Deadline Fast Approaching for MTSU Guaranteed, Enhanced Scholarships

Prospective MTSU students review university promotional materials during the spring True Blue Preview campus tour. (MTSU photo)

Prospective new students could now get $3,500 to $8,000 per year

Middle Tennessee State University awards an array of guaranteed scholarships to qualifying first-time, incoming freshmen — including recently enhanced scholarships — but the deadline to take advantage is quickly approaching.

Prospective students must have a complete application on file with the MTSU Admissions Office by Thursday, Dec. 1, to be considered for an academic merit guaranteed scholarship, ranging from $3,500 to $8,000 per year for four years based on ACT scores and GPA, for the 2022-23 academic year.

MTSU President Sidney A. McPhee announced this fall the enhancement of the True Blue Scholarship, almost doubling the amount from a total of $8,000 to $14,000 over four years, while also announcing a new Centennial Scholarship that awards a total of $32,000 over four years.

This fall, during daily campus tours, True Blue Tour events, MTSU recruiters’ visits to schools and other outreach, McPhee and other representatives are encouraging prospective students to meet the application deadline to secure those guaranteed dollars to ease the burden of college tuition.

Visitors to the November True Blue Preview campus tour for prospective MTSU students and their families pose with some Blue Raider gear for purchase in the MTSU Phillips Bookstore. (MTSU photo by Tom Beckwith)

“I always encourage students and parents to apply immediately, because these are guaranteed dollars for qualifying students that can greatly assist them and their families with paying for their college education,” said Deb Sells, vice president for Student Affairs and vice provost for Enrollment and Academic Services.

“But December 1 is quickly approaching, so students will need to act quickly to request transcripts, finalize other details and go ahead and complete the process in order to meet the deadline,” Sells added.

Prospective students can apply by going to  and following the prompts.

Guaranteed scholarships for qualifying students include:

  • Centennial Scholarship (34 to 36 ACT/3.5 or higher GPA) — $8,000 per year.
  • National Merit/Achievement/Hispanic semifinalist —$6,000 per year.
  • Trustee Scholarship (30 to 33 ACT/3.5 or higher GPA) —$5,000 per year.
  • Presidential Scholarship (25 to 29 ACT/3.5 or higher GPA) —$4,500 per year.
  • True Blue Scholarship (22 to 24 ACT/3.5 or higher GPA) — $3,500 per year.

Students who qualify must accept the scholarship by May 1, 2023, Sells said.

Students scoring 30 and above on the ACT and with a minimum 3.5 high school GPA can apply for MTSU’s highest academic award, the Buchanan Fellowship, a competitive and selective full-tuition scholarship offered through the University Honors College. A separate application for this offering is also due Dec. 1. For more information, go to

The deadline for transfer students to apply to potentially receive guaranteed scholarships is Feb. 15.

For questions about admissions, financial aid and more, call 615-898-2111 or visit the MTSU One Stop.

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