Deciding If You Are a Good Applicant
Carefully review the information provided on the website of the funding opportunity to make sure that, at a minimum, you meet their basic qualifications—minimum GPA, class standing, citizenship, your profile as it relates the purpose of the opportunity, etc. If you have done this preliminary research and are able to determine that the opportunity is a good fit, you meet the stated minimum requirements, you intend to reach for the maximum expectations, and you are committed to putting your best effort into the application process, then you are a good candidate with a good chance of winning. Of course, we hope that you also will take every advantage of the resources at UT, benefit from the collective wisdom and guidance of your faculty, and seek out the support of the experienced staff of the ONSF.
Starting the Search
NEVER pay for a scholarship search. As a UT student, you have access to the ONSF database of opportunities, as well as to a number of reputable, free, online resources.
- ONSF scholarship database: a great place for students and alumni to begin the search for national opportunities.
- Office of Financial Aid & Scholarships: 865-974-3131
- State of TN student assistance website: provides funding information available to students from Tennessee.
- Nationally Coveted College Scholarships, Graduate Fellowships, and Postdoctoral Awards: a list of funding opportunities at all levels: undergraduate, graduate, pre-doc, post-doc.
- Salliemae College Answer: A large, commercial scholarship database.
Also, refer to The Best Scholarships for the Best Students: Scholarships, Fellowships, Internships, and Experiential Learning Programs for Top Students by Jason Morris, Donald Asher, and Nichole Fazio-Veigel (Peterson’s Publishing, 2010), a printed resource that provides details on a variety of nationally competitive scholarships, fellowships, and experiential learning opportunities.
Always remember to keep your search broad as you begin. The opportunities are as varied as the disciplines, projects, and individuals pursuing them. There are scholarships and fellowships targeting: academic interests, research, gender, cultural heritage, future goals, leadership activities, language abilities, travel experiences, and many other personal aspects related to who you are, where you’ve been, and who you are becoming.