Merit Increases, New Scholarships Announced for 2021

This past week, Tennessee Wesleyan University announced increases to merit scholarships for incoming students, as well as several new scholarships for students entering in the fall 2021 semester.


All merit awards have increased by $2,000, beginning with Freshman merit awards. Freshman awards are based on GPA and ACT scores, and now range from a minimum award of $8,000, up to $16,000.


Transfer merit awards now begin at $5,000, also with a maximum award of $16,000, and are based on incoming GPA. Students transferring in to TWU dental hygiene or nursing receive between $2,000 and $14,000 in merit scholarship, depending on transfer GPA.


Several new scholarships were added as possibilities for incoming students, headlined by the new Neff Award. Two Neff Awards will be given each year and are “last dollar” full tuition scholarship. Last dollar awards take into account any other grants or scholarships earned by a student, and then completes the scholarship by adding enough award for a student to reach full tuition.


Neff Award applicants must carry a 4.0 high school GPA, and an ACT score of at least 30. Applications must be received by January 1.


The Celebrate McMinn awards will be given to a group of students entering TWU from McMinn County and McMinn Central high schools. The awards, roughly $50,000 total will be given as 10 room grants for students coming to live on campus, 10 $2,000 scholarships, and 10 $1,000 scholarships. These awards will be given at an event in early 2021 where applicants will come to campus and be interviewed by faculty and current students.


Incoming freshman education students may qualify for the Educational Partnership award. These students will get an additional $2,500 scholarship per year (total value $10,000) as long as they continue to be an Education major. The recipients must work with either the Education Department or a Community Partner 45 hours each semester (3 hours per week).


To qualify, students must be a graduate from a high school in a primary or state approved partner with TWU. The student must be from:

•An underrepresented racial/ethnic group -or-

•Male -or-

•Declaring an education major that is an identified high needs area.

The candidate must have an ACT composite score of 21 or SAT equivalent and a minimum high school GPA of 3.0.


For the full information on TWU scholarships, visit our Tuition and Aid page. Prospective students can also see their estimated scholarship award on the True Cost Calculator.