scholarship - $2000. Black Note is looking to award a $2,000 scholarship to each student that shares innovative, ingenious or just plain good ideas on ways to help smokers put down cigarettes and join the world’s smoke-free movement.
Deadline 3/31/18 - Light House Guild Scholarships - Up to $10000. The Lighthouse Guild offers an annual scholarship program for college-bound high school students who are legally blind. Apply online.
Deadline 3/31/18 - 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 - varies - Please see the following website if you are wanted to do Skills/Trades after high school. Various scholarship opportunities. Visit Nexstarscholars website for more information.
Deadline 04/01/18 - BeArt Presets Academic Scholarship Program - $5000, 1500 word essay
Deadline 04/01/18 - AFSA Scholarship - Enter the contest for a chance for win $2000 for your education.
Deadline 04/1/18 - Summer Leadership and Character Development Academy - Must have completed your sophomore year of high school. 3.0 GPA, and be 16-18 years old by July 16, 2018. Please look at the website for more information.
Deadline 04/07/18 - 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 04/15/18 - Vol State Scholarships - apply now for Fall 2018 Scholarships!
Deadline 04/15/18 - Sumner County Bar Association Scholarship - 3.0 GPA, accepted into college, participated in at least 1 extracurricular activity, 500 words essay, etc. Please click here for more details and the full application.
Deadline 04/15/18 and 10/15/18 - 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 04/16/18 - MTSU Department of Biology Scholarship - ACT 25, GPA 3.5, $1500. Please click the link for the application. The deadline has been extended until April 16th.
Deadlne 4/18/18 - 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 4/28/18 - Vietnam Veterans of Sumner County Scholarship - Please click here for a copy of the application.
Deadline 4/30/18 - E-Waste Scholarship - Complete the application form below including a 140-character message about e-waste.
Deadline 05/1/18 - 1800 Wheelchair Scholarship - $500, 3.0 GPA, senior
Deadline 05/1/18 - Wofford Scholars - Juniors - are you interested in attending Wofford College? To qualify as a Wofford Scholar nominee, a student should be ranked in the top 10 percent of the class and have achieved a combined score of 1300 (Critical Reading and Math) on the PSAT or SAT or a 28 on the ACT or PLAN. If so, please fill out an application to be nominated for this scholarship by clicking here.
Deadline 05/01/18 - ACF Visionary Scholarship - $1000-$5000 - A completed American College Foundation Visionary Scholarship Application, a copy of the student's most recent unofficial high school transcript, and a 500-word, typed, double-spaced essay on "Why College is Important to Me".
Deadline 5/1/18 - The Shepherd Scholarship Foundation - Please apply if you are in the upper 10% of your graduating class. The committee will loook at academic achievements, extra-curricular activities and financial need. Please click here for more details on how to apply.
Deadline 5/4/18 - Christopher A. Taylor Memorial Scholarship - $1000 - This scholarship is for a graduation senior who pleans to major in math, science, secondary education, or ministry. Please pick up an application in the guidance office or by clicking here.
Deadline 6/9/18 - 2018 Sigma Phi Epsilon at Tennessee - Balanced Man Scholarship - $1500, male students who are "committed to academic excellence, leadership and service, impacting their community, and pursuing sound mind and sound body".
Monthly Varsity Tutors Scholarship - Monthly Chance to win a scholarship - $200
Deadline - varies - P.E.O STAR Scholarship - A woman is eligible to be recommended for the P.E.O. STAR Scholarship provided she: Exhibits excellence in leadership, academics, extracurricular activities, community service and potential for future success; Is in the final academic year (senior year) of her secondary education and is 20 years of age or under at the end of the calendar year; Has a minimum cumulative unweighted GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale; Is a citizen or legal permanent resident of the United States or Canada; Plans to attend an accredited postsecondary educational institution in the United States or Canada, full-time or part-time, in the fall of the academic year following high school graduation; Is recommended by and receives the vote of a local P.E.O. chapter.
Deadline 6/30/18- ZipRecruiter Scholarship - $3000 - 500-800 word essay. 18 years old.
Deadline 7/1/18 - MG Law Scholarship - 3.0 GPA, $1000.
Deadline 7/15/18 - 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.
Deadline 7/15/18 - Volunteerism and Entrepreneurship Scholarship - HardMoneyHome.com is offering a $1000 scholarship to an eligible student who has a dedicated interest in volunteerism and entrepreneurship. One student, who will be attending college or university in the Fall of 2018, will receive $1000 for tuition and/or books. The scholarship will be awarded based on a combination of merit and need.