A: TENNESSEE SCHOLARS is a recognition program for outstanding Tennessee high school students.
Q: What are the requirements to graduate as a TENNESSEE SCHOLAR?
A: To be a TENNESSEE SCHOLAR, a student must meet certain academic, attendance, behavior, and volunteer service criteria. See below for specific requirements.
ACADEMIC REQUIREMENTS English - 4 credits regular or above Math- 4 credits (Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II, and 1 higher math. Bridge Math does not qualify.) Science-3 lab sciences (Biology, Chemistry, and Physics preferred) Social Studies - 3 credits meeting graduation requirements Personal Finance - .5 credit Career-Technical/AP/Dual Enrollment - combination of 2 credits in these areas not counted in other requirement categories Foreign Language - 2 credits in the same language Fine Arts - 1 credit PE/Health - 1.5 credits to meet graduation requirements
AVERAGE -Student must maintain a C average and have no F as a final semester grade in any course.
ATTENDANCE REQUIREMENTS 95% required - Student must have missed no more than 36 total days in 4 years.
DISCIPLINE REQUIREMENTS No out of school suspensions/expulsions
VOLUNTEER SERVICE 80 hours - These hours must be done outside the school day. Please see the list on theTENNESSEE SCHOLARS website for what will and will not count for this service.
Q: Why should I apply to be a TENNESSEE SCHOLAR?
A: In 2011 more than half of Tennessee students who took the minimum Tennessee Scholars course requirements met all four ACT benchmarks for College and Career Readiness. The average ACT score was 23.9 and the average number of volunteer hours was 111. More than 22.000 students have already graduated as TENNESSEE SCHOLARS. Currently, these students can take advantage of 45 post secondary school scholarships and many private scholarships.
Q: How do I apply?
A: Go to the website www.tennesseescholars.org for complete information. Then make your school counselor aware that you have applied to be a TENNESSEE SCHOLAR.